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Statutes of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Government of the Republic of Estonia Regulation no. 323 of 23 October 2002

The Regulation shall be established on the basis of subsection 42 (1) of section 42 of the Government of the Republic Act of 23 October 2002 (RT I 1995, 94, 1628; 1996, 49, 953; 88, 1560; 1997, 29, 447; 40, 622; 52, 833; 73, 1200; 81, 1361; 1362; 87, 1468; 1998, 28, 356; 36/37, 552; 40, 614; 71, 1201; 107, 1762; 111, 1833; 1999, 10, 155; 16, 271; 274; 27, 391; 29, 398; 401; 58, 608; 95, 843; 845; 2000, 49, 302; 51, 319; 320; 54, 352; 58, 378; 95, 613; 102, 677; 2001, 7, 16; 24, 133; 52, 303; 53, 305; 59, 358; 94, 578; 100, 646; 102, 677; 2002, 57, 354).

Chapter 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS

§ 1. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (hereinafter the Ministry) is a government agency performing functions arising from legal acts and assigned to it by the Government of the Republic on the basis of law in the areas of government laid down in subsection 63 (1) of the Government of the Republic Act.

§ 2. Representation

While performing its functions, the Ministry represents the state.

§ 3. Name of the Ministry

The name of the Ministry in different languages:

  1. in English - Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications;
  2. in French - Minist?re de l'Economie et des Transports;
  3. in German - Ministerium für Wirtschaft und Verkehr;
  4. in Finnish - Talous- ja viestintäministeriö;
  5. in Russian - Министерство экономики и коммуникаций

§ 4. The Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications

The Ministry is directed by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications (hereinafter the Minister).

§ 5. Accountability

The Ministry is accountable to the Government of the Republic that directs and coordinates its activities and carries out supervision over it in accordance with procedures specified by law.

§ 6. Seal of the Ministry

The Ministry has a 50 mm diameter round seal with a small image of the national coat of arms in the centre. The upper edge of the ring shall bear the words "Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium".

§ 7. The budget and bank account of the Ministry

The Ministry has its own budget and bank account. The expenses of the Ministry are covered from the state budget.

§ 8. Documents of the Ministry

(1) An image of a small national coat of arms is used on the Ministry's letterhead, general letterhead, Minister's regulation form and Minister's directive form.

(2) Legal acts and other administrative documents of the Ministry are executed by the procedure established by law and legal documents regulating records management.

(3) The Minister, the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary Generals use the Ministry's letterheads according to their competency.

(4) Any departments of the Ministry, or, if necessary, divisions, may have their own letterhead and seal, if this is laid down in the statutes of such department.

(5) Department heads sign department letterheads by the procedure established in clause (1) 11) of section 35.

§ 9. Location

The Ministry is based in Tallinn. The Ministry's postal address is Harju 11, 15072 Tallinn. The postal addresses of the Ministry's structural units that are not based at the same location are specified in their statutes.

Chapter 2 - THE MINISTRY'S OBJECTIVES, AREA OF GOVERNMENT AND PRINCIPAL TASKS

§ 10. The Ministry's objective

The Ministry's objective is to create conditions, via the development, implementation and evaluation of the national economic policy, for promoting the competitiveness and a balanced and sustainable development of the Estonian economy.

§ 11. Area of government

The Ministry's area of government includes the elaboration and implementation of the national economic policy in the areas of industry, trade, energy, housing, building, transport (including transport infrastructure, carriage, transit, logistics and public transport), traffic management (including traffic on railways, highways, streets, waterways and airways), increasing traffic safety and reducing environmental hazardousness of vehicles, informatics, telecommunications, postal services and tourism; coordination of the development of national information systems; technological research and development and innovation; coordination of metrology, standardisation, certification, accreditation, licensing, registers and industrial property rights, competition surveillance, consumer protection, export promotion and commercial defence instrument; issues related to regional development of entrepreneurship and investments; administration of minimum stocks of liquid fuel; and preparing the respective draft acts.

