Jaak Aab

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Jaak Aab said : "Due to institutions having largely managed forming and procuring their own stockpiles quite well, prices having normalized and logistics networks being up and running, it is no longer necessary to maintain an extensive central stockpile. For that reason, I have made a proposal to the government to allocate a portion of the supplies to those in need" External link

err-en Friday, February 26, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Stores must see for themselves whether the occupancy or capacity limit has been filled" External link

err-en Friday, February 26, 2021 12:23:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We've agreed to make a proposal to the Unemployment Insurance Fund's council to weigh wage support in some form in sectors that have either suffered or will suffer a severe blow due to restrictions" External link

err-en Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:47:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "I would like to remind everyone that average wages are practically not rising, which means that the wellbeing of pensioners compared with wage earners will improve a bit or catch up a bit, as in the years in-between pensions rose by less than the average wage," External link

err-en Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:22:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The industrial park organization does great work and more companies have come there. There have been 800 jobs created at the industrial parks. Ida-Viru County programs' industrial investments have created around 200 jobs, and these activities have to be continued," External link

err-en Monday, February 8, 2021 4:28:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Since interpretations differ, I consider it necessary to explain the situation," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The coalition agreement contains the following piece about this: 'We will launch an action plan on Estonian-language education to provide equal opportunities for everyone to participate in societal and professional life and continue their studies at the next level of education. We will allocate necessary funding for kindergartens and schools which enables to conduct the process of learning in the Estonian language, ensuring quality education. We will bring additional teachers with necessary qualifications to educational institutions'," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This means that the present government is not planning to change the legislation pertaining to said field or close Russian-language schools," "We support the present system and will increase the volume of teaching of Estonian, placing the primary focus on kindergartens. We will work towards us to be genuinely able to offer good and quality education to all children. Already now, so many children and parents wish to learn Estonian and for learning to take place in Estonian that we are unable to ensure a sufficient number of teachers for this. Forced transition and the setting of deadlines do not give the desired result. Thereby we might just destroy the current overall atmosphere and motivation" External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Feedback received by us shows that children from families where the language spoken is other than Estonian are motivated to learn the Estonian language and in the Estonian language," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Both the committee and the court have confirmed that all the invoices submitted by Midfield and the services ordered by the party in the years 2009-2015 have been paid for by the party" External link

err-en Saturday, January 30, 2021 7:51:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Since interpretations differ, I consider it necessary to explain the situation," External link

err-en Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The coalition agreement contains the following information about this: 'We will launch an action plan on Estonian-language education to provide equal opportunities for everyone to participate in societal and professional life and continue their studies at the next level of education. We will allocate necessary funding for kindergartens and schools which enables to conduct the process of learning in the Estonian language, ensuring quality education. We will bring additional teachers with necessary qualifications to educational institutions'," External link

err-en Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This means the present government is not planning to change the legislation pertaining to said field or close Russian-language schools," "We support the present system and will increase the volume of teaching of Estonian, placing the primary focus on kindergartens. We will work towards us to be genuinely able to offer good and quality education to all children. Already now, so many children and parents wish to learn Estonian and for learning to take place in Estonian that we are unable to ensure a sufficient number of teachers for this. Forced transition and the setting of deadlines do not give the desired result. Thereby we might just destroy the current overall atmosphere and motivation" External link

err-en Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Feedback received shows that children from families where a language other than Estonian is spoken are motivated to learn the Estonian language and in the Estonian language," External link

err-en Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "It is agreed to continue using contact and distance learning until January 17. Classes 1 to 4 and 9 to 12 in Harju and Ida-Viru counties can go to school for contact learning. Other classes should continue with distance learning," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 29, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "The proposal for the rest of Estonia is that from January 11 all school classes can go to school in 13 counties," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 29, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Harju County and Ida-Viru County are likely to continue in partial distance learning for grades 1 to 4 and grades 9 and 12 will also be considered. This will be subject to occupancy restrictions. As for the rest of Estonia, if the numbers do not change drastically this week, the majority can return to contact teaching," External link

err-en Wednesday, December 23, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "I definitely recommend continuing with distance learning," External link

err-en Thursday, December 10, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Experts believe that the [existing] restrictions have prevented explosive growth [of coronavirus rates]," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "I heard of the party leader's (PM Jüri Ratas - ed.) decision at the last moment," External link

err-en Friday, November 27, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab responded : "And Mihhail Kõlvart etc. /.../ I know they were spoken to, yes. I do not how specific these discussions were. The Prime Minister justified his selection and he also had a request that I would take the challenge," "It is very important in this crisis situation that we have been in cabinet for six months now and ministers are aware of the subject. We make these decisions and know how it is supposed to go, we definitely needed the experience. And at the same time, I am a teacher by education," External link

err-en Friday, November 27, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "And there are other exemptions on the table. But I do not believe, looking at the numbers - which have grown again over the week - that we could take the regulation off," "We should think forward. This will last until January 10 with a school break during the period. If restrictions are effective, we could be looking at the same situation as it was in fall, that contact and distance learning could alternate, we could try by classes, but these scenarios must be played to establish a future," External link

err-en Friday, November 27, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We agreed yesterday (Thursday – ed.) that the developer (Levadia – ed.) will build a clubhouse with changing rooms and cloakrooms for players and youth players," External link

err-en Friday, October 30, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We received many interesting proposals in the course of a wide ranging idea collection action; they can be divided into two groups -- development of entrepreneurship involving the creation of new value-added jobs and support to existing development projects, and attractive living environment," External link

baltic-course Tuesday, October 27, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This will only go into force when there are more obstacles in the market, a shortage of PPE, supply chains breaking down or not functioning in the manner of a regular market economy" External link

err-en Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The gap between top specialists is even greater. The country's top specialists and first-level managers have an average pay gap of -18% with the private sector," External link

baltic-course Monday, September 14, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The plan describes all the actions that happen in maritime areas: establishes naval corridors, shows the locations capable of holding wind farms. The area has been assessed, so economic activity would not disturb the environment. All entrepreneurs and companies are made aware of the rules there" External link

