Kalle Laanet is the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia as of 26 January 2021.
- In 2007-2021, he was member of the Riigikogu.
Offices held during parliamentary career:
In 2019-2021, he was Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee.
In 2018-2019, he was Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
In 2017-2018, he was Deputy Chairman of the Security Authorities Surveillance Select Committee.
In 2015-2016, he was Chairman of the Constitutional Committee.
In 2011-2014, he was Deputy Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee.
- 2007-2011 Deputy Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee.
- In 2005-2007, he was Minister of the Interior.
- In 2004-2005, he was Police Prefect at Western Police Prefecture.
- In 2002-2004, he was Police Prefect at Tallinn Police Prefecture.
- In 1995-2002, he was Police Prefect at Saare Police Prefecture.
- In 1993-1994, he was Commissioner of the Department of Crimes against Property at State Police Board Central Criminal Police.
Kalle Laanet graduated from Concordia University with a degree in law and the FBI National Academy.
In 2006 the President of Estonia awarded Kalle Laanet with the Order of the Cross of the Eagle, 3rd class.
Kalle Laanet was born on 25 September 1965 in Orissaare, Saare County. He is married, and has one son and two daughters. He is a member of Estonian Reform Party since 2014.
Responsibilities of the Minister of Defence
The Minister is appointed and released from office by the President of the Republic.
The Minister of Defence is responsible for the organisation of national defence in the Republic of Estonia.
The Minister of Defence leads the Ministry of Defence and decides on the matters within its area of government. Additionally, the Minister reports on the activities of the Ministry of Defence to the Government of the Republic and submits proposals on deciding over issues related to the Ministry's area of government.
The Minister of Defence appoints service commanders and makes a proposal to the Government to appoint the Commander of the Defence Forces and the Chief of the General Staff of the Defence Forces and release them from office.
The Minister of Defence appoints the heads of state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of government as well as the deputy secretary generals and the heads of departments of the Ministry.
The Minister of Defence makes proposals to the Government on the Ministry's budget and supplementary budget, if appropriate. At the same time, he decides on the use of budget resources and monitors the implementation of the budget. The Minister also approves the budgets of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of government on the basis of the state budget.
The Minister of Defence decides on the establishment of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of administration and approves their statutes, structure, and work organisation.