Crisis-stricken public offices can use each other's buildings and assets

Riina Solman.
Riina Solman. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

On the proposal of the Minister of Public Administration Riina Solman (Isamaa), the government issued a legislation today that facilitates the use of state-owned property during emergency, heightened defense alert, martial law, mobilization and demobilization.

Public assets are state-owned assets managed by public bodies, which include real estate, personal property, and holdings in private companies and foundations.

The temporary use or transfer of control of public property is by agreement between public authorities and, in exceptional circumstances, without agreement if it is essential to resolve or organize a crisis situation.

"In an emergency, the other institution may need to seize possession of the property without following the Public Property Act procedures. For emergency journeys or transportation, the other institution's transport equipment or other assets can be quickly mobilized," the minister said.

"Both buildings and land can be temporarily transferred to another body if necessary, while vehicles and other movable property, for example, can be transferred permanently," the minister added.

The transfer or temporary use should be for the purpose of responding to an emergency, supporting or organizing a heightened state of defense, mobilization or demobilization, or a state of war, including a situation required for the performance of national defense duties.

The new legislation enters into force on 1 September 2022.


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