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Reforms to the strategy "Estonia 2035" to become clear by November

6. June 2019 - 14:50

Stenbock house, 6 June 2019- At today’s Cabinet Meeting, the government approved the future timetable for the state strategy "Estonia 2035", according to which the necessary reforms will become clear by November of this year. The strategy itself will be completed by April of 2020, after negotiations with interest groups and partners.

"The boundaries for the preparation of the strategy "Estonia 2035" are becoming clearer, and during the summer months, after negotiations with all future thinkers, experts and partners, the long-term goals of our country and society will be more clearly set," noted Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.

"Together we must make a decision about the direction in which we wish to move over the next 15 years and beyond. Also kept in focus are the environment, flexible economy, infrastructure that takes into consideration the needs of people, innovation or something else entirely," noted the Prime Minister. In order to reach a common understanding, seminars will be taking place over the next few weeks in various towns across Estonia.

"Nearly 14,000 Estonians have presented their expectations for the future to the creators of the strategy, who most want the country to focus on the security of people, freedom and nature conservation," added Prime Minister Ratas. Opinions were collected from 22 April to 10 May of this year. The people who took part had different places of residence, different educations and were of different ages.

The basis for the setting of targets is, in addition to the recently ended collecting of opinions, the global variables consolidated by experts such as global warming, changes in population, development of technology, as well as the more important development needs of the Estonian state consolidated with interest groups and partners.

Based on the results of the work above, the process of agreeing upon Estonia’s strategic targets, the reforms necessary to achieve them, and the identification of sources of funding will continue in the middle of 2019. "The goal is to reach an understanding by November regarding the reforms that Estonia needs and our capability to implement these reforms," said the Prime Minister.
The long-term strategy is being planned until 2035, encompassing all fields along with bigger reforms and investments, including the use of structural funds during the new period. The strategy "Estonia 2035" will be ready at the beginning of 2020, and its preparation is being led by the Government Office and the Ministry of Finance.

Taking part in the creation of "Estonia 2035" are various organisations, unions, associations, communities, company representatives, experts and everyone interested across Estonia. Preparation began with the cabinet decision of 8 March 2018. The goal of the strategy being created is to provide a long-term, sustainable direction for Estonia’s development.

Information concerning the strategy: https://www.riigikantselei.ee/et/Eesti2035

Additional information:
Eili Lepik, Deputy Strategy Director of the Government Office, e-mail: eili.lepik[at]riigikantselei[dot]ee; tel: 506-7123
Magnus Urb, Head of Strategic Planning at the Ministry of Finance; e-mail: magnus.urb[at]fin[dot]ee; tel: 5665-6990

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