§ 12. The Ministry's principal tasks

The Ministry's principal tasks are as follows:

  1. elaboration of national development plans in the fields belonging to the Ministry's area of government and ensuring their conformity with other national development plans; organisation of the financing, implementation and performance evaluation of such development plans;
  2. participation, in cooperation with other concerned ministries, in the elaboration of national development plans concerning economic development;
  3. preparing of draft acts in the fields belonging to the Ministry's area of government and ensuring their compliance with the Constitution and legal acts, as well as performance of the functions established by legal acts;
  4. organisation of international cooperation in the Ministry's area of government, including activities concerning the European Union;
  5. coordination of the development of state information systems.

§ 13. Exercising the rights of shareholder or partner by the Ministry

The Ministry exercises the rights of shareholder or partner in these commercial undertakings where it controls shares or parts.

§ 14. Other tasks of the Ministry

The Ministry performs other tasks assigned to it by law or by the Government of the Republic.

§ 15. The Ministry's activities to reach the objectives and perform its principal tasks

(1) In order to reach the objective of its activities and to perform its principal tasks, the Ministry performs comprehensive strategic management of its area of government based on the strategies of the Ministry and state agencies in its area of government and the work plans arising from such strategies.

(2) The Ministry performs its tasks via the Ministry's structural units, committees formed under the Ministry, boards and inspectorates in the Ministry's area of government, state agencies administered by the Ministry, foundations and non-profit organisations, and in cooperation with other government agencies and legal persons.

Chapter 3 - THE MINISTRY'S STRUCTURE

Part 1 - Department

§ 16. The Ministry's department

(1) The Ministry's department is the Ministry's main structural unit that has no executive authority in relation to persons outside the Ministry unless otherwise prescribed by law.

(2) The departments may include divisions. The structure and competency of departments shall be specified in the statutes of the departments approved by the Minister.

(3) The departments may have officials who do not belong to any division but are directly subordinate to the head of department and whose duties are specified by the statutes of the department and a job description.

(4) The Ministry's departments are departments of principal activities, departments integrating principal activities, support departments and departments performing specific tasks. The detailed tasks of the departments are specified in their statutes.

§ 17. Departments of principal activities

(1) The departments of principal activities perform the tasks of the Ministry in the fields defined by the Ministry's area of government.

(2) The departments of principal activities are:

  1. Building and Housing Department, the main tasks of which are to elaborate national development plans in the field of building and housing and to ensure their implementation; to coordinate standardisation, conformity assessment and market supervision in the field of building, and state supervision in building and housing; to guide the activities of the National Construction Register, the National Housing Register and the National Buildings Register and to prepare draft legal acts for regulating the field;
  2. Energy Department, the main tasks of which are to elaborate national development plans focused on the efficiency, competitiveness and environmental sustainability of fuel and energy management and to ensure their implementation, to arrange the formation and administration of the minimum stocks of liquid fuel and to prepare draft legal acts for regulating the field;
  3. Trade Department, the main tasks of which are to elaborate national development plans in the fields of domestic and foreign trade, services, export, tourism, consumer protection and competition surveillance, to ensure their implementation and to prepare draft legal acts for regulating the field;
  4. Aviation and Maritime Department, the main tasks of which are to elaborate national development plans in the fields of civil aviation, sea and inland waterway traffic, their safety and environmental protection, aviation security, technical condition of aircraft and water craft, aviation enterpreneurship, merchant shipping, operation of airfields and airport terminals and ports, and to ensure their implementation, and to prepare draft legal acts for regulating the field;
  5. Road and Railways Department, the main tasks of which are to elaborate national development plans in the fields of road network, carriage of goods and passengers, railway infrastructure, rail transport logistics, carriage of passengers and goods on railway, vehicles, rolling stock, road and railway traffic, and their traffic and environmental safety, and to ensure their implementation, and to prepare draft legal acts for regulating the field;
  6. Communications Department, the main tasks of which are to elaborate national development plans in the fields of telecommunications and postal services, to ensure their implementation and to prepare draft legal acts for regulating the field;
  7. Industry Department, the main tasks of which are, within the framework of designing the economic and enterprise policy, to elaborate national development plans in the fields of quality infrastructure (including standardisation, accreditation, certification and metrology), quality management, market surveillance, industrial property rights, technological research and development, and innovation, to ensure their implementation and to prepare draft legal acts for regulating the field.

