Next president could be decided by electoral body
A coalition working group on changes to the presidential election process is weighing a constitutional amendment that would abolish the current Riigikogu voting rounds and give the task of electing the president straight to the electoral body.
UK wants EU to be strong also after Brexit - minister
The United Kingdom wishes the European Union to remain strong also after the UK has exited the union, and it continues to be interested in the contribution of talented Europeans to the UK economy, the country's minister for exiting the EU said in Tallinn on Monday.
Estonian president promotes defense chief to general
President Kersti Kaljulaid has promoted the commander of the Estonian defense forces, Lt. Gen. Riho Terras, to the rank of general.
Reps entrapped by Russian propaganda
Education Minister Mailis Reps maintains: “I have not given Sputnik those interviews!” Reps is referring to two interviews published by the Estonian portal of Russian propaganda outlet Sputnik in recent weeks. One is a radio interview on Russian-language education in Estonia, the other a written interview on the Holocaust.
Estonia's reputation that of contributor, not consumer
President Kersti Kaljulaid, who visited the Munich Security Conference for the first time this weekend, believes she managed to communicate good ideas for combating false news.
Prime Minister: Estonia not spying on Trump
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said, commenting on an article by Newsweek, that Estonia is definitely not spying on the Trump administration.
Marina Kaljurand to head global cybersecurity commission
Former foreign minister Marina Kaljurand is pursuing a rarely seen level of international career among Estonian diplomats and has now been chosen to head a high-level commission to tidy up cyberspace to be announced tomorrow at the Munich Security Conference.
Rakvere will not support film festival
Nearly 50 people from the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) stood in a tidy line in front of the Tark Maja in Rakvere, welcoming representatives entering the building to attend a sitting of the city council with posters that read: “Rakvere – gay capital? No, thank you”, “Indecent exposure is not culture. We do not need gay propaganda”, “Delegate, be normal”. The council was scheduled to decide whether to support an LGBT film festival with 1,500 euros.
18 Syrian refugees have arrived in Estonia in February
In February 18 Syrian war refugees have arrived in Estonia from Greece and Turkey, while so far 107 refugees have arrived in Estonia under the European Union's migrant resettlement and relocation plan.
Center Party again tops popularity ratings in February
Estonia's most popular party in February was the Center Party which was supported by 27 percent of respondents, results of a survey commissioner by BNS and the daily Postimees and carried out by pollster Kantar Emor show.
Russia expects return favor for transit
Outgoing director of Estonian Railways Sulev Loo describes how trains pile up in the Saint Petersburg junction, while political passivity and an unfortunate railroad reform are keeping them from being sent to Estonia.
Minister wants to move 25 public institutions out of Tallinn
Estonia's Public Administration Minister Mihhail Korb has presented a plan to the government, according to which 25 public institutions would be moved away from Tallinn.
Repinski articles win investigative journalism award
Estonia's most prestigious award for investigative journalism, the Bonnier Prize, went this year to Marian Männi from the weekly Eesti Ekspress for articles about the former rural affairs minister Martin Repinski's goat business.
X-file reveals hidden truth about Rail Baltic
Outspoken critic of the Rail Baltic project MP Igor Gräzin was not accommodated in January when he asked Prime Minister Jüri Ratas for a presentation given during a 2011 cabinet meeting regarding the railroad. State Secretary Heiki Loot refused to release the document as the economy ministry had deemed it exclusively for in-house use for a period of a decade.
Borough denies congregation premises
Tallinn Center borough government has decided to revoke the results of a rental competition from last December that saw premises on Narva rd. rented to the Estonian Islamic Community.
Fate of internal security academy hanging by a thread
A special political committee is set to convene tonight to decide the extent of moving the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences to Narva. That tensions are running high is reflected if only in the fact that two ministries' calculations concerning the cost of the move are €15 million apart and both have resorted to an arsenal of subtle arguments.
Potential barrier against spread of HPV
Scientists of the University of Tartu Institute of Technology have found a way to use bioluminescence to monitor the growth of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and effects different drugs have on the virus. The method can be used to develop new medicines.
Parent's pay system to be changed
The social ministry presented its parental benefits and leave reform package, Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva believes could become law as early as next year, to the government yesterday. No decisions were made yesterday, however, and the cabinet is set to discuss the matter again in March.
Estonian president's office doesn't want residence set up at Liberty estate
The Office of the President has decided to abandon the plan tabled during the tenure of Toomas Hendrik Ilves to renovate the seaside Liberty estate in the Tallinn suburb of Rocca al Mare for more than four million euros to serve as the residence of the head of state.
Estonian president to decorate 113 persons on Independence Day eve
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has signed the decision to decorate 113 persons for services to Estonia on the eve of the country's 99th Independence Day celebration.
TV tower to serve as launching pad
The next stage in the development of the Tallinn TV tower prescribes, among other things, a glass platform 175 meters from the ground and the possibility of gliding down a steel cable to the Pirita valley a few kilometers from the tower.
Threat compass still pointed east
“The regime in Russia currently makes it the only threat to the constitutional order and territorial integrity of Estonia. There is no cause for panic. The likelihood of a direct military attack against NATO member Estonia and NATO remains low but not nonexistent,” said Director of the Information Board Mikk Marran when presenting the “Estonia in the International Security Situation 2017” report yesterday.
Luzhkov: Savisaar is a statesman
Long-time mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov claims that his former Tallinn colleague Edgar Savisaar never asked for money for the Center Party during their meetings but admits discussing involving Tallinn's Russian-speaking population in local politics to a greater degree. “So that Tallinn's Russian-speakers would have their own status. /…/ How to involve them in active life,” Luzhkov (80), one of Russia's most influential politicians during his time as mayor in 1992-2010, said.
Leading pharmaceutical company looking toward Lithuania
Estonia's largest pharmaceuticals manufacturer, generic veterinary drug maker Interchemie, has been fighting the State Agency of Medicines over sales permits for a long time and has now turned its gaze toward Lithuania.
Successful small parishes weak point of administrative reform
Postimees interviewed members of the new government soon after it took office toward the end of last year. Because the administrative area of the state administration minister was living busy days and several decisions were still outstanding at the time, we will publish the final piece in the series today – almost a month after the local governments' merger deadline came and went.
Doctors preparing for strike
The Estonian Medical Association says its members are preparing for a strike, while the association hopes the labor dispute will be solved without the need for one.
