The Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu), 4 April 2019 – today, at the first session of the 14th Riigikogu, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas announced the resignation of the current government. Pursuant to the law, the current government must resign at the first convention of the new of Riigikogu but must to continue their activities until the new government assumes office.
The government led by Jüri Ratas assumed office on 23 November 2016 and has operated for 863 days.
The government approved its Action Plan on 28 December 2016. It was based on the coalition agreement and major goals of enhancing economic growth, increasing the population, strengthening national security, and improving the well-being and cohesion of the society. The Action Plan of the government included 395 assignments for the period of December 2016 to March 2019. As at 1 April, they had concluded 93 per cent of the Plan, or 366 assignments. The government failed to perform 29 assignments.
The government has discussed 1,797 agenda items on their sessions, established 402 regulations and 876 directives. The government has presented 233 draft acts and 36 draft statements of the Riigikogu to the parliament as well as provided their opinion on 107 bills by legislative bodies. The government has held 102 cabinet sessions and discussed a total of 429 matters.
Pursuant to subsection 92(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia, the current government resigns upon the first meeting of the new Riigikogu. The resigned government is authorised to continue their activities until the new government assumes office.
• Information on the changing of the government of the Republic of Estonia is available at https://www.valitsus.ee/en/changing-government-republic-estonia
• An overview on the current government: https://www.valitsus.ee/en/valitsus/varasemad-valitsused
A more detailed overview of government sessions:
The first session of the government led by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas was held on 24 November 2016. This government has convened for a total of 138 sessions, 11 of which have been extraordinary.
So far, the government has discussed a total of 1,797 agenda items and established 402 regulations and 876 directives. The government has presented 233 draft acts and 36 draft act statements of the Riigikogu as well as provided their opinion on 107 bills by legislative bodies. The government has held 102 cabinet sessions and discussed a total of 429 matters. The resigned government will continue their activities until the new government assumes office.
Extraordinary sessions are held outside schedules, i.e. not on 10 a.m. on Thursdays. Extraordinary sessions are usually held at Stenbock House or via various means of communication. On 6 December 2017, the government sang the national anthem at the Finnish embassy to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Finland. After that, they held an extraordinary session standing up at Tallinn Church Square where they decided on the number of reservists who must participate in an additional reservist training and the duration of the respective training.
Field sessions were held more often than usual due to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. For the first time, government sessions were held outside of Estonia and joint sessions were convened with governments of other nations.
On 3 May 2017, before the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the government met with the European Commission and held a field session at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU in Brussels on the same day.On 22 February 2018, the government held a field session at the Viljandi Gymnasium in relation to the events of the Republic of Estonia 100th anniversary week. The first agenda item, the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, was festive and public, included many invited guests and the students and staff of the Viljandi Gymnasium.
On 15 November of the same year, the government session was held at the Teachers’ House in Tallinn, Town Hall Square, where the Estonian Provisional Government had assumed office a hundred years earlier and formed government bodies.On 7 May of last year, the Estonian and Finnish governments held a joint session in Tallinn, celebrating the 100th anniversary of both nations. Items under discussion were the physical connections of Estonia and Finland, cooperation in the digital field, unions of culture, language, and education, as well as common enhancement of sustainable economic growth in the European Union. The session was held at the Conference Hall of the Toompea Castle.
On 21 August of last year, the Estonian and Latvian governments held a joint session at the National Library of Latvia in Riga, celebrating the 100th anniversary of both nations. They discussed the regional cooperation of Estonia and Latvia, strengthening regional security, the energy and transport infrastructure projects, economic development and growth, as well as digital unions.