Ossinovski: Kaljulaid could continue as European auditor from Estonia

1/13/2016 10:53 AM
Source: BNS
Category: Politics

The leader of the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE), Jevgeni Ossinovski, has said incumbent Kersti Kaljulaid could serve one more term as the Estonian member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

Ossinovski told the evening news of ETV television after a meeting of the leaders of the parties of the ruling coalition with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Tuesday it would be practicable and sensible to find a candidate over whom it would be possible to reach agreement.

Ossinovski said Kersti Kaljulaid could continue serving as the Estonian auditor in ECA.

The chairman of the second junior coalition party Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), Margus Tsahkna, told BNS after the meeting he agrees with the president that the issue of choosing the Estonian member of ECA must be solved. "This must not be a topic which affects cooperation in the government," Tsahkna said. "This matter must be solved."

Tsahkna described Juhan Parts as a strong candidate for the job.

The IRL chief said the leaders of the ruling parties have not discussed the subject of appointment of the Estonian member of ECA yet.

"No specific date or time has been agreed yet. It is a duty of the prime minister to call the meeting," he said.

The president and the chairmen of the ruling coalition parties - Margus Tsahkna of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), the Reform Party's Roivas and Jevgeni Ossinovski of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) - talked at Tuesday's meeting about both concrete problems awaiting prompt solution and long-term initiatives, the president's office said.

"You have three more years ahead of you. Do not take it as an inevitability but as an opportunity to improve Estonia," Ilves said. "Nobody has to be trapped by their own dogmas. The coalition should fearlessly seek out taboo topics and find the unity that will help Estonia to move forward."

Ilves described the meeting with the leaders of the coalition parties as a businesslike discussion of issues that give rise to mutual distrust and big reforms, such as the administrative reform as part of state reform and the employment reform.

Estonia is facing bigger challenges than the question of who will take the seat in the European Court of Auditors and, as an open European country, should now resolve the issue of the Registered Partnership Act implementation laws, the president said.

"The meeting hopefully was good also for communication between the government parties," the president added.

Kaljulaid, 46, became a member of ECA on May 7, 2004 and is about to complete her second-six year term in the European auditing body next year.


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