err-en Monday, August 17, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab concluded ( about Wind ) : "Circumstances change. Wind turbine technology also changes. I do not believe anyone will draw up a new plan in the next 10-15 years but it still has to be assessed," External link

err-en Monday, August 17, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Creating a cross-border connection is only possible through a joint project between the two countries and the common will of both countries," "In the name of the development of the region and good transport connections, however, the railway tunnel project between Estonia and Finland deserves further evaluation, as it would benefit the whole of Estonia" External link

yle-en Friday, July 31, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "For environmental, economic and safety reasons, there are doubts about the feasibility of this project," External link

yle-en Friday, July 31, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Creating a cross-border connection is only possible through a joint project between the two countries and the common will of both countries," "In the name of the development of the region and good transport connections, however, the railway tunnel project between Estonia and Finland deserves further evaluation, as it would benefit the whole of Estonia" External link

yle-en Friday, July 31, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab promised : "It is planned to have an exhibition of the Estonian state history. So, the building will not be closed [to the public] as it is possible to visit it for excursions" External link

err-en Friday, July 17, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "As Minister of Public Administration, I have the right to give an order that the money would be allocated" External link

err-en Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The material used for the most crucial middle part of surgical masks, the price of which jumped 50 times in the crisis, is now being produced in Estonia, with Softcom using materials manufactured in Tartu," External link

err-en Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The merger in the field of transport is part of the state reform in order to make services better and more efficient and to reduce duplication of activities," External link

err-en Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The Minister cannot instruct the RKAS to behave one way or another. Those involved can sit down and look for compromises. This does not work, the Minister cannot instruct a state-owned company to make decisions," External link

err-en Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "At the moment they are not used so much, so barring a new outbreak, the reserves will likely last far longer. Well, let's hope that doesn't happen, but we're going to be ready regardless," External link

err-en Monday, June 8, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab explained : "It is a recommendation that all institutions must have 30 days worth of PPE equipment in reserve. For some we can prescribe it and for some we can recommend it. And then us, my team, we'll acquire another months' worth of equipment in our central state reserves. Meaning we will store some in our state reserves, to be ready to supplement institutions, if necessary," External link

err-en Monday, June 8, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It requires separate competency as these stockpiles need to be constantly updated, rotated, sold or procured. The proposal includes the creation of a corresponding agency," External link

err-en Sunday, June 7, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said ( about error ) : "I consider the rapid implementation of an infrastructure project that is a matter of priority for Estonia to be very important," "The Ministry of Finance will make every effort to ensure that Rail Baltic's location decision is legally correct even along the revoked 40 kilometers, and will conduct the necessary procedures to eliminate the error" External link

err-en Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We can't figure it out here anymore. But in fact, the whole structure of the supplementary budget, including the various subsidies to local governments, is aimed at giving a quick boost to the economy, in the regions, and local government can do the same," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "They also wanted to write in the conditions that no investment should be left out. It didn't turn so crazy. And I defended this, so that the procedure could be as free as possible," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "In fact, we encourage local governments to behave in much the same way as the state has done to stimulate business, the economy, and the whole environment," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "No restrictions regarding closed spaces have been eased by the government, only food stores are open. But when the decision comes - there have been talks about museums, the opening of schools has been approved, maybe shopping malls at some point - this is the closed public space that I'm talking about. If we decide to open these spaces, we will discuss whether it should be mandatory for the salesperson and customers to wear masks," External link

err-en Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Therefore, we can all be potential carriers of the virus. The risk of spreading the virus is reduced by the requirements of social distance, as well as the wearing of masks," "I hope that even after the disappearance of the coronavirus, we will consider it the norm to wear protective masks during the viral period" External link

BalticTimes Sunday, April 26, 2020 12:30:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Finance ministry experts have discussed support with representatives of the association on several occasions. Our recent virtual meeting took place on Tuesday," External link

err-en Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Wearing protective masks is especially important when the COVID-19 emergency situation measures are being relaxed. Several countries are making people wear protective masks during this period. Surgical masks, other face masks as well as homemade masks are allowed," External link

err-en Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "In my opinion, wearing a mask daily is viable. Today, local governments, hospitals, welfare and state agencies have at least one month's-worth of personal protective equipment. Various masks are freely available in stores and pharmacies, and as the supply increases in the coming weeks, it is hoped that the prices of masks will also fall," External link

err-en Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We can all be potential carriers of the virus. Requirements of social distancing reduce the chance of the virus spreading," External link

err-en Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We appreciate the work of Kristian Sutt and his team, and I also support their idea to offer the platform to other states," "We have agreed with the developers that the database can be supplemented with a prognosis of supply needs in accordance with the situation. For instance, when scheduled treatment resumes, more equipment will be used, which will also be immediately reflected in the needs of treatment facilities" External link

err-en Tuesday, April 21, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "All this is to do with that central procurement whereby we ordered goods from a Chinese supplier. The planes were delayed somewhat, as logistics is difficult and special controls were implemented where time is required for procedures," External link

err-en Tuesday, April 21, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "At the same time, the valuation of land also signals a direct benefit for the owners of land. Updated land prices will make the conclusion of contracts on the sale and rent of land more fluent for everyone, the need to separately commission a valuation of land will disappear and the fees received by landowners for various obligations to tolerate technical networks and structures will increase," External link

BalticTimes Friday, April 17, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The big interval between valuations has put municipalities at a disadvantage by leaving their income from land tax unchanged for years. Hence they have less resources by which to improve the local living environment," External link

