What languages do you speak on what level?
I believe I will not have difficulty communication in Estonian, English and Finnish.
How good of a salesman will you be for Estonia in the world?
I have not done a lot of sales, while anyone in the private sector is a salesman to some extent. Therefore, I have some experience. However, no minister’s strength is reflected in their individual skills but rather those of their team.
Entrepreneurs are worried that foreign labor will be squeezed even harder now and immigration taps turned off. Do they have cause for concern?
They do not have any direct reason to worry. Talking about foreign labor, we tend to forget we are really talking about labor. Why are we concentrating on foreign labor – it is somewhat baffling.
Businessmen are talking about foreign labor. They are saying they can’t do without it. Will there be additional restrictions?
We are looking at 100,000 unemployed in Estonia. They are our people and if we cannot give them jobs, why are we longing for foreign workers?
So, entrepreneurs do have cause for concern?
I believe that rather than think about returning to the status quo, entrepreneurs should think about how to move forward in a new direction.
Kaimar Karu was criticized for overlooking the e-voting topic, EKRE have been openly critical of e-voting. Will it be the first thing for you and could we see changes by the time of local government council elections?
Hard to say. Will it be the first thing on my agenda? The first thing will have to be the emergency situation. We cannot prioritize anything else at the moment. Our entrepreneurs matter because they feed us all. We cannot make concessions here and measures need to be taken forward despite replacing ministers.
As concerns e-voting, it is included in the coalition agreement. E-voting will take place if it is transparent, verifiable and secure.
I would not say that. It’s not necessarily a question of whether we can render it transparent, verifiable and secure – it might already be all those things, but we need to clearly communicate this message.