Federation of Estonian Student Unions

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Federation of Estonian Student Unions
Eesti Üliõpilaskondade Liit (EÜL)
Formation 23 November 1991; 25 years ago (1991-11-23)
Purpose Students' union
Headquarters F.R.Kreutzwaldi 4, 10120, Tallinn, Estonia
Official language
Jaanus Müür
Katrina Koppel
Website www.eyl.ee

The Federation of Estonian Student Unions (Estonian: Eesti Üliõpilaskondade Liit, EÜL) is a federation of Estonian student unions. It was founded on 23 November 1991, shortly after Estonia regained independence. EÜL as umbrella organization currently represents over 95% of Estonian students.

EÜL works closely together with Riigikogu (the parliament), the government, different ministries, higher education institutions and other partners. EÜL is also a leading NGO in Estonia and sometimes also represents students in schools, youth in general or just NGOs in different committees. EÜL is recognised as a partner by the Ministry of Education and Research. EÜL is a member of European Students' Union.


EÜL’s main decision body is the EÜL Board where all member student bodies are represented. Membership of EÜL is voluntary for a student body but all Estonian students are automatically members of their higher educaiton institution (HEI) student body. There are no membership fees for the students for belonging to student unions or student bodies. EÜL also has a council of 9 members, who is elected by the board every 2 years.

The Board decides main future plans and policies, adopts the plan of work, is in charge of the budget and elects the Executive Committee (EC) and other committees. The 40-45 member Board is elected by the local unions, all students of all members are eligible to be elected as member of the council or the board. Each member of EÜL shall have 1 member and additional 1-member on EÜL Board for every 2000 students (e.g., a HEI with 6200 students has 4 members on EÜL Board). The Board assembles regularly 5 to 6 times per year.

The Executive Committee currently consists of 2 people with a 2-year mandate – the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson.

Since 2000 EÜL ECs have usually had a mandate of one year. From 2006 to 2007 was a transition period in which the start of the mandate was pushed from January to July to be more compatible with local unions democratic cycle thus the mandate for Executive Committees was longer than 12 months.

In February 2009 the Board decided change the mandate of the EC to two full years beginning from 1 July 2009. Concurrently with that, the EC will consist of only the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. This is aimed at more professional leadership in EÜL. The Executive Committee is heading EÜL secretariat and EÜL foundations which consists of 12 to 20 employees and project managers working in the EÜL office.

Other structures in EÜL are the advisory board which advises the EC on strategical decisions and on extraordinary financial issues, and the Internal Audit Committee which supervises the EC and makes sure that EÜL governance is complying with the law and the decisions of the Board.

Executive Committee Members in past
1991–1992 Sulev Alajõe, Agu Vahur, Kaarel Tarand
1992–1994 Katrin Unt, Indrek Ild, Imre Sams, Indrek Ostrat
1995–1996 Meelis Kitsing, Arne Otter, Martti Kalda
1996–1997 Lauri Kööp, Lembit Uibo, Peeter Suislepp, Mare Tralla, Mart Rekkara
1997–1998 Peeter Suislepp, Lauri Kööp, Raul Järg, Leif Kalev
1998–1999 Riina Tamm, Leif Kalev, Raul Järg, Ivar Liivamägi, Riho Unt, Illimar Mattus
2000 Leif Kalev, Riho Unt, Rain Veetõusme, Tarvo Sarmet, Herman Kalmus
2001 Birgit Lao, Herman Kalmus, Leif Kalev, Arne Otter, Alari Vainomees, Ardi Ravalepik
2002 Ando Heilmann, Piret Hartman, Antti Andreimann
2003 Piret Hartman, Madis Masing, Reigo Kimmel, Kerli Albin, Kairi Saar
2004 Madis Masing, Allan Selirand, Lauri Paeveer
2005 Allan Selirand, Eveli Soode, Lauri Paeveer
2006–2007 Heiki Lemba, Ivar Veskioja, Marja-Liisa Alop
2007–2008 Eimar Veldre, Annika Kruuse, Catlyn Kirna, Maris Mälzer
2008–2009 Joonas Pärenson, Allan Päll, Olga Tšerjomuškina, Grete Mägi (until 01.01.2009)

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EÜL also distributes the International Student Identity Card which is an identity card for students, teachers and youth in general. The ISIC card is the main source of revenue for EÜL.


EÜL is a member of Nordiskt Ordförande Möte (NOM), European Students' Union (ESU) and Network of Estonian Non-profit Organisations (EMSL).

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