BalticTimes Friday, April 17, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "At the same time, the valuation of land also signals a direct benefit for the owners of land. Updated land prices will make the conclusion of contracts on the sale and rent of land more fluent for everyone, the need to separately commission a valuation of land will disappear and the fees received by landowners for various obligations to tolerate technical networks and structures will increase," External link

err-en Friday, April 17, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The big interval between valuations has put municipalities at a disadvantage by leaving their income from land tax unchanged for years. Hence they have less resources by which to improve the local living environment," External link

err-en Friday, April 17, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Giving preference to a specific business-owner may damage the functioning of competition on the common market," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Storming pharmacies is a potential risk, this is why I recommend ordering masks from e-pharmacies. Wearing a mask does not provide full protection from coronavirus, this is why it is not reasonable to stockpile them. First and foremost, we have to stick to the 2+2 rule," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:22:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "I am hoping that masks will be available for sale at pharmacies in the second half of next week, hopefully at a cost of less than €1 each," "This isn't the last batch coming to pharmacies; please be reasonable, there is no need to buy too many" External link

err-en Saturday, April 4, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The airplane is currently being packed together in China for Thursday. If it will arrive on Thursday remains uncertain but as we have made an advance payment it is reasonably likely. This will cover the needs of hospitals, public sector bodies and nursing homes for around two weeks," External link

err-en Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "You see what is happening in other countries. Even larger nations have not prepared for this situation. If the consignment is delivered this week we would be guaranteed for a month," External link

err-en Monday, March 23, 2020 5:14:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We want to say what the government has emphasized that we are not waiting for a quick exit from the oil shale industry. Yes, European climate politics is going towards that direction, but there's time to move in that direction over decades, and we have to transition smoothly go over from the current oil shale activity to the next activity, to another business, other jobs and to secure a safe environment for the people here," External link

err-en Friday, February 21, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "At the same time, we also envision that there be excursions held in the building so that anyone interested could have a look at the national representative premises," External link

BalticTimes Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The non-Estonian population still has a slightly higher unemployment rate, and there is a shortage of labor in the public sector. On the one hand, while we are cutting jobs in the public sector, existing jobs are often not filled, and last year, for example, a quarter of public competitions failed because there were no suitable people for public jobs" External link

err-en Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab adds : "I suppose they're still analyzing it, but I will see the figures once the topic makes it to the cabinet. However, it is not a typical campaign of taking jobs out of the capital," External link

err-en Friday, November 22, 2019 6:51:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Naturally the storm that hit both countries and related preventative as well as assistive cooperation will come up," External link

BalticTimes Friday, November 8, 2019 7:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The Estonia-Latvia governmental committee can facilitate the creation of cross-border synergy and assist in finding opportunities for combining the national measures and financial resources of Estonia and Latvia for next year for investments into border areas," External link

BalticTimes Friday, November 8, 2019 7:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It was agreed at the joint sitting that these are issues that were added to the agenda of next year's meeting of the joint Estonia-Latvia intergovernmental committee. These issues will be further addressed by informal working groups operating under the intergovernmental committee. How these common agenda items can be implemented in a targeted manner will be determined next year as a result of the work of the working groups," External link

baltic-course Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:10:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "Unfortunately, nothing can be disclosed because it is a public procurement. It could affect the sales process and I cannot speak about it," External link

err-en Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It is possible that tenders will be made at the last minute. As far as I can tell, the interest is well known. Unfortunately, it cannot be made more specific," External link

err-en Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "I am expecting proposals from ministries for how they can make a contribution specifically to the development of East-Viru county in planning their activities for the coming years. I believe that we can help the region as a result of cross-ministry cooperation," External link

BalticTimes Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:53:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "East-Viru county is doing better and better. The monitoring report for last year shows that the number of visitors is growing and ever more industrial parks are being established in the region," External link

BalticTimes Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:53:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Whether we are all happy about any decision is a matter for ourselves, but this is a step towards what we have promised, and certainly we will not put that promise to one side," External link

err-en Friday, September 27, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab responded : "In fact, this €500 treats everyone equally: Working people, working retirees and simple retirees. But we have not rejected attempting to make the average pension tax-free in the future. We are ready to rule the country properly for four years, and we will come back to these issues next spring," External link

err-en Friday, September 27, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Of the money allocated to increase income base, municipalities will receive €55 million next year," External link

err-en Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:58:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "When investing in real estate, we will take into account that the buildings need to be energy-efficient, with optimal spatial solutions and management costs," External link

err-en Thursday, August 15, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "Investments are coming, that's all I can say," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "It may be the case that what I say today turns out to be the opposite of what the cabinet decides Thursday, so I just can't say at this stage, due to this reason," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Some projects were decided as early as spring or early summer. For example, Kääriku sports center ( in southeastern Estonia-ed .) got €2.6 million for its sports complex," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The state could help [these people] out with its financial instruments by acting as a guarantor. We also have [state-owned financial institution] Kredex, which is developing this activity, but this could include a broader regional policy measure, otherwise we will be unable to halt the process of rural flight," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "With this well thought-out action plan we aim to reduce bureaucracy in citizens' communication with the state, render work at state agencies more efficient and improve public services," "Services provided by the state must be convenient and accessible for everyone. For that reason, we are working towards finding solutions aimed at reducing citizens' and businesses' administrative burden in their communication with state authorities" External link

BalticTimes Friday, August 2, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The main positive effect of the reorganization will be an improvement in the quality of public services and more cost-efficient use of state agencies' resources," External link

BalticTimes Friday, August 2, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "In addition to relocating jobs in the public sector, we intend to introduce more flexible Estonian-wide recruitment principles in counties, which should support the existence of qualified workforce in the whole Estonia. With it we also aim to foster people relocating to [rural] regions and optimal use of the real estate and office space in these regions," External link

BalticTimes Friday, August 2, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Both the state and the developer must have a clear shared understanding of the starting conditions on which the two states' infrastructure object of strategic importance will be designed," External link

