Minister of Defence of Estonia, Kalle Laanet has signed a directive establishing an Advisory Council to advise him on matters of national defence during his term of office.
The Chairman of the Advisory Council is Taavi Rõivas (former Prime Minister), members include Merle Maigre, Riho Terras, Katri Raik, and Toomas Luman. Members of the Advisory Council were selected with the aim of covering five important areas: international relations, cyber policy, the Defence Forces, local government, and volunteering in national defence.
The Advisory Council is tasked with advising the Minister of Defence on wide-ranging matters concerning national defence and questions falling within the area of responsibility of the Minister of Defence, as well as making proposals and recommendations for the promotion and development of defence and security policy.
Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet noted that ‘the Advisory Council for the Minister of Defence will serve as an amplification of the development of Estonia’s broad-based national defence concept, both domestically and internationally.’
The Advisory Council has the right to involve experts in the performance of its tasks, including inviting experts to submit opinions, provide information or participate in the discussion of issues.
Taavi Rõivas, Chairman of the Advisory Council, said that ‘the security of the Estonian state will never be complete, in the name of which an effort must be made each day. We are happy to contribute to securing the rear.’
Members of the Advisory Council do not receive remuneration for their work.