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picture News November, 20 2017
image: One common understanding:Summary of pre-election debate One common understanding:Summary of pre-election debate

There was one common understanding among the representatives of the five political parties who met members of the foreign Chambers of Commerce at the September 25th pre-election debate on the future of Tallinn;

Tallinn and Toompea [the Estonian Government] are going in different directions.

The two-hour debate was organized by the foreign Chambers of Commerce in Estonia in cooperation with the Foreign Investors Council in Estonia, and it is available in full on ERR’s, the Estonian Public Service Broadcasting, website:

www.news.err.ee/politics/91176415-c1ef-4f16-bc2a-ab809e0ecf6a

Here are some quotes from the debate:

- The most important problem we have is how to move forward. The state needs to have a bigger role in this. We need to be creative. The question of Tallinn has become not a local but rather a national question, said Eerik Niiles Kross - Mayoral candidate, IRL.

- The goal with Tallinn’s free public transportation was to win votes. It increased the number of passengers by 1,1% only. All studies in the world show that the only way to improve public transportation usage is to increase quality and connectivity, said Valdo Randpere - Mayoral candidate, Reform Party.

- I am an entrepreneur just like all of you. The idea of our election union is the fact that Tallinn should not be governed based on the existing political system. People should participate in the process. City government should be run by professionals while the city council can be led by politicians, said Karli Lambot - head of the Free Patriotic Citizen electoral union.

- We are in a different position in Tallinn than any other party, as we have been in power for many years now. We get a lot of support from the local population, Russian-speaking population and hope to gain support of the English-speaking population as well, said Olga Sõtnik, Centre Party MP and city council candidate.

- Tallinn is in stagnation right now. We want to bring more democracy to Tallinn, said Andres Anvelt - Mayoral candidate, Social Democratic Party.

Use your right to vote October 20th!

If you are an EU citizen with an Estonian ID-card (= residence permit) or a non-EU citizens with a long-term residence permit, you are eligible to vote in the October 20th Estonian Municipal Elections!

On behalf of the SCCE Council I would like to thank Eerik Niiles Kross, Valdo Randpere, Karli Lambot, Olga Sõtnik and Andres Anvelt for participating in the debate. My thanks also go to our moderator James Oates, all my colleagues at the other foreign Chambers for a good
cooperation, and to Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel for a very good arrangement and an equally very good breakfast buffet.

Sincerely,

Kristiina Sikk
SCCE Ombudsman



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