§ 18. Departments integrating the principal activities

(1) The departments integrating the principal activities fulfil the Ministry's objectives via uniform and balanced development and mutual integration of the different departments in the Ministry's area of government.

(2) The departments integrating the principal activities are:

  1. European Union and International Cooperation Department, the main tasks of which are to elaborate action plans in the Ministry and its area of government, needed to join the European Union, as well as to monitor their implementation; to gather, analyse and forward information on European Union policies, to coordinate participation in the work of the committees and working groups of the European Commission and Council, to consult in European Union issues, to organise international cooperation projects focused on institutional development and to monitor their implementation, and to participate in other international cooperation;
  2. Economic Development Department, the main tasks of which are to design the policy supporting economic and entrepreneural development, to coordinate its implementation and design its financing (including activities related to pre-structural funds and structural funds), to participate in preparing the budget of the Ministry's area of government, to make the necessary analyses and calculations for that purpose and draw up an action plan to accompany the budget, to make economic analyses and forecasts in the fields of enterpreneurship, industry, trade, tourism, communications, building, housing and energy in cooperation with the respective departments of principal activities;
  3. Transport Development and Logistics Department, the main tasks of which are to design an overall transport system policy focused on efficiency, competitiveness and environmental sustainability, to coordinate its implementation and design its financing in cooperation with the Aviation and Maritime Department and the Road and Railways Department, to work on long-term infrastructure projects that integrate different modes of transport, to promote the Estonian transit corridor on the international level and to participate in the respective international cooperation, to develop measures adding value to the transit flow passing through Estonia, and to engage in activities related to pre-structural funds and structural funds and foreign loans in the field of transport;
  4. Legislation Department, the main tasks of which are to coordinate the legislative activities of the departments of principal activities and the Department of State Information Systems and to consult in legislative matters, to ensure in the Ministry's legislative process the use of uniform principles, terminology and methodology and mutual traceability of the drafted legal acts, as well as their compliance with the Constitution and other legal acts, and to organise cooperation with other ministries in the field of legislation.

§ 19. Support departments

(1) Support departments perform activities that support the everyday activities of the Ministry.

(2) The Ministry's support departments are:

  1. Public Relations Department, the main tasks of which are to inform the public of the Ministry's activities and to manage the relations between the Ministry and the public, as well as to draw up public relations plans for the Ministry's departments;
  2. General Administration Department, the main tasks of which are to organise the Ministry's accounting, to draw up the Ministry's draft operating expenses budget in cooperation with other structural units of the Ministry, to provide the Ministry's officials with office supplies and inventory, to organise the management of business, flow of documents, administration and development of databases and the accounting of state assets belonging to the Ministry's area of government, to coordinate the Ministry's public procurement processes; to plan and coordinate information technology development and activities related to informatics in the Ministry and agencies in its area of government, as well as to provide the Ministry with computer hardware and software;
  3. Budget and Financial Control Department, the main tasks of which are to draw up a draft budget for the Ministry's area of government on the basis of sectoral strategic development plans and the action and investment plans of state agencies in the Ministry's area of government, to organise the differentiation of the state budget of the Ministry's area of government, to analyse the use of budgetary funds and to elaborate, implement and supervise a financial control system, as well as to solve other tax and funding issues in the Ministry's area of government;
  4. Personnel Department, the main tasks of which are to elaborate a personnel policy and a training strategy based on the Ministry's development trends and to ensure their implementation, to perform staff-related functions, to organise training in the Ministry and to coordinate training in the agencies of its area of government; to aggregate and make up staff and training reports about the Ministry and the agencies in its area of government; to keep electronic personnel databases; to provide counselling to the Ministry and agencies in its area of government in personnel issues;
  5. Internal Audit Department, the main tasks of which are to give an independent assessment of the internal control systems, reporting and performance in the Ministry and agencies in its area of government, and to ensure timely and objective information on any deviation from the established requirements, as well as on any breach of the lawfulness and principles of economy and efficiency in the use of funds;
  6. Legal Department, the main tasks of which are to provide legal counselling to the Ministry's top management and departments and to organise that the Ministry's legal rights are represented.