A dozen howitzers in four years
The Ministry of Defense wants to buy at least 12 second hand K9 Thunder howitzers from the Republic of Korea. The first weapon systems should reach the artillery battalion in Tapa in 2021.
Hiiumaa to host Estonia's most powerful solar plant
Work is set to begin on the biggest solar power plant in Estonia in the town of Kärdla – the power output of the new plant is five times that of existing, 200-kilowatt solar plants.
Man shot in Rotermann quarter
A man was shot in the lobby of Tallinn's Metropol Hotel at a few minutes to 2 p.m. yesterday. The victim (45) was shot in the leg. He was taken to hospital, and his condition is not life threatening. The prosecution claims to know suspects' identities.
Hiding alcohol to cost millions
Larger shops will have to move alcohol out of sight in the coming years. Retail chains say compliance with the regulation requires them to build opaque partitions that requires short-term investments stretching into millions.
Separatists in Luhansk want to exchange an Estonian
An unexpected turn is about to take place in the case of Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov, standing trial in Ukraine for fighting for Donbass separatists – it is possible he will be exchanged and handed over to separatists in Luhansk instead.
Center Party to pay ex-leader salary without withholding money paid to Tallinn
Estonia's Center Party has decided to pay a salary to its former chairman Edgar Savisaar but will not withhold any sums to compensate for the 117,000 euros of forbidden donation the party paid for Savisaar to the City of Tallinn on the orders of the Supervisory Committee on Party Financing (ERJK).
ISS detains two senior officials of Eesti Energia's Estonia mine
The Estonian Internal Security Service on Tuesday detained two middle-level managers of the Estonia underground mine of the state-owned energy group AS Eesti Energia.
Five Latvian fishermen fall through ice in Parnu County
On Wednesday morning five Latvian fishermen fell through sea ice in Parnu County, but they managed to get to the shore on their own, although it was not possible to save their equipment.
Engineers want to cook spy drones
A defense industry development grants competition awarded financial support from the taxpayer to the visions of four companies. The realization of these visions would result in a unique solution for blinding camera drones, voice guidance for a pocket tank, eavesdropping on enemy communications, and a super-economical battery.
EAS to pay €152,000, Alajõe silent
The internal audit at Enterprise Estonia (EAS) found that two previous boards have made legally unsound or hurried decisions concerning the agency's right of recourse against OÜ Ermamaa, even though the violations were nor intentional. EAS will have to return €152,000 to the European Commission itself as it is impossible to collect it from former president Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
EAS did everything for Ilves
The recovery claim of financial support given to OÜ Ermamaa shrank several times over a period of months once Enterprise Estonia (EAS) learned it cannot be pinned on the taxpayer and must be returned by the llveses.
Estonian's yacht distressed at sea
Sailing enthusiast Jaanus Tamme gave his legendary yacht to a Swiss friend of his for a trip around the world. The friend found himself asking how to escape death in it.
New tax system to have 6,000 rates
The executors of the tax reform are quick to explain it will help reduce inequality and allow people making modest salary keep more of it. That said, simple calculations show how a person making less than €1,200 a month can end up losing more than those earning in excess of that in Estonia's new 6,000-step tax system.
RKAS cleared, corruption suspicions remain
Chairman of the Riigikogu Anti-Corruption Select Committee Artur Talvik said that while the conduct of state real estate manager RKAS was proper in selling the properties of the Arsenal shopping center, several suspicions of political corruption remain for the committee to investigate.
Members of the passport mafia stand trial
Members of the so-called passport mafia stood trial again in Tallinn yesterday ten of whom opted for agreement process, while another case was closed due to lack of interest to prosecute. The case of the woman who ran the criminal organization will be heard in general procedure.
Estonian govt gives green light to signature of Rail Baltic agreement
Estonian government on Thursday approved the concluding of the Rail Baltic agreement and authorized Prime Minister Juri Ratas to sign it on the behalf of Estonia.
Center Party to return money to Tallinn in Savisaar's place
The precept issued to the Center Party's ex-chairman Edgar Savisaar by the committee for supervision over the financing of political parties to return to the City of Tallinn nearly 120,000 euros will be fulfilled by the Center Party.
Estonian ex-president gets prize of Bertelsmann Foundation
Bertelsmann Foundation of Germany has decided to give this year's Reinhard Mohn Prize to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia, for his pioneering work on the promotion of digitalization in government, education and public services.
Ratas' plan would help half of stateless persons
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, who came under a barrage of questions from the opposition during yesterday's Riigikogu Question Time, was forced to assure members of parliament on several occasions that the Center Party's idea to give people who have lived in Estonia for more than 25 years citizenship does not mean an indiscriminate campaign to throw passports at everyone.
Citizens said no to blanket citizenship
Member of the Free Party faction of the Riigikogu, one of the authors of the Estonian Constitution Jüri Adams says that any attempt to change the foundations of Estonia's citizenship policy is an attempt to change the results of the 1992 referendum that would rip open old wounds.
Pentus-Rosimannus possibly involved with Arsenal
Mere months before state real estate manager RKAS took possession of the Arsenal center properties to put them up for auction the following year, the agency's supervisory board included, in addition to former PM Taavi Rõivas, Rain Rosimannus' wife Keit Pentus-Rosimannus.
Ossinovski drops gas stations alcohol ban
Even though Minister of Health Care and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski said alcohol would disappear from gas stations as recently as late December, the ministry has now introduced draft legislation that does not include the ban and exempts small shops from moving alcohol out of sight. Changes will, however, ban alcohol advertisements on social media.
Shadow of corruption over Arsenal center
A Riigikogu select committee is set to look into sale of land under the Arsenal shopping center in North Tallinn part of which is owned by entrepreneur and Reform Party member Rain Rosimannus.
Long-time head of Estonian World Council Jaak Juhansoo has passed away
Jaak Juhansoo, a prominent figure of the Estonian emigree community and the long-time president of the Estonian World Council, passed away in mid-January.
Estonian president: Ukraine should decide its own future
Ukraine should be able to decide its own future, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said at her meeting with the Ukrainian head of state, Petro Poroshenko, in Tallinn on Monday.
Prosecutor to appeal decision to drop 1 charge in Liviko case due to expiry
The prosecution is set to appeal the decision of the Tallinn circuit court to drop one charge in the cartel case related to the alcohol producer Liviko as expired.
