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President Ilves to speak in London about security and digital development in Europe


President Toomas Hendrik Ilves began a working visit to London today where he is due to give a speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies on NATO's eastern wing and security in Europe in general.

The President will speak about security in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the situation in the Middle East and terrorist organisations as well as the refugee crisis that is impacting on the whole of Europe.

A speech to commemorate the first head of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Alastair Buchan, has been given by several key persons since 1976, including Henry Kissinger, Helmut Schmidt, Shimon Peres, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Kevin Rudd. The President of the Republic of Estonia as a leader of Europe was appointed this year's presenter.

Members of the British Parliament, foreign policy strategists in London, officials of government institutions and IT experts will gather at the International Institute for Strategic Studies to listen to President Ilves.

In addition, President Ilves will give a speech at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), where he will focus on the influences of foreign policies on digital development, cyber security and the steps that Europe should take to be able to compete with the USA and Asia in the provision of e-services.

The Head of State will return to Estonia on Thursday morning.

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