About the Estonian Transport Administration

The Estonian Transport Administration was created on 1 January 2021 by merging the Civil Aviation Administration, the Road Administration and the Maritime Administration, this becoming their legal successor. The Estonian Transport Administration will be a competence centre uniting all modes of transport and a developer of a safe, comfortable and fast traffic environment. The new administration is dedicated to shaping comprehensive mobility, so that both people and goods could move conveniently and quickly, using various modes of transport.

The Estonian Transport Administration will do its utmost to improve availability of convenient services and destinations, smarter usage of land, air and water routes and healthier and eco-friendlier traffic. The Estonian Transport Administration will also design smart mobility solutions and implement policies and projects covering all modes of transport.

Why were the administrations merged?

The merger of the administrations was derived from the overall goals of the national reform: to reduce duplication of functions of state administrations and to improve quality and availability of public services.

Useful to people:

  • Smart and economical modes of transport that are interconnected and facilitate mobility.
  • Safe and eco-friendly infrastructure, safe and economical vehicles.
  • Informed, responsible and considerate drivers of water, air and land vehicles and other traffic participants.
  • Public services that are customer-friendly, easily accessible and concentrated in one source​.

Useful to the state:

  • Estonia will enjoy increased international competitiveness.
  • More effective environmental protection.
  • More efficient public service organisation.
  • Support of economic development through improved planning.
  • Boosting competences, finding synergies between different spheres.

Important dates

  • On 1 August 2019 the Government of the Republic ordered the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (responsible person: Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure) to perform by March 2020 an analysis of the task of creating a unified administration for transport planning and investments and a unified administration for transport supervision. The workgroup included representatives of all administrations.
  • At the government session on 11 March 2020 the ministry presented the aforementioned analysis and its proposals.
  • On 18 June 2020 the Government of the Republic decided to merge the Maritime Administration, the Civil Aviation Administration and the Road Administration in order to create a unified administration for transport.
  • On 25 November 2020 at the conclusion of the third reading the Riigikogu passed a set of amendments to the legislation that resulted in creation of the Estonian Transport Administration.
  • The Estonian Transport Administration commenced work on 1 January 2021.

      World Road Association (PIARC)

      PIARC was founded in 1909 for the purpose of enhancing international cooperation in the field of roads and road transport. The Association brings together road experts from the whole world and publishes their recommendations and reports within the context of integrated and sustainable transport. The Association has approximately 3000 members from 142 countries, and they meet regularly in technical committees. The headquarters of PIARC are located in Paris, France.

      Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR)

      CEDR is an association of European transport administrations that deal with the management of roads. The aim of CEDR is to develop common guidelines for improving the safety and sustainability of roads and reduce their environmental impact. The work of CEDR is carried out through working groups, and the association has 29 members. The headquarters are in Brussels, Belgium.

      International Commission for Driver Testing (CIECA)

      CIECA develops standards for the training and examination of drivers of motor vehicles, working to improve the quality of traffic education and implement the best practices worldwide. It has 71 members from 38 countries, and the headquarters are in Brussels, Belgium.

      International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)

      CITA is a worldwide association of governmental agencies and companies dealing with technical inspection of vehicles. Its goal is to develop technical standards for vehicle inspection and share effective practical solutions and methods with its members. It has over 120 members from all regions in the world, but it is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

      Association of European Vehicles and Driver Registration Authorities (Ereg)

      Ereg is an umbrella organisation for vehicle registration agencies, whose purpose is to manage communication and information exchange between its members. In addition to international cooperation, Ereg contributes to the creation of common standards and the development of pan-European sectoral legislation. It has 28 members and its headquarters are in Brussels, Belgium.

      European Car and Driving License Information System (EUCARIS)

      EUCARIS was created to coordinate information exchange between the registers of vehicles and driving licences in the member states in order to verify the validity and accuracy of documents issued in other countries. 34 states have joined EUCARIS. The headquarters of the organisation that administers the system are in Zoetermeer, Netherlands.

