Ilves' new official rooms to take up former Estonian Cooperation Assembly space in Kadriorg
As was the case when preceding presidents left office, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will have official rooms and office space put at his disposal, which in his case will be situated in the space formerly occupied by the Estonian Cooperation Assembly in Kadriorg.
The President of the Republic Official Perquisites Act provides that at the end of their term of office, the president will be alloted official rooms and office space whose rent and maintenance costs are to be covered by the state, reported Estonian daily Eesti Päevaleht (link in Estonian).
At Roheline aas 5, where the rooms planned for Ilves' use are located, his predecessor already awaits next door — namely, President Arnold Rüütel's own official rooms and office space are located in a different building belonging to the same complex, at Roheline aas 1.
President Rüütel rather actively uses his office space, noted the paper. He often hosts guests as well as meetings of clubs and non-profit organizations to which he belongs.
The Estonian Cooperation Assembly itself has already relocated to Tallinn's Tõnismäe neighborhood. According to assembly director Teele Pehk, moving out of Roheline aas has not had any significant effect on their work, as they knew they would be moving well ahead of time; this year's budget already planned for the rental cost of the organization's new workspace.
According to the Office of the President, the creation of Ilves' future office space has not involved incurring any extra costs, because the cooperation assembly's utilities were paid for by the Office of the President.