Prime minister meets social scientists

09.12.2003 | 00:00

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Tallinn, Stenbock House 9 December 2003 Today representatives of the Estonian Association of Sociologists gathered at Stenbock House by invitation of the prime minister to discuss how the government could make better use of the knowledge and studies of sociologists in decision-making. Both sides considered it useful to elaborate on the form in which the cooperation should continue. As one of the methods, the prime minister proposed that the sustainability index, based on the World Bank methodology, be measured with the help of social scientists every year in addition to the economic growth index. The prime minister stated that this is necessary for the implementation of the principles of sustainable development in the context of Success Estonia 2014, as the sustainability index reflects not only economic aspects, but also social cohesion. Representatives of the Association of Sociologists suspected that the requirements for such a study might be too high for the current state of the social sciences, but they confirmed their willingness to develop a more detailed position in this respect. Minister of Social Affairs Marko Pomerants, Minister of Finance Taavi Veskimägi, State Secretary Heiki Loot, Riigikogu member Ülo Vooglaid and the prime minister participated in the meeting with Leif Kalev, Juhan Kivirähk, Raivo Vetik and Rein Murakas from the Estonian Association of Sociologists. Government Press Office Phone 693 5792, 693 5706

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