Corruption suspects still employed
The North Estonia Regional Hospital (PERH), that has found itself involved in two corruption scandals in the past six months, still employs three executives whom the prosecution associates with criminal offenses.
Students looking at higher credit prices
Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) is set to hike prices of credit points and abolish free curricula for foreign students from the new academic year.
Pension to depend on years worked
The government decided yesterday to change the system of pensions to tie I pillar pension to years worked instead of level of income. Ministers also reached an agreement on the special pensions reform that will abolish special pensions of Defense Forces members, prosecutors, police and border guard officials from January 1, 2020. All current special pensions and those of people who take office before December 31, 2019 will be retained.
Kotka says government in the way of innovation
Outgoing Deputy Chancellor of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in charge of communication and national information systems, long-time ambassador of the Estonian innovation scene Taavi Kotka has decided to throw down the gauntlet and explicitly accuse the government of slowing down innovation.
Bribes give acquaintances the edge
Long-time Technical Director of the North Estonia Regional Hospital (PERH) Ivo Mill is suspected of preferring two construction and one design company for the hospital's construction procurements for which he received more than €50,000 in bribes in just a few years.
Vehicles only used as business cars to get colored registration plates
Estonian Finance Ministry wants to change as of 2018 the system of taxation of company cars, according to which the taxation of the fringe benefit will depend on the value of the car, while driving logs will partially vanish and cars only being used in entrepreneurship will have to use registration plates of other colors, and these changes will result in 5 million euros less budgetary receipts.
Center studying loyalty of young Russians
The International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) is conducting a survey to determine attitudes of young Russian-speaking people in Estonia towards national defense and security, as well as their loyalty to the state. Executive manager of the center Dmitri Teperik said that some politicians and public figures have speculated at length on young Russians and a potential security risk, whereas there is no reliable data on the subject.
Tallinn to install speed cameras
Automatic speed cameras will start catching throttle-happy drivers in Tallinn in the near future.
Eight firearms new maximum
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has sent to the Government Office a bill to amend the Weapons Act, according to which individuals holding a weapons permit and owning firearms for the purpose of protection of self and property can own a maximum of eight firearms.
A normal person does not blow themselves up in the street
International terrorism can be defeated; however, it would require strong military, political, and intelligence cooperation between countries, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein told Postimees during his two-day visit to Estonia last week.
Thousands of IDs to become invalid
Thousands of mobile-IDs and digital identification cards will be deemed invalid in April, following a decision to switch to more secure document certificates.
Estonian population grows by 1,850 in 2016
According to Statistics Estonia's initial estimates, the population of Estonia was 1,317,800 on Jan. 1 this year, which is 1,850 persons more than at the same time a year ago.
Harku gas attack work of fiction
A recently completed internal audit finds that the joint statement by 15 residents of the Harku illegal immigrants detention center that claims police resorted to tear gas during a so-called riot in early December was based on lies.
Party members less than generous
Estonian parliament parties received fewer donations than usually in post-election 2016 for a total of €1.2 million.
Work continues on drunk driving bill
Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) said in front of the Riigikogu yesterday that even though drivers caught drunk behind the wheel on multiple occasions can be sentenced to jail today, courts tend to favor conditional sentences, which is why a change of criminal policy is needed.
Estonian foreign intelligence in the spotlight
A meeting between a member of US president-elect Donald Trump's close circle and a pro-Putin member of the Russian State Duma in a Eastern European country was picked up by the Estonian Information Board, Newsweek wrote yesterday, based on information from several people with ties to the agency.
Governor of Central Tallinn borough to quit after conviction becomes final
The governor of the borough of Central Tallinn, Alar Naame, is about to tender his resignation now that a court's verdict finding him guilty of embezzlement has taken effect.
Estonian spy agency conducted surveillance of meeting of Duma deputy, Trump adviser
The Estonian Information Board (EIB), the foreign intelligence service of Estonia, conducted surveillance last year of a meeting in an unnamed eastern European country between an associate of Donald Trump and a pro-Putin Russian MP, Newsweek reported on Wednesday.
Change of course might have been result of lobbying
The idea to abruptly hike the third child benefit to curb population decrease appeared in the Reform Party's program virtually overnight in December of 2014. Some politicians now admit they knew the decision might bring a donation.
Businessmen make huge donation in exchange for decisions
A precedent was born in Estonian party financing immediately before the new year when eight businessmen donated a total of €800,000 to political parties. The donors say the money comes as thanks for long-awaited decisions in addressing the country's low birthrate.
Tõll has trouble docking
The ferry Tõll arrived at Virtsu port yesterday afternoon, after leaving the Remontowa shipyard in Poland on Sunday, where it ran into trouble when docking due to hummocked ice.
Pevkur prepared to cooperate with everyone
New head of the Reform Party Hanno Pevkur says that cooperation with the Center Party is possible if Reform has prime minister's chair.
Tallinn to adopt QR tickets in March
The city government has agreed that QR tickets will become operational in March. A QR ticket means that a passenger can save their ticket's QR code in their smartphone or print it out at home, after which it is a simple matter of having it read by a validator.
Clothing and footwear expensive in Estonia
While Estonia's average level of prices is more than 25 percent lower than the European average, clothes and footwear tend to be more expensive instead. Economist at SEB Mihkel Nestor believes it is the result of Estonia's small market. “One of the better hypotheses to explain that fact is our modest number of consumers,” he explained.
SEB demands access to clients' contacts
SEB bank is looking to access its clients' contacts lists in the new version of its mobile app to be released in a few months. Estonia's data protection watchdog says it will look into the legality of the move.
Estonia's administrative reform to change up to 1 mln addresses - postal co
According to the Estonian state-owned postal and logistics services company AS Eesti Post operating under the Omniva brand, the administrative reform is to result in the change of up to a million addresses and after the merger of municipalities the postal code is to play an even bigger role.
Circuit court also deems lawful restrictions against Tallinn Old Town bars
The Tallinn circuit court on Thursday upheld a decision made by the administrative court to not allow an appeal submitted by OU Valli, Lab OU, Acacia Trade OU, Taco Express OU, Nimeta Management OU, St. Patrick's OU and Kanteron BVI OU in connection with a decision of the Tallinn city government to impose economic activity restrictions on bars mainly situated on Suur-Karja Street in the Old Town, and changed the decision of the lower-tier court regarding M&A Pubid OU.
