Honorary consuls to issue Estonian ID cards

The Estonian Foreign Ministry wants to give honorary consuls in foreign countries the right to issue ID cards to Estonian citizens, as it is complicated at present for them to get an ID card. Under the law now in force, consular officials and honorary consuls can issue passports and driving licences to Estonian citizens living abroad. But only a consular official is entitled to issue an ID card.
The Foreign Ministry has sent on a round of endorsments a bill of amendments to the Consular Act that will grant the right of issuing ID cards also to honorary consuls.
Estonia has 163 representations throughout the world, of these 128 headed by honorary consuls. Honorary consuls represent Estonia also in countries that have a considerable number of Estonians, such as Australia, and in countries where there is no Estonia representation at all. As a result it is not possible for Estonian citizens in many countries to get an ID card.
As the ID card is a convenient vehicle of communication with the Estonian state via its portal, Estonia will lose a significant part of its voters who are not able to vote at Estonian foreign representations due to large distances and Estonia’s low level of representation. This weakens the links of Estonian citizens living abroad, the Foreign Ministry said.

Source: Estonian Review