Estonia is one of the largest per capita greenhouse gas emitters in EU because of oil shale use for power generation, which Kallas said would be wound up by 2035.
A minister from the EKRE party resigned in November after echoing Donald Trump accusations that then US President-elect Joe Biden and his son were corrupt, and claiming elections in neighbouring Lithuania were influenced by the “deep state”.
In December 2019, Estonia apologised to Finland after an EKRE leader mocked its new Prime Minister Sanna Marin – the world’s youngest serving government leader – as a “sales girl” and questioned her ability to run the country.
“We will again build our relations with our allies, our neighbours, and we will try to restore our name as a good country to invest in,” Kallas said after taking her oath in Tallinn.
“We support liberal values when it comes to human rights or rule of law,” she added. Her government has pledged not to define marriage strictly as between a man and a woman, which was a signature policy of the far-right.
In a symbol of renewal, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid bestowed formal approval on the government at sunrise in Tallinn.
Kallas, whose father Siim Kallas founded her centre-right Reform party, said her government would work to rebuild trust in the country’s financial system as US authorities investigate alleged large-scale money laundering by Nordic banks SEB, Swedbank and Danske Bank.
“Securing our good name in financial markets is important for Estonia,” she said.