Es­to­nia con­firms re­lo­ca­tion of 70 state jobs away from cap­i­tal

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Es­to­nia con­tin­ues to push for the re­lo­ca­tion of a part of pub­lic sec­tor jobs away from Tallinn and de­ci­sions have been made to move 70 to 80 jobs to Ida-Viru County, which bor­ders Rus­sia.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR re­ports that the Es­to­nian Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Jaak Aab un­veiled to re­gional news­pa­per Põh­jaran­nik: «By the end of May, all state agen­cies and in­sti­tu­tions pre­sented their vi­sion on how jobs could be re­lo­cated out of Tallinn. Just re­cently I asked again — with re­gard to 70-80 jobs, it is known quite pre­cisely that they will be mov­ing. The broader goal is 150, and over the next year al­ready.

Aab noted that he could not cur­rently go into de­tail, as the matter was still be­ing de­cided within min­istries, but ex­pressed the opin­ion that to stop the process of ter­ri­to­rial marginal­iza­tion in Es­to­nia, the gov­ern­ment must in­crease its spend­ing in ru­ral ar­eas. «The only thing the state can do to put the brakes on this process is spend money. The ex­am­ple I’ve al­ways liked to cite is that, in Finland, a doc­tor in La­p­land earns 150 per­cent of what a doc­tor in Helsinki makes. Peo­ple’s lives away from ma­jor pop­u­la­tion cen­tres must be paid for, as life there is more ex­pen­sive. Trans­port is more ex­pen­sive for them; they must in­cur ad­di­tional costs to at­tend cul­tural events, for in­stance,» the min­is­ter eval­u­ated.

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