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Minister of Culture Indrek Saar met with his Icelandic colleague in Reykjavik
Kultuuriminister Indrek Saare kohtumine Islandi haridus-, teadus- ja kultuuriministri Lilja Alfreðsdóttiriga Reykjavikis. Foto Kultuuriministeerium
Today, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar started a two-day visit to Iceland. The visit was opened by a meeting with Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture, with whom the opportunities for further cooperation between the two countries in the fields of culture and sports were discussed.
At the meeting, the ministers of both countries emphasised the long-term and excellent cooperation that has existed between the Nordic and Baltic countries.
“Estonia and Iceland have much to learn from each other’ Minister of Culture Indrek Saar affirmed. ‘Estonia wishes to find out more about Iceland’s concept related to recreational activities for children and young people, and Iceland, in turn, is interested in the organisation of our field of education,” said Saar.
Minister Saar confirmed that Estonia sees many opportunities for increased cooperation with Iceland.
“Estonia has submitted an application to join the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. And the support of Iceland, as next year’s president of the Nordic Council of Ministers, is very important for achieving this goal. Joining the film fund would provide the Estonian film sector with new opportunities for additional financing and boost cooperation with Nordic filmmakers,” Saar added.
In the course of the two-day visit, Minister Saar will meet with the representatives of several Icelandic cultural institutions and youth organisations, in order to familiarise himself with Iceland’s experience with recreational activities for children and young people in the arts and sports fields.
Minister Saar will also meet with Pétur Már Jónsson, Estonian Honorary Consul in Iceland, and representatives of the Estonian community in Iceland.
On 13 November, Minister Saar will meet with the umbrella organisation of Iceland’s youth centres and representatives of Iceland’s musical field, as well as visit the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik.
Today, on the 20th of February the Riigikogu passed the new Heritage Conservation Act. The new legislation balances the rights and obligations of the state with those of the owners of cultural monuments, creating for the first time a compensation system for monument owners. From now on, the activities of the National Heritage Board will include both heritage conservation and museum fields. The legislation comes into force as of 1 May this year.