BalticTimes Friday, August 2, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The main positive effects we'll see as a result of these changes will be the increase in the quality of public services, and more resource-efficient management of state agencies," External link

err-en Friday, August 2, 2019 11:31:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The establishing of a tunnel between the two cities has been discussed for decades," "Whether or not the government can make a decision regarding the launch of a national designated spatial plan depends on the additional information to be provided by the developer" External link

err-en Monday, July 29, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Both sides have valid arguments, both among those residents seeking to change the name as well as those in favor of keeping the [current] name," "We based [our position] on the decision made by the government during the administrative reform and the recommendation of the Place Names Board, which considered it a bigger priority to preserve the historical parish name of Kambja" External link

err-en Friday, July 26, 2019 2:36:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "However, progress has been made in employment and GDP growth, with indicators improving in Estonia as a whole," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Unfortunately, it has to be noted that a more pervasive shift towards more even territorial development has not taken place. Regional differences are still taken into account too little in the implementation of national policies. This has to change," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Approximately 92 million euros was allocated in 2018 to support regional development projects in various regions through regional development support measures financed by the European Union's Structural Funds and the state budget," "In turn, some 80 percent of this reached areas outside Harju and Tartu counties," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Most of the activities included in the action plans for East-Viru County and Southeast Estonia have been started and some have also been implemented," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The Narva border crossing point and family houses of the Narva children's home have been completed, a border guard rapid response unit of the East Prefecture has been pieced together, a practice base for the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences has been established. The tourism concept for South Estonia has been drawn up and several investment projects have been completed with the help of various support measures," "In addition, the implementation of a support measure for creating jobs in East-Viru County has ended and has been replaced with new regional labor market measures," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It appears from the letters of some ministries that they wish to get additional data from the developer. When all the letters have arrived, we will be able to decide on whether we ask for additional data or the discussion will move on to the Cabinet, to see if all the prerequisites for initiating a designated spatial plan have been met. At present, no specific decision has been made," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 12, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said ( about Peter Vesterbacka ) : "It doesn't seem particularly realistic, let me be honest, because the procedure of a designated spatial plan in itself is very long. According to estimates, also the designing, construction seem to take longer than Peter Vesterbacka has claimed," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 12, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said ( about Peter Vesterbacka ) : "It is likely that the planning and construction stages will be longer than Peter Vesterbacka has claimed," External link

yle-en Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It doesn't seem particularly realistic, if I'm being honest, because the national designated spatial plan process alone is very lengthy," External link

yle-en Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Our aim has been to support the creation of new jobs in various fields and sectors. With the investments made, we have created the prerequisites for East-Viru County's more comprehensive development," External link

BalticTimes Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The news that increases in the price of carbon dioxide emission credits may result in up to a thousand people becoming jobless in Ida-Viru County is catastrophic for many families," External link

err-en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Preliminary work has been done and measures are in operation, so now it would be necessary to increase the support volumes. There is also a great need for cooperation between ministries to help people via national support," External link

err-en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "However, due to what is going on on the energy market, this problem arrived sooner than we expected," External link

err-en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said ( about Mart Helme ) : ''What happened in the Riigikogu may have been a little demonstrative. But something sounds a bit off with Mart making this level of criticism. He didn't just criticize the president, but tagged all women with the generalization that they are 'over-emotional'. I certainly disapprove of that and the targeting of groups in society on the basis of gender or race,'' External link

err-en Friday, May 3, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The removal of jobs from state institutions from Tallinn is a priority for the government. Equal jobs need to be found everywhere in Estonia, " External link

investineu Wednesday, December 6, 2017 2:44:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "It is good to point out that, with the recruitment of new employees, more and more state agencies are offering employment opportunities across Estonia, as the nature of the work allows them," External link

investineu Wednesday, December 6, 2017 2:44:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This is the plan — this is my proposal," "I sincerely hope that it will be approved as well" External link

err-en Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This is the plan, this is my proposal. I sincerely hope that it will also be confirmed," External link

baltic-course Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:52:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "The National Geological Service is about to relocate to Rakvere, the Private Forest Center to Rapla, one unit of Enterprise Estonia to Parnu," External link

baltic-course Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:11:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Administrative reform does not mean simply redrawing local government borders," "It has a substantive aspect as well. Larger local givernments are better capable of fulfilling more tasks, and so we are increasing the role of local governments by giving them new tasks and resources as well as restoring the previous level of the equalization fund" External link

err-en Friday, July 28, 2017 4:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Everyone else who has been in touch with him has said that he doesn't want to, has not made a decision, that the decision definitely is not final, and he doesn't have a lot of interest in this subject now," External link

err-en Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Therefore no proposal came from Jüri Ratas for Savisaar to be the number one candidate in some district," External link

err-en Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “We have taken into account the possible obligations that may arise in conjunction with these cases,” External link

err-en Tuesday, December 20, 2016 4:03:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “Savisaar will still be talked to first,” “We will not rush ahead of ourselves. The claim is against him. The Center Party has been involved in the proceedings so that it would remain aware of steps taken by Savisaar and could keep an eye on how things are going. A proposal was made by the ERJK that we at some point take over this claim. But as this money is to be paid back to the city of Tallinn, Edgar Savisaar is negotiating with the city of Tallinn” External link

err-en Tuesday, December 20, 2016 4:03:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “Now at least a meeting has taken place, we didn’t have even that much before. Negotiations are ongoing, and there will be a new meeting unless new issues arise,” External link

err-en Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:51:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “We have to look at the financial possibilities, and if it is possible to cover something within reason, then we can do that,” External link

err-en Thursday, December 8, 2016 8:43:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “We see him remain a minister, but he has to very clearly explain the events connected with him. More clearly than he has done so far,” External link

err-en Monday, December 5, 2016 8:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “One reason why the extraordinary congress assembled was that a critical mass [of members] in the party was fed up with all this rubbish concerning financial matters,” “More than half of the party decided that it was time to put an end to it” External link

err-en Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:40:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab noted ( about Edgar Savisaar ) : "If Edgar Savisaar does not provide his written consent today, then it follows that he will not be running," External link

err-en Friday, October 28, 2016 3:15:00 PM EAT



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secretary general45.45%EN02/02/201702/02/2017
member4.55%EN09/26/201626/09/2016
minister4.55%ET08/25/200625/08/2006
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Jaak AabET64.44%
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Jaak Aab said : "Due to institutions having largely managed forming and procuring their own stockpiles quite well, prices having normalized and logistics networks being up and running, it is no longer necessary to maintain an extensive central stockpile. For that reason, I have made a proposal to the government to allocate a portion of the supplies to those in need" External link

