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Läheb vist valimisteks! // Return of Democracy!


The IT (Indrek Tarand) Initiative is my extraordinary bid (as an independently elected member of the Greens/EFA Group) to be elected into the Bureau of the European Parliament. Besides the fact that Estonia is well-recognised IT power state, which coincidentally takes on the responsibilities of the rotating EU presidency in second half of 2017, there are other, more intrinsic reasons to be considered. So indeed, why should you support me for one of the 14 vice presidents of the European Parliament?

1. To refresh a somewhat rigid system by holding true elections

It sounds a bit radical, doesn’t it? In reality it is nothing more than political pluralism, a cornerstone of true democracy, which by definition means actual elections instead of appointments by acclamation.

We all are used to the fact, that the current system  leads to confirming foregone conclusions. How should one act when the leader of the S&D Group, Mr. Pitella, has announced the end of the Grand Coalition? Perhaps to prevent the collapse of the established reliable system, and thereby introducing total change, we could just hit “refresh” by bringing in an independent candidate from a small group and even smaller member state?

2. To give a fair chance to smaller players

We all understand that the size of the population and of the economy matter in determining member state’s “weight” in taking our common decisions. While it is true that the smaller states are protected by the so-called regressive proportionality, it is next to impossible to imagine an MEP from a country like Estonia ever becoming a member of the bureau in EP. Why? Because the size of the so-called national delegation matters as well. For example – the Estonian delegation in EPP, S&D, ALDE and Greens consist of only the heads of delegations themselves (read 1 member only).  In EPP it equals to power of 1/200, in the Greens 1/50th. However, it is impossible to become a candidate even in the Greens/EFA Group, because you may represent 18% of your country’s electorate (same proportion as Greens in Austria), but you still have one vote against Austrian 3.  Hence the only option for a MEP from such a tiny country to become a candidate is with 40 plus signatures.

3. Ideas to be tested and perhaps executed 

My promise is simple and does not echo the powerful, but sometimes non-specific phrases about „even more Europe”. Yes, I am truly pro-European, but I take a very pragmatic view about what there is to be done in order to restore the citizen’s trust in the union.

One of the few things to be attempted is to enhance the role of the Parliament as an equal co-legislator. This requires a review of our ability to influence budgetary performance of the Union in general, starting with our own institution. The smallest excess in our own spending or slightest mishap regarding transparency may damage our institution more than any anti-European rhetoric can. We must be exemplary in our dealings, which in turn would give us a more authoritative position vis-à-vis other institutions (as executer of parliamentary scrutiny).

In the budgetary aspect, there are three main players in the European Parliament, namely the BUDG and CONT committees, but also the bureau. Currently members from these two committees are not represented in the bureau. I am already a member of both committees, and thereby I would provide the missing link if elected to the bureau.

As a firm supporter of good digital solutions such as AT4AM and e-Portal, which have somewhat alleviated our administrative burden, I pledge to continue on this forward thinking path (by pushing for more innovative and user-friendly solutions as a VP).

I support Gender balance, and these are not just empty words, I have been promoting the inclusion of women in the public sector since the mid-90s when I was director general of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (and had to set up the whole diplomatic corps after the fall of the Soviet Union).

Furthermore, I will provide:

-Respect and fair treatment to all MEPs. Meaning that Rules of Procedure should be applied in a fair and uniform way to all of MEPs and political groups, no matter the colour or background.

-Openness to engage with each member, and to accommodate their thoughts and ideas to improve the everyday handling of business as well as to increase the power of the Parliament.

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Indrek Tarandist ja europarlamendist valmib teleseriaal

Saksa reporterite kokkuvõte Indrek Tarandi viie aasta tööst: „Estland ist jetzt doppelt so respektiert und vielleicht dreimal so sichtbar”.
Postimees Online kirjutab:
Tänane saksakeelne Der Tagesspiegel on avaldanud artikli Eesti eurosaadik Indrek Tarandist ning tema rollist tulevases Euroopa võimukoridoridest rääkivas teleseriaalis, millest võib huvituda muuhulgas ka BBC.

