Chairman of the opposition Reform Party Hanno Pevkur said that the coalition Center Party's goal is to bring Estonia back to Soviet times, as evidenced by the current government's actions and stances.
"As we have seen from recent weeks' ratings, Reform's rating is on a continuing upward trend, while the popularity of the government is on the decline," Pevkur told fellow party members on Friday. "One of the main reasons, in addition to everyday mistakes, seems increasingly more to be the Center Party's wish to bring Estonia back to the past. Perhaps even more harshly — back to Soviet times."
Considering what the Center Party government is doing, this is what it looks like, Pevkur said. "From language and citizenship policy to more concrete decisions concerning the compensation of occupation damage or reheating of the VEB Fund," he noted. "All of these activities seem to carry the wish to recognize the responsibilities of the Republic of Estonia to compensate for the consequences of Soviet rule."
Other current politically hot topics include activity surrounding the television channel Pervyi Baltiisky Kanal (PBK), and the Reform Party remains of the opinion that programs cannot be ordered from PBK, as the mouthpiece of the Kremlin, paid for by taxpayers' money.
"We also spoke about Estonia's option to propose to the European Commission to divide Estonia into separate zones when distributing EU support funds of the new [budget] period, which would allow us to apply for additional funding for outside of Tallinn," Pevkur noted. "The party board found that it is reasonable to do so, and that Estonia should submit the relevant proposal to the European Commission."
Political initiatives currently being prepared in the Reform parliamentary group include allowing dual citizenship to native-born citizens of the Republic of Estonia and the reduction of excise duty rates, among others. Pevkur promised that the broader public would soon hear more about these topics.
Editor: Aili Vahtla