§ 20. Departments performing specific tasks

The departments performing specific tasks are:

  1. Department of State Information Systems, the main tasks of which are to coordinate the development of state information systems and to design the state information policy and strategy in the field of informatics, as well as to prepare the respective draft legal acts;
  2. Flight Accident Investigation Department, the main tasks of which are to register flight accidents and flight incidents that have occurred in the territory, territorial waters, airspace or Tallinn flight information region and to investigate flight accidents and serious flight incidents, to register and classify flight accidents and flight incidents that have occurred with aircraft registered in the National Civil Aircraft Register, and to elaborate and ensure the implementation of measures and recommendations for securing flight safety.

Part 2 - Counsellors

§ 21. Counsellors

(1) The Ministry's structure includes Minister's counsellors and Ministry counsellors.

(2) Minister's counsellors are directly subordinate to the Minister. Minister's counsellors are appointed and dismissed by the Minister.

(3) Ministry counsellors are directly subordinate to the Secretary General or a Deputy Secretary General. Ministry counsellors are appointed and dismissed by the Secretary General.

(4) The duties and relationships of subordination are specified in the counsellor's job description approved by the Minister.

Part 3 - Committees, councils and working groups

§ 22. Committees, councils and working groups

(1) In order to achieve the Ministry's objectives, the Minister may set up advisory committees, councils and working groups (hereinafter committees) in the Ministry's area of government.

(2) The Secretary General may set up committees in order to coordinate the work of the Ministry's structural units in resolving individual issues.

(3) Committees are set up by a directive of the Minister or Secretary General defining the tasks, the chairman and members of the committee, the deadlines for fulfilling the tasks, the responsible structural unit and the rules of procedure.

Chapter 4 - THE MINISTRY'S MANAGEMENT

Part 1 - Minister

§ 23. The Minister's competency and tasks

The Minister, while performing the tasks given by the law:

  1. ensures the performance of the Ministry's objectives and tasks through overall management of the Ministry, directing and coordinating the activities of the government agencies in its area of government and of the state agencies administered by the Ministry, and by organising cooperation among the Ministry and the government agencies in its area of government and the state agencies administered by the Ministry;
  2. is responsible for ensuring performance of the Constitution, legal acts regulating the Ministry's area of government, decisions of the Riigikogu, decrees of the President of the Republic and regulations and orders of the Government, and is accountable to the Government in issues concerning the Ministry's activities;
  3. makes decisions on issues belonging to the Ministry's area of government, provided that making decisions on such issues is not delegated by law or regulations of the Government to the subordinate authorities or officials;
  4. submits to the Government proposals with regard to the Ministry's draft annual cost-benefit budget and, if necessary, a draft supplementary budget, makes decisions on the use of budgetary funds and monitors over the accurate and expedient use of the budgetary funds, as well as over the purposeful use of the funds, aid and support allocated by the European Union and other foreign aid;
  5. is responsible for the preservation and prudent use of state assets and organises it in compliance with the State Assets Act (RT I 1995, 22, 327; 1996, 36, 738; 40, 773; 48, 942; 81, 1446; 1997, 45, 724; 1998, 30, 409; 1999, 10, 155; 16, 271; 2000, 39, 239; 49, 306; 51, 319; 2001, 7, 17; 93, 565; 2002, 53, 336; 64, 393);
  6. approves on the basis of the state budget the budgets of state agencies in the Ministry's area of government, monitors execution of the budgets and makes, if necessary, precepts to use budgetary funds;
  7. approves the statutes, structure and staff of state agencies in the Ministry's area of government and issues directives to regulate the organisation of work of the Ministry to the extent not regulated by law or regulations of the Government or the Minister of Finance;
  8. approves the Ministry's structure and staff and statutes of structural units;
  9. forms, reorganises and winds up state agencies administered by the Ministry, approves their statutes and budgets and determines their structure, management of business and organisation of work, unless provided otherwise by law or regulations of the Government;
  10. on the proposal of the Secretary General appoints and dismisses Deputy Secretaries General, heads of Ministry's departments, directors general of boards and inspectorates and heads of other state agencies in the Ministry's area of government, concludes labour contracts with the heads of state agencies administered by the Ministry and offers them incentives and imposes disciplinary penalties, unless provided otherwise by law;
  11. carries out supervisory control over the Ministry's structural units, government agencies in the Ministry's area of government and their officials, as well as over the lawfulness and purposefulness of the activities of state agencies administered by the Ministry;
  12. ensures implementation of the internal control system and organisation of internal audit in the Ministry and government agencies in the Ministry's area of government and state agencies administered by government agencies;
  13. represents the Ministry and gives authorisation to represent the Ministry;
  14. represents the state within the Ministry's area of government at court in civil and criminal matters as a civil plaintiff or defendant, may give general or special authorisation to represent the state at court, and has the power to authorise a contractual representative of the state within the Ministry's area of government in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings;
  15. performs other tasks assigned to him/her by law, regulations or orders of the Government or by the Prime Minister and solves legal disputes in cases prescribed by law.

