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 »
The State provides for the well-being of its citizens through social allowances and services, and labour market opportunities. Social protection schemes have been established to prevent temporarily non-employed people from quickly falling into poverty.
Social security benefits provided by the State ensure a certain level of income in case of old age, illness, loss of a provider, childbirth, and unemployment. If a family has fallen into need in spite of the existing social security schemes, the State will provide social assistance.
The benefits provided must ensure the adequacy and viability of the system. Adequacy means that the level of benefits provided must prevent the person from falling into poverty. Social protection expenses make up a significant part of the state budget, meaning that the balance of means and liabilities, or the sustainability of the system, must be ensured.
The more people participate in the labour market either full or part-time, the better the opportunities for maintaining and developing social protection. Maintaining the level of welfare and ensuring the desired standard of living in an ageing society is a difficult task for most governments: the viability of pension and healthcare systems is widely debated all over Europe. Activating social protection is becoming increasingly important, and better balance between working life and family is being sought.