Urmas Reinsalu

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Since 2012 Urmas Reinsalu is the Chairman of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union.
Before accepting the post of Estonian Minister of Defence, Urmas Reinsalu was the chair of the party’s faction in the Riigikogu.
By profession Urmas is a lawyer, having graduated in law from the University of Tartu in 1997. He served as the director of the Office of President Lennart Meri and has held the post of chairman of the Social and Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu.
Urmas Reinsalu is a member of the National Defence League, the Central Union of Estonian Property Owners and the Estonian Lawyers Union.
Urmas Reinsalu is married and has two daughters: six-year-old Liisbet and one-year-old Elsbet.

21.05.2012

Reinsalu: It is my duty to continue with reforms

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Upon taking office today, Minister of Defence Urmas Reinsalu said that it was his duty to carry on with the reforms begun by the previous Ministers of Defence.
 
At the ceremony held in the Great Hall at the Ministry of Defence, the Minister of Defence said that the defence sector needed no revolution but rather evolution, as it had been moving in the right direction in the previous years under the leadership of Jaak Aaviksoo and Mart Laar.
 
“It is my duty, however, to continue what the previous Ministers of Defence began and to proceed with the necessary reforms – the referral of the new Defence Forces Service and Defence League Acts to the Riigikogu and the development of a 10-year development plan for national defence,” said the newly appointed Minister.
 
In this, according to Reinsalu, the purposeful, efficient and effective use of the two per cent of the gross domestic product entrusted to the defence sector has to be ensured.
 
“The leadership of the Ministry of Defence and the Defence League make up a wonderful team whose expertise and professionalism I will be able to draw on in my work as Minister,” said the Minister of Defence.
 
At the ceremony, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Mikk Marran handed over to the new Minister a soccer jersey bearing his name and the number 14, which stands for today’s date and Estonia’s 14th Minister of Defence since the restoration of independence.
 
Source: http://www.kmin.ee
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