err-en Friday, February 26, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Stores must see for themselves whether the occupancy or capacity limit has been filled" External link

err-en Friday, February 26, 2021 12:23:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We've agreed to make a proposal to the Unemployment Insurance Fund's council to weigh wage support in some form in sectors that have either suffered or will suffer a severe blow due to restrictions" External link

err-en Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:47:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "I would like to remind everyone that average wages are practically not rising, which means that the wellbeing of pensioners compared with wage earners will improve a bit or catch up a bit, as in the years in-between pensions rose by less than the average wage," External link

err-en Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:22:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The industrial park organization does great work and more companies have come there. There have been 800 jobs created at the industrial parks. Ida-Viru County programs' industrial investments have created around 200 jobs, and these activities have to be continued," External link

err-en Monday, February 8, 2021 4:28:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Since interpretations differ, I consider it necessary to explain the situation," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The coalition agreement contains the following piece about this: 'We will launch an action plan on Estonian-language education to provide equal opportunities for everyone to participate in societal and professional life and continue their studies at the next level of education. We will allocate necessary funding for kindergartens and schools which enables to conduct the process of learning in the Estonian language, ensuring quality education. We will bring additional teachers with necessary qualifications to educational institutions'," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This means that the present government is not planning to change the legislation pertaining to said field or close Russian-language schools," "We support the present system and will increase the volume of teaching of Estonian, placing the primary focus on kindergartens. We will work towards us to be genuinely able to offer good and quality education to all children. Already now, so many children and parents wish to learn Estonian and for learning to take place in Estonian that we are unable to ensure a sufficient number of teachers for this. Forced transition and the setting of deadlines do not give the desired result. Thereby we might just destroy the current overall atmosphere and motivation" External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Feedback received by us shows that children from families where the language spoken is other than Estonian are motivated to learn the Estonian language and in the Estonian language," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Both the committee and the court have confirmed that all the invoices submitted by Midfield and the services ordered by the party in the years 2009-2015 have been paid for by the party" External link

err-en Saturday, January 30, 2021 7:51:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Since interpretations differ, I consider it necessary to explain the situation," External link

err-en Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The coalition agreement contains the following information about this: 'We will launch an action plan on Estonian-language education to provide equal opportunities for everyone to participate in societal and professional life and continue their studies at the next level of education. We will allocate necessary funding for kindergartens and schools which enables to conduct the process of learning in the Estonian language, ensuring quality education. We will bring additional teachers with necessary qualifications to educational institutions'," External link

err-en Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This means the present government is not planning to change the legislation pertaining to said field or close Russian-language schools," "We support the present system and will increase the volume of teaching of Estonian, placing the primary focus on kindergartens. We will work towards us to be genuinely able to offer good and quality education to all children. Already now, so many children and parents wish to learn Estonian and for learning to take place in Estonian that we are unable to ensure a sufficient number of teachers for this. Forced transition and the setting of deadlines do not give the desired result. Thereby we might just destroy the current overall atmosphere and motivation" External link

err-en Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Feedback received shows that children from families where a language other than Estonian is spoken are motivated to learn the Estonian language and in the Estonian language," External link

err-en Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "It is agreed to continue using contact and distance learning until January 17. Classes 1 to 4 and 9 to 12 in Harju and Ida-Viru counties can go to school for contact learning. Other classes should continue with distance learning," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 29, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "The proposal for the rest of Estonia is that from January 11 all school classes can go to school in 13 counties," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 29, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Harju County and Ida-Viru County are likely to continue in partial distance learning for grades 1 to 4 and grades 9 and 12 will also be considered. This will be subject to occupancy restrictions. As for the rest of Estonia, if the numbers do not change drastically this week, the majority can return to contact teaching," External link

err-en Wednesday, December 23, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "I definitely recommend continuing with distance learning," External link

err-en Thursday, December 10, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Experts believe that the [existing] restrictions have prevented explosive growth [of coronavirus rates]," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "I heard of the party leader's (PM Jüri Ratas - ed.) decision at the last moment," External link

err-en Friday, November 27, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab responded : "And Mihhail Kõlvart etc. /.../ I know they were spoken to, yes. I do not how specific these discussions were. The Prime Minister justified his selection and he also had a request that I would take the challenge," "It is very important in this crisis situation that we have been in cabinet for six months now and ministers are aware of the subject. We make these decisions and know how it is supposed to go, we definitely needed the experience. And at the same time, I am a teacher by education," External link

err-en Friday, November 27, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "And there are other exemptions on the table. But I do not believe, looking at the numbers - which have grown again over the week - that we could take the regulation off," "We should think forward. This will last until January 10 with a school break during the period. If restrictions are effective, we could be looking at the same situation as it was in fall, that contact and distance learning could alternate, we could try by classes, but these scenarios must be played to establish a future," External link

err-en Friday, November 27, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We agreed yesterday (Thursday – ed.) that the developer (Levadia – ed.) will build a clubhouse with changing rooms and cloakrooms for players and youth players," External link

err-en Friday, October 30, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We received many interesting proposals in the course of a wide ranging idea collection action; they can be divided into two groups -- development of entrepreneurship involving the creation of new value-added jobs and support to existing development projects, and attractive living environment," External link

baltic-course Tuesday, October 27, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This will only go into force when there are more obstacles in the market, a shortage of PPE, supply chains breaking down or not functioning in the manner of a regular market economy" External link

err-en Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The gap between top specialists is even greater. The country's top specialists and first-level managers have an average pay gap of -18% with the private sector," External link

baltic-course Monday, September 14, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The plan describes all the actions that happen in maritime areas: establishes naval corridors, shows the locations capable of holding wind farms. The area has been assessed, so economic activity would not disturb the environment. All entrepreneurs and companies are made aware of the rules there" External link

