On Wednesday, the Estonian Authors' Society (Eesti Autorite Ühing) gathered in The Russian Cultural Center (Vene kultuurikeskus) to elect a new management board, with Mikk Targo, who was the chairman of the board, being forced to step down from the position. The previous management board was accused of poor communication within the association, ERR's culture portal reports.
The new members of the management board are Jaak Jaago, Juko-Mart Kõlar, Kadri Sundja, Karl-Ander Reismann, Kirke Karja, Vaiko Eplik and Virgo Sillamaa. Kõlar has been part of the board before.
Sillamaa told ERR that it was a bit early to say what kind of things would change as a result.
"As the new management board was just put together, firstly, we have a learning process ahead of us to understand how Estonian Authors' Society (EAÜ) works in the first instance. Furthermore, we need to get acquainted very well with the workflow and the team itself," he said, adding that the board needs to work on its transparency as there should be more of it. In addition to transparency, better communication, and greater service to the authors need fixing as well.
Based on his information, the members of the board discussed the transparency for a long time. Sillamaa admitted: "I think that there are some problems in awareness. EAÜ is a very transparent organization – the society has to obey the law and report to the Ministry of Justice. Every year, we give statements about the activities in the society, and the transparency report is one of them. I believe that a lot of authors did not know how to read that report and that's why the communication lacks understanding."
Kalev Rattus, the executive director of the EAÜ said that the previous managing board did a great job, but he finds that it was time for changes. Based on Rattus' words, the new board cannot bring any new big changes with them.
"I believe that our activities are regulated more by the laws and European directives. As a matter of fact, we are well established and the new board cannot change anything as it is written in the law."
Member of the previous management board Mario Kivistik said that the election of the new board was natural, and he will not miss being in the board. He did not see any deficiency in the work of the board. "It seems to me that the reason why we chose new members of the board was also pointed out at the meeting – access to information and communication and greater openness are the idealistic and enthusiastic aspects for the younger generation. I believe there has always been some openness in the society and all members continue to have access to information about their royalties."
Kivistik also added that the new board needs time to settle in and understand how the society works. "The vast majority of new members have come from many different life paths which is good, but the new members of the board need to work out how the society works. They need to learn how to do it and the working period is not only for a few months. It is a much longer period."
The previous chairman of the board, Mikk Targo, told ERR that he had no comments on the decision and everything went as it should have gone.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein