University of Tartu Council vetoes the Statutes and gives the University another chance to discuss the new Statues
The Council confirmed its support to the management reform with its decision taken on the 26th of June and thus highlighted the importance of the creation of two-tier management system and the formation of four academic structures. However, the Council decided to veto the new Statutes, which have been adopted by the Senate. The Veto gives all parties additional time for discussions internally as well as outside the University.
The council gave the Senate a chance to change the Statutes before its sitting on the 16th of June 2014. The Council required changing the Statutes’ text so that the identities of faculties would be protected once the reforms are applied. The chairman of the Council, Kersti Kaljulaid said: “Since the alternative names discussed in the Senate on the 20th of June did not meet with enough support by the Senate members, the Council decided to use its veto right to make extra time to explain the goals of these changes in the society and to agree on actions to be taken in order to approve the changes within the university.”
Additional consultations were held before Senate’s last week’s discussions, but the reform met with widespread criticism from Estonian lawyers. The University’s rector, Professor Volli Kalm called meetings to discuss said changes and the future prospects of the Faculty of Law. He will meet with colleagues from the Faculty of Law at Iuridicum on the 20th of June and meet with lawyers and their representative parties on the 1st of June at the University’s offices in Tallinn.
The new Senate, which will be appointed on the 1st of June 2014, will have to meet within 30 days from the Council’s decision and express their views on the Statutes and the possible changes to be made. “The position of the Council is expressed in the explanation for the veto, where the Council expresses its continuous support towards the management and structural reforms. If the Senate adopts the Statutes after the Council’s decision today, with or without changes, the Council has no other option but to approve it. I hope the University’s new Statutes will take the Council’s suggestions into account,“ said Kaljulaid.
Additional information: Kersti Kaljulaid, Chairman of the Council, +352 621 165 737, kersti.kaljulaid [ät] eca.europa.eu (.)