§ 24. Legal acts of the Minister

The Minister issues, for arranging the Ministry's area of government, regulations based on law and intended for execution, as well as, under the Ministry's guidance, for arranging the activities of the agencies and inspectorates in the Ministry's area of government and of the administered state agencies, regulations, directives and oral and written service-related orders based on law and intended for execution.

Part 2 - Secretary General

§ 25. Competency and tasks of the Secretary General

(1) The Secretary General is in charge of Deputy Secretary Generals, Building and Housing Department, Energy Department, Trade Department, Communications Department, Industry Department and departments performing specific tasks and support departments.

(2) The Secretary General, while performing the tasks assigned to him/her by law:

  1. directs via Deputy Secretaries General and heads of departments subordinate to him/her the work of the Ministry's structural units and counsellors;
  2. coordinates the activities of government agencies in the Ministry's area of government and the administered state agencies;
  3. organises the Ministry's management of business, ensures the Ministry's effective functioning, purposeful use of funds, functioning of the administration and control system and relevance of the organisational culture;
  4. disposes of the Ministry's budgetary funds within the budget approved by the Minister and is responsible for the accurate and expedient execution of the budget;
  5. organises the elaboration and updating of statutes of government agencies in the Ministry's area of government and administered state agencies, as well as of draft legal acts regulating the Ministry's organisation of work, ensures their implementation and execution and submission of reports;
  6. organises the elaboration of proposals about the draft budget for the Ministry's area of government and, if necessary, a supplementary budget;
  7. appoints and dismisses the Ministry's officials, except for those who are appointed and dismissed by the Minister, and concludes labour contracts with the Ministry's support staff;
  8. performs supervisory control over the activities of the Ministry's officials within the authorisation given by the Minister, and organises, commissioned by the Minister, preparation of materials to perform supervisory control in agencies in the Ministry's area of government;
  9. puts his/her co-signature on the Minister's regulations in the cases and by the procedure provided by law;
  10. represents the Ministry within his/her competency and the authorisation given by the Minister;
  11. performs other tasks assigned to him/her by law, regulations or orders of the Government or given by the Minister.

§ 26. Directives and orders of the Secretary General

The Secretary General issues, within the competency provided by law and the Ministry's statutes, directives for managing the activities of and administrating the Ministry's structural units and for coordinating and organising the activities of the government agencies in the Ministry's area of government and the administered state agencies, as well as service-related oral and written orders.

§ 27. Substitution of the Secretary General

During the absence of the Secretary General, the Minister's directive assigns his/her duties to one of the Deputy Secretaries General.

Part 3 - Deputy Secretary General

§ 28. Deputy Secretaries General

(1) The Ministry has Deputy Secretaries General who are responsible for ensuring the performance of the Ministry's objectives and main tasks via linking the various fields in the Ministry's area of government, as well as their balanced and comprehensive development.

(2) The Ministry has the offices of the Deputy Secretary General of European Union and International Cooperation, Deputy Secretary General of Economic Development, Deputy Secretary General of Maintenance of Transport and Transit, and Deputy Secretary General of Legislation.

§ 29.  Deputy Secretary General of European Union and International Cooperation

(1) The Deputy Secretary General of European Union and International Cooperation is in charge of the European Union and International Cooperation Department.