Artikkel kirjeldab Tarandi tegemisi ja tausta ning peatub pikemalt üle-euroopalisel probleemil, milleks on leige huvi Brüsselis toimuva vastu. Noor maroko päritolu prantsuse teletegija Yacine Kouhen on otsustanud selle niši täita uue teleseriaaliga, mille tegevuspaigaks saab olema Euroopa Parlament ning sisuks sealne töö, aga peamiselt inimestevahelised suhted, poliitika paradoksid ning võimuvõitlus.

Der Tagesspiegel mainib, et Indrek Tarandi juures praktikal olnud ning parlamendihoones ainest ammutamas käinud Kouhen on varem kätt proovinud miniseriaaliga «Eurobubble» ehk «Euromull», mis oli küll madala-eelarveline ning lühikeste episoodidega projekt, ent kogus möödunud aastal kiiresti populaarsust ning pälvis Youtube’is kümneid tuhandeid vaatamisi. Kouheni miniseriaal äratas tähelepanu nii prantsus-, saksa- kui ka ingliskeelses meedias.

Nüüd soovis režissöör hakata tootma suuremamahulist humoorikat seriaali eurokoridoride kõledusest, poliitika paradoksidest ning võimuvõitlusest, mis lähebki tootmisse. Yacine Kouhen produtsendi ja tegijana on varem kinnitanud, et ühe peategelase prototüübiks ongi Eesti eurosaadik Indrek Tarand.

Räägitud on muuhulgas ka BBC, Netflixi ja teistega. Eeskujuks on võetud ameeriklaste «House of Cards», Washingtoni poliitikamaailma seriaal, mis eesotsas Kevin Spacey’ga maailma vallutas. Kouheni projekt on suhteliselt algusjärgus, aga materjali on palju ning nišš on olemas.

Vaata «Euromulli» treilerit Youtube’ist!

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Minu inimesed

Andrus Kivirähk:

Kui ma Indreku peale mõtlen, siis meenutab ta mulle mingit haruldast maavara, mida pole siiamaani korralikult kaevandama asutud, või siis mustadeks päevadeks riidekappi peidetud kuldmünti. Ühesõnaga – mulle tundub, et ta istub kuidagi jõude. Pärast seda, kui Indrek oli sunnitud lahkuma välisministeeriumi kantsleri kohalt, pole ta justkui päris õiget ja talle jõukohast tööd teinudki. Selle asemel on olnud kõikvõimalikke varikabinette ja tantsusaateid ning Indrek on pidanud tõestama, et on targem kui 5b. Aga seda me usume niigi, nagu ka seda, et tegelikult võiks ta juhtida ka ehtsaid kabinette ning tantsida – nii otseses kui ülekantud mõttes – mitte põrmugi halvemini kui Mihkel Muti “Rahvusvahelise mehe” peategelane sheff Rudolfo.

Jah, olid muidugi europarlamendi valimised, kus Tarand ihuüksi kõikidele parteiaparatshikutele ära tegi ja nende mossis nägusid oli pärast väga ilus vaadata. Kuid paraku on europarlament siiski üsna igav ja mõttetu paik, kuhu on sobiv saata eeskätt poliitilisi invaliide, aga mitte täie jõu ja tervise juures püsivaid isikuid, kellel või endiselt suus ära sulab.

Ent – teisalt on mul hea meel, et Eestil on olemas selline salarelv, mis esialgu ilmselgelt oma aega ootab, et siis õigel hetkel sähvatada. Omal ajal oli ju Suurbritannia jaoks erakordne õnn, et neil leidus aktiivsest poliitikast eemale puksitud Winston Churchill, kes kõige kriitilisemal tunnil taas postile astus. Muidugi ei soovi ma Eestile maailmasõda, aga Indreku parimad päevad on kindlasti veel ees.







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