Special representative to be appointed for EU council presidency in 2018
The government decided to create a special representative position for the time of Estonia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. Ambassador Matti Maasikas, currently Estonia’s permanent representative at the EU, is the most likely candidate.
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) has been adamant about not adding any further ministers to the government, yet the government is planning to create a position that would give ambassador Matti Maasikas a political mandate and enable him to speak for the government, daily Eesti Päevaleht (link in Estonian) wrote on Wednesday.
The special representative will most likely be subordinate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The position would allow Maasikas to speak for the Estonian government in the European Parliament, and to represent the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the Council of the European Union.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand (independent) will introduce the details of such a position to the government. Her brief comment was that the position as described above was the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ view in the matter.