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The Economic Development Committee of the government: research and development could be enhanced by the intersectoral movement of employees

19. December 2018 - 14:23

Stenbock House, 19 December 2018 – the Economic Development Committee of the government was presented with new proposals to enhance research and development as well as to engage the private sector more actively in the field of research. The overview provided to the Committee revealed that employees need better opportunities for combining research with entrepreneurship and move between sectors.

“To increase research capacity, it is extremely important for scientists and entrepreneurs to have experience in collaboration,” said Mailis Reps, Minister of Education and Research. She added that researchers and entrepreneurs need to acquire a better understanding of the specifics and objectives of each other’s work. Individuals’ engagement in intersectoral movement would benefit such purpose. “This is the only way to gain immediate experience and contacts,” Reps added.

Mailis Reps, Minister of Education and Research, and Rene Tammist, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, presented proposals to the Committee on stimulating the research and development activities of enterprises as well as increasing the involvement of the private sector. The Ministry of Education and Research is planning to support the development of outstanding research results in a form that attracts enterprises, and to hire development counsellors in subsidiary unions of enterprises. More extensive support is planned for the intersectoral movement of employees. “One measure would be a short-term employment of researchers in enterprises or state institutions,” Reps said.

Rene Tammist, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, sees creating a foundation to support implementing research-intensive start-up companies and business development in the earliest possible stage as a potential measure. It is also important to keep supporting actively operating enterprises in research-intensive product development and participation in international networks.

The Economic Development Committee was also given an overview on the current state of developing the Helsinki to Tallinn Tunnel.

As a part of the meeting’s agenda, Janek Mäggi, Minister of Public Administration, presented a topical research on the possibilities and restrictions of county development.

The Committee also discussed the future of Estonian railway transport. Erik Laidvee, CEO of Estonian Railways, presented his views on the issue.

Background

  • The Economic Development Committee of the government, led by the prime minister, assembles once a month to have an overview on the economic situation, find solutions to issues that require coordination between ministries, involve experts and stakeholders, and engage in the development of the economic environment.
  • The Economic Development Committee comprises Rene Tammist, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology; Mailis Reps, Minister of Education and Research; Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice; Kadri Simson, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure; Toomas Tõniste, Minister of Finance; Riina Sikkut, Minister of Health and Labour; and Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Committee is managed by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.
  • Other ministers will attend the committee meetings at the invitation of the prime minister if the subject matter requires the presence of a responsible minister.
  • The work of the Committee is supported by the Strategy Unit of the Government Office.

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