Government supported the continuation of preparations for the further investigation of the ferry Estonia

01.10.2020 | 15:01

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Stenbock House, 1 October 2020 – At today’s cabinet meeting, the Government decided to continue preparing for the further investigation of the ferry Estonia, including consultations with Finland and Sweden.

According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, the Government considers it necessary to further investigate the ferry Estonia in connection with the information disclosed at the beginning of the week about previously undocumented damage to the hull. “We will continue our efforts and cooperate with Finland and Sweden to answer all the questions that have arisen in the light of the new information. It is extremely important for us that the further investigation is independent, transparent, and credible,” he said.

Ratas also emphasised that the further investigation must be carried out based on previous work in investigating the sinking of Estonia and in accordance with the 1995 agreement on the peace of the grave of Estonia.

At today’s cabinet meeting, the Secretary of State provided the Government with an overview of the preparations for an independent and impartial investigation. The Government supported the continuation of preparations for the investigation and instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to consult with the Finnish and Swedish authorities. It has already been decided by the Government that a new investigation should be carried out in cooperation with them.

The Government instructed the Government Office to inform the Estonian organisations representing the relatives of the victims of the Government’s decision and to hear their proposals.

The Government will continue discussions on preparations for the investigation next week.

A documentary released on the Discovery streaming platform on Monday showed footage filmed of hitherto undocumented damage to the hull in September last year. There is a hole of at least four metres high and 1.2 metres wide on the starboard side of the ship, which has not been recorded before.

Government Communication Unit