No. 7




Volunteers in parliament

  • Andres Siplane

    Andres Siplane

    Chief Specialist, Department of Sanctions and Strategic Export Control, Ministry of Foreign

Every MP has things in his schedule that someone else could do for him or her but which are not in the job description of anyone working in the Riigikogu.

One solution out of many is to use volunteers. This question has been raised in many parliaments, though a successful long-term model has not been found anywhere.

One problem is the time needed to mentor volunteers – MPs are very busy. Another obstacle is insufficient preparation of potential volunteers – many assignment require prior knowledge – the first week of work it would probably be hard even to find the right door, let alone questions of protocol. A third problem is perhaps a question of individual styles. Not all MPs would necessarily work well with volunteers.

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