The Estonian Conservative People’s Party is a national conservative party that is founded on the idea of the continuity of the Republic of Estonia and on the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia, and unites the people who stand for the nation state, the traditional values of society, and democratic principles.
The Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction in the 14th Riigikogu has 19 members.
The Estonian Conservative People’s Party aims to ensure the independence and sovereignty of Estonia, and to carry out the interests of the Estonian nation and state. The political basis of the party is a rule of law founded on democracy and the separation of powers.
The Estonian Conservative People’s Party is the third largest political party in Estonia in terms of membership. As at April 2019, the party has nearly 8,800 members.
The fundamental values of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party are the following:
• the vitality of the Estonian values, founded on support for the language, culture, education, family, traditions and national economy
• participation society of equal opportunities, where open, honest and democratic governance ensures an opportunity for self-realisation and political involvement to every citizen
• socially and regionally balanced development and welfare that is ensured by a fair and strong government carrying out a caring and knowledge-based policy and developing an ecologically sustainable living environment.
Political priorities in the near future
• To increase the wealth of the people
• To improve the availability of medical care and to reduce treatment waiting lists
• To reduce electricity network charges and renewable energy charges
• To establish a limit on the import of foreign labour, in order to favour an increase in salaries in Estonia
• To restrict the sale of land and forest to foreigners, so that Estonians would remain in charge in their land
• To facilitate the remigration of Estonians
• To ensure the preservation of schools close to home all over the country
• To legalise the right to referendum, in order to make governance more democratic
• To strengthen national defence, and to restore militarised border guard and more effective border control
• To increase the funds allocated by the state to research and development
• To repeal the Registered Partnership Act, and to constitutionally define marriage as a union between a man and a woman
The Conservative People’s Party was created when the Estonian Patriotic Movement and the Estonian People’s Union merged in 2012. At the Congress on 24 March, the Estonian People’s Union adopted a new name and a new programme. At the April 2013 Congress, new articles of association were adopted, and Mart Helme was elected the Chairman.
At the 2015 Riigikogu elections, 8.1% of the voters who turned out voted for the Estonian Conservative People’s Party, which gave the party seven seats in the Riigikogu. At the 2019 Riigikogu elections, the party gained 17.8% of the votes and won 19 seats in the Riigikogu.
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