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In 1996 The Estonian Commission on Sustainable Development was established. The Commission was led by the Prime Minister and co-chaired by the Minister of Economy and the Minister of Environment. The Commission composed of 28 experts in the field SD, including representatives from government (6), parliament (5), governmental institutions (5), academia (9), business (1) and NGOs (2). The objectives of the Commission were to advise the Government on issues related to SD, develop different sectoral options and comments, present them to the national and local governments, and submit proposals for new legislation.

The mandate of Estonian Commission on SD has been renewed. On 12 February 2009, the Estonian Government has adopted the regulation, which reviewed the functions of the SD Commission and changed its membership structure. According to the new regulation, the members of the SD Commission are the representatives from the non-governmental organisations only (i.e. no members from the ministries or parliament as has been the case previously). The membership of the Commission was last updated in 2013. At present, the Commission consists of 19 representatives of different non-governmental organisations. The Strategy Unit in the Government Office acts as the secretariat of the Sustainable Development Commission and provides link to the government sector and to the Europe 2020 strategy. Public participation mechanisms have changed substantially due to the reform of the mandate and functions of the NCSD. The reformed NCSD continues to hold regularly meetings on crucial SD topics and forwards the result of these participatory discussions to the government. It also organises various events like SD conferences and ad-hoc events in crucial SD issues. In all these participation mechanisms the role of the NCSD is to increase ownership and serve as an information exchange platform for stakeholders. The Commission’s focal topic for 2013 is managing cultural heritage conservation. The NCSD focus report “Maintaining of privately owned cultural heritage” was published in March 2014. In 2016 NCSD has launched a comparative analysis of Estonian Sustainable Development Strategy “Sustainable Estonia 21”, which will give answers how much is the Estonian strategy in compliance with Agenda2030.


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Tuesday, 19 April 2016

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