Coalition agreement text debate complete, last topics in the air

From L to R: Sven Mikser, Taavi Rõivas and Urmas Reinsalu (ERR)
4/2/2015 9:27 AM
Category: Politics

The three parties locked in coalition talks have completed talks on the last topics, except financing, and have finalized the wording of the coalition agreement, Reform Party Chairman Taavi Rõivas said.

Urbanization, boosting entrepreneurship, research and development and a stimulus package for those earning a low salary, were covered on Wednesday.

“Only finances remain for Thursday. Those topics are always complicated – like budget talks, when we attempt to write big numbers for the budget four years ahead. But I believe a solution can be found. We are certainly not yet balanced out and we must be ready for compromise and for finding solutions, but we took a huge step forward today [on Wednesday],” he said.

He said the ministerial division will be made once the budget has been penned.

Eiki Nestor, who has been voted to continue as the Parliament's speaker, said talks have dragged out as all three parties know each others strengths and weaknesses very well and want to agree in as much detail as possible to avoid future strife.

He said all three parties know there are few other options to the current format.

J.M. Laats

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