Tallinn, Stenbock House, 10 December 2012 – Hanno Pevkur took over today as Minister of Justice at the proposal of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, while Taavi Rõivas assumed the position of Minister of Social Affairs.
In accordance with Government of the Republic Act, minister Taavi Rõivas can commence fulfilling his duties after being sworn in before Parliament. He is due to give his oath of office tomorrow at a sitting of the Parliament scheduled to start at 10am. Pevkur’s powers as minister of social affairs expire today, but besides the justice portfolio, he will continue to be acting minister of social affairs as well until the new minister of social affairs takes office.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves today signed, at the behest of Prime Minister Ansip, the decision on changes in the Cabinet. The decision of the President of the Republic enters into force today, 10 December at 18:00.
Minister of Justice Kristen Michal submitted his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Ansip last Thursday. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves released him from office today.
Hanno Pevkur, a member of the board of the Reform Party, became Minister of Social Affairs in Andrus Ansip’s government in February 2009 and continued in the same position in the new Ansip government formed in 2011.
Pevkur has a law background – he graduated from the University of Tartu in the field in 2002. Pevkur studied the same field, law, at the Tallinn School of Economics, where he graduated in 1998.
Taavi Rõivas is the chairman of the Parliamentary European Union Affairs Committee; he served as chairman of the Finance Committee from 2009-2011; Rõivas was also adviser to Prime Minister Ansip from 2005-2007 on social and family policy areas; before serving as district mayor of Tallinn’s Haabersti district, where he was also responsible for the social welfare field, Rõivas served as adviser and office manager to the Minister of Population 2003-2004. Before that, Rõivas worked as a major corporation account executive at AS IT Grupp and, from 1999-2002, as adviser to the Minister of Justice. Rõivas graduated from the University of Tartu macroeconomics and marketing field in 2002. Rõivas is a member of the board of the Reform Party.
For photographs of the meeting in Kadriorg, visit this link - http://valitsus.ee/et/uudised/pildialbum/-/1/#2497-1