Stenbock House, 9 October 2020 - Today, State Secretary Taimar Peterkop met with representatives of Estonian organisations representing the relatives of the victims of the ferry Estonia. The purpose of the meeting was to inform them of the government’s decisions and steps in preparing for further investigation of the ferry Estonia and to hear their suggestions.
‘The government has considered it vital in its decisions that the investigation of the previously undocumented damage in the hull of the ferry Estonia be independent, transparent and reliable. The Government Office has been appointed by the government to coordinate the preparation of the investigation and it is only natural that we want to keep the organisations of the relatives in Estonia informed of the preparations and to listen to their suggestions,’ said State Secretary Taimar Peterkop.
‘Communication with the representatives of the relatives and victims is an important part of having a transparent and credible investigation into additional circumstances,’ the State Secretary emphasised.
The Stenbock House hosted a meeting of the State Secretary with Memento Mare and the Estonian Seamen’s Independent Union, as well as representatives of those who survived the shipwreck. The Government Office will continue to inform the Estonian organisations representing the relatives of the victims of the ferry Estonia of the further investigation of the ferry. This was the first meeting during which it was explained how further communication with the representatives of the family members of the victims of the ferry Estonia could take place.
At a cabinet meeting on 1 October 2020, the government decided to continue preparing for the further investigation of the ferry Estonia, including consultations with Finland and Sweden, while also instructing the Government Office to inform Estonian organisations representing the families of the victims of the government’s decision and to hear their proposals.