err-en Monday, August 17, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab concluded ( about Wind ) : "Circumstances change. Wind turbine technology also changes. I do not believe anyone will draw up a new plan in the next 10-15 years but it still has to be assessed," External link

err-en Monday, August 17, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Creating a cross-border connection is only possible through a joint project between the two countries and the common will of both countries," "In the name of the development of the region and good transport connections, however, the railway tunnel project between Estonia and Finland deserves further evaluation, as it would benefit the whole of Estonia" External link

yle-en Friday, July 31, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "For environmental, economic and safety reasons, there are doubts about the feasibility of this project," External link

yle-en Friday, July 31, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Creating a cross-border connection is only possible through a joint project between the two countries and the common will of both countries," "In the name of the development of the region and good transport connections, however, the railway tunnel project between Estonia and Finland deserves further evaluation, as it would benefit the whole of Estonia" External link

yle-en Friday, July 31, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab promised : "It is planned to have an exhibition of the Estonian state history. So, the building will not be closed [to the public] as it is possible to visit it for excursions" External link

err-en Friday, July 17, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "As Minister of Public Administration, I have the right to give an order that the money would be allocated" External link

err-en Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The material used for the most crucial middle part of surgical masks, the price of which jumped 50 times in the crisis, is now being produced in Estonia, with Softcom using materials manufactured in Tartu," External link

err-en Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The merger in the field of transport is part of the state reform in order to make services better and more efficient and to reduce duplication of activities," External link

err-en Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The Minister cannot instruct the RKAS to behave one way or another. Those involved can sit down and look for compromises. This does not work, the Minister cannot instruct a state-owned company to make decisions," External link

err-en Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "At the moment they are not used so much, so barring a new outbreak, the reserves will likely last far longer. Well, let's hope that doesn't happen, but we're going to be ready regardless," External link

err-en Monday, June 8, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab explained : "It is a recommendation that all institutions must have 30 days worth of PPE equipment in reserve. For some we can prescribe it and for some we can recommend it. And then us, my team, we'll acquire another months' worth of equipment in our central state reserves. Meaning we will store some in our state reserves, to be ready to supplement institutions, if necessary," External link

err-en Monday, June 8, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It requires separate competency as these stockpiles need to be constantly updated, rotated, sold or procured. The proposal includes the creation of a corresponding agency," External link

err-en Sunday, June 7, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said ( about error ) : "I consider the rapid implementation of an infrastructure project that is a matter of priority for Estonia to be very important," "The Ministry of Finance will make every effort to ensure that Rail Baltic's location decision is legally correct even along the revoked 40 kilometers, and will conduct the necessary procedures to eliminate the error" External link

err-en Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We can't figure it out here anymore. But in fact, the whole structure of the supplementary budget, including the various subsidies to local governments, is aimed at giving a quick boost to the economy, in the regions, and local government can do the same," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "They also wanted to write in the conditions that no investment should be left out. It didn't turn so crazy. And I defended this, so that the procedure could be as free as possible," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "In fact, we encourage local governments to behave in much the same way as the state has done to stimulate business, the economy, and the whole environment," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "No restrictions regarding closed spaces have been eased by the government, only food stores are open. But when the decision comes - there have been talks about museums, the opening of schools has been approved, maybe shopping malls at some point - this is the closed public space that I'm talking about. If we decide to open these spaces, we will discuss whether it should be mandatory for the salesperson and customers to wear masks," External link

err-en Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Therefore, we can all be potential carriers of the virus. The risk of spreading the virus is reduced by the requirements of social distance, as well as the wearing of masks," "I hope that even after the disappearance of the coronavirus, we will consider it the norm to wear protective masks during the viral period" External link

BalticTimes Sunday, April 26, 2020 12:30:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Finance ministry experts have discussed support with representatives of the association on several occasions. Our recent virtual meeting took place on Tuesday," External link

err-en Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Wearing protective masks is especially important when the COVID-19 emergency situation measures are being relaxed. Several countries are making people wear protective masks during this period. Surgical masks, other face masks as well as homemade masks are allowed," External link

err-en Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "In my opinion, wearing a mask daily is viable. Today, local governments, hospitals, welfare and state agencies have at least one month's-worth of personal protective equipment. Various masks are freely available in stores and pharmacies, and as the supply increases in the coming weeks, it is hoped that the prices of masks will also fall," External link

err-en Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We can all be potential carriers of the virus. Requirements of social distancing reduce the chance of the virus spreading," External link

err-en Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We appreciate the work of Kristian Sutt and his team, and I also support their idea to offer the platform to other states," "We have agreed with the developers that the database can be supplemented with a prognosis of supply needs in accordance with the situation. For instance, when scheduled treatment resumes, more equipment will be used, which will also be immediately reflected in the needs of treatment facilities" External link

err-en Tuesday, April 21, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "All this is to do with that central procurement whereby we ordered goods from a Chinese supplier. The planes were delayed somewhat, as logistics is difficult and special controls were implemented where time is required for procedures," External link

err-en Tuesday, April 21, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "At the same time, the valuation of land also signals a direct benefit for the owners of land. Updated land prices will make the conclusion of contracts on the sale and rent of land more fluent for everyone, the need to separately commission a valuation of land will disappear and the fees received by landowners for various obligations to tolerate technical networks and structures will increase," External link

BalticTimes Friday, April 17, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The big interval between valuations has put municipalities at a disadvantage by leaving their income from land tax unchanged for years. Hence they have less resources by which to improve the local living environment," External link

