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Estonia 200 to focus on green turnaround, education in 2021 local elections

BC, Tallinn, 29.06.2020.Print version
The non-parliamentary Estonia 200 is to focus on cities, green turnaround and education in the run-up to the October 2021 local government elections, leader of the party Kristina Kallas said in a interview to public broadcaster ERR, cites LETA/BNS.

"It is clear that we are not standing in all 79 municipalities. We are not such a big organization, and this is not our ambition. We have never taken on the goal of being a so-called mass party, one which is represented all over Estonia," Kallas said, according to the English-language news portal of ERR.

"Tallinn is definitely one of the priorities. For us, Tallinn and Tartu are obviously key as big cities. Ida-Virumaa is also a priority for us. Saaremaa, too, is an important place for us,and we have our own team there. We have teams placed in several local governments in Harju County. Around Tallinn in Harju County, and in southeast Estonia," she said.

"Green economy is an important topic for us," Kallas noted. "I am quite certain that a large part of the green turnaround concerns the local governments' level as waste, transport and organization of urban space are all related to the local level. These are important issues for us."

"Education is a key topic for us due to schools belonging to local governments and this is very much a local level issue, particularly the quality of schools and education," the leader of Estonia 200 said. "There are major discrepancies in Estonia in this regard, and local governments' ability to ensure the quality of education differs greatly. Increasing this capability is an important topic for us."

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