Dear Estonians here and all around the world,
Distinguished Members of Parliament and Cabinet Ministers,
Your Excellencies. Dear President-elect,
Ladies, Gentlemen and Friends,
Ten years ago I gave my oath of office at this same lectern and repeated it five years later. The oath commits the President to serving and protecting the Estonian people, to the preservation of our state and culture and to our constitutional order.
Urve Eslas, the opinion editor of the daily Postimees newspaper, will assume the role of advisor in the Office of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves from tomorrow.
The portrait of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, about to complete his ten years in office, was unveiled today in the Office of the President. Painted by Kaido Ole, the portrait will be displayed on the first floor of the office building as part of the gallery of heads of state, which includes the portraits of presidents who held office before the Second World War, as well as of those who served since Estonia regained its independence.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves summoned a session of the National Defence Council for the last time as Head of State, with the headline issue to introduce the new security policy source document of Estonia.