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.
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.
The Reform Party sees the number of cars in the city as a problem, which it says can be solved with a 15-minute view and improving bike lanes and public transportation. 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.
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 Greens plan to extend 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 a suspended railway in Tallinn and open a sea tram from Kakumäe to the plane 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 also 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 the townspeople and that the town should accommodate bicycles by allowing them to park near apartment buildings.
Center plans to build a seafront 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 forward with a tram line to the old port area and also to acquire new trams, while extending the network of bus lines.
Reformists and Greens promise to calm traffic. While the reformists want to lower the speed limit in inter-neighborhood regions and the city center to 30 km / h, the Greens want to lower it all over Tallinn. SDE promises to develop public transport 24/7, which the Greens are also promising.
Investments and culture – renovation of Linnahall and Tallinn hospital
The center is focusing on an investment in the Tallinn Hospital Project, which aims to develop a mega-hospital in Lasnamäe. SDE also stresses a 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.
The Center plans to renovate the Linnahall building with state aid, the same for the SDE. The Center is also supporting 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 wants to help with the renovation of Linnahall and a new opera house. Isamaa and SDE are also supporting the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel project.
If the Greens were in power, 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’s program in Tallinn does not report any 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 to help renovate residential buildings, while tripling the support mechanisms for renovating 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 stressing that the service sector has been hit hard by the crisis, which is why the sector deserves more attention in the city.
Polling day is October 17, preceded by a six-day advance polling period.
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