(2) The Deputy Secretary General of European Union and International Cooperation:

  1. performs an integrative function with regard to the European Union and international cooperation in the Ministry's area of government;
  2. monitors the implementation of the European integration plans in the Ministry's field of activities, makes proposals to better associate the positions formed in relation to the European Union in the Ministry's area of government, helps to gain a better coordination with other ministries in issues related to the European Union;
  3. within the Ministry's area of government, coordinates participation in the committees and working groups of the European Commission and Council;
  4. organises forwarding of information about the European Union and international organisations concerning the Ministry's fields of activities, and the related counselling in the Ministry's area of government;
  5. organises elaboration of the European Union related and bilateral international cooperation projects focused on institutional development and monitors their purposeful implementation and results;
  6. coordinates the Ministry's international cooperation, including with international organisations, organises the implementation of international agreements in the Ministry's area of government;
  7. supervises the work of the Ministry's representatives at the European Union in issues belonging to his/her competency;
  8. draws up and submits proposals within his/her function about the elaboration of the Ministry's draft budget and use of budgetary funds.

§ 30. Deputy Secretary General of Economic Development

(1) The Deputy Secretary General of Economic Development is in charge of the Economic Development Department.

(2) The Deputy Secretary General of Economic Development:

  1. performs an integrative function in the Ministry's area of government with regard to the elaboration, implementation and supervision of development plans and ensures their mutual traceability, integrity and uniformity;
  2. aggregates the proposals of Deputy Secretaries General during the drawing up of the draft budget, organises the required analyses and calculations and elaboration of the action plan to be added to the draft budget of the Ministry's area of government;
  3. ensures the traceability between the budget of the Ministry's area of government and development plans;
  4. organises cooperation during the elaboration of development plans between the Ministry's structural units and external institutions and ensures the compliance of development plans with national development plans;
  5. manages within his/her competency the elaboration and implementation of action plans, measures, specific programs and foreign aid projects related to the fields of activities in the Ministry's area of government.

(3) The Deputy Secretary of Economic Development has the right to issue oral and written orders within his/her competency to the Heads of Departments of Energy, Trade, Industry, Communications and Building and Housing.

§ 31. Deputy Secretary General of Maintenance of Transport and Transit

(1) The Deputy Secretary General of Maintenance of Transport and Transit is in charge of the Transport Development and Logistics Department, the Aviation and Maritime Department and the Road and Railways Department.

(2) The Deputy Secretary General of Maintenance of Transport and Transit:

  1. performs an integrative function in the Ministry's area of government with regard to the elaboration, implementation and supervision of mutually traceable transport related development plans, manages via the Aviation and Maritime Department and the Road and Railways Department the respective fields of transport and via the Transport Development and Logistics Department the comprehensive development of the transport system;
  2. organises cooperation during the elaboration of development plans between the Ministry's structural units and external institutions and supervises the association of transport development with the overall development of the Estonian economy (including the establishment of logistics and industrial parks in transport terminals);
  3. organises activities to increase the international competitiveness of the Estonian transport corridors and transport's environmental friendliness;
  4. organises that the transport corridors through Estonia are made known internationally and develops international cooperation related to the use of such corridors;
  5. based on transport related development plans, within his/her function, elaborates and submits proposals to the draft budget of the Ministry's area of government and for the use of budgetary funds;
  6. manages the elaboration and implementation of action plans, measures, specific programs and foreign aid projects related to the fields of transport, including the use of pre-structural funds, structural funds and foreign loans in the field of transport.

§ 32. Deputy Secretary General of Legislation

(1) The Deputy Secretary General of Legislation is in charge of the Legislation Department.

(2) The Deputy Secretary General of Legislation:

  1. performs an integrative function in the Ministry's area of government with regard to legislative activities and organises the harmonisation of legal acts concerning the Ministry's area of government with the European Union law;
  2. ensures comprehensive organisation of the legislative process, the use of uniform terminology and methodology in the Ministry's legislation, harmony between various draft legal acts and their compliance with the Constitution and laws;
  3. ensures that the legislative process meets the deadlines;
  4. within his/her function, submits proposals to the draft budget of the Ministry's area of government and for the use of budgetary funds.

(3) The Deputy Secretary General of Legislation has the right to issue oral and written orders within his/her competency to the heads of all departments of principal activities and the Heads of the Department of State Information Systems.

