Skytte students visited Government of Estonia
On November 30th a group of students from Johan Skytte Institute for Political Studies went to Tallinn to visit the Government of Estonia, Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) and State Electoral Office.
The visit to the government of Estonia was quite fruitful. First of all, because of the chance to have a meeting with Mr Tanel Kiik, Head of the Prime Ministers’ Office, who was also graduate of Johan Skytte Institute for Political Studies. He gave complete information on how the government works, starting from the seat allocations in the assembly hall till the details of his own job as a Head of Prime Ministers’ Office.
Afterwards, we had the chance to visit the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu). There we had a tour and discovered some of the magical secrets of the parliament building, which was designed by young designers in an expressionist style. Riigikogu is situated in Toompea Castle, which consist of four parts, hosting the offices of the members of Riigikogu, rooms of the President of the Riigikogu, the Chamber and so on. One interesting fact was, that right in front of the assembly hall door, the power of physics was used in order to make the parliamentarians even low voices heard in the other corner, which was symbolizing, that there should be no secrets in the parliament. This motivated me and my friends to visit the sessions of the parliament in the future, which, luckily, are open for public.
To our pleasure, we had a chance to meet with Mr Priit Vinkel, head of the State Electoral Office. He guided us through the complex and fascinating journey of e-voting in Estonia, how it started, how it functions and which are it’s privileges. Interestingly, e-voting in Estonia is considered as a successful case, which might be connected with Estonia’s development in ICT sphere and the trust that it’s citizens have towards the government of Estonia.
However, the visit couldn’t end without visiting the Christmas Market in Tallinn, which was already opened from the 16th of November. After all those interesting and informative meetings, we enjoyed the magical atmosphere of Tallinn. Being surrounded by Christmas decorations and testing the Glögg, which is a mulled wine, served widely during Christmas.
Text by Meline Avagyan
Democracy and Governance
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu
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