Tallinn’s election promises: free places in kindergartens and new tram lines | Elections 2021


Education – Estonian education and kindergarten fees

A common theme among party programs is to provide Estonian education in Tallinn. Some parts want to switch to an Estonian-only study program as soon as possible, others would focus more on language immersion and better language teaching, leaving others the opportunity to study in Russian. Almost all parties also promise to lose all kindergarten place fees.

Isamaa promises to switch to exclusively Estonian education in kindergartens and schools by the school year 2027/2028. The party plans to appoint a deputy mayor responsible for the Estonian language. While the party has no plans to lose kindergarten fees, it wants to freeze current fees for the next four years.

The Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) wants to gradually change educational institutions from Russian to Estonian. The party would also see LGBT + and multicultural themes removed from the program. The party intends to detach kindergarten fees from the national minimum wage and reduce them to the costs of the parental contribution.

The Reform Party promises better Estonian language teaching from kindergarten and intends to allocate more funds for study materials and teacher salary increases. The party does not say anything about education reserved for Estonian. The party also intends to abolish kindergarten fees and support private kindergartens.

Isamaa, Eesti 200, EKRE, Center and the Greens put their candidates in the local elections for Tallinn on Tuesday. Source: Priit Mürk / ERR

The Center festival promises to maintain non-Estonian schools so that parents can choose a school according to their family’s needs. The party wants to contribute more to the teaching of Estonian in schools and support language studies for non-Estonian children. The party also wants free places in kindergartens for children living in Tallinn.

The Social Democratic Party (SDE) wants to get rid of kindergarten fees, teach Estonian at a higher level from kindergarten and develop more language immersion groups. The party wants to raise teacher assistant salaries to 75 percent of the average teacher salary.

Eesti 200 wants to switch kindergartens to education only in Estonian from 2023 and children born now should complete their education in Estonian only. The party believes that the community should play a greater role in organizing school life and that local communities and district governments should take more responsibility for primary and general education.

The Estonian Greens promise free places in kindergartens, build more kindergartens to ensure enough places, develop language immersion and integrate leisure education into the school day.

Traffic and public transport – cycle paths and trams

All parties in Tallinn wish to develop Tallinn’s traffic environment and improve the public transport network. The main priority is to develop new tram lines and extend them to different areas of the city. Emphasis is also placed on the development of the network of cycle paths and the implementation of the city’s cycling strategy.

Reform sees the number of cars in the city as a problem, which they say can be solved with a “15-minute view” and improved cycle lanes and public transport. The party plans to build a city-wide tram network, which would connect Õismäe, Mustamäe, Lasnamäe and Pirita to surrounding local municipalities. Before the tram lines are finished, the group wants to use express buses on the Laagna tee.

Reform Party MPs and activists during the party’s recent unveiling of its list of local government candidates. Source: Siim Lõvi / ERR

SDE wishes to develop the tram network to Lasnamäe, Haabersti, Mustamäe and to the passenger terminal in the port of Tallinn. They also want a rail line between Kopli and Lasnamäe.

The Green vegetables plans to expand the tram lines to Järve, Lasnamäe and Pirita in addition to developing new tram lines to Kristiine and Õismäe. The party also supports the implementation of the cycle strategy.

EKRE, however, wants to build a cable car in Tallinn and open a sea tram from Kakumäe to the airplane port and passenger terminal. The party also supports a car-friendly urban space, which would see parking costs drop and more parking buildings constructed.

Isamaa wants to drop the city’s demands for parking spaces near new real estate developments and the party supports the development of a tram connection between the airport, the passenger port and Kopli. The party supports the cycling strategy and plans to modernize the public transport system. Isamaa also wants a connected public transport ticket system between Tallinn and Helsinki, based on the idea of ​​the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel.

Eesti 200 Also focuses on the principle that everything in Tallinn should be within a 15-minute walk of city residents and that the city should accommodate bicycles by allowing them to park near apartment buildings.

Center plans to build a seaside promenade from Pirita to Põhja-Tallinn and promises to bring metro buses to the city, while making all Tallinn public transport electric by 2035. The party plans to go from forward with a tram line to the old port area and also to acquire new trams, while extending the network of bus lines.

Reform and the Green vegetables promise to reduce traffic. While the reformists want to lower the speed limit in inter-neighborhood regions and in the city center to 30 km / h, the Greens want to do so throughout Tallinn. SDE promises to develop public transport 24/7, which the Greens are also promising.

Roheliste Tallinna programmi tutvustamine. Autor / Allikas: Priit Mürk / ERR

Investments and culture – renovation of Linnahall and Tallinn hospital

Center the focus is on investing in the Tallinn Hospital project, which aims to develop a mega-hospital in Lasnamäe. SDE also stresses the need to develop the mega-hospital, but would seek alternatives for the location. SDE also said it would not sell the plots of East Tallinn Central Hospital and instead use the buildings for elderly care and children’s activities.

Center plans to renovate the Linnahall building with state aid, which is also a SDE promise. Center also supports the construction of a film campus and plans to develop an entertainment park in the city with the cooperation of the private sector.

Reform supports the launch of studies and development plans for the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel and also wishes to help with the renovation of Linnahall and a new opera house.

Isamaa and SDE also support the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel project.

Yes Green vegetables were in operation, the city would seek to encourage entrepreneurs to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The city would also invest in the circular economy.

EKRE Tallinn’s program does not indicate major investments but notes that the city could take out a loan to invest in infrastructure and create jobs. EKRE wants to build modular ice rinks in Põhja-Tallinn, Lasnamäe and Mustamäe and also intends to renovate the roads. The party is also seeking to reverse the strategy of going green.

Isamaa promises to avoid an increase in the property tax and wishes to initiate a program of assistance for the renovation of residential buildings while tripling the assistance measures for the renovation of residential buildings. The party also wants to give tenants options to buy municipal space.

SDE stressed the need for a “night mayor” and to implement a nightlife strategy. Reform promises to do the same, while pointing out that the service sector has been hit hard by the crisis, which is why the sector deserves more attention in the city.

Sotsiaaldemokraadid nimekirju esitamas Autor / Allikas: Siim Lõvi / ERR

Polling day is October 17, preceded by a six-day advance polling period beginning October 11.

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