Riigikogu Vice-President Hanno Pevkur (Reform) is hiring fellow party member and former minister Rein Lang as his adviser. The decision to have Lang work on Reform's election campaign platform was met with criticism, though Riigikogu president Eiki Nestor thinks it is up to Pevkur to decide what to assign to Lang.
President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor (SDE) said on Thursday that it is up to Pevkur to decide what exactly his adviser's tasks should be. Nestor himself is backed up by two employees of the parliament's chancellery, both of whom aren't members of a political party.
Nestor confirmed that both of them deal with tasks connected to the work of the Riigikogu.
Still, if Pevkur was going to arrange Lang's time in such a way that there was room for the Reform Party's campaign platform, then why not: "It all depends on the tasks Pevkur gives [him]," Nestor said, adding that neither the Chancellery of the Riigikogu nor its board were responsible for assigning tasks to the vice presidents' advisers.
Pevkur's colleague and the Riigikogu's first vice-president, Enn Eesmaa (Center), said that the main tasks of the advisors hired by the chancellery were related to the Riigikogu's work. Seeing as there were plenty of bills, they always had a lot to do. Eesmaa didn't comment the specific case of Rein Lang.
Reform Party chairman and second vice-president of the Riigikogu, Hanno Pevkur, is hiring fellow party member and former minister Rein Lang as his advisor. Both said that Lang's tasks will include preparing the party's platform for the upcoming parliamentary election campaign.
The step was criticized by Free Party chairman Artur Talvik, among others. Talvik opined that an adviser hired and paid by the Chancellery of the Riigikogu should carry out assignments related to the parliament's work, and not work for a political party instead.
Editor: Dario Cavegn