This week, the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu attended the Universal Exposition Milan EXPO and confirmed the necessity of Estonia’s participation in EXPO.
According to Toomas Kivimägi, the Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee, it is important for Estonia to be represented in the EXPO. “A small country like Estonia is well visible in Italy and our pavilion has already been attended by more than 2 million people. The architecture, idea and exhibition of the Estonian pavilion are very simpatico. While other countries have chosen the path to show one’s country through movies or video installations, then we have filled our pavilion with a valuable content - be it Estonian furniture, design, wall covering materials, the Estonia piano or luxury motor bike,” said Kivimägi. He expressed the hope that someday it will possible to visit also in Estonia the exhibition showing the best achievements of Estonia. “Why not to build in Estonia a small EXPO pavilion which can be attractive site for foreign visitors and undoubtedly also for the Estonian people. Our pavilion at the Milan EXPO sets a good example for us, Enterprise Estonia has done a really great job,” added Kivimägi.
Kivimägi gave recognition to the personnel of the Estonian pavilion and said that without the people who work with such devotion in Italy it would have been impossible to create the atmosphere we can enjoy here today. As regards the budget of Estonia’s participation in EXPO, he made a comparison with the annual cost of the coalition agreement that was concluded a few months ago, of which the Milan EXPO budget constitutes merely 1,2%. “If you ask whether Estonia should participate in the universal expositions or not, then for me there is no question – the answer is yes,” confirmed the Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu.
The Milan EXPO was attended by the members of Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Toomas Kivimägi, Kalle Palling, Erki Savisaar, Ken-Marti Vaher, Jaanus Marrandi and Mihhail Korb. On 16 September, Toomas Kivimägi and Ken-Marti Vaher also registered the new Guinness World Record in kiiking set by Kaspar Taimsoo in the Estonian pavilion.