It is difficult to claim the administration is without a certain tension. Auditor General Janar Holm recently criticized the government for lack of a public vaccination plan and rigid immunization organization. This prompted the PM to cut short her holiday and call on the carpet, so to speak, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik. Could we describe that as amicable?
I do not know whether we can describe it as tension either. Being up to speed on these issues, I believe we are talking about constructive cooperation. Problems require the PM to talk to the minister in charge, seriously if need be. It is not just the problem of Tanel Kiik but the entire government and indeed the Estonian state and people.
I dare say the government is healthy. If we can broach serious topics, highlight problems and follow up with concrete steps, that is how work should be done.
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas came across uninitiated in terms of the vaccination plan and its progress. And yet, Postimees’ information suggests Kallas and Kiik have met to discuss the situation on several occasions.
I know that Kaja Kallas regularly consults her ministers, including Tanel Kiik, when it comes to vaccination and other COVID-19-related topics. Specific actions in the vaccination plan and whether the PM was up to speed is something I cannot tell you.
A credible source has told Postimees that the Reform Party and Center Party have diametrically different views on how to solve the coronavirus crisis. Is that true?
I do not think they are completely different. We have a minister who is skeptical of vaccination (Minister of Culture Anneli Ott – ed.). The others sport a knowledge-based approach. We support vaccination and an open society. The Reform Party more than others when it comes to the latter.
Our source claims there is confusion even in the Riigikogu: while consensus is found with government ministers, they tend to say something else later on.
You have a very interesting source… The Reform Party has 34 and Center 25 MPs. It is clear they cannot all agree on every single thing. That said, our general policy has been agreed on the party, faction and coalition levels, and the government is executing that policy.
If a member talks to a minister from their party or the coalition partner and their wishes and opinions do not correspond to the general policy, it is clear not everything can be realized. However, there are no problems in terms of executing policy in the broad strokes or major differences. Questions and problems are solved in the coalition council.