Stenbock House, 8 August 2019 – the government coalition of the Centre Party, the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia, and Isamaa concluded the first hundred days of their term of office.
“The time intended for the parties of the coalition to adapt to and be acquainted with each other offered a number of challenges. Most were resolved with constructive discussions and productive decisions. Unfortunately, some statements were made that cast a shadow on us and on Estonia. At the same time, all of these challenges confirmed that this is the time for social politics. It means that the main purpose of each decision made by the government has to be a balanced society,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.
Today, the government reflects on their current achievements to continue their activities. “This government has both the vision and the will to cooperate to ensure that Estonia gains a better present, future, and reputation,” Ratas confirmed.
In the first hundred days, the government has made a number of progressive decisions and initiated constructive discussions. “For example, we decided to launch a nationwide digital registration system, electrify the railroad and increase the number of electric trains, contribute more to the prevention of domestic violence, and much more. At the same time, we focused on a number of issues that require comprehensive innovation and extensive investments. These include, for example, pensions, state expenses, and the climate change,” the prime minister said.
A conclusive overview of the hundred days will be ready by Friday and available on the website of the government under “Objectives, Activities”: https://www.valitsus.ee/en/objectives-activities.
The five priorities of the government:
A family-friendly Estonia, where people feel safe and secure enough to start a family. In the first hundred days, one of the achievements in this area was approving the new action plan for the prevention of domestic violence. It includes five general objectives: securing and supporting the victim, making the abuser take responsibility for their actions, working with informed and professional experts, providing the experts with tools to support them, and constantly monitoring the area.
A cohesive society whose members feel included in societal life and in which all the primary rights and freedoms of people are equally guaranteed. In this area, 19 hospitals were united in a single nationwide digital registration system, and the Riigikogu received the foundations for legislative policies until 2030.
A knowledge-based economy, where the government supports smart economy that is based on research, development, and innovation. In the hundred days, the government approved an action plan for national artificial intelligence, expanded the conditions for the large investor support scheme, and approved the e-Residency 2.0 action plan.
Efficient governance – making communication between people and enterprises and the state simple and seamless without any excess bureaucracy and administrative burden. Within this priority, the government approved an action plan for national reform to decrease bureaucracy in the public sector and offer higher-quality services. The government also decided to conduct an extensive revision of the state budget, analyse all the expenses and revenues of the state, and evaluate their necessity.
A free and protected state where people feel secure, which also involves perceiving Estonia as a part of the international community. Within the hundred days, the government presented the Riigikogu with the draft for the new guideline of criminal policies until 2030. The government also approved the amendments in the Consular Act to improve the availability of services.