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Minister of Rural Affairs Arvo Aller

Arvo Aller is the Minister of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia since 10 December 2019. He is a member of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia.

Arvo Aller was born in Kohtla-Järve on 28 July 1973. He is married and a father of two. Aller joined the People's Union of Estonia in 2002 (since 2012 Conservative People's Party of Estonia).

Employment history

  • In 2018–2019, he was a member of the Jõhvi rural municipality council.
  • In 1999–2019, he was the director of Ida-Viru County Farmers' Union; since 1997, he was an agricultural adviser at the union.
  • In 1996, he was an underground electrical repair mechanic at AS Eesti Põlevkivi and a tractor driver at OÜ Revino.


Arvo Aller graduated from the Estonian Agricultural University in agronomy and in 2013 from the Tallinn University of Technology in occupational hygiene. He speaks Estonian, English, Russian, and German.


Minister of Rural Affairs

The minister shall be appointed to office by the President of the Republic on the proposal from the Prime Minister.

  • Minister of Rural Affairs works for the sustainable development of Estonia’s rural affairs as well as agriculture and fishery.

  • Minister of Rural Affairs leads the Ministry of rural Affairs and decides on the matters within its area of government. Additionally, the Minister reports on the activities of the Ministry of Rural Affairs to the Government of the Republic and submits proposals on deciding over issues related to the Ministry's area of government.

  • Minister of Rural Affairs appoints Estonia’s representatives to European Union institutions engaged in its area of government, such as the Community Plant Variety Office and the European Food Safety Authority.

  • Minister of Rural Affairs appoints the heads of state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of government as well as the deputy secretary generals and the heads of departments of the Ministry.

  • Minister of Rural Affairs submits proposals to the Government on the Ministry's budget and supplementary budget, if necessary. At the same time, he decides on the use of budget resources and monitors the implementation of the budget. The Minister also approves the budgets of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of government on the basis of the state budget.

  • Minister of Rural Affairs decides on the establishment of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry's area of administration and approves their statutes, structure, and work organisation.


Last updated: 10 December 2019