§ 33. Other tasks of Deputy Secretary General

Deputy Secretaries General perform other tasks assigned to them by law, regulations or orders issued by the Government or regulations or directives issued by the Minister.

§ 34. Substitution of Deputy Secretary General

During the absence of a Deputy Secretary General, the Secretary General assigns his/her duties on another Deputy Secretary General or a head of department.

Part 4 - Head of Department

§ 35. Head of Department

(1) Head of a department:

  1. manages the department's work and ensures that the department's tasks are performed in accordance with the existing law and in an accurate and timely manner;
  2. follows the instructions and orders given to him/her or informs about obstacles to their fulfilment;
  3. gives instructions and orders to his/her subordinate officials;
  4. supervises over the fulfilment of service duties by his/her subordinate officials;
  5. signs or superscribes documents drawn up in the department in accordance with the department's statutes and the Ministry's procedures;
  6. represents the department upon performing his/her functions and gives on behalf of the department opinions and approvals to the Ministry's leadership and other structural units;
  7. approaches the Minister, Secretary General and Deputy Secretaries General (hereinafter: the Ministry's leadership) with proposals concerning the organisational structure, composition and organisation of work of the department as well as the salaries, benefits and disciplinary punishments and incentives for the staff;
  8. applies for funds necessary for the fulfilment of the department's tasks;
  9. applies for further training for the staff of the department;
  10. approaches the Ministry's leadership with proposals for the setting up of committees and working groups in order to deal with issues related to the department's tasks;
  11. in accordance with the statutes of the department, signs informative letters with the department's letterhead with which no financial or other obligations are taken or rights or obligations are imposed on persons outside the Ministry, unless otherwise provided by law;
  12. performs other tasks assigned to him/her by the statutes of the department or the Minister, the Secretary General or the respective Deputy Secretary General.

(2) The head of a department has the right to obtain from the Ministry's leadership and other structural units the information required to perform the department's tasks.

(3) The head of a department is responsible that the department's tasks are performed in accordance with the existing law and in an accurate and timely manner.

(4) 
The exact duties of employment of a head of a department are specified in the statutes of the department.

Chapter 5 - IMPLEMENTING PROVISIONS

§ 36. State agencies in the Ministry's area of government as of November 1, 2002

(1) As of November 1, 2002, the following boards belonged to the Ministry's area of government:

  1. Estonian Competition Board;
  2. Estonian Civil Aviation Administration;
  3. Estonian National Road Administration;
  4. Estonian Patent Office;
  5. Estonian Railway Administration;
  6. Estonian National Communication Board;
  7. Estonian Consumer Protection Board;
  8. Estonian Maritime Administration.

(2) As of November 1, 2002, the following inspectorates belonged to the Ministry's area of government:

  1. Estonian Energy Market Inspectorate;
  2. Technical Inspectorate.

(3) As of November 1, 2002, the following state agencies were administered by the Ministry:

  1. Estonian Informatics Centre;
  2. Estonian Motor Vehicle Registration Centre;
  3. Ehitustest Centre;
  4. Estonian Patent Library;
  5. Estonian Public Procurement Centre.

(4) As of November 1, 2002, the following foundations and non-governmental organisations belonged to the Ministry's area of government:

  1. Estonian Credit and Export Guarantee Fund KredEx;
  2. Enterprise Estonia;
  3. Estonian Accreditation Centre;
  4. State Infocommunication Foundation;
  5. National Standards Board.

§ 38. Repeal of regulations of the Government

1) Regulation no 149 of the Government of the Republic of 5 May 2000 "Statutes of the Ministry of Economic Affairs" (RT I 2000, 37, 233; 63, 403; 2001, 7, 28; 93, 571) is repealed;

2) Regulation no 427 of the Government of the Republic of 19 December 2001 "Statutes of the Ministry of Transport and Communications" (RT I 2001, 100, 658) is repealed.

§ 39. Entry into force of regulation

This regulation enters into force on November 1, 2002.

Siim KALLAS,
Prime Minister

Liina TÕNISSON,
Minister of
Economic Affairs
and Communications

Aino LEPIK von WIRÉN,
State Secretary