Tallinn mayor: Merging Tallinn offices will bring management layoffs

Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart (Center).
Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart (Center). Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

On Tuesday, Mayor of Tallinn, Mihhail Kõlvart (Center), introduced a reform plan to members of Tallinn city government which will change the city's management structure, and replace the current heads of several agencies.

According to the mayor's explanation, the changes in the city's management structure are due soon. 

First of all, Kõlvart said, the activities of the culture board (kultuuriamet), the education board (haridusamet), and the sports and youth board (spordi- ja noorsooamet) must be reviewed. "The activities of these agencies need to be reviewed, including structural changes," Kõlvart told ERR.

The mayor also noted that the city archives would be abolished as a separate office. The content of this work will have no changes, but the archive will become a department within the city chancellery. The energy agency (energiaagentuur), whose functions will be placed under the aegis of the strategy center (strateegiakeskus), will also close and shut down its operations.

Kõlvart has not yet announced which professions are specifically planned to be merged: "There is an initial project, which professions will be merged, but we need to do an even more in-depth analysis before. It's so new that people have to look at it first."

The city is organizing competition rounds to find the leaders of the units to be merged. It is not planned to make the place completely clean by managing the old ones, but Kõlvart's goal is to bring new people to the city government with new experiences and concepts. 

"Hopefully, the change of leaders will have a domino effect, so the attitude will change from the beginning and it will also affect the work of the subordinate agencies.

"We have already made operational savings concerning this year's budget, the current number of savings has been made in the amount of €3.5 million," Kõlvart said, adding now is the time to modernize the city system, although it will also bring savings.


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Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein

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