The Estonian Conservative People’s Party is founded on the continuity of the Republic of Estonia and its Constitution, and it unites people who fight for the nation state, social cohesion and democratic principles.
The faction of the Party has seven members.
The goal of the domestic and foreign policy of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party is to ensure Estonia’s independence and to carry out the interests of the Estonian nation and state. The Party bases its policies on the rule of law that is grounded on democracy and the separation of powers, with laws applying equally to everyone.
The activities of the Conservative People’s Party are based on three fundamental values:
- Endurance of the Estonian values, based on support for the language, culture, education, family, traditions and national economy
- Participation society of equal opportunities, where open, honest and democratic governance allows all citizens to reach fulfilment and get involved in politics
- Socially and regionally balanced development and wellbeing that are guaranteed by a fair and strong state by implementing caring and knowledge-based policies and by developing an ecologically sustainable living environment.
The Conservative People’s Party with its nearly 8,700 members is the fourth largest party in Estonia.
The Conservative People’s Party protects the interests and the principles of its voters as an opposition party in the Riigikogu. The plans of the Party include reducing the funding of political parties from the state budget, amending the Election Act so as to allow the people to elect the president at direct elections, and abolishing the transfer of votes at the parliamentary elections. Another of its goals is to give a legal status to referendums as public initiatives and to increase the wealth of the Estonian people by reducing VAT and promoting small businesses. This requires a forceful downsizing of bureaucracy.
The objectives of the Conservative People’s Party include:
- expression and representation of the political interests of its members and supporters
- exercise of state and local authority
- building up a free, independent and sovereign rule of law
- achieving social, economic and ecological balance according to the principles of sustainable development
- preserving the Estonian nation, language and culture for eternity
Political priorities in the near future
One of the goals of the Conservative People’s Party for the near future is to give the Estonian economy a growth impetus that would increase the wealth of the people and bring expatriates back home. The Party also wants to introduce a group of measures that would increase the birth rate of the Estonians. This has prompted the proposal to introduce an income tax benefit on children and to erase a quarter of the family’s housing loan with the birth of every child. The Party supports the immediate strengthening of national defence by creating armoured manoeuvre capacity and restoring militarised border guard, as well as constructing the border line between Estonia and Russia. The Conservative People’s Party wants to repeal the Cohabitation Act.
The Conservative People’s Party was created when the Estonian National Movement and the Estonian People’s Union merged in 2012. The Estonian People’s Union adopted a new name and a new programme at its congress on 24 March. New statutes were adopted at the April 2013 congress and Ambassador Mart Helme was elected the Chairman of the Party.
The Conservative People’s Party also includes members from parties that preceded the People’s Union. The Estonian Country People’s Party (founded in 1994), Estonian Rural Union (founded in 1917, refounded in 1991), Estonian Pensioners’ and Families’ Party (founded in 1991) and Farmers’ Assembly (founded in 1921, refounded in 1992) participated at the 1995 elections on the same list with the Coalition Party and won, receiving 32.23 % of the vote and 41 seats at the Riigikogu. They formed the next four governments (three under Tiit Vähi and one under Mart Siimann) all of which included the predecessors of the People’s Union. In 2011, the People’s Union failed to make it to the parliament.
- 7,800 – members
- 163,000 –signature collected by the Party against the privatisation of power stations
- 8.1 % – 2015 election result
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