Media advisory - 038(2010)


Monitoring of local democracy in Estonia

Dates: from 26 to 27 April 2010

Location: Tallinn, Haapsalu, Tartu

Description: The Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will carry out a general monitoring mission to assess the state of local democracy in Estonia. This visit opens the second cycle of monitoring for this country since it ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 1994.

Congress Rapporteur Jos Wienen (Netherlands, L, EPP/CD) will look in particular into the question of local finances and to what extent the allocation of financial resources corresponds to the competences and responsibilities of local authorities.

The delegation will meet Minister for Regional Affairs Siim Valmar Kiisler, Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Märt Rask and Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar. In the Estonian Parliament, meetings will be held with Väino Linde, Head of the Constitutional Committee; Taavi Roivas, Head of the Finance Committee; and Kalev Kotkas, Head of the Rural Affairs Committee.

Meetings are also scheduled with Jüri Vöigemast, Executive Director of the Association of Estonian Cities and Ott Kasuri, Executive Director of the Association of Rural Municipalities, as well as representatives of local government and members of the Estonian delegation to the Congress.

Following the visit, a report will be submitted to the Congress’ Institutional Committee.

The Congress’ latest recommendation on the situation of local democracy in Estonia was adopted in May 2000.

Contact in Estonia:
Stéphanie Poirel, Secretariat of the Congress, mobile: +33 6 63 55 07 10

Communication Division of the Congress
of Local and Regional Authorities
Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 52 40
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 27 51