Estonia confirms relocation of 70 state jobs away from capital
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.