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;
The Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary on February 24, 2018. The centenary is marked from April 2017 to February 2020 and it is celebrated around the world. The focus of Estonia 100 is on children and youth.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Estonia by the Government Office
Government Office coordinates the celebrations of Estonia's centenary. We invite people to plant their oaks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
In order to coordinate the preparations for Estonia's centenary celebrations, a government committee has been formed and it is chaired by the Prime Minister. The Estonia 100 steering group and the Estonia 100 organising committee have been established within Government Office, and are tasked with organising the celebrations together with the people of Estonia. Contacts »
On 8th June, 2011, the Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre have signed in Oslo the Memoranda of Understanding between the European Economic Area and Norway, which regulate the implementation of financial mechanisms. Until 2014, Estonia will receive a total of 44.9 million € as grants from the European Economic Area and Norway.
The main objectives of the Norway grants is to promote reducing the economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to strengthen the bilateral relations between Norway and recipient countries in mutually agreed priority fields. In addition to Estonia, among the recipient countries, there are Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Spain and Portugal.
The Memorandum of Understanding about the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 came into force on 9th June, 2011. Norway's net subsidies to Estonia add up to 23.68 million, three programmes of which fall within the area of responsibility of the Ministry of Social Affairs: