Government decides to create position of special envoy to EU
The government decided on Thursday to create the position of special envoy to the European Union to represent the Estonian government in European Parliament sessions during the country's EU presidency.
"We decided to create the position of a special representative of the Estonian government, who will be authorized to speak before the European Parliament and represent the government," Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) said at Thursday's government press conference.
According to Rõivas, the special envoy will be an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted additional rights for the time of Estonia's EU presidency. At the same time, the role of coordinating EU policies would still be held by the EU secretariat of the government, he added.
Daily Eesti Päevaleht reported on Wednesday that Matti Maasikas, a former permanent representative of Estonia to the European Union who was recalled in May, would be appointed.
The special post has to be created as during the period of the EU presidency, the European Parliament expects that a minister of the member state is present for all discussions. Most countries send their EU ministers, who are usually junior, but as there is no such ministerial level in Estonia, a special position is required.