At Thursday's cabinet meeting, the government decided to merge the Civil Aviation Administration (Lennuamet), the Road Administration (Maanteeamet), and the Maritime Administration (Veeteede amet) into a joint transport authority, which will start operating on January 1, 2021.
Taavi Aas, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure told ERR analysis and with the support of the representatives of the maritime, railway, aviation, and the entire trade sector shows how important the cross-transport agency is.
"The joint transport agency primarily means better public services for people. A common service standard, e-service environment, and communication channel will be created," said Aas (Center).
"During the preparation of the analysis, we also presented the results to the representatives of each trade sector and listened to the experience of the joint agencies of the Finnish colleagues. We realized that the synergy outweighs the risks and given developments in these sectors over the next 10 to 15 years, merging agencies would sooner or later have been inevitable."
The position of Deputy General Secretary for the Maritime Administration will be created
The merging of the authorities will make it possible to plan the development of the maritime, aviation, and road sectors across modes of transport in terms of the mobility channels linking the various modes of transport and of mobility as a whole.
The merger will not only reorganize the work between the agencies and it will create the position of the Deputy Secretary-General for the Maritime Administration. The merger will also bring the marketing activities of the flagging project to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Restructuring in the transport sector is part of a comprehensive state reform program with more than 30 actions planned in various areas. The name of the joint office will be chosen during the merger.
Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab (Center) says the Civil Aviation Administration, the Road Administration, and the Maritime Administration have an important role in shaping the services in the field of state transport.
"The merger in the field of transport is part of the state reform in order to make services better and more efficient and to reduce duplication of activities," said Aab.
During the discussions on the analysis of the accession process, the question of the future organization and management of the railway sector was repeatedly raised. The Government decided the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications will analyze the possibilities and expediency of connecting the administration of railway infrastructure and the organization of railway transport with other modes of transport and submit the results of the analysis to the Government of the Republic together with proposals by January 2022.
The activities of the State Reform Action Plan form a comprehensive program that will help to perform state tasks more efficiently, provide high-quality services, and reduce the working time and costs required for this purpose.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein