Riina Sikkut is the Minister of Health and Labour of the Republic of Estonia from 2 May 2018.
- From early 2017, Riina Sikkut worked as the adviser of social and health policy in the Strategy Unit of the Government Office
- In 2011–2017, Sikkut was the health policy programme analyst at the socio-economic research centre Praxis and a programme manager in 2012–2013. Sikkut also worked at Praxis earlier: as a research assistant in 2003–2004 and 2005.
- In 2008–2009, Sikkut worked at Swedbank
- In 2005–2008, Riina Sikkut worked at the Ministry of Finance
- Sikkut, born on 12 January 1983, has graduated from the Vinni-Pajusti High School. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in economy from the University of Tartu. In 2010, she became Master of Science in health policy upon graduating from the University of London in the United Kingdom.
Minister of Health and Labour
The Minister will be assigned to and released from office by the President of the Republic at the proposal of the Prime Minister.
- The Minister of Health and Labour governs the Ministry of Social Affairs and takes decisions within his or her area of governance related to issues within the area of governance of the ministry. The minister also reports to the Government of the Republic on the activities of the Ministry of Social Affairs and presents proposals as needed for solving issues related to the area of governance of the ministry.
- The responsibilities of the Minister of Health and Labour include the areas of public health, healthcare, development of healthcare systems, medications, medical equipment, employment, unemployment insurance, employment relations, work environment, and the equal treatment and equality between women and men.
- The Minister of Health and Labour takes decisions related to the formation of state institutions within the area of governance of the ministry and approves their statutes, structure and organisation of work.
- The Minister of Health and Labour is chairman of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund board and a member of the council of Töötukassa.
- The Minister of Health and Labour presents proposals to the Government of the Republic about the annual budget of the ministry, and a supplementary budget if needed. He or she takes decisions on using the budgetary means and is responsible for the intended application of means allocated by the European Union as well as other foreign aid. The minister also approves the budgets of state institutions within the area of governance of the Ministry of Social Affairs.
- The Minister of Health and Labour appoints to office the heads of the Government institutions within the ministry's area of governance as well as deputy secretary generals and heads of departments of the ministry.
- The following institutions belong to the area of responsibility of the Minister of Health and Labour: Agency of Medicines, Health Board, Labour Inspectorate and The National Institute for Health Development, Estonian Health Insurance Fund, Eesti Töötukassa, Estonian E-Health Foundation, The North Estonia Medical Centre, Viljandi Hospital, Haapsalu Neurological Rehabilitation Centre, Tartu University Hospital and Sillamäe Rehabilitation Center for Drug Addicts.
Ministry of Social Affairs
- Prepares the national social problem solving plans and manages their implementation.
- Plans and implements policies in the field of social protection and ensures the timely and targeted determination and payment of social security benefits.
- Leads social security and welfare.
- Develops and implements work and employment policy to ensure long-term work efficiency and employment.
- Manages the protection of public health and health care.
- Promotes equal treatment and equality between women and men to ensure that various social groups would be involved in community life.
- Is engaged in the subjects of the social security and welfare of disabled persons.
- Co-ordinates the shaping of the children's rights and child protection policy and organises international adoption.
- Shapes family policy, with a priority given to the balancing of work and private life, and parental education.