Mart Helme is the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia as of 29 April 2019. He is a member of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia.
In 2015–2019, he was a member of the Riigikogu.
- In 2001–2014, he was a lecturer at the TalTech Institute of International Relations.
- In 2000–2001, he served as head of the international news’ unit of Eesti Päevaleht.
- In 1999–2000, he was Undersecretary of Political Affairs and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- In 1995–1999, he was an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Moscow.
- In 1994–1995, he was head of the 3rd Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Mart Helme graduated from the University of Tartu in history in 1973.
Mart Helme was born on 31 October 1949 in Pärnu; he is married. Helme became a Member of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia in 2012 and has served as its chairman as of 2013.
Minister of the Interior
The Minister is appointed to and removed from office by the Prime Minister.
The Minister of the Interior manages the operations of the Ministry of the Interior, and decides on matters within the area of government of the Ministry. Furthermore, the Minister reports to the Government of the Republic on matters related to activities of the Ministry of the Interior, and submits proposals for deciding on issues related to the area of government of the Ministry.
The Minister of the Interior makes proposals to the Government in respect of the budget and, as appropriate, supplementary budget of the Ministry. The Minister also decides on the use of budgeted resources and monitors the implementation of the budget. Taking into consideration the State Budget, the Minister also approves the budgets of the state agencies within the Ministry’s area of government.
The Minister of the Interior decides on establishing of state agencies managed by the Ministry, and approves their Statutes, their structure and work organisation.