Tallinn, Stenbock House, 2 December 2013 - Minister of Culture Rein Lang today submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip. Pursuant to the Government of the Republic Act, the Prime Minister will submit the resignation to the President. Prime Minister Andrus Ansip will deliver the Minister of Culture’s resignation to the President on 4 December at 12.00.
According to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, Rein Lang has been a strong minister and a strong proponent of culture in the government. Due to investments in cultural assets and a greater than average increase in the salaries of cultural workers, the Ministry of Culture’s budget will grow the most next year – 22.8%. Under the leadership of Rein Lang, construction has begun on the long awaited Estonian National Museum, and a document containing the general principles of cultural policy until 2020 has reached the Riigikogu.
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip commented on the resignation of the Minister of Culture, stating that he is sorry to see Rein Lang leave the government. According to the Prime Minister, as a member of the government, Rein Lang was a good team player who had bold ideas and the determination to bring them to life.
“I extend my thanks to Rein Lang for the work he has done”, said the Prime Minister.
Rein Lang has been a minister in the Andrus Ansip led government since 2005. From 2005-2011 Rein Lang served as the Minister of Justice and from 6 April 2011 he was the Minister of Culture.
New candidates for Minister of Culture will be submitted by the Reform Party’s leadership on Wednesday morning.
Photos of the submission of the resignation: http://valitsus.ee/et/uudised/pildialbum#2596-1