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Minister of Defence

Jüri Luik is the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia as of 12 June 2017

Prior to becoming Minister of Defence, Jüri Luik was the Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs


From 2015-2017 he was the Director of the International Centre for Defence and Security


From 2012-2015 Jüri Luik served as the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Moscow


From 2007-2012 he served as the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and permanent representative to NATO

From 2003-2007 Jüri Luik served as the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Washington

From 2002-2003 he served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Head of the NATO accession negotiation delegation


From 1999-2002 Jüri Luik served as the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia


From 1996-1999 he served as the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Brussels


From 1995-1996 Luik was a Visiting Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in Washington


From 1994-1995 he served as the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia


From 1993-1994 Jüri Luik served as the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia


From 1992-1993 he served as Minister without a Portfolio, heading the Estonian Delegation in Russian-Estonian intergovernmental negotiations


In 1992 he was a Member of the Riigikogu and in 1991 he served as the Head of the Division for International Organisations and Security Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and later served as the director of the same division


From 1990-1991 Jüri Luik served as the assistant advisor on Anglo-Saxon countries at the Estonian Institute


From 1988-1990 he was the political editor at the magazine Vikerkaar

Born on 17 August 1966, in Tallinn, he graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in journalism. He has been awarded the diplomatic rank of ambassador.

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik

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    Responsibilities of the Minister of Defence

    The Minister is appointed and released from office by the President of the Republic.

    • The Minister of Defence is responsible for the organisation of national defence in the Republic of Estonia.

    • The Minister of Defence leads the Ministry of Defence and decides on the matters within its area of government. Additionally, the Minister reports on the activities of the Ministry of Defence to the Government of the Republic and submits proposals on deciding over issues related to the Ministry's area of government.

    • The Minister of Defence appoints service commanders and makes a proposal to the Government to appoint the Commander of the Defence Forces and the Chief of the General Staff of the Defence Forces and release them from office.

    • The Minister of Defence appoints the heads of state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of government as well as the deputy secretary generals and the heads of departments of the Ministry.

    • The Minister of Defence makes proposals to the Government on the Ministry's budget and supplementary budget, if appropriate. At the same time, he decides on the use of budget resources and monitors the implementation of the budget. The Minister also approves the budgets of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of government on the basis of the state budget.

    • The Minister of Defence decides on the establishment of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of administration and approves their statutes, structure, and work organisation.

     

    Last updated: 13 June 2017