Estonian entrepreneurs founded the State Reform Foundation
On Monday, 14 May 2018, 28 Estonian entrepreneurs founded the State Reform Foundation with the aim to provide clear content for the renewal of the Estonian state organisation. This is an apolitical private initiative, established for one year, that will develop the concept of the state reform and the drafts of several legislative proposals and theses of explanatory letter required for its implementation. The results of the foundation’s work will be a gift from the entrepreneurs for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
According to one of the initiators of the movement Olari Taal, it is time to renew the Estonian state. “The Estonian state is not broken but needs some serious remodelling for the future. There are a number of facts that cannot be overlooked. The general expenditure of the Estonian state on the public sector is nearing a breaking point. Estonia is overregulated, has an increasing governmental apparatus and is becoming more and more state-centred. We will be making our very specific proposals to change this situation,” was Taal’s explanation on the purpose of establishing the Foundation.
Member of the supervisory board of the State Reform Foundation and Senior Partner of Ellex Raidla Jüri Raidla says that no new political party or movement will be created, it is a strictly apolitical project with regard to party politics. “For nearly nine years now we have been holding a heated public debate in society about the state reform and renewing the country. With the help of the founders of the Foundation, we are finally able to create the tools and plan for its implementation. Our intention is not to criticise what has been done so far or compete or fight with anyone but with our joint gift contribute to the remodelling of the Estonian state,” explained Jüri Raidla the plans of the new foundation.
As the first result the Foundation wishes to deliver on Citizenship Day, 26 November 2018, to the President of the Riigikogu, the government and all political parties represented in the parliament the concept of the state reform.
The founders of the Foundation are Estonian entrepreneurs Andres Saame, Armin Kõomägi, Enn Kunila, Hannes Tamjärv, Heldur Meerits, Jaak Nigul, Jaan Pillesaar, Jaan Puusaag, Jaanus Otsa, Jüri Käo, Jüri Mõis, Koit Uus, Lembit Lump, Mark Berman, Mati Polli, Olari Taal, Olav Miil, Parvel Pruunsild, Peeter Mänd, Priit Kessa, Priit Piilmann, Raivo Hein, Tiina Mõis, Tiit Kuuli, Tiit Pruuli, Toomas Sildmäe, Viljar Arakas and Vjatšeslav Leedo.
Substantive work of the Foundation is led by former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and judge of the European Court of Human Rights Rait Maruste and jurisprudent, sworn advocate and one of the creators of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia Jüri Raidla. They are responsible for the preparatory work of drafting the state reform concept and draft proposals and theses of explanatory letters together with the founders, supervisory board and management board and engaged experts.
Members of the management board of the Foundation are Jüri Käo, Olari Taal and Rait Maruste.
Members of the supervisory board of the Foundation are Aivo Adamson, Alar Karis, David Vseviov, Jaak Aaviksoo, Jüri Raidla, Kristi Liiva, Marek Helm, Raivo Vare, Riina Varts, Ringa Raudla, Tarmo Jüristo, Tiit Pruuli, Toomas Tamsar, Urmas Varblane and Viljar Arakas.
The content of the starting vision of the founders of the State Reform Foundation and work schedule is available at www.riigiuuendus.ee.
The Twitter account for the State Reform Foundation is www.twitter.com/riigiuuendus.