Government of the Republic of Estonia

11/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/09/2018 10:01

The prime minister asked Taimar Peterkop to assume the office of secretary of state

Stenbock House, 9 November 2018 - Prime Minister Jüri Ratas asked Taimar Peterkop, the current director-general of the Information System Authority (RIA), to assume the office of secretary of state.

'Taimar Peterkop has proven his capabilities in several public authorities and has acquired a broad experience in management and has in intimate knowledge of the operating of the state. He is a professional, responsible, and trustworthy leader, and I find these qualities essential for a secretary of state. These are the reasons why I proposed that he be appointed as secretary of state,' Jüri Ratas said.

'I take this proposal by the prime minister as recognition to my previous work. The position of the secretary of state clearly requires great responsibility. I accepted the offer by the prime minister,' Peterkop said. 'The experience that I have gained in various public authorities has given me a broad and versatile understanding of the operating of the state and a good foundation to perform the demanding duties of the secretary of state.'

Taimar Peterkop was born on 20 January 1977 in Tallinn. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu and obtained a Master's degree from the United States Army War College in strategic studies. Peterkop has worked at the Government Office, the Ministry of Defence, and the Estonian Embassy in Washington. He began his duties as director-general of the Information System Authority in May 2015.

The secretary of state is appointed by the prime minister for five years. Taimar Peterkop will begin his duties in mid-December.

Heiki Loot, who has served as secretary of state since 2003, will begin his new duties as justice of the Supreme Court as of 3 December.