The Roads Leading To Estonia

On June 24, Estonian EU Commissioner Kallas and U.S. Secretary of Transportation LaHood will sign the new U.S.-EU Civil Aviation Agreement.  This accord extends indefinitely the terms of the U.S.-EU “Open Skies” agreement of 2007 and deepens our cooperation in aviation security, safety, competition, and ease of travel. 

For American and EU travellers this will mean more, better, and less expensive means of crossing the Atlantic.  It is impossible to overstate the importance of travel options, its safety, and its affordability in today’s fast moving and cost conscious world.  As important as air travel is, however, the Icelandic ash cloud over large parts of Europe this spring was a stark reminder of the importance of a diversified regional and global transportation network. 

For Estonia, the lack of a high speed road and rail network, and fewer than desired air links connecting it to the rest of the EU, are a challenge that will look for solutions as our economies increase their pace of recovery.  Better transportation options will ease the path for new investments in Estonia and business opportunities for American entrepreneurs.  Solutions will unfortunately be expensive, but “if you build them, they will come.”

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One response to “The Roads Leading To Estonia

  1. william cline

    AMBASSADOR POLT,
    Thank you for the update on air travel to Estonia. My wife’s family lives in Narva, Estonia. The air travel to visit costs more than to any other European Country.
    The most cost efficient travel we have found is SDF to ORD to ARN then finally to TLL. tedious but as you already know direct flights to Estonia do not as yet exist. Personally, I find the Estonia people accept Americans with open arms and minds. In fact my wife has said our small towns in the US are much like Estonia.
    After traveling through Europe, I agree with her observations completely. The American Corners program is a great connection to making information about the US, the people, and the life styles readily available to all the Estonians.
    William R Cline Jr
    and Natalja V Cline

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