BalticTimes Friday, April 17, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "At the same time, the valuation of land also signals a direct benefit for the owners of land. Updated land prices will make the conclusion of contracts on the sale and rent of land more fluent for everyone, the need to separately commission a valuation of land will disappear and the fees received by landowners for various obligations to tolerate technical networks and structures will increase," External link

err-en Friday, April 17, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The big interval between valuations has put municipalities at a disadvantage by leaving their income from land tax unchanged for years. Hence they have less resources by which to improve the local living environment," External link

err-en Friday, April 17, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Giving preference to a specific business-owner may damage the functioning of competition on the common market," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Storming pharmacies is a potential risk, this is why I recommend ordering masks from e-pharmacies. Wearing a mask does not provide full protection from coronavirus, this is why it is not reasonable to stockpile them. First and foremost, we have to stick to the 2+2 rule," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:22:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "I am hoping that masks will be available for sale at pharmacies in the second half of next week, hopefully at a cost of less than €1 each," "This isn't the last batch coming to pharmacies; please be reasonable, there is no need to buy too many" External link

err-en Saturday, April 4, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The airplane is currently being packed together in China for Thursday. If it will arrive on Thursday remains uncertain but as we have made an advance payment it is reasonably likely. This will cover the needs of hospitals, public sector bodies and nursing homes for around two weeks," External link

err-en Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "You see what is happening in other countries. Even larger nations have not prepared for this situation. If the consignment is delivered this week we would be guaranteed for a month," External link

err-en Monday, March 23, 2020 5:14:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "We want to say what the government has emphasized that we are not waiting for a quick exit from the oil shale industry. Yes, European climate politics is going towards that direction, but there's time to move in that direction over decades, and we have to transition smoothly go over from the current oil shale activity to the next activity, to another business, other jobs and to secure a safe environment for the people here," External link

err-en Friday, February 21, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "At the same time, we also envision that there be excursions held in the building so that anyone interested could have a look at the national representative premises," External link

BalticTimes Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The non-Estonian population still has a slightly higher unemployment rate, and there is a shortage of labor in the public sector. On the one hand, while we are cutting jobs in the public sector, existing jobs are often not filled, and last year, for example, a quarter of public competitions failed because there were no suitable people for public jobs" External link

err-en Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab adds : "I suppose they're still analyzing it, but I will see the figures once the topic makes it to the cabinet. However, it is not a typical campaign of taking jobs out of the capital," External link

err-en Friday, November 22, 2019 6:51:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Naturally the storm that hit both countries and related preventative as well as assistive cooperation will come up," External link

BalticTimes Friday, November 8, 2019 7:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The Estonia-Latvia governmental committee can facilitate the creation of cross-border synergy and assist in finding opportunities for combining the national measures and financial resources of Estonia and Latvia for next year for investments into border areas," External link

BalticTimes Friday, November 8, 2019 7:19:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It was agreed at the joint sitting that these are issues that were added to the agenda of next year's meeting of the joint Estonia-Latvia intergovernmental committee. These issues will be further addressed by informal working groups operating under the intergovernmental committee. How these common agenda items can be implemented in a targeted manner will be determined next year as a result of the work of the working groups," External link

baltic-course Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:10:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "Unfortunately, nothing can be disclosed because it is a public procurement. It could affect the sales process and I cannot speak about it," External link

err-en Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It is possible that tenders will be made at the last minute. As far as I can tell, the interest is well known. Unfortunately, it cannot be made more specific," External link

err-en Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "I am expecting proposals from ministries for how they can make a contribution specifically to the development of East-Viru county in planning their activities for the coming years. I believe that we can help the region as a result of cross-ministry cooperation," External link

BalticTimes Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:53:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "East-Viru county is doing better and better. The monitoring report for last year shows that the number of visitors is growing and ever more industrial parks are being established in the region," External link

BalticTimes Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:53:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Whether we are all happy about any decision is a matter for ourselves, but this is a step towards what we have promised, and certainly we will not put that promise to one side," External link

err-en Friday, September 27, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab responded : "In fact, this €500 treats everyone equally: Working people, working retirees and simple retirees. But we have not rejected attempting to make the average pension tax-free in the future. We are ready to rule the country properly for four years, and we will come back to these issues next spring," External link

err-en Friday, September 27, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Of the money allocated to increase income base, municipalities will receive €55 million next year," External link

err-en Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:58:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "When investing in real estate, we will take into account that the buildings need to be energy-efficient, with optimal spatial solutions and management costs," External link

err-en Thursday, August 15, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "Investments are coming, that's all I can say," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "It may be the case that what I say today turns out to be the opposite of what the cabinet decides Thursday, so I just can't say at this stage, due to this reason," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "Some projects were decided as early as spring or early summer. For example, Kääriku sports center ( in southeastern Estonia-ed .) got €2.6 million for its sports complex," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The state could help [these people] out with its financial instruments by acting as a guarantor. We also have [state-owned financial institution] Kredex, which is developing this activity, but this could include a broader regional policy measure, otherwise we will be unable to halt the process of rural flight," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "With this well thought-out action plan we aim to reduce bureaucracy in citizens' communication with the state, render work at state agencies more efficient and improve public services," "Services provided by the state must be convenient and accessible for everyone. For that reason, we are working towards finding solutions aimed at reducing citizens' and businesses' administrative burden in their communication with state authorities" External link

BalticTimes Friday, August 2, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The main positive effect of the reorganization will be an improvement in the quality of public services and more cost-efficient use of state agencies' resources," External link

BalticTimes Friday, August 2, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "In addition to relocating jobs in the public sector, we intend to introduce more flexible Estonian-wide recruitment principles in counties, which should support the existence of qualified workforce in the whole Estonia. With it we also aim to foster people relocating to [rural] regions and optimal use of the real estate and office space in these regions," External link

BalticTimes Friday, August 2, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Both the state and the developer must have a clear shared understanding of the starting conditions on which the two states' infrastructure object of strategic importance will be designed," External link

