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European Peace Bread Conference 2018

Illustration: logos of Estonia's 100th anniversary, the Peace Bread project, and Latvia's 100th anniversary.

Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs and Latvian Ministry of Agriculture are delighted to host the traditional Peace Bread conference.

The topic of the conference is "Regional and International Cooperation: Local Is Global".

The conference will take place in Sangaste and Ķoņi on 26–28 September 2018.




Wednesday, 26 September

Time Item
All day

Arrival of delegations

Check-in at the hotel Pühajärve SPA and Holiday Resort
Phone: +372 766 5500
Address: Pühajärve, 67414 Valgamaa, Estonia


Welcome dinner

Buffet dinner at the Hotel Pub of Pühajärve SPA and Holiday Resort.


Thursday, 27 September

Time Item
08.15 Gathering at the hotel lobby
08.30 Departure from hotel
08.40–09.05 Honouring of the National Flags at Otepää Church
Greeting by the local pastor and a short ceremony with the national
flags of Estonia and Latvia and the Peace Bread Initiative
09.30 Arrival at Sangaste Castle (Lossiküla, Sangaste, 67005 Valgamaa,

Peace Bread Conference "Regional and International Cooperation: Local Is Global" (part I)

Moderator: Vahur Kukk, President of the Estonian Rye Association

Keynote speech (link) (24.99 KB, DOCX) by Enn Eesmaa, First Vice-President of the Parliament of Estonia.

Welcome by:
Mr Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
Mr Jānis Dūklavs, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia

Country statements (by alphabetical order), 5 min each

11.30–12.00 Coffee break

Continuation of the conference (part II)

Moderator: Kaspars Žūriņš

Keynote speaker from Latvia

NGO statements by country (5 min each)

13.30–14.30 Conference lunch hosted by the Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia

Field trip to local agricultural enterprises

Hellenurme watermill, a 135-year-old watermill that processes grain flour, including rye (location on Google Maps)

Nõiariik – Witch’s Country, a tourist attraction for rural accommodation (location on Google Maps)

18.00 Arrival at the hotel
19.25 Gathering at the lobby of the hotel
19.30 Transfer from the hotel to the venue of the gala dinner
20.00–22.00 Gala dinner at Kivi Rural Tourims Farm near Otepää
22.30 Arrival at the hotel

Friday, 28 September

Time Item
08.00 Check-out from the hotel Pühajärve / Gathering in the hotel lobby
08.15 Departure from the hotel to Unguriņi–Lilli (Latvia–Estonia) border crossing
09.45 Arrival at Unguriņi–Lilli border crossing
09.50–10.25 Ceremony of the Commemoration of the Baltic Chain of Freedom
10.30–10.40 Transfer to Ķoņi Mill

Arrival at Ķoņi Mill and short coffee break

The watermill processes wool with equipment that is 100 years old and is used to produce handmade blankets and pillows.

11.15–12.15 Workshops / activities

Closing of the 5th Peace Bread conference

Closing speeches by organising countries

Group photo

12.30–13.30 Lunch hosted by the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia
13.30 Departure to Tallinn / Riga
16.00 Approximate time of arrival to Tallinn / Riga

Practical information


The conference will take place in Sangaste Castle (Estonia) and in Ķoņi Mill (Latvia).
For those delegations arriving by car, ample parking spaces are available at both venues of the conference.


The guests will be hosted in Pühajärve Spa & Holiday Resort. Organizers will cover the cost of one person from the ministry and one NGO representative (per delegation) for two nights, 26–28 September.


Organizers will provide transportation from Riga airport to Pühajärve hotel. More detailed information will be available before the conference begins.

Useful information

  • Working language: the working language of the conference is English.
  • Currency: the official currency of Estonia and Latvia is the euro.
  • Tourist information: for Riga –; for Tallinn:
  • General information: about Latvia –; about Estonia –
  • Weather: the average temperature in Southern Estonia and Northern Latvia in September is around 10–11 °C.
  • Time zone: GMT +2.
  • Emergency number: 112.

Organizer contacts

If you have any questions concerning the organizational matters of this meeting, please contact: