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image: Only one way forward to continue Estonia’s success story Only one way forward to continue Estonia’s success story

- A State Management Reform is the only serious and practical way to continue the success story of Estonia. Estonian thinkers and the OECD 2011 assessment agree; In the long run, the Republic of Estonia cannot continue to support its expensive style of governance, said Jüri Raidla at this year’s first focus Round Table Meeting at Radisson BLU Hotel Olümpia in Tallinn.

- Most of our municipalities do not function in full and this is in contradiction with Chapter II and the spirit of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia. A straight-forward model for a State Management Reform would be to turn our 15 counties into municipalities, which would require an amendment to § 155 in the Constitution. This would provide integrated governance, disallowing fragmentation but instead providing vertical management and horizontal cooperation. If needed, the number of counties can be slightly increased afterwards, continued Jüri Raidla.

Jüri Raidla also discussed Estonia and Europe at the meeting:

- There are some obvious dead-ends if somebody is trying to look at the EU today as a confederation of States. For example, if President Obama needs to speak with Europe, who does he call? Herman Van Rompuy, Catherine Ashton, Jose Manuel Barroso, Siim Kallas, or maybe even Angela Merkel?

- Siim Kallas, the Estonian politician, currently serving as European Commissioner for Transport, once said; ‘An integrated Europe is the solution, not the problem,’ and it is indeed in Estonia's national interest to preserve and strengthen the European Union. To be persuaded on this issue, one should read the preamble to the Estonian Constitution, concluded Jüri Raidla.

A full report from the meeting will follow in the coming issue of SCCE’s magazine focus.


On behalf of the SCCE Council, I would like to thank Jüri Raidla and all participants for an interesting focus Round Table Meeting. My thanks also go to the team at Radisson BLU Hotel Olümpia for a very good set up of the meeting and a great lunch buffet. 


Kristiina Sikk

SCCE Ombudsman

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