At today’s plenary sitting, deliberation of the matter of significant national importance “The state reform and the fundamentals of good administration” was held at the initiative of the Riigikogu Study Committee to Draw Up the Development Objectives for the State Reform. The speakers pointed out the importance of avoiding pointless activities and the importance of involving citizens, and gave recommendations for carrying out a unanimous state reform.
In his report, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tartu and the University of California Rein Taagepera stressed the need to avoid substitutive activities. “It is possible to reduce the administrative burden and to act more efficiently also within the current framework. It is possible to say things more simply and clearly. It is possible to strive to take responsibility, and to adapt to new situations. They are good goals, and it is good that they are formulated as they are in the proposal “The Fundamentals of the State Reform 2030”,” Taagepera said.
CEO of the Estonian Cooperation Assembly Teele Pehk pointed out that Estonia was small and flexible, had smart people, and had digital advantages. “In twenty-five years, we have learned proceedings-centredness and obedient compliance with the law. What if we now learned citizen-centred governance in the next few decades? Because a user-centred state helps people be happy,” Pehk said. She added that we all had our role to play in improving cooperation skills.
Member of the Foundation for State Reform, member of the Academy of Sciences Jaak Aaviksoo pointed out recommendations for the state reform. “Obviously, it would be worthwhile to think seriously how to strengthen the parliament’s place in the Estonian power structure by increasing its capacity as well as its responsibility,” Aaviksoo said. He also spoke of the role of the Government and the Prime Minister as well as local governments, the bureaucracy of the rule of law, the public authority, the cooperation with the private sector, and technological development.
The Chancellor of Justice, Professor Ülle Madise recommended to avoid needless amendment of the Constitution. “Our success is based on the Constitution that is suitable for a small country: it is parliamentary, contains resourceful and economic solutions, and has a strong balancing mechanism that does not give too much power into anyone’s hands. We have a people’s Constitution, written in simple language, and not a lawyers’ Constitution,” Madise said.
During the debate, Tanel Talve (Social Democratic Party), Külliki Kübarsepp (Free Party), Arto Aas (Reform Party), Helmut Hallemaa (Centre Party), Eiki Nestor (Social Democratic Party), Mart Nutt (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union), Jüri Adams (Free Party), Peeter Ernits (Centre Party), Andres Metsoja (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union), Igor Gräzin (Reform Party) and Aivar Kokk (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union) took the floor.
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu (The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)
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