Jüri Ratas' cabinet

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Jüri Ratas' cabinet
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49th cabinet of Estonia
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Date formed 23 November 2016
People and organisations
Head of state Kersti Kaljulaid
Head of government Jüri Ratas
No. of ministers 15
Ministers removed
Member parties Centre Party
Social Democrats
Pro Patria and Res Publica
Opposition parties Reform Party
Free Party
Conservative People's Party
Election(s) 2015 election
Predecessor Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet
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Jüri Ratas' cabinet is the incumbent cabinet of Estonia, in office since 23 November 2016.[1] It is a centre-left coalition cabinet of Centre Party, Social Democratic Party and conservative Pro Patria and Res Publica Union. It was preceded by the Second Cabinet of Taavi Rõivas, a cabinet that ended when Social Democrats and the Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica joined the opposition's no confidence vote against the cabinet.[2][3][4] This is the first time since 1999 the liberal centre-right Reform Party is out of the government.


Centre Party and Social Democratic Party announced the names of their chosen cabinet ministers on 19 November, whereas Pro Patria and Res Publica made the announcement on 21 November.[4][5]

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Government's Office
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas23 November 2016IncumbentCentre
Ministry of Finance
Minister of Finance Sven Sester9 April 201512 June 2017Pro Patria and Res Publica
 Toomas Tõniste12 June 2017IncumbentPro Patria and Res Publica
Minister of Public Administration Mihhail Korb23 November 201612 June 2017Centre
 Jaak Aab12 June 20172 May 2018Centre
 Janek Mäggi2 May 2018IncumbentCentre
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser23 November 2016IncumbentSocial Democratic
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson23 November 2016IncumbentCentre
Minister of Entrepreneurship Urve Palo23 November 2016IncumbentSocial Democratic
Ministry of Justice
Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu9 April 2015IncumbentPro Patria and Res Publica
Ministry of Defence
Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna23 November 201612 June 2017Pro Patria and Res Publica
 Jüri Luik12 June 2017IncumbentPro Patria and Res Publica
Ministry of Culture
Minister of Culture Indrek Saar9 April 2015IncumbentSocial Democratic
Ministry of the Interior
Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt23 November 2016IncumbentSocial Democratic
Ministry of Education and Research
Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps23 November 2016IncumbentCentre
Ministry of the Environment
Minister of the Environment Marko Pomerants9 April 201512 June 2017Pro Patria and Res Publica
 Siim Kiisler12 June 2017IncumbentPro Patria and Res Publica
Ministry of Social Affairs
Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva23 November 2016IncumbentPro Patria and Res Publica
Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski14 September 20152 May 2018Social Democratic
 Riina Sikkut2 May 2018IncumbentSocial Democratic
Ministry of Rural Affairs
Minister of Rural Affairs Martin Repinski23 November 20169 December 2016Centre
 Tarmo Tamm12 December 2016IncumbentCentre


The government has raised the levy on alcohol, provoking Estonians from Southern Estonia to buy alcohol in mass quantities in Latvia and causing considerable loss of revenue for the state budget[6]. The flat tax has been replaced with a new system; according to Aivar Sõerd (former finance minister) this introduces no less than 500 rates of tax-exempt income[7].

Resignations and Changes[edit]

On 6 December 2016, Minister of Rural Affairs, Martin Repinski, resigned due to massive media criticism of the questionable business practices of his goat farm.[8] Centre Party decided to nominate Tarmo Tamm as his successor.[9]

On 24 May 2017, Minister of Public Administration, Mihhail Korb, resigned, in the interests of the health of the coalition, after the scandal that erupted following his comment on his lack of support for Estonia's NATO membership.[10][11] He was replaced with Jaak Aab.[12]

On 7 June 2017, following the change of party leadership, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union, decided to replace three of it ministers in the Cabinet.

  • Siim Kiisler replaced Marko Pomerants as Minister of the Environment.
  • Toomas Tõniste replaced Sven Sester as Minister of Finance.
  • Jüri Luik replaced Margus Tsahkna as Minister of Defence.[13]

On 7 April 2018, Minister of Health and Labour, Jevgeni Ossinovski, announced his intention to resign in order to focus on leading the Social Democratic party to the March 2019 elections.[14]

On 17 April 2018, Minister of Public Administration, Jaak Aab resigned after being caught by Police speeding (73 km/h in 50 km/h zone) and driving under the influence (blood alcohol level 0.28‰).[15]


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Preceded by
Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet
Government of Estonia
Succeeded by