Estonia 200 reveals shadow cabinet

Political movement Estonia 200 finds that the state could borrow to hike the salaries of teachers, professors and research fellows. Its long-term goal is to double research and development funding inside the next five years and raise salaries to ensure healthy competition in the sector.

The reform plan suggests Estonia should also borrow to finance road construction: one of the soon-to-be-registered party’s goals is to have “zero head-on collisions on major highways”. The plan would see the Tallinn-Tartu, Tallinn-Ikla and Tallinn-Narva highways have at least 2+1 lanes by 2025. Public transport should be available and function following a necessity-based model but not necessarily free, according to the future party’s vision.

Estonia 200 has also proposed solving simpler court cases in verbal procedure to give less fortunate people access to administration of justice. To render the judicial system more expedient and credible, the reform plan prescribes an audit of European directives and removal of everything that is not essential.

Broad-based national defense would see armed and internal security forces brought together under a single command. Children would attend a unified school where subjects are taught in Estonian but where children speaking another language at home could also develop their mother tongue.

Talking about economic development, Estonia 200 emphasizes standing for “national champions”, or supporting Estonian companies that have the potential for international growth, leaving high-paid jobs and profits in Estonia.

The group’s plan for alcohol and excise duty policy is the following: “Excise duties on consumption of harmful substances must be on a level to ensure maximum tax revenue and affect people’s health behavior.”

Estonia 200 wants to abolish fringe benefit tax on expenses tied to employees’ health and exercise and introduce a social tax ceiling starting from triple average salary.

The organization also revealed its 13-member shadow cabinet yesterday: prime minister Priit Alamäe, minister of economic development and finance Indrek Nuume, local government services’ reform minister Igor Taro, community empowerment minister Kristjan Altroff, minister of education and integration Kristina Kallas, schools network development minister Hendrik Agur, research development minister Kristiina Tõnisson, natural resources protection minister Jaak Laineste, transport reform minister Pirko Konsa, infrastructure and connections minister Meelis Niinepuu and security and allied relations minister Margus Tsahkna. There would be two healthcare and social security network ministers: Kadri Haller-Kikkatalo and Liina Normet.

Estonia 200 currently has 300 members but needs at least 500 to register as a party.

Read more news of Tallinn on our site.
Political movement Estonia
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
2 views in january
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Even though education is a matter close to the heart of Estonia 200 leader Kristina Kallas, she cannot imagine herself fighting for the post of education minister: ideas can also be realized by someone else. You just took away Postimees’ editor-in-chief. In your opinion, how is the editorial to feel? Lauri [Hussar] had to give the matter thought, and I presume he did. We talked about why he wants to go into politics. Still, to what extent do you imagine wh...
TALLINN – Russia is seeking integration in Estonia only in words, Kalev Stoicescu, researcher at the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) who is running on the ticket of the Estonia 200 party in the March 3 general elections, said on Wednesday commenting on the words said on the subject by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.  "Russia is the only neighboring state which does not wish -- due to its own interests -- progress in integration...
Former top centrist Evelyn Sepp admitted that she donated money the origin of which was unknown to her to the Center Party in 2006. The former politician claimed other members also engaged in the practice but refused to name names. Sepp’s confession on ETV investigative journalism program «Pealtnägija» does not come as a total bombshell. She first said that such covert funding of parties is a widespread practice in the aftermath of the Silvergate scandal i...
"In addition to our ongoing programme of passenger vessel renovations, we are also continuing to upgrade and modernise our cargo vessels to ensure that we continue to develop this important part of our business," he noted, adding that the relocation of the company's Estonia-Finland cargo route to Muuga on the Estonian side in October 2017 and the launch of the Smart Port solution in Tallinn's Old City Harbour in spring 2018 both contributed to improved ser...
During the final week of 2018, a total of 2,524 patients with viral upper respiratory infections sought medical attention, 47.5% of whom were children. A total of 210 cases of influenza were laboratory confirmed, nearly twice as many as during the week before, according to Health Board data. Over the past two weeks, the number of flu cases has quadrupled. The majority of these cases were laboratory confirmed at emergency medical departments, from which pat...
I actually think that B1 is too low of a bar for attaining citizenship. You still can't participate in Estonian society on anything other than a superficial level as noted above, so I'm not sure how you can constitute a "citizen" on that basis. Naturally there has to be a high degree of arbitrariness, and that's precisely the point — whilst B1 level might be sufficient in German or French (I understand that it is the benchmark level when applying for citiz...
Following a white Christmas throughout most of Estonia, Wednesday will see sleet and even rain in parts of the country, and temperatures hovering around the freezing point will means slippery road conditions. Early Wednesday morning, many major highways were salted or wet, but some patches were still icy, the Estonian Road Administration said. Eastern parts of the country will see scattered rain or sleet. Temperatures throughout the day will remain around...
Last weekend, Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day and Boxing Day still ahead means that most chemist's shops are closed for five days in a row. Tallinners can still get hold of prescription as well as over-the-counter drugs in the 5 Tõnismägi St and 19 Vikerlase St shops. As doctors' practices are closed for the holidays as well, people will have to turn to the emergency room of a nearby hospital in case of any more serious health problems. In Tallinn,...
Irene Ilves, the mother of former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, died on Tuesday aged 91. Irene Ilves was born on 6 January 1927. An Estonian refugee, she raised her family in New Jersey, on the US East Coast. She is survived by two sons, Andres Eerik and Toomas Hendrik, and four grandchildren, Juulia Kristiine, Luukas Kristjan, Kadri Keiu and Hans Hendrik, Mr Ilves wrote on social media on Wednesday, adding that she will be very missed by family and frie...