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State agency relocation plan to be confirmed by end of May

Minister of Public Administration Mihhail Korb.
Minister of Public Administration Mihhail Korb. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

The Ministry of Finance will submit a detailed plan regarding the relocation of Estonian state agencies out of Tallinn by May 31.

According to Minister of Public Administration Mihhail Korb, this plan will be a vision of which agencies are planned to be relocated out of the capital and according to what schedule.

"After May 31, this plan can definitely be introduced to both the government and [the Riigikogu] and the public," Korb said during question time in the Riigikogu. "It's a bit early yet to discuss this and tie specific institutions with specific places, but this will clear up in the next couple of months."

According to a decision made at a Cabinet meeting, the state is seeking to relocate approximately 1,000 jobs out of Tallinn, relocating at least 30-50 positions to each county seat.

"This is not a big number from the Tallinn aspect, but I believe that that is sufficient for a county seat, as our big businesses in the county employ about as many people — 50-100 people," said the minister. "Relocating 50 positions out of the capital to a county seat is a pretty big accomplishment in light of the fact that in the course of county government and local government reforms, a good number of good specialists will end up jobless."

According to Korb, one possibility would be for these employees to find work in the newly relocated agencies. "Although I have to admit that, in reality, when agencies are relocated, some workers will remain in the same posititions, but they usually do not number over 25-30 percent," he explained.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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