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“Integrating Estonia 2020”

The Ministry of Culture has completed a development plan titled “Integrating Estonia 2020”, which formulates the forthcoming seven-year objectives of the integration policy of the Republic of Estonia and the activities needed to achieve them.

The development plan serves as a basis for the implementation and budgeting of the national integration policy for 2014–2020. The development plan is carried out through implementation plans, which describe the activities that are needed to achieve the objectives in greater detail.

For the purposes of preparing the development plan, surveys, discussion seminars, and involvement meetings took place, attended by thousands of Estonian people.
The Government of the Republic approved the integration development plan titled “Integrating Estonia 2020” (PDF) and its implementation plan for 2014–2017 with Order No. 582 on 29 December 2014.

The implementation plan of the development plan for 2016–2020 and the amended development plan were approved by the Government of the Republic with Order No. 161 on 16 May 2016.



    Lõimuv Eesti 2020 sümboolika



    The general objective of integration policy is to increase social cohesion and ensure the social inclusion of people with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
    The new development plan serves as the basis for integration policy that is carried out during 2014–2020, and it aims at:

    • increasing the cohesion of the society;
    • increasing the competitiveness of the Republic of Estonia;
    • ensuring security;
    • preserving the Estonian language and culture;
    • preserving the culture and language of the ethnic minorities;
    • ensuring increasing tolerance towards different groups of society;
    • ensuring a stronger civic identity.

    The activities of “Youth Field Development Plan 2014–2020”, “Estonian Life-long Learning Strategy 2014–2020”, “Development plan of the Estonian language 2011–2017”, “Strategy of the Language Immersion Programme 2014–2020”, “Civil Society Development Plan 2011–2014” and labour market services based on individual needs provided by the  contribute directly to achieving the results of “Integrating Estonia 2020”.


    Management and implementation

    The multidisciplinary strategic head of the integration plan is the steering committee of the development plan. The Ministry of Culture organises the work of the steering committee and the steering group both substantively and technically.
    The work of the development plan is managed by the steering group of the development plan. In addition to organisations of the public sector, field experts – especially from research organisations and civil society – are continuously included in the work of the steering group. The work of the steering group is coordinated by the Cultural Diversity Department of the Ministry of Culture.
    The Ministry of Culture is responsible for the implementation of the development plan. Other involved ministries and their implementing units have coordinated the activities under their responsibility specified in the development plan, and are responsible for the implementation of these activities.





    The estimated total cost of the development plan from 2014–2020 is 73,52 million euros.

    The development plan is financed by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance. In addition to state funds, activities within the development plan are also supported by the European Social Fund and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020.

    Specific activities and the allocated sums are presented in the implementation plans of Integrating Estonia 2020.

    Additionally, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Social Affairs are allocating supplemental funding to implementing a language immersion programme, to compensating language learning costs, to improving the national language skill levels of adults, to unified youth work that supports the area of integration, to developing support services for newly arrived immigrants, and to implementing labour market services.

    The state budget strategy includes integration as a cross-cutting topic in several result areas that aim at preserving the Estonian language and culture, at increasing economic competitiveness and at increasing the security of the state of Estonia. The development plan also takes into account objectives outlined in the Government of the Republic’s action plan for 2016-19 that are related to improving economic coping, guaranteeing internal security, adult Estonian language learning and Estonian language education in Russian language schools, obtaining citizenship through naturalisation, and raising people’s awareness about their legal environment.

    The development plan is connected to the field of activity of the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice, as well as the activities planned within the frameworks of the “Estonian Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020”, “Estonian Language Development Plan 2011-2017”, “Civil Society Development Plan 2011-2014”, and “Estonian Regional Development Strategy 2014-2020”. 



    The activities of the development plan are regularly monitored, including with the help of expert opinions and evaluations, annual reports and monitoring carried out once every three years. The integration monitoring analyses the success of carrying out activities of the development plan in all target groups and areas specified in the development plan. Monitoring focusing on quantitative and qualitative data collection is carried out during 2014–2015, in 2017, and during 2020–2021.


    Process of preparing the development plan

    The Government assigned the Ministry of Culture to begin the preparation of a new integration plan on 11.10.2012.
    Involvement was the overarching principle during the preparation of the development plan. Field experts had their say on the matter, as did approximately a thousand people across Estonia during various public discussions. 
    The steering committee and the steering group of the development plan, which involved representatives from all related institutions, played the main role in the preparation process.
    The Government of the Republic approved the integration development plan titled “Integrating Estonia 2020” and its implementation plan for 2014–2017 with Order No. 582 on 29 December 2014.


    Previous integration plans

    The development plan “Integrating Estonia 2020” is a logical consequence of the two previous development plans – national programme “Integration in the Estonian society 2000–2007” (PDF) and sectoral development plan “Estonian Integration Strategy 2008–2013” (PDF).

    Aleksandr Aidarov
    Adviser of Cultural Diversity Department

    Phone 628 2226

    Last updated: 12 March 2018