Estonian World and the Estonishing Evenings event series on 6 October hosted an English-language political debate on the future of Tallinn; all the major political parties were represented.
The local elections in municipalities across Estonia, including in Tallinn, will take place on 17 October 2021.
In the Tallinn City Council election, the eligibility to vote is also granted to European Union citizens who have a permanent place of residence in Tallinn – and who are at least 16 years of age on the day of election – and to foreign nationals who have a permanent place of residence in Tallinn and who reside in Estonia on the basis of a long-term residence permit or a permanent right of residence.
Over 20,000 people from the EU member states live in Estonia, majority of them in Tallinn – and their common language, as well as for other expats – is usually English.
Estonian World and Estonishing Evenings make it easier for local expats to decide who to vote for, by hosting “The future of Tallinn – local election debate” at Philly Joe’s Club with some candidates for the city council of Tallinn.
All the major parties were represented; the debate was in English and was centred on the issues that are most relevant to the expat community living in Tallinn.
The debaters were:
Centre Party – Vladimir Svet
EKRE – Georg Kirsberg
Estonia 200 – Joakim Helenius
Green Party – Züleyxa Izmailova
Isamaa – Urmas Reinsalu
Reform Party – Pärtel-Peeter Pere
Social Democrats – Raimond Kaljulaid
The debate was moderated by Joao Rei and Silver Tambur, the editor-in-chief of Estonian World.
Organised in partnership with Estonian World online magazine, the Estonishing Evenings series runs English-speaking events that host different speakers expressing their viewpoints and experiences on hot topics and matters concerning both the locals and non-natives living in Estonia. So far, it has hosted 35 events, attended by approximately 3,000 people from 75 different countries.
Cover: Maakri quarter and a view to the Old Town of Tallinn. Photo by Kaupo Kalda.