Since 1 September 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture continues to work as the Ministry of Rural Affairs.
„In addition to agriculture, fisheries and food safety, the Ministry of Agriculture has always been engaged in the problems of rural life. With the reorganisation of the Ministry into the Ministry of Rural Affairs we want to emphasize that at the national level everything going on in rural areas has to be dealt with in a broader way than so far,“ Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse said.
Minister added that from 2016 several regional programmes as well as some activities from the Government Action Plan 2015–2019 will be transferred to the Ministry of Rural Affairs.
The Government of the Republic decided to transform the Ministry of Agriculture into the Ministry of Rural Affairs in May 2015.
The general e-mail address of the Ministry has also been changed from the former email@example.com into firstname.lastname@example.org. All the other contact data of the Ministry will remain the same.
The Cultural Foundation of the President of the Republic and Danske Bank will extend the agreement for the issue of the Educational Awards and declare open the competition for the award of 12,000 euros, which will be divided between three recipients.
"Tallinn University of Technology is one of the pillars of the Estonia's future as I don't know any countries successfully competing in the 21st century without a good technical education," said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, at the inauguration of the Rector of Tallinn University of Technology, Academician Jaak Aaviksoo. "For this reason, the rector of your university is important both for the university and for Estonia, as the Rector of Tallinn University of Technology will shape the future and progress of our country considerably. This represents a huge responsibility."
"The events in Ukraine remind us that freedom is something that we should not take for granted. We have to work every day to retain our freedom here at home, with our allies in Europe and the trans-Atlantic axis. Estonia sees that Poland has a clearly distinguished role as an initiator of security-related co-operation in our region and the NATO summit, which is due to take place soon in Warsaw, is the best example of the implementation of this role," said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, after his meeting with the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, today presented the annual home decoration awards in Narva.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves hosted Raimonds Vējonis, the Latvian head of state, at Ärma Farm this evening.