Estonian coalition hopefuls opt for thematic workgroups

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The Reform Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), which are holding talks to form a coalition government, decided on Monday to set up thematic workgroups to increase the effectiveness of their consultations.

The chairman of the election-winning Reform Party, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, presented the partners with a vision of how to reach agreement on the terms based on which the new government could be formed. According to the proposal, labor taxes would be cut, especially for low income earners, child allowances would be increased and a state reform carried out.

On Monday the proposals made by Roivas were discussed and organization of work in the new stage of the talks agreed about. To speed up the negotiations and make them more constructive thematic workgroups were set up to work in parallel to the parties' main negotiating delegations.

On Tuesday the workgroups on curbing peripherization, promotion of rural life and agriculture, social and health care policy and culture and sport are about to meet.

On Wednesday workgroups will examine matters of environment and energy, education, research, innovation and e-governance, as well as internal security and legal order. The topics to be on the table on Thursday are Estonian language, the Estonian diaspora, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, infrastructure and EU investments. Besides a workgroup examining sources of financing for the measures planned by the coalition government will meet continually during that period.