      Baltic Road Association (BRA)

      BRA is a non-profit association founded in 2014 with the aim of exchanging know-how about road planning, management and repair between its members. The Association is made up of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian governmental agencies administering the road transport sector. Cooperation takes place through regular meetings of technical committees and through conferences. The Association is chaired on a rotational basis in four-year cycles.

      International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

      ICAO is an aviation organization at the United Nations established with the Chicago Convention in 1944. The main goal of ICAO is to develop the principles of international air transport and to coordinate and direct technical development for the purpose of improving the security of general air traffic. As of 2021, the Organization has 193 members; the headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

      The Nordic Delegation to the ICAO (NORDICAO)

      NORDICAO is a regional organization representing the Scandinavian and Baltic states at ICAO. It was established in 1944, and Estonia joined in 2013. NORDICAO represents its members at the ICAO Council and various working groups. NORDICAO members are Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia. The Organization is run on a rotational basis; its head office is located in Montreal, Canada.

      European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC)

      ECAC is an organization founded in 1955 with the purpose of developing the safety, security, efficiency and sustainability of air traffic in Europe. ECAC works out common basic principles for aviation policy and promotes the implementation of those principles among its members. The Organization includes 44 countries and it is headquartered in Paris, France.

      European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

      EASA is an EU institution founded in 2002 with the aim of maintaining a uniformly high level of civil aviation safety in the European Union. The Agency participates in the development of common safety and environmental rules at European level, monitors their application in the Member States and issues type certificates for aircraft and engine components used in the EU. In addition, EASA collects data and conducts technical research that contributes to the improvements of aviation safety, and trains technical experts. EASA headquarters are in Cologne, Germany.

      International Maritime Organization (IMO)

      IMO is a maritime organization at the United Nations. The main objective of the organization is to ensure safe, secure and environmentally friendly shipping. IMO prepares international conventions that aim at increasing the safety of navigation and ensuring the protection of the marine environment. As of 2021, IMO has 174 full members and 3 associated members. IMO headquarters are in London, United Kingdom.

      International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)

      IHO was established in 1921 in order to coordinate internationally the activities relating to hydrographical surveys and nautical chart compilation. IHO develops international standards for hydrographic surveys and nautical charts, and promotes the global implementation of those standards. The work is carried out through regular meetings of technical committees. As of 2021, IHO has 94 countries as its members, and it is headquartered in Monaco.

      International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)

      IALA is an umbrella organization that brings together agencies managing aids to navigation, VTS centres, manufacturers of aids to navigation and research establishments relevant to the sector. It develops technical requirements and standards for aids to navigation and VTS equipment. The work is carried out through regular meetings of technical committees. IALA has members from 188 countries in the world; the headquarters are in Paris, France.

      World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC)

      PIANC is an international organization founded in 1885. It develops standards for waterborne transport infrastructure, such as port facilities, canals and locks, etc., and recommendations for the construction of these. PIANC brings together industry experts from all over the world and publishes their recommendations and reports. It has members in 66 countries; the headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium.

      European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

      EMSA is an EU institution founded in 2002 with the aim of maintaining a uniformly high level of maritime safety in the European Union. It participates in the development of safety and environmental rules in the field of maritime affairs in Europe and monitors the application of these rules in EU Member States. The Agency is also responsible for providing technical support to Member States in the monitoring and remote identification of ships and elimination of marine pollution. It is located in Lisbon, Portugal.

      Baltic Icebreaking Management (BIM)

      BIM is an association of agencies responsible for icebreaking, the members being Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Norway. The aim of BIM is to coordinate the cooperation and information exchange between various organizations. BIM manages the website Baltice.org which displays the necessary information for winter navigation (e.g. ice charts). The organization is managed on a rotational basis in two-year cycles.

      Paris MOU

      The aim of Paris MOU is to minimize the use of non-compliant ships through implementation of common principles, establishment of harmonized procedures for ship inspection and organization of targeted inspection campaigns. Paris MOU has 27 members; in addition to EU states, Norway, the United Kingdom, Canada and Russia are also members. The headquarters are located in the Hague, Netherlands.

      Last updated: 28.04.2021