According to the Minister of Finance Sven Sester, Marek Helm, who will be leaving office of the Director General of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board at the start of next year, has made a significant contribution to developing the public sector and making it more efficient. The Minister of Finance also noted that Helm’s choice to move to the private sector will help export the Estonian e-governance experience to other countries.
“Marek Helm has done great work as the head of the Tax and Customs Board – he updated the organisation, ensured meaningful cooperation with entrepreneurs and introduced innovative solutions, which have improved the tax and competitiveness environment of Estonia. I would also like to emphasise that, in addition to enhancing the monitoring function, Helm has also significantly valued the importance of providing consultations to taxpayers. Needless to say, we are sad to see Helm go, but we are also glad that the private sector values a top-level government executive so highly and that his skills and knowledge are needed in other countries as well,” said Sester. “I wish Helm all the success in entrepreneurship; we have to start searching for a worthy successor for the post of Director General of the Tax and Customs Board. The period of advance notice that is slightly over three months shall likely ensure that the change in leadership in the authority will be as smooth as possible.”
“The management structure of the Tax and Customs Board has been organised well and it has proved its ability to achieve great results,” said Marek Helm.
“I consider current heads of departments to be top-level executives in their fields, who led thorough preliminary work in setting goals for the four-year strategy period, so that the Estonian Tax and Customs Board would evolve into a government authority that provides high-quality support to enterprises. My time in office would end exactly half way through the strategy period. I find it responsible to give leadership over to a new person, who will guide both the strategy and the establishment of the new e-Tax/e-Customs to their completion.”
Helm’s work in the administrative area of the Ministry of Finance will end as of January 13, 2017, after which he will start work at the public finance department of Nortal.
Marek Helm has been the Director General of the Tax and Customs Board as of December 2011. He was Deputy Secretary General for public governance policy at the Ministry of Finance from 2009-2011, led the founding of the joint internal security office under the Ministry of the Interior from 2007-2009, worked as the Deputy Secretary General for internal security of the Ministry of the Interior from 2006-2007 and as Director of the Ministry of the Interior's Internal Security Department in 2006. From 2004-2006, Helm held the position of Deputy Director General of the Tax and Customs Board and in 2003-2004, Deputy Director General of the Customs Board in the customs enforcement and pre-trial investigation fields.
Press release of the Ministry of Finance