Following public and international concern about the swift ousting of the previous Estonian government and its implications, the parties negotiating the agreement of the next coalition have pledged not to change Estonia’s strategic membership ties with the European Union and NATO.
The Estonian Centre Party, the Social Democrats and IRL, who are currently negotiating a coalition agreement, released a statement on November 10 outlining their common position.
This statement has been released in English and is given here as cited by the ERR:
«Joint declaration of the Estonian Centre Party, the IRL Party and the Social Democrats
Effort and devotion of all our people is the foundation of the achievements of Estonia. We recognise all the previous governments who have ruled the country wholeheartedly. Now, the time has come to take a next step, because the development of Estonia has come to a standstill. We need fresh ideas and open-minded approach.
In order to break this standstill, Estonia needs a broad-based and open government which is capable of cooperation and relies on internal trust; does not adopt decisions alone, but listens to entrepreneurs, experts, non-governmental bodies and opposition parties. We would like to emphasize that we support open governing. All good ideas are welcome.
Our parties are responsible for establishing a government which has to put an end to the economic stagnation in Estonia, guard our security, increase social wellbeing and boost up population numbers.
We have agreed about the following principles:
We will adhere unconditionally to the current principles of security and foreign policy; our membership in the the NATO and the EU is the paramount guarantee for our security. We endorse the allocation of at least 2% of GDP to the defence budget and strengthen external service.
In cooperation with entrepreneurs we take serious measures to improve business and economic environment in order to put an end to economic stagnation. We’ll save Estonia from the trap of almost non-existent economic growth. The welfare of people with lower salaries is important to us and we would like to abolish the image of Estonia as the country of largest disparities in income and implement new, innovative ideas to change current taxation policy. We are going to guarantee more equal opportunities to all the people of Estonia, paying special attention to education, to social and regional policy.
The focal point of our agreement is to solve the demographic problems of Estonia: Estonia should become a country with increasing population and rising birth rate, where the number of Healthy Life Years increases, where expatriates want to repatriate and which respects differences.
The common interest and responsibility of our government is the continuation of Estonia as a nation, the development of the Estonian language and culture, economic success and wellbeing of our people. By taking these decisions we keep in mind a free, prosperous and friendly Estonia where our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren would live happily ever after.»