Leadership crisis in organized crime
Chief of the central criminal police Krista Aas tells Postimees in an interview how her operatives prevented a murder last year, how the police are involved in protecting the suspect in Nikolai Tarankov's murder, how organized crime is reorganizing itself after recent turbulent events, and how detectives discovered one of the past year's most dramatic economic crimes in Poland.
Estonian thieves specialized
“Sometimes you have ten minutes, other times it's two hours, as that is how long the ferry takes,” an Estonian policeman in Helsinki describes his work. He gives an account for the first time on how our criminals behave on the other side of the gulf and how they are caught.
Estonia has fewer HIV-positive people than thought
Estonia's first place in Europe in terms of HIV-positive people per capita is among the country's most tragic calling cards and one it might not soon leave behind as doctors say the capacity to find HIV-positive people is still not sufficient. Estonia has registered 9,492 HIV-positive people as from December 30, which is the figure used everywhere.
Less people taken to Tallinn drunk tank in 2016 than previous year
In all 5,775 intoxicated people were delivered to the drunk tank of the Estonian capital Tallinn in 2016, which is 106 people less than the year before.
Blackmail using nudes
It all started with words. “See, now you have a man who appreciates you and treats you like a princess,” 37-year-old hobby actor and cashier Margus Sepp wrote to one of his victims in October of 2014. A little later he added: “Darling, you are in my heart, and soul, and head every minute.” (spelling unchanged here and elsewhere – ed.)
Number of local governments to fall threefold
Postimees' calculations suggest that Estonia's future map of towns and parishes will at best have 76-77 local government units, or nearly three times fewer than today.
Saaremaa grows by nearly 1,000 hectares every year
Estonia's largest island Saaremaa has gained approximately 5,000 hectares at the expense of the sea over the last four years, head of the Land Board's geoinformatics department Mariliis Aren told the public broadcaster ERR on Sunday.
71 families lose loved ones in road accidents in 2016
Last year 71 people lost their lives in road accidents in Estonia.
Some 400 conscripts to start military service this week
Close to 400 conscripts are to start military service in the Estonian defense forces this week in the first call-up of the year.
New Year Address of the President
Dear Fellow Countrymen and -women, at least one thing has gone according to prediction this year – the 31st of December will still be the last day of the year and in the waning minutes of this day, the President has an opportunity to assess the past year and try to anticipate developments in the next one.
What will the year 2017 bring us? From broken teeth to fishing
What will the year 2017 bring us? Besides increased excises, the coming year will bring Estonia’s residents new subsidies – for example, it is likely that more people will visit dentists in 2017, because a small compensation will be paid to adults as well. Postimees reviews the most significant law amendments.
Middle-aged women hit by a cut tree
A 53-year-old woman lost her life in Võru county on Tuesday as she was hit by a cut tree in a forest near Augli village, Rõuge municipality, and died at the spot. According to Southern Police Prefecture, a 32-year-old man was doing the logging. Augli village head Silvi Luha said that the victim had been a local resident and her lifelong neighbor. “She was a nice woman, very helpful,” she said.
Fake democracy had its effect
The merger polls carried out recently in many municipalities due to the administrative reform largely turned out a fiasco, since only a tiny minority took part. Minister of State Administration Mihhail Korb thinks that such polls could have been as well cancelled.
President: Estonia's secularism is best protection against foreign religions
Estonia's secularism is the best protection against foreign religions, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said in a year-end interview to the public broadcaster ERR.
Time of county governments will soon be over
The time of county governments will soon be over, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in an opinion piece published in the regional daily Meie Maa on Wednesday.
Mysterious outcome: Kanter scores with reporters and associations, but fails with the public
The voting is over – among reporters, sports associations and the public – and the athletes of the year have been chosen. The grand party of ending the sports year held in Tallinn yesterday gave awards to some expected as well as surprise winners.
USA will remain in NATO under Trump presidency
Arizona Senator John McCain assured at his meeting with Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas yesterday that the USA will retain its position in NATO. Ratas emphasized at the news conference after the meeting the importance of NATO for Estonia and the Estonians. He added that the EU and NATO should develop closer cooperation. McCain congratulated Ratas on becoming the premier and expressed hope that cooperation between the two countries will continue.
The state needs warships, helicopters and coastal radar network
Estonia lacks an exhaustive image of what is happening in its territorial waters. Maritime defence is fragmented between three institutions, which can perform only a small amount of approximately fifty tasks, Estonia’s first detailed maritime security report reveals.
Crime rate falls 9 pct below 2015 level after 11 mos
The level of crime in Estonia showed an 9 percent drop from the preceding year after the first 11 months of 2016, and in November the number of murders and manslaughters also started to decline.
McCain: US-Baltic relations are more important than they have been for a long time
The relationship between the U.S. and the Baltic countries is perhaps more important that it has been in a long time, U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Tuesday in Tallinn.
Latvian citizen dies in traffic accident over Christmas
A Latvian citizen died in a traffic accident in Estonia's Harju County on Monday night.
Estonian minister eyeing graduated-rate tax on sugary drinks
Estonia's Minister of Health and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski intends to impose the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages as a graduated-rate tax and not to levy the tax on dairy products and beverages containing naturally occurring sugars, Postimees said.
Brothel patron lacked state acceptance
The Russian Federation’s diplomat, who was caught by the police in a brothel behaving curiously served in Estonia temporarily, which means that the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not been informed of his presence. In connection with the increasing intensity of Russia’s intelligence activities the number of temporary diplomats in the European Union countries has gone up as well.
Former Estonian president Ilves recovering from surgery
Former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves is recovering from surgery at the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH).
Estonian govt endorses ban on free handout of plastic bags in stores
The Estonian government on Thursday gave its nod to a bill of the Ministry of Environment which forbids free handouts of plastic carrier bags in stores as of 2019.
Teachers' salary to rise twice next year
Estonian Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps on Thursday introduced at the Cabinet meeting the proposal to raise teachers' minimum and average pay twice next year, in January and September.
Head of criminal group gets long jail sentence
The first-tier Tartu county court on Thursday found 11 persons guilty of a variety of criminal offenses, including the forming of and belonging to a criminal organization and unlawful handling of narcotic substances.
Estonian president signs tax amendments into law
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Friday promulgated the new governing coalition's package of tax amendments despite interest groups' opposition as well as the 2017 State Budget Act.
Influential U.S. senators to visit Estonia next week
A U.S. congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is to visit Estonia next week.
