Mail Service Between U.S. and Estonia Restored
On May 12, the United States Postal Service (USPS) removed Estonia from the list of countries with which international mail and parcel services had been suspended, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
According to U.S. representatives, the intervening disruption in mail and small parcel operations between the U.S. and Estonia was caused by “limitations of logistical opportunities across the world,” ERR reported.
Foreign Minister Reinsalu added that “The issue was of a technical nature. I thank officials both in Estonia and the U.S. for their quick reaction.”
Reinsalu and Pompeo Discussed Cooperation
In a telephone call on May 12, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and the Secretary of State of the United States Mike Pompeo discussed developments in the establishment of the Three Seas Investment Fund.
They also discussed topics related to the UN Security Council, where Estonia holds the rotating presidency as of May.
Foreign Minister Reinsalu thanked the U.S. Secretary of State for constructive U.S. cooperation, particularly in the field of cybersecurity.
On May 22, the Estonian Presidency will hold an informal meeting on cyberstability at the Security Council.
Ferry Traffic to Finland Partially Restored, Stockholm Cruises Must Wait
Ferry links between Tallinn and Helsinki reopened partially for work-related travel only beginning May 14.
All three major shipping lines, Tallink, Viking Line and Eckerö restarted their routes, which have been largely dormant since March, except for the shipment of cargo.
The move follows an announcement by the Finnish government that it would allow Schengen Zone citizens who have an employment contract entry into the country.
This allows tens of thousands of Estonian citizens who work in Finland and have a residence there to return and conversely to return home to Estonia, without being barred re-entry into Finland.
Maximum Number of Events Participants Set for This Summer
In Estonia, the maximum number of participants allowed at major outdoor events in July and August is 1,000 people, while attendance at indoor events has been set at 500 people.
Viljandi Folk is set to continue, while Hiiu Folk has announced they will pass on this year’s event.
Tallinn Music Week also announced it will take place from August 26-30 in accordance with the Estonian government’s decision to allow public events to take place as of July.
The government may also allow children’s summer camps of up to 300 participants to take place, ERR reported on May 13.