BalticTimes Friday, August 2, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The main positive effects we'll see as a result of these changes will be the increase in the quality of public services, and more resource-efficient management of state agencies," External link

err-en Friday, August 2, 2019 11:31:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The establishing of a tunnel between the two cities has been discussed for decades," "Whether or not the government can make a decision regarding the launch of a national designated spatial plan depends on the additional information to be provided by the developer" External link

err-en Monday, July 29, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Both sides have valid arguments, both among those residents seeking to change the name as well as those in favor of keeping the [current] name," "We based [our position] on the decision made by the government during the administrative reform and the recommendation of the Place Names Board, which considered it a bigger priority to preserve the historical parish name of Kambja" External link

err-en Friday, July 26, 2019 2:36:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "However, progress has been made in employment and GDP growth, with indicators improving in Estonia as a whole," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Unfortunately, it has to be noted that a more pervasive shift towards more even territorial development has not taken place. Regional differences are still taken into account too little in the implementation of national policies. This has to change," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Approximately 92 million euros was allocated in 2018 to support regional development projects in various regions through regional development support measures financed by the European Union's Structural Funds and the state budget," "In turn, some 80 percent of this reached areas outside Harju and Tartu counties," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Most of the activities included in the action plans for East-Viru County and Southeast Estonia have been started and some have also been implemented," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The Narva border crossing point and family houses of the Narva children's home have been completed, a border guard rapid response unit of the East Prefecture has been pieced together, a practice base for the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences has been established. The tourism concept for South Estonia has been drawn up and several investment projects have been completed with the help of various support measures," "In addition, the implementation of a support measure for creating jobs in East-Viru County has ended and has been replaced with new regional labor market measures," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 19, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It appears from the letters of some ministries that they wish to get additional data from the developer. When all the letters have arrived, we will be able to decide on whether we ask for additional data or the discussion will move on to the Cabinet, to see if all the prerequisites for initiating a designated spatial plan have been met. At present, no specific decision has been made," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 12, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said ( about Peter Vesterbacka ) : "It doesn't seem particularly realistic, let me be honest, because the procedure of a designated spatial plan in itself is very long. According to estimates, also the designing, construction seem to take longer than Peter Vesterbacka has claimed," External link

BalticTimes Friday, July 12, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said ( about Peter Vesterbacka ) : "It is likely that the planning and construction stages will be longer than Peter Vesterbacka has claimed," External link

yle-en Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "It doesn't seem particularly realistic, if I'm being honest, because the national designated spatial plan process alone is very lengthy," External link

yle-en Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Our aim has been to support the creation of new jobs in various fields and sectors. With the investments made, we have created the prerequisites for East-Viru County's more comprehensive development," External link

BalticTimes Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The news that increases in the price of carbon dioxide emission credits may result in up to a thousand people becoming jobless in Ida-Viru County is catastrophic for many families," External link

err-en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Preliminary work has been done and measures are in operation, so now it would be necessary to increase the support volumes. There is also a great need for cooperation between ministries to help people via national support," External link

err-en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "However, due to what is going on on the energy market, this problem arrived sooner than we expected," External link

err-en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said ( about Mart Helme ) : ''What happened in the Riigikogu may have been a little demonstrative. But something sounds a bit off with Mart making this level of criticism. He didn't just criticize the president, but tagged all women with the generalization that they are 'over-emotional'. I certainly disapprove of that and the targeting of groups in society on the basis of gender or race,'' External link

err-en Friday, May 3, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "The removal of jobs from state institutions from Tallinn is a priority for the government. Equal jobs need to be found everywhere in Estonia, " External link

investineu Wednesday, December 6, 2017 2:44:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab added : "It is good to point out that, with the recruitment of new employees, more and more state agencies are offering employment opportunities across Estonia, as the nature of the work allows them," External link

investineu Wednesday, December 6, 2017 2:44:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This is the plan — this is my proposal," "I sincerely hope that it will be approved as well" External link

err-en Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:57:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "This is the plan, this is my proposal. I sincerely hope that it will also be confirmed," External link

baltic-course Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:52:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab told : "The National Geological Service is about to relocate to Rakvere, the Private Forest Center to Rapla, one unit of Enterprise Estonia to Parnu," External link

baltic-course Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:11:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Administrative reform does not mean simply redrawing local government borders," "It has a substantive aspect as well. Larger local givernments are better capable of fulfilling more tasks, and so we are increasing the role of local governments by giving them new tasks and resources as well as restoring the previous level of the equalization fund" External link

err-en Friday, July 28, 2017 4:34:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Everyone else who has been in touch with him has said that he doesn't want to, has not made a decision, that the decision definitely is not final, and he doesn't have a lot of interest in this subject now," External link

err-en Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : "Therefore no proposal came from Jüri Ratas for Savisaar to be the number one candidate in some district," External link

err-en Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “We have taken into account the possible obligations that may arise in conjunction with these cases,” External link

err-en Tuesday, December 20, 2016 4:03:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “Savisaar will still be talked to first,” “We will not rush ahead of ourselves. The claim is against him. The Center Party has been involved in the proceedings so that it would remain aware of steps taken by Savisaar and could keep an eye on how things are going. A proposal was made by the ERJK that we at some point take over this claim. But as this money is to be paid back to the city of Tallinn, Edgar Savisaar is negotiating with the city of Tallinn” External link

err-en Tuesday, December 20, 2016 4:03:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “Now at least a meeting has taken place, we didn’t have even that much before. Negotiations are ongoing, and there will be a new meeting unless new issues arise,” External link

err-en Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:51:00 AM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “We have to look at the financial possibilities, and if it is possible to cover something within reason, then we can do that,” External link

err-en Thursday, December 8, 2016 8:43:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “We see him remain a minister, but he has to very clearly explain the events connected with him. More clearly than he has done so far,” External link

err-en Monday, December 5, 2016 8:21:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab said : “One reason why the extraordinary congress assembled was that a critical mass [of members] in the party was fed up with all this rubbish concerning financial matters,” “More than half of the party decided that it was time to put an end to it” External link

err-en Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:40:00 PM EAT

Jaak Aab noted ( about Edgar Savisaar ) : "If Edgar Savisaar does not provide his written consent today, then it follows that he will not be running," External link

err-en Friday, October 28, 2016 3:15:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
general45.45%EN02/02/201702/02/2017
secretary general45.45%EN02/02/201702/02/2017
member4.55%EN09/26/201626/09/2016
minister4.55%ET08/25/200625/08/2006
Names Lang Count
Jaak AabET64.44%
Jaak AabEN35.56%


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