The Estonia 2020 programme is Estonia’s competitiveness strategy for achieving the objectives of Europe 2020. The strategy was compiled in conformity with the Government’s Action Plan, the state budget strategy and the stability programme. There are two primary and central challenges in the context of Estonia’s prospects for continued growth:
a. to achieve rapid growth in productivity through products and services with greater capital intensity and higher value added;
b. to return to the high employment level of the pre-crisis period.
Some social determinants reducing targets: Reducing the share of early leavers from education; Reducing the at-risk-of-poverty rate after social transfers; Reducing the share of adults (25-64) without any professional education or vocational training; Reducing the long-term unemployment rate; Decreasing the youth unemployment rate (age group 15-24); Increasing the labour participation rate (age group 15-64).
Health priorities are: Increasing healthy life expectancy by improving health-related behaviour and continuing to work toward reducing accidents. In the coming years, it will be important to direct resources at improving health-related behaviour among the working age population as well as prevention of injuries and fatal accidents due to injury. It is planned to implement an interministerial injury death prevention policy and to continue the development of light-vehicle roads to ensure traffic safety. It is also planned to develop recreational sites that support sports and an active lifestyle. To reduce on-the-job accidents and ensure a working environment supportive of good health, it is necessary to continue efforts to establish an occupational accident and disease insurance system. Negotiations with organizations representing unions and employers have been under way for many years, but the creation of a new type of insurance temporarily fell by the wayside due to the recession. It is also planned to increase the amount of various health monitoring and screening programmes (such as for cancer) to ensure that diseases and serious health problems are detected as early as possible and treatment can be started.
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