No. 2




The Administrative Reform Presumes Conceptual Clarity

31 October 2000


RiTo No. 2, 2000

  • Jaan Pöör

    Member of the Riigikogu, Estonian People's Union

Administrative reform affects every citizen and therefore it has to be accepted by the majority of the political parties represented in the Riigikogu.

Bearing this in mind, the previous government drew up the concept “Fundamentals of the development of public administration” that considered balanced administrative reform on all three administrative levels. In the case of administrative reform, priority is given to the optimum distribution of public functions and money between the three administrative levels. Mart Laar’s coalition government withdrew the concept from the proceedings of the Riigikogu when he came to power. As a result, the ministries began a chaotic activity that could push society out of balance. The author is convinced that in order for administrative reform to be successful, first, the Riigikogu should be given a conception on the basis of which a legislative base will be drawn up for carrying out the administrative reform.

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Jaan Pöör, born 1950, electrical engineer, Tallinn Technical University 1977. Work: chief power engineering specialist at Alatskivi state farm 1977-90, Alatskivi rural municipality elder 1991-95; deputy chairman of the Union of Local Governments of Tartu County 1992-93, chairman 1993-95, chairman of the Estonian Association of Unions of Local Governments 1993-95, member of the VII and VIII Riigikogu 1995-, chairman of the Riigikogu Select Committee on Anti-Corruption Activities 1995-. Affiliation: People’s Union Party, delegate to the Rural People’s Congress 1994-97, co-chairman 1995-99.