Rural Affairs Committee chairman calls emergency meeting over state reform
The Chairman of the Riigikogu's Rural Affairs Committee, MP Ivari Padar (SDE), has called an emergency meeting of the committee for July 25 in order to discuss problem arising from the absence of a comprehensive plan for state reform.
According to Riigikogu spokespeople, Padar, a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDE), made it clear that this action was prompted by the Estonian Road Administration's plans to reduce the regional availability of services in the near future.
Padar said that a law on administrative reform had been passed by now, which is just one part of the planned state reform.
"It is clear that you shouldn't rush headlong into reform," said the MP. "The solution proposed by the Road Administration, which considers the needs of one agency alone, is poorly argumented and ignores previous agreements, is a clear sign of danger and requires rapid interference on the legislative level as well."
Padar said that the law on administrative reform received a green light from the Riigikogu on the condition that changes to be made in the future must be carefully considered and carried out in a thorough manner.
The emergency meeting on July 25 will be attended by Minister of Public Administration Arto Aas as well as representatives of the country's county governors.
Padar noted that scrutiny of the subject of state reform was important and that the circle of people to attend the meeting may yet become wider still. "We are waiting for explanations first and foremost from the Minister of Public Administration," he added.