Challenges of the world are too large for every individual state
Q: I begin with a remarkable event for the daily. A speech meeting titled “Three patriotic speeches” took place on the Postimees stage at this year’s opinion festival in Paide, and you were one of the speakers, Mrs. President. Your speech was so extensive that it could have well served as a manifesto for running for president. Would you admit that even before the parliament reached the first election stage, you were thinking about becoming the president one day?
Russians have high interest in traveling to Estonia for year-end
Tickets to rail services between Russia and Estonia for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday period have been sold out and operator Go Rail hopes to be able to satisfy more demand by bringing in additional rail cars.
Prominent Estonian businessman Ulo Parnits dies aged 80
Ulo Parnits, prominent Estonian entrepreneur and developer of Ulemiste City, died from a severe illness on Wednesday.
European network calling on Estonia to guarantee sufficient funding for women's shelters
The non-profit organization Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) sent an address to the Estonian authorities to draw attention to the problem of funding women's shelters in Estonia and to call on guaranteeing a necessary budget for their work to be able to continue.
Czech builder of War of Independence monument pays Estonia last part of fine
The Czech company Sans Souci that built the Monument to the Victory in the War of Independence in Tallinn has paid the Estonian Defense Ministry the last part of the fine for works not performed.
Government scored half a victory in administrative reform case
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling definitely showed the green light for the forced merger of municipalities, but on the other hand this complicates the merger of municipalities based purely on the minimum limit of 5,000 residents.
Worst traffic offender committed 22 violations
The police posted 200 black Christmas cards on Monday, meant for serial traffic offenders, who have gathered five or more violations during past year.
Internal Security Service: Threat level not raised in Estonia
The Internal Security Service (ISS) has so far not detected any occurrences in Estonia which would rise the threat level in connection with terrorism threat.
Board member of football club detained as suspect in pimping case
Officials of the North prefecture of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board on Monday detained seven men and one woman who are suspected of running two brothels in Tallinn, and according to information available to BNS one of the detainees is a member of the board of football club Nomme Kalju, Tanel Aavik.
Tallinn borough head asks police to strengthen security at Christmas market
The governor of the Central Tallinn borough, Alar Naame, has asked the police to increase their presence at Tallinn's Christmas market to assure visitors' safety.
Dirty secret of Estonia’s building sites
The number of violations related to the recruitment of foreign labour has increased steeply, because some Estonian construction firms have discovered a new source of wealth – Ukrainians willing to build houses in Estonia for a few hundred euros per month while living in ascetic conditions.
Stolen statue was found 28 years later
The state register records hundreds of stolen and still lost valuable works of art. A number of the stolen objects have probably been taken abroad, which means that we may never be able to recover this part of our cultural heritage.
Detention center faces inmates who are testing the limits
The protest of the inmates of the Harku detention center in early December was caused by a rare coincidence: there are three detainees at once classified by psychiatrists as displaying manipulative behavior patterns.
Free Party proposes ministerial suitability criteria
The Riigikogu faction of the Free Party introduced a bill yesterday that would prescribe clear suitability criteria for ministers and obligate the president to refuse to appoint ministers who do not meet said criteria and could therefore undermine the credibility of state authority.
Logging lobby eating into forests
The past nearly ten years have been triumphant for the timber industry – donations to political parties and acquaintances in the Ministry of the Environment have helped render the forest act gradually more ax friendly. New relief is already in the pipeline.
We could have a Tartu-Riga train tomorrow
Former chief engineer of Latvian Railways, Rail Baltic consultant Kaido Zimmermann explains why we need a fast European railway through Pärnu, while bringing in Tartu would make everything more difficult.
ESTCube team makes first contract for building space cameras
ESTCube-1, Estonia’s first satellite to be sent to the Earth’s orbit in cooperation with the University of Tartu, Tartu Observatory and other research institutions, took images of such excellent quality, as experts say, that now the Tartu researchers are getting first orders from the space industry. In January 2017 the first custom-made space camera will be mounted to the students’ satellite of the European Space Agency.
No more quota refugees to arrive in Estonia this year
No more asylum seekers will arrive in Estonia under the EU migrant distribution plan this year, which means that the number of people who have arrived here under the program so far, 77, is the final number for 2016.
European Parliament okays Parts's appointment to Court of Auditors
The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to endorse the appointment Juhan Parts as a member of the European Court of Auditors.
Riigikogu majority behind Rail Baltic idea
Yesterday's deliberation of Rail Baltic as a matter of national importance in the Riigikogu, initiated by the Conservative People's Party (EKRE), ended on a note of strong support from the coalition and the Reform Party to an international railroad through Pärnu connecting Estonia to Europe.
How to spin political money
The internal security service and the prosecution believe they have cracked former Tallinn mayor and Center Party head Edgar Savisaar's alleged Swiss money laundering scheme.
Elisa buys full holding in Starman Estonia
The Finnish telecommunications group Elisa has bought from Polaris Invest, a company owned by Indrek Kuivallik, and Com Holding the full ownership of the Estonian telecommunications company Starman for 151 million euros.
Estonian finmin wants to allow drawing up state budgets with structural deficit
Estonian Finance Minister Sven Sester wants to draw up state budgets in the future in a way that if a small structural deficit should occur, it could be covered with a structural surplus in the following years, and the government is to discuss the proposal at the beginning of next year.
Legal committee discussed leak of Savisaar's case file
Attorney General Lavly Perling, Director of the Estonian Internal Security Service Arnold Sinisalu, and ministers Urmas Reinsalu and Andres Anvelt met with the Riigikogu Legal Affairs Committee yesterday to discuss the publication of the case file of Edgar Savisaar and other accused in the media.
Third of votes unstable
Center Party chairman Jüri Ratas and his team took solace in knowing that only two of the party's 27 Riigikogu delegates belonged to former chairman Savisaar when the coalition was put together. Every role call vote of late shows they still number around ten, and that they remain critical.
Finance committee likely to remove car registration tax from bundle of amendments
The finance committee of the Estonian parliament will apparently decide on Monday to exclude the amendment introducing a variable rate car registration fee from the bundle of amendments to tax laws put before lawmakers by the new coalition government.
Savisaar case did not leak from prosecutor's office, ISS - parlt panel chair
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Estonian parliament obtained certainty on Monday that the materials of the case brought against former Center Party chairman and Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar were not leaked to the media by the Office of the Prosecutor General or the Internal Security Service (ISS), committee chairman Jaanus Karilaid said.
