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Basic National Defence Documents


 

The National Defence Act establishes a legal framework for efficient responding to the threats endangering the country as the need arises. The Act serves as the basis for the implementation of the national defence system arising from “The National Defence Strategy” according to which peacetime and wartime management systems are similar, as well as the implementation of the principle of the “broad understanding” of national defence. According to it, national military defence, the areas of government of all ministries, the participation of the society in national defence as well as the protection of the population of the state are integrated in national defence.


Basic documents

 

National Security Concept of Estonia

The National Security Concept of Estonia establishes the objective, principles and directions of security policy. Submitted by the Government, the National Security Concept is subject to approval of the Riigikogu. The National Security Concept will be revised or amended depending on changes in the security environment and development of measures for ensuring Estonia’s security. The National Security Concept constitutes a framework document, forming the basis for the preparation of specific development and action plans.
 

National Defence Development Plan 2017–2026

The National Defence Development Plan shall determine the priorities for enhancing defence capabilities and the requirements for such capabilities, based on the National Military Strategy, as well as long-term development programmes for military national defence purposes and general resource restrictions for the development of the structure of the Defence Forces and the Defence League.

The National Defence Development Plan shall be established, based on a proposal of the Minister of Defence, by the Government of the Republic, for a period of ten years and it will be reviewed, based on a proposal of the Minister of Defence, every four years. Prior to submission of the National Defence Development Plan to the Government of the Republic for approval, the Minister of Defence shall consider the view of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu.
 

Military Defence Action Plan

 

The Military Defence Action Plan sets out the measures for the implementation of the Military Defence Development Plan, considering the measures based on organisational expedience and ensured with resources that are in compliance with the requirements for development plans, as established under the State Budget Act.

The Military Defence Action Plan shall be established by the Minister of Defence for a period of four years, and it will be reviewed every year.

 

National Military Defence Plan

The National Military Defence Plan shall describe the performance of military national defence functions, utilising the available military capabilities, in accordance with the objectives established in the National Military Strategy.

The National Military Defence Plan shall be established by the Commander of the Defence Forces for a one year period, at the approval of the Minister of Defence.

 

Last updated: 17 October 2019