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Barroso to visit Estonia on Feb. 23

23.01.2009

TALLINN, Jan 22, BNS - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will make a one-day visit to Estonia at the invitation of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Feb. 23.

Toomas Sildam, spokesman for the Estonian head of state, told BNS on Thursday that the details of the meeting and the topics to be discussed are being agreed.

"It's clear that there will be no shortage of topics at the meeting of Barroso and Ilves," Sildam said.

According to unconfirmed reports Ilves will confer on Barroso a high Estonian decoration.

"The president has not decided about who will be decorated yet. Under law the president must endorse the list two weeks before Independence Day at the latest," Sildam said.

Last year the president published the list of people decorated with Estonian orders on the occasion of the Feb. 24 Independence Day on Feb. 6.

Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8862, sise@bns.ee

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