Pevkur would rein in backroom
The general assembly of the Reform Party is scheduled to elect a new chairman on the first Saturday of the new year. Chairman candidate Hanno Pevkur believes that his competitor Kristen Michal and some other members have played a more important role in the party than their titles would suggest. This is something that should change, Pevkur demands.
Raivo Susi not hoping for quick exchange
The left wrist of aviation businessman Raivo Susi had a handcuff around it the other end of which was held by an officer of the FSB like a leash. “I'm not [Eston] Kohver, that is the point. I'm just your run of the mill businessman so to speak,” Susi said.
Michal backed by Ansip and Rõivas
Two previous chairmen of the Reform Party, Andrus Ansip and Taavi Rõivas, are among members who have given their signature to support Kristen Michal's bid for the chairmanship.
Estonian PM: Govt's 100 days' program sets out 98 tasks
The Estonian government on Thursday endorsed the program for its first 100 days in office, which sets out 98 tasks.
Kaljulaid: Estonia, France create security together
In a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Wednesday, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said that Estonia and Frence are creating security together.
Arrested editor of Tallinn TV was released Wednesday evening
Mart Ummelas, the editor of Tallinn TV (TTV) arrested together with the municipally owned television station's manager Toomas Lepp as part of an embezzlement inquiry on Wednesday morning, was released on the evening of the same day.
Lepp suspected of embezzling money for talk show
Suspicions brought against Tallinn TV (TTV) director Toomas Lepp suggest he turned the channel's „Club of Free Thought“ (Vaba Mõtte Klubi) program into a hidden cash machine by selling the talk show to his own television channel through an acquaintance's shell company while having TTV pick up the production costs.
My contact with Savisaar was to serve the country
Tycoon Hillar Teder, accused of bribing the Center Party, claims he is innocent as the money he gave to the party's campaign chief Paavo Pettai was aimed at promoting real estate objects in the port area to potential investors.
Estonian parlt gives defense forces mandate to participate in intl missions
The Riigikogu on Wednesday adopted nine decisions concerning the participation of up to 371 members of the Estonian defense forces in international missions in 2017.
Eesti Meedia secures free-to-air broadcast rights for 2018, 2020 Olympics
AS Eesti Meedia, the largest media group in the Baltics, has acquired the exclusive free-to-air audio-visual rights for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the territory of the Republic of Estonia.
Tarmo Tamm to become Estonia's rural affairs minister
The Center Party has chosen Tarmo Tamm, head of its parliamentary group, to take over as minister of rural affairs following the resignation of Martin Repisnki.
Police arrest chief of Tallinn TV on embezzlement suspicions
Officers of the Central Criminal Police on Wednesday morning detained Toomas Lepp, manager of Tallinn TV (TTV), as suspect in an embezzlement inquiry.
Savisaar hoped for money from Kremlin two years ago
All leading figures of the Center Party today have spent the last six years trying to distance themselves from the party's onerous cooperation protocol with United Russia, claimed to be ceremonial from the first.
PISA 2015: Estonia's basic education best in Europe
Estonia outperforms the rest of Europe in the OECD's latest PISA survey, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.
Estonian farm minister resigns after less than 2 weeks on the job
Estonia's Minister of Rural Affairs Martin Repinski handed his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Tuesday, less than two weeks after the new government was sworn in on Nov. 23.
Charges reveal Savisaar's secret life
One of the most thrilling reads of recent years, Edgar Savisaar's criminal file, reveals how things were done in the capital during Savisaar's time in the mayor's office. The most telling example is construction tycoon Aivar Tuulberg's bribery affair.
Reps to take care of Russian schools
Let it be said right away that talk of Mailis Reps' ambition to secure the position of justice minister was, according to her, mere speculation as the Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL) was dead set on reserving that position for Urmas Reinsalu from the first. The Center Party's 41-year-old deputy chairman becoming education minister once more was rather a last minute outcome.
Estonia's new farm minister has been punished for criminal offense
Estonia's new Minister of Rural Affairs Martin Repinski received a conditional prison sentence for attempted fraud as a minor, the news portal of the public broadcaster ERR reports.
Estonia leads Baltics in drug use - survey
Use of banned substances is considerably more widespread in Estonia than in Latvia and Lithuania, and above the EU average when it comes to cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy, it appears from the European Drug Report.
Estonia's e-residents have set up more than 1,000 companies
In the first two year's of the e-residency project, which provides foreigners with the opportunity to set up companies in Estonia and use other e-state services, Estonia has already 15,000 e-residents who have created more than 1,000 enterprises in Estonia.
Center's popularity lead over Reform Party narrows to 1 pt in November
Estonian Center Party's lead over the Reform Party in popularity rankings has narrowed to one point, it appears from a survey Kantar Emor pollsters conducted for BNS at the end of November.
Gap between light and strong alcohol excise duty dries up
The difference between the excise duty on light and strong alcohol has remained unchanged for a long time; planned tax policy now aims to close the gap.
Offer that couldn't be refused
Even though the position of social protection minister came at an inconvenient time for Kaia Iva, she felt it would no be right to turn it down, and she will have to accept the title of the Pro Patria Res Publica Union's (IRL) first female minister.*
Estonian defense forces to stage snap reserve exercise for 300
The Estonian defense forces will stage an extraordinary reservist training event from Dec. 2-5 as part of which more than 300 members of the 433rd infantry company of the Voru district of the Kaitseliit volunteer corps and reservists of the headquarters company who finished their conscript service in 2014 will be called up.
The era of crossing out spreadsheet entries is over
Minister of Internal Affairs Andres Anvelt promises to update the system instead of pursuing austerity for the sake of austerity in the field of internal security. He says that Estonia should restore community police, give municipal police more powers, and allow insurance companies to assist in documentation of traffic accidents.
Ladies' man turns out to be HIV positive
Anton, diagnosed with HIV about 15 years ago, has had many sexual partners he might have knowingly infected with the virus.
Mergers producing new names
Arguments over future names of merged parishes can lead to collapsed negotiations as happened recently in Ida-Viru County after Lüganuse parish refused to change its 13th century name and adopt that of Kiviõli, the history of which spans just 70 years.
Statement of charges in Savisaar case presented to lawyers
The Office of the Prosecutor General confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that it has lodged charges against Tallinn's suspended mayor Edgar Savisaar, the Center Party, chairman of the City Council of Tallinn Kalev Kallo, a former adviser to the city government and five businesspeople.
