After its first successful election to the Riigikogu on Sunday, Eesti 200 hopes to be invited to coalition talks by the election-winning Reform Party, Eesti 200 deputy chair Hendrik Johannes Terras said in an appearance on ETV morning program "Terevisioon" on Monday.
Terras said that Eesti 200 hasn't currently ruled out possible cooperation in a government coalition with anyone except the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE). According to him, Eesti 200 is awaiting the Reform Party board's decision regarding with whom they want to hold coalition negotiations.
"We hope to be at the table," he said.
"Party boards are convening; we'll be going over all possible options we have," Terras said. "We'll discuss things among ourselves and then we'll continue communicating with other parties."
According to the deputy party chair, Estonian politics need new players.
"Of course we have work to do now that we've received a mandate," Terras said. "We have to work hard and show people what we're capable of. I think new blood is important in politics; that's also why we've [established] Eesti 200 — to bring fresh ideas and new people into politics and solve things from slightly different angles."
According to Terras, should Eesti 200 get the invite to coalition negotiations, the party's priorities will be implementing Estonia's nationwide education reform and the development of green energy, but he also confirmed that there's room for negotiation on all of the issues included in the party's platform.
"So it tends to be the case in coalition governments — that there are priorities you want included in the coalition agreement," he explained. "To achieve that, you might have to give way on other points."
Should the party end up in Estonia's next government, Eesti 200 would be interested in the minister of education portfolio.
With 81,347 votes in all, the previously nonparliamentary Eesti 200 came in fourth overall in the 2023 Riigikogu elections, earning 13.3 percent of the vote and 14 mandates in the 101-seat Riigikogu, according to the latest election results info published on valimised.ee.
Editor: Aili Vahtla