INTERNATIONAL: Chirac supports Estonian PR drive for EU recognition

TALLINN: The government of the Baltic Republic of Estonia is

calling for PR assistance in its bid to join the European Union.



The request followed an official visit to Estonian capital Tallinn by

French President Jacques Chirac, who told authorities he would be

supporting their request to be admitted to the European Union and that

they could become a member of the EU as early as 2004.



Estonian government officials announced they would be seeking PR help to

increase awareness among western countries.



Part of the campaign would include relations with the 15 European

nations that are already EU members.



According to journalists covering Chirac's visit, the only information

reportedly provided on Estonia by authorities was an internally-produced

brochure that described Estonia as a country with little light in summer

and where polar bears openly roam the streets.



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