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Jaanika Saarmets to start working as the Estonian Culture Programme Advisor in Brussels
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Jaanika Saarmets will start working in Brussels as the Estonian Culture Programme Advisor for the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union. Her term of office will begin on 1 September (incl.).
The term of office for a Culture Programme Advisor is fixed and will last until mid-July 2018. This period will include tasks concerning the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the preparation and implementation of celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
Jaanika Saarmets, who will start working at her new job in early fall, said that 2018 will definitely be an eventful and exciting year for the cultural life of Estonia. “The birthday celebrations of Estonia 100 will receive a grand introduction from the Presidency of the European Union. With my organising and coordination experiences, I can help find a significant audience for Estonian culture in Brussels and thereby elsewhere in Europe as well,” said Saarmets.
Jaanika Saarmets holds a Bachelor’s degree in pedagogical sciences from the University of Tartu and has simultaneously minored in political science and international relations. She has previously worked as a French teacher at the Old Town Educational College and as the Head of Erasmus Student Network Estonia. For the last two years, Jaanika Saarmets has filled the post of Head of Cultural and Audiovisual Department at the French Institute in Estonia.
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