Estonia's second largest city is in the process of renewing its development plan until 2030, and said two more ministries should move to Tartu, after the Ministry of Education moved there in 2001.
Deputy Mayor Jarno Laur told ERR radio Tartu has the University of Life Sciences, the Agricultural Registers and Information Board and other agriculture institutions, which makes it an ideal place for the Ministry of Agriculture.
“The Ministry of Culture would be logical as Tartu has been the so-called capital of spirit [...],” he said.
The former minister for regional affairs, Siim Kiisler, said the idea is worthy of debate and there should be more state jobs outside of Tallinn, but added that moving ministries might not be the way to go and state institutions and businesses should lead the way instead.
In 2001 only 32 out of a staff of 108 moved to the new location of the Ministry of Education from Tallinn to Tartu. There were 17 that stayed on in a branch in Tallinn while the rest found new jobs.