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Bilateral relations


Bilateral relations

Italy recognised the Republic of Estonia on 26 January 1921. The first Italian Ambassador to Estonia was Agostino Depretis who presented his credentials in February 1921. Before World War II, Italy's Institute of Culture was active in Estonia. Historian Indro Montanelli, a grand figure in the Italian press, headed it.

In June 1921, Estonia's first diplomatic representative in Italy Karl Robert Pusta, residing in Paris, presented his credentials. The first Estonian Ambassador to reside in Rome was Karl Tofer (1927-1931). In addition to the legation in Rome, Estonia had Honorary Consulates in Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo and Trieste.

Italy re-recognised Estonia on 27 August 1991. Diplomatic relations between Estonia and Italy were restored on 31 August 1991.

Estonia's Embassy in Rome resumed work in September 1996, led by Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Ruth Lausma. In September 1998, Estonia's first ambassador since the restoration of the Republic, Jaak Jõerüüt, presented his credentials. After that Estonia was represented from 2002 to 2006 by Jüri Seilenthal, from 2006 to 2010 by Andres Tomasberg, from 2010 to 2014 by Merike Kokajev, from 2014-2020 by Celia Kuningas-Saagpakk and Paul Teesalu was appointed as the Estonian Ambassador in 2020. Estonia is also represented in Italy by six honorary consuls.

The presence of industrious and well integrated, albeit small, Estonian and Italian communities in both countries also contributes to the excellent quality of the bilateral relations.

In 1993, the first Italian-Estonian parliamentary group was established in the Riigikogu. The current Italian-Estonian parliamentary group was created in April 2011, and is chaired by Oudekki Loone.

The excellence of the bilateral relations is also confirmed by the fruitful co-operation in all multilateral fora, expecially within the European Union. A good co-operation has also always been attained with regard to the mutual support to the two countries' international candidacies.