Objectives of the Ministry of Social Affairs emerge through compiling development plans for the fields being under our control, as well as organisation-based development plans. We operate in the field of social security, where we have set for ourselves five strategic objectives:
to ensure people's economic prosperity and their good work;
to ensure people's social coping and development;
to support the well-being of children and families;
to promote people's mutual care, equal opportunities, and gender equality;
Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Estonia will be holding the presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2017. The presidency is responsible for organizing the work of the Council and working parties and defending the achieved agreements in negotiations with the European Commission and the Parliament.
The Labour Inspectorate is a government agency operating within the area of government of the Ministry of Social Affairs whose main functions are to:
arrange for the exercise of state supervision in the working environment over compliance with the requirements of legislation regulating occupational health and safety and labour relations and apply enforcement by the state on the bases and to the extent prescribed by law;
exercise market supervision over safety of the personal protective equipment in use in the working environment and over ensuring its protective properties at manufacturing and sale;
exercise supervision over investigations of occupational accidents and diseases and over the implementation of measures for the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases;
investigate fatal and in case of need serious occupational accidents and diseases and analyse their causes;
collect statistics of accidents at work and make analysis thereof;
resolve individual labour disputes pursuant to procedure prescribed by law;
take decisions in cases prescribed by law on giving or witholding approval;
carry out and resolve petitions of persons on working environment issues.