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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration


National — sub-national linkages

The preparation phase of the NSDS started in 2001 and lasted about 4 years. The Local Self-Government Unions (representing the local authorities) were involved in the overall discussion of defining SD priorities. In the official consultation round for the draft NSDS, different stakeholders groups were involved to provide their comments, including the Local Self-Government Unions.

No institutions are officially responsible for the vertical policy coordination, however the local Self-Government Unions are connected to the monitoring of the strategy through Estonian Commission on Sustainable Development (NCSD). The Commission on SD provides a forum for stakeholder involvement.

Joint Commission of Ministerial Bodies (JCMB) provides a forum for multi-level cooperation, which meets annually and discusses relevant policy topics.

EU linkages

The renewed EU Strategy for Sustainable Development (EU SDS) that was adopted in June 2006 foresees that Member States bi-annually report about how they address the priorities of the EU SDS. Estonia has published its first national report on implementing the EU SDS in 2007 and second report in 2009.


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

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