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Reform Party chairwoman Kaja Kallas

Kaja Kallas, the leader of the largest Estonian opposition party, has reacted to a group of Estonian business people planning to hammer out apolitical suggestions to reduce the number state officials by half and other far reaching reforms.

In an interview the the Estonian public broadcaster ERR published on Tuesday, May 15, Kallas evaluated: «We saw how the closure of Southern Estonian maternity wards drew a great deal of resentment. These are sensitive fields. We do need to consider how to increase the state’s efficiency, yet we won’t achieve the state’s responsibilities remaining the same as they are now by reducing [the ranks of] officials.»

Kallas warned that the proposed mass lay-offs would affect Estonia’s defence capability, education and medicine.

The politician also welcomed the overall initiative by the Foundation for State Reform: «This demonstrates that we feel that Estonia, this is us, and we ourselves must take positions and shape visions. This is very positive.»

Reportedly, a group of respected Estonian entrepreneurs, former high-ranking officials and legal experts established the Foundation for State Reform, a think tank that would work for one year and prepare a plan for state reform focused on drastically reducing the size of Estonian public bodies.

The foundation’s manifesto as cited by the ERR suggests that Estonia should among other things:

– Cut the number of state officials by half

– Decrease the number of ministries

– Considerably reduce the number of the recently reformed local councils

– Cut the size of the parliament by ten to 20 mandates

– Use the tool of public consultations and votes more broadly

– Allow the president to be elected to only one term

– Introduce court independence from the Ministry of Justice

– Reduce the amount of laws by 25%.


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  1. Foreigner says:

    This seems like a very good intiative, if you ask me.

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