According to Minister of the Environment Marko Pomerants, the auction for the Tootsi, Pärnu County property meant for the construction of a wind farm will be organized by the State Forest Management Centre (RMK).
"This is the most practical timewise, as the property is theirs to manage," Pomerants explained to ERR's radio news, noting that they would be prepared to do so soonest. "If we began moving this land to Land Board via government procedures, that would take additional time."
The RMK council will discuss the matter on Friday, however Thursday is the deadline for wind energy businesses to submit their positions concerning the termination of legal proceedings.
Before any further steps are taken, Tallinn Administrative Court's judgment will be awaited as well, as the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of the Environment have submitted a request for the termination of proceedings following the government's withdrawal of the decision which gave way to disputes.
The government's December 2016 decision was challenged in court by a number of wind energy businesses and the court ruled in January to apply preliminary legal protection.
The court set a deadline of May 11 for the submission of positions concerning the termination of legal proceedings. The court will likely issue a judgment on the matter next week.
According to Pomerants, progress on the matter could continue following a court judgment to terminate the legal proceedings involved. "We hope that we'll have a clear picture by St. John's Day of who will begin developing a wind farm in Tootsi," he said.
The 160-hectare Tootsi property intended for the construction of a wind farm is located in Pärnu County's Vändra Municipality.
State-owned energy group Eesti Energia has confirmed that they will participate in the auction for the property. Nelja Energia chairman Martin Kruus has also said that their business is in principle interested in the Tootsi property.
Editor: Aili Vahtla