Quota filled for the first time
Estonia has been willing to take in no more immigrants than 0.1 percent of its permanent population in recent years. The figure comes to 1,317 people this year, and the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is convinced the quota will be filled before the year is out.
Ratas promises no prime minister's show on Tallinn TV
Tallinn TV, costing the capital's taxpayers millions of euros, has now left Center Party chairman, PM Jüri Ratas with a choice: whether to continue Savisaarian propaganda media, or order the medium to plot a new course and concentrate on municipal matters.
We will not be tribute to win a strategy game
Wednesday witnessed the assumption of office of Estonia's new coalition government the first task of which was to explain to the world that Estonia has not fallen to pro-Kremlin forces the very same day. Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (Social Democrat Party) says that while President Putin might try and test the red line in the Baltic region, the provocation can be prevented in allied cooperation.
Retired U.S. general voices concern over Putin's moves in Baltic region
Retired U.S. General Jack Keane has raised concerns Russian President Vladimir Putin is plotting a military invasion of the Baltic countries to challenge president-elect Donald Trump and NATO countries, British media said.
Rare tin pendant discovered in Koue coin find
A rare tin pendant copying the Srebrennik silver coin of Yaroslav the Wise, altogether the sixth such item ever found, has been discovered by archeologists dismantling the find made at Koue to the south of Tallinn in June this year.
"A Quiet Heart" wins intl competition program at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Eitan Anner's "A Quiet Heart" ("Lev Shaket") has won the Grand Prix of the 20th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
Fighters disturbing cows' dalliance
While it may seem a joke at first glance, a farmer located near the Ämari air base lost thousands of euros due to stress caused in his animals by low-flying fighter jets.
Self-styled chiropractic repeatedly injured infant
The Supreme Court has convicted self-styled chiropractic Vladimir Hitrov who severely injured his partner's baby boy in the course of exercising. The man justified his actions through intent to have the boy grow up to be a real man, not a little girl.
Battalion chief resigns over drunk driving
The chief of the Estonian defense forces' Engineer Battalion, Lt. Col. Eero Tepp, has come under criminal investigation and had to resign after causing an accident while driving under the influence.
Taavi Rõivas: my mistake was losing watchfulness
There are people in the Reform Party who believe the new government of the Center Party, Pro Patria Res Publica Union, and the social democrats is fueled and kept together only by their shared hatred of the reformists' success, while there are also those who want to slow things down, perhaps even analyze mistakes that have been made, and prepare for the next election.
EAS weighed using taxpayer money to bail out Ärma farm
Chairman of the board of Enterprise Estonia (EAS) in 2012, Maria Alajõe, looked into saddling the taxpayer with €190,000 euros in tourism support for which First Lady Evelin Ilves' OÜ Ermamaa was no longer eligible.
Car lands in house after flight of fifty meters
A 22-year-old woman crashed her BMW into a residential building on Viljandi's Köstri street after the speed at which the vehicle was traveling caused it to fly out of a steep turn and take flight, passing over a parked vehicle and a fence for a total distance of several dozen meters on Monday. The driver, who initially fled the scene, was found to be under the influence of narcotic substances.
Syrian father threatened to kill mother
A scenario the authorities have feared for some time materialized last week when the police had to arrest the father of a family of refugees relocated to Estonia.
Taavi Roivas was PM 974 days
As the new government led by Juri Ratas is to be sworn in on Wednesday, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas will have been in office for two years and eight months or 974 days.
Port waiting for ideas for development competition
The Port of Tallinn has announced an international idea and architectural competition for its Vanasadam (old port) to find a long-term integral solution to tie the 54-hectare area to real estate developments and public space.
Ratas' government takes office
Chairman of the Center Party Jüri Ratas was given powers to form Estonia's next government with 53 votes after three hours of answering MPs' questions in the parliament yesterday.
Punishment register full of mistakes
The punishment register, launched almost five years ago, could include thousands of mistakes that are only seldom rectified. A massive effort to correct the data is needed instead of sporadic needlework.
Our coalition can do without monkey business
Jüri Ratas, set to officially become Estonia's prime minister the day after tomorrow, believes it is important Estonia would not be limited to Tallinn and Tartu, and that the tax system would finally be updated.
Coalition agreement signed
Chairman of the Center Party Juri Ratas, chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) Margus Tsahkna and chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) Jevgeni Ossinovski signed the coalition agreement in Toompea Castle, the seat of the Estonian parliament, on Monday.
Free Party will not join new govt coalition
The Free Party will not join the new government coalition being set up by the Estonian Center Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL).
Future government plans wide-ranging tax reform
The new government plans to introduce an €315 million investment program, privatize, either in part or in full, four state-owned companies, lay down a banking tax, abolish income tax incentives on loan interests etc. Grand redistribution of taxes is also in the pipeline that will see minimum income exempt from tax raised from the current 170 euros a month to 500 euros from 2018.
Officials parry talk of East turn
While Estonia discusses tax changes, both government office, as well as foreign and defense ministry officials are busy combating rumors started by some foreign publications of a Kremlin-minded government about to take power in Estonia.
Leading employees of Enterprise Estonia support CEO Tomberg
Leading employees of Enterprise Estonia (EAS) have made a joint statement to the organization's supervisory board in which they demanded for CEO Hanno Tomberg to be allowed to stay in his position, saying that the organization is very well managed and today's leadership is not responsible for the saga of financing the Arma farm of former president Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
Talks entering home stretch
While the desire of the partners of the new government, now tired of night sittings, to keep their soul and face remains a minor annoyance, the Center Party's promise to ensure voting discipline means the triumvirate will have an agreement by tomorrow evening, which it can then present to party councils on Saturday.
Tax hikes in the pipeline
The general outline of the new coalition's tax policy had more or less taken shape behind closed doors by yesterday evening. It is very probable promises for the coming years will be covered with the help of new consumption taxes, and social and income tax hikes.
Supervisory board of Enterprise Estonia recalls CEO Hanno Tomberg
The supervisory board of Enterprise Estonia at an extraordinary meeting decided to recall chairman of the management board Hanno Tomberg.
Tarankov killed by son of old friend
The man who admitted to killing underworld leader Nikolai Tarankov is a close family acquaintance of the victim. His father had been friends with Tarankov for decades.
