Estonia gets new FinMin
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas has nominated his economic adviser, Maris Lauri, to be the new Minister of Finance. She has taken on the portfolio after Jürgen Ligi resigned on Sunday following inappropriate comments about Jevgeni Ossinovski the Minister of Education and Research.
Ms. Lauri (48) obtained her degree in economics followed by a Master’s from the University of Tartu in 1989 and 1994. She worked for a year in 1993 at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and then at the bank of Estonia. In 1998 – 2011 she was at the Bank of Tallinn and then at Hansa Bank.
On 28th March 2014 Maris Lauri she became the Prime Minister’s economic adviser before taking up her new role.
The nomination still has to be approved by President Toomas Ilves.
The statement on the Prime Minister’s website concerning the resignation of Jürgen Ligi’s is as follows:
Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi submits his resignation to the Prime Minister
26. October 2014 – 22:30 —
Stenbock House, 26 October – Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas.
“After consideration, I have decided to resign as Minister of Finance. I am doing this because the Estonian state is more important than my position,” said Jürgen Ligi “I love the truth more than the position of a minister. I believe that for me it is easier to defend the truth and the reputation of the Estonian state from outside of government. I will resign to make it easier for the government to move on,” added Ligi.
“I have apologised for my choice of words, which can be interpreted in more than one way. But I cannot accept that a remark made in the context of a broader discussion about a perception of history, the consequences of the Soviet era and migration are used to incite an interethnic conflict. I hope that Minister Ossinovski will apologise for that. He could have ended the disagreement with a calming message,” said Jürgen Ligi.
The Prime Minister said that Jürgen Ligi’s resignation from the position of Minister of Finance is worthy of a statesman and humanly understandable. “However, it is difficult for me as Jürgen Ligi has been a very strong finance minister for the past five years. As a member of the Government, Ligi has been resolute and decisive. He has always pursued national interests. He had the necessary strength during the economic crisis,” said Prime Minister Rõivas.
“He has been doing his job with dedication and passion, with Estonia in his heart. Yes, Jürgen Ligi speaks trenchantly, but he has steel and his heart is in the right place. I accept Jürgen Ligi’s decision and wish him luck in his work as a Member of Parliament.”
The Prime Minister has one month to forward Ligi’s resignation to the President.”