Andres Anvelt is the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party.
- From 2015–2016, Andres Anvelt was a member of the 13th Riigikogu and served as the chairman of the faction.
- Andres Anvelt was the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia from 2014–2015.
From 2011–2014, Andres Anvelt was a member of the 12th Riigikogu. He was the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Select Committee of the Riigikogu, and belonged to the VEB Fund Investigation Committee, the Investigation Committee related to granting temporary residence permits to foreigners, and the Legal Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu.
From 2009–2011 and in 2013, Andres Anvelt was a member of Tallinn City Council.
From 2007–2011, Anvelt served as the Security Advisor to the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces. From 2004–2006, Anvelt was the Director of the Police and Border Guard College.
From 2001–2003, Andres Anvelt was the Director of the Central Criminal Police. Prior to this, he served in the Estonian Police for years.
- Born on 30 September 1969 in Tallinn, Anvelt has graduated from Tallinn School No. 21 and Tallinn Militia Special Secondary School. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Tartu and a Master’s degree from Tallinn University of Technology. He has also completed the law enforcement management training at the FBI Academy in the United States of America.
Minister of the Interior
The Minister is appointed and released from office by the Prime Minister.
- The Minister of the Interior leads the field of internal security and manages the matters related to the Border Guard, crisis management, and rescue work.
- The Minister of the Interior leads the Ministry of the Interior and decides on the matters within the Ministry’s area of government. Additionally, the Minister reports on the activities of the Ministry of the Interior to the Government of the Republic and submits proposals on deciding over issues related to the Ministry’s area of government.
- The Minister of the Interior is responsible for the organisation of citizenship and migration matters.
- The Minister of the Interior leads the Drug Prevention Committee of the Government of the Republic, the goal of which is to co-ordinate prevention work and reduce the availability of narcotics.
- The Minister of the Interior makes proposals to the Government on the Ministry’s budget and supplementary budget, if necessary. At the same time, he decides on the use of budget resources and monitors the implementation of the budget. The Minister also approves the budgets of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of government on the basis of the state budget.
- The Minister of the Interior decides on the establishment of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry’s area of administration and approves their statutes, structure, and work organisation.
Ministry of the Interior
- Ensures national internal security with the institutions from its area of government and protects the public order.
- Guards and protects the Estonian state border and ensures the implementation of the border regime.
- Develops crisis management and policies related to the rescue areas and organises their implementation.
- Co-ordinates the prevention of accidents related to fire safety and explosive substance.
- Develops the citizenship and migration policy.
- Co-ordinates the co-operation between offices and organisations in the matters of the maintenance of law and order.
- Plans and carries out the national visa policy in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and deals with the prevention of illegal immigration and employment.
- Co-ordinates the performance of the action plan on combating terrorism.
- Regulates the handling of weapons and the provision of security services, and shapes the national firearm and security policy.