Political Effect on State Businesses Modest, Says Business Leader ({{commentsTotal}})

Peep Aaviksoo, head of the Estonian Business School's Executive Training Center, said politicians influence the running of state companies, institutions and foundations less than generally perceived.

“The chain of command in a business is very simple, which sadly is not the case for all public institutions,” Aaviksoo, who was briefly a Reform Party Deputy Mayor of Tallinn 10 years ago, said today on ETV's “Terevisioon” program.

“Estonia is a small nation where it is very easy to find connections – everyone has been to the same school as everyone, etc. People often think politicians sit in ministerial cabinets and influence businesses […],” Aaviksoo said, adding that such instances are few and far between.

He said public institution have a far more complicated chain of command, but they are also transparent.