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The Education and Youth Authority is a governmental body under the administration of the Ministry of Education and Research, which was set up on August 1, 2020.


The Autority’s main task is the implementation of education and youth policy. The joint institution was established on the basis of the services of Innove Foundation, Archimedes Foundation, Information Technology Foundation for Education and Estonian Youth Work Center.

The establishment of the Education and Youth Authority will enable to improve cooperation and management, increase coherence between the areas of responsibility of the ministry, make the work allocation clearer and more logical, reduce duplication and save costs. It also makes communication with the state faster and easier for citizens and institutions.

The Education and Youth Authority currently employs just over 400 people. Ulla Ilisson will take up the post of Director General of the Authority in mid-August.

The offices of the Authority are located in Tallinn and Tartu, regional offices in the form of bureaus of the Department of Study Counselling Services (Rajaleidja keskused) as well as youth workers are located all over Estonia.

The e-mail addresses of the employees of the Authority are in the form: firstname.lastname@harno.ee. During the transition period, the previous e-mail addresses of the four institutions will also remain valid. Furthermore, during the transition period, the websites of all merged institutions will remain operational alongside the single website.

The Erasmus+ program operating in Archimedes Foundation will initially operate separately - please contact Archimedes Foundation for questions regarding this.

Important dates

  • August 1, 2019: By the decision of the Government of the Republic of Estonia, the Ministry of Education and Research was to make an analysis of the establishment of a joint institution and submit proposals to the government by November 2019.
  • March 13, 2020: The Government of the Republic approved the establishment of the Education and Youth Authority.
  • As of April 1, 2020, the tasks of the implementation unit previously performed by Innove Foundation and Archimedes Foundation will be performed by the State Shared Service Center.
  • On June 3, 2020, the parliament passed amendments to the law establishing the Education and Youth Authority and renaming the Language Inspectorate the Language Board.

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The Autority’s main task is the implementation of education and youth policy. The joint institution was established on the basis of the services of Innove Foundation, Archimedes Foundation, Information Technology Foundation for Education and Estonian Youth Work Center.

The establishment of the Education and Youth Authority will enable to improve cooperation and management, increase coherence between the areas of responsibility of the ministry, make the work allocation clearer and more logical, reduce duplication and save costs. It also makes communication with the state faster and easier for citizens and institutions.

The Education and Youth Authority currently employs just over 400 people. Ulla Ilisson will take up the post of Director General of the Authority in mid-August.


The offices of the Authority are located in Tallinn and Tartu, regional offices in the form of bureaus of the Department of Study Counselling Services (Rajaleidja keskused) as well as youth workers are located all over Estonia.

The e-mail addresses of the employees of the Authority are in the form: firstname.lastname@harno.ee. During the transition period, the previous e-mail addresses of the four institutions will also remain valid. Furthermore, during the transition period, the websites of all merged institutions will remain operational alongside the single website.

The Erasmus+ program operating in Archimedes Foundation will initially operate separately - please contact Archimedes Foundation for questions regarding this.

Important dates

  • August 1, 2019: By the decision of the Government of the Republic of Estonia, the Ministry of Education and Research was to make an analysis of the establishment of a joint institution and submit proposals to the government by November 2019.
  • March 13, 2020: The Government of the Republic approved the establishment of the Education and Youth Authority.
  • As of April 1, 2020, the tasks of the implementation unit previously performed by Innove Foundation and Archimedes Foundation will be performed by the State Shared Service Center.
  • On June 3, 2020, the parliament passed amendments to the law establishing the Education and Youth Authority and renaming the Language Inspectorate the Language Board.

More