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The Government approved the action plan for the next four years

30. May 2019 - 19:13

Stenbock House, 30 May 2019 – today, the Government approved the action plan for the next four years that is based on the five priorities: family-friendly Estonia, cohesive society, knowledge-based economy, efficient governance, and a free and secure state. The action plan is based on the coalition agreement that contains 486 assignments.

According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, the action plan provides a good overview on the extent and content of the Government’s plans. “All coalition partners agree that Government decisions must involve specific solutions to our current problems, whereas these decisions are investments into our common future. From that standpoint, the action plan of the Government may be seen as an investment plan that reflects the specific steps made in different areas and the activities meant for improving our lives,” the Prime Minister said.

For the purpose of developing a family-friendly Estonia, the Government prioritises improving the exercise habits of children and an early detection of mental health issues.

The Government is analysing possibilities for providing surety without self-financing for multi-child and young families. Kredex will also continue to provide home financing support for multi-child families.

Another focus is on developing a human-centred and efficient health care system by accelerating the deployment of unified digital registration, developing the health information system, updating the services at the patient portal, and continuing to establish health centres.

The Government will also develop comprehensive population and family policy. Part of it will be to analyse the efficiency of current family policy measures and make proposals for improvement. One of the objectives is to enhance a returning system for Estonians – returning to Estonia must be simple and without any unnecessary bureaucracy or complications.

For the purpose of ensuring a cohesive society, the Government will pay attention to the subsistence and well-being of the elderly. The Government is planning to make sure that the average old-age pension remains free of tax; they also set a goal of an extraordinary raise of pensions and are making suggestions to reform pensions under favourable conditions. The Government is planning to continue establishing service houses for the elderly to guarantee care as well as everyday services.

Another goal is to improve the services for people with special needs and modernise the long-term care. The price of home services must remain below the price of a nursing home. The Government has also decided to simplify the system for assigning a permanent disability, focus on providing training and complementary training for care workers, and to continue establishing an innovative nursing home for the elderly with complex dependency.

For the purpose of enhancing a knowledge-based economy, the state will support making the enterprises smarter, for example, by digitalising the construction sector. The focus is on implementing artificial intelligence and machine learning, or the so-called ‘kratts’, in order to bring the state closer to its citizens, improve efficiency, and decrease bureaucracy.

The Government prioritises increasing the contribution of the public sector on research and development to one percent of GDP and will continue to discuss this in the fall when negotiations continue for the next year’s budget.They are also planning to analyse and make proposals for supporting electricity solutions for houses without a network connection in rural areas and improving domestic waste recycling.

For the purpose of ensuring an efficient governance, the Government is planning to conduct an elaborate audit of the state budget in order to overview all activities and expenses and, consequently, make future-oriented decisions.

Another priority is continuing with the state reform, including the state house project that allows citizens to access the services of different state authorities in a single place. State houses will help to increase the presence of the state in different regions, improve communication with the state, and guarantee the availability of quality state services in every region of Estonia.

The Ministry of Finance is preparing a draft legislation of the state reform and an action plan for the next stage. This include merging the state authorities and developing e-services, thus decreasing bureaucracy for people, entrepreneurs, and local governments. They will also continue to transfer jobs outside of Tallinn.

The Government is planning to make communication with the state more convenient for citizens. A unified online contact point will help the state to provide services based on specific needs, or the so-called event-based services, which will help to significantly decrease bureaucracy.

The Government is also planning to develop technological solutions for speeding up criminal proceedings without having to spend extra time on paperwork.

To ensure a free and secure country, the Government will maintain defence expenses at least at the level of two percent of the GDP and increase investments in national defence in order to improve the military defence capabilities. Special attention will be turned on ammunition procurements and developing the capabilities in the areas of self-propelled guns and anti-tank abilities.

The Government is also planning to increase the number of servicemen in the military service and amend the law, in order to deliver electronic invites to persons liable for a service in the Defence Forces via the eesti.ee website.

For the purpose of strengthening border defence, a separate structural unit with modern equipment and armament will be established in the Police and Border Guard Board. Stage-by-stage construction of the Eastern border will also continue. The Government is planning to enhance the fight against money laundering by increasing the abilities of investigating economic crimes and pretrial criminal proceedings.

Complete text of the Government action plan (in Estonian): https://www.valitsus.ee/sites/default/files/content-editors/valitsus/Rat... (PDF)