Many of the indicators presented in the table below show signs of improvement during the years of observation.
Quality of public services Quality ratings for seven public services Note: scale of 1-10, Source: EQLS 2016.
The public service with the lowest quality rating in Estonia is the state pension system, standing at 4.4 in 2016, compared with the EU average of 5.0 (on a scale of 1–10).
Happiness was 6.9 in 2003, increasing to 7.2 in 2016 which is closer to the EU average of 7.4.
The share of respondents reporting difficulties in making ends meet in Estonia has fluctuated.
This follows the general trend observed also in many other European countries.
However, this type of tension is still less prevalent in Estonia in comparison to the EU average of 41% in 2016.Increasingly important in this context is the Europe 2020 growth and jobs strategy launched in 2010, which has five headline targets, covering employment through to social inclusion and poverty reduction.The strategy is implemented in the context of the European Semester process – the EU's annual cycle of economic policy guidance and surveillance – which ensures that Member States keep their budgetary and economic policies in line with their EU commitments through, in part, National Reform Programmes.This week designated Executive Director of Europol Catherine De Bolle visited Tallinn and met with the Director General of the Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB) Elmar Vaher and Deputy Director General Priit Pärkna.At the end of the meeting the new Executive Director of Europol signed an employment contract for the next four years.Most information is available in English but some has been translated to facilitate access at national level.