Defense Forces to stage short-notice exercises
The Defense Forces will hold extremely short-notice additional training courses for reservists for the purposes of additional training, increased military preparedness, and battle worthiness checks.
In the name of Russian votes
Members of the party at the time make no secret of the fact that the Center Party's scandalous cooperation agreement with Vladimir Putin's United Russia party was signed in 2004 with one simple goal in mind – to finally help the party come to power on the wings of the Russian vote.
Excise duties to be curbed, conference tourism promoted
Negotiations regarding the economic policy and tax chapter of the new coalition agreement that have been going on since Thursday have led to principled agreements: excise duties must begin to support the economy and some areas that are currently struggling need help.
Center Party-Putin Deal Puts Estonia’s International Reputation at Risk
Hidden in the shadow of Tuesday’s US presidential elections and away from the gaze of international media, the opposition leaders of Estonia’s coalition government hoped to quietly pull the plug on the long standing Reform Party government.
Lillekula Stadium to add 3,000 seats, build new facade for EUR 1.7 mln
The Estonian Football Association has announced a tender for the contract to build an additional seating capacity of 3,000 and a new facade in Lillekla Stadium, home ground of the Estonian national team and FC Flora, for 1.7 million euros.
Estonian, German heads of state talk about bilateral relations in Berlin
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and her German counterpart Joachim Gauck discussed the two countries' relations, the future of the European Union and the European security situation at a meeting in Berlin on Friday, spokespeople for the Estonian president said.
Initiatives need to be implemented soon
The prime minister's economic development working group, headed by Erkki Raasuke, presented its report to the public and the incoming coalition yesterday. The working group was paradoxically called to life by outgoing Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, while the fruits of its labor will now benefit his three biggest competitors.
Coalition agreement progress one day at a time
Estonia's possible new triumvirate government hopes to sign the coalition agreement, talks on which kicked off with security topics the day before yesterday, by the end of next week. Yesterday saw the parties move on to tax and economic questions, which are also on the agenda for today. The hopeful coalition will work through Saturday to take a day of rest before the new week on Sunday.
Estonia affirms continued support to Georgia's EU, NATO course
Estonia continues to support Georgia's integration with the European Union and NATO, the Foreign Ministry's political director Paul Teesalu said at consultations between Georgian and Estonian Foreign Ministries in Tallinn on Wednesday.
Ratas: Estonian Center Party's agreement with United Russia is non-active
According to Juri Ratas, chairman of Estonia's Center Party which on Wednesday launched consultations to set up a new government, his party's cooperation agreement with Russia's ruling party United Russia is not active.
Thorny path towards a new government
Three quiet claps that followed the successful vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas in the parliament yesterday characterize the difficult path ahead of the next potential coalition.
Trump's team needs Baltic training
Head of the International Center for Defense Studies, former ambassador to the United States Jüri Luik says in an interview to Postimees that Estonia's agreements are with the United States of America as a country, not with individual presidents.
Church installs altar window illegally
Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Urmas Viilmaa sanctified the new stained-glass altar window of Lüganuse church by well-known artist Andrei Lobanov last Sunday. The only problem is that the congregation forgot to notify the heritage protection watchdog of work done on the protected building and could now be looking at sanctions.
Ratas says no long coalition agreement will be drawn up
According to Juri Ratas, chairman of Estonia's Center Party who launched coalition talks on Wednesday, the new government coalition is not to draw up a long coalition agreement, but will instead agree on general principles and in the future will be ready to head all good ideas.
Center, IRL, SDE: Estonia needs fresh ideas
Estonia's Center Party, Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) said on Wednesday evening after launching coalition consultations that the new government plans to be open to and consider everybody's good ideas.
Estonian PM ousted in confidence vote
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday expressed no confidence in Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.
Four seasons might become three
The average temperature in Estonia has risen by 2 degrees over the past two years, which is more than global average temperatures. It is probable the climate will continue to get warmer until the end of this century.
Heads of 5 Estonian parlt groups invite PM to resign by 2 p.m. on Wednesday
Chairmen of five Estonian parliamentary groups after a meeting on Tuesday afternoon invited Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, the chairman of the Reform Party, to resign as head of government by Wednesday at 2 p.m. or otherwise all five parties will express no confidence in him.
Estonian PM not to resign
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday morning after the Reform Party's board meeting that he will not resign and will fight in defense of his positions.
2 Estonians killed working on high voltage power line in Sweden
Two workers from Estonia were killed in a work related accident in Sweden on Monday when they began replacing a high voltage power line without making sure that power had been switched off and were hit with 30,000 volts of power.
Estonian-made pocket tank in action for the first time
The Estonian defense industry presented its latest creation at the Defense Forces central testing polygon yesterday – an unmanned crawler-type vehicle with a Singapore-made 12.7 mm machine gun mounted to its chassis.
Cooperation between Nordica and LOT threat to neighbors
Airlines Nordica and LOT, that announced their cooperation last Friday, hope to reshape the Eastern and Central European flights network by making Warsaw the aviation hub of the region. The plan will hit Helsinki and Riga, as well as airlines that operate out of these airports.
Center Party to form new government
The Center Party will be a part of the next government – this much is for certain today. Whether the race for a new government will be won by the Reform Party or Pro Patria (IRL) and the social democrats (SDE) together will become clear in the coming days.
Russia preparing to clam up
Head of the one-man firm called the Baltic Center of Russian Studies, Vladimir Juškin, dispassionately analyzes potential developments in Russia. He finds that sanctions that many have criticized are very effective in the long run, and that Putin is trying to shake them to avoid a domestic collapse.
Ansip: how is it not a crisis!?
Former prime minister of nine years, current European Commission Vice-President in charge of the common digital market Andrus Ansip finds that the actions of the Social Democrat Party (SDE) and Pro Patria (IRL) have left the government in a deep crisis. He also believes President Toomas Hendrik Ilves should be left alone in connection with funds from Enterprise Estonia (EAS).
Savisaar won't attend Center Party congress, asks to vote for Toom
The incumbent chairman of Estonia's Center Party, Edgar Savisaar, announced on Friday that he will not attend the party's extraordinary congress on Saturday and is asking his supporters to vote for Yana Toom at the chairman election, at the same time stressing that he will not withdraw from politics and will definitely continue in the Center Party.
Estonian govt decides to peg retirement age to life expectancy from 2027
The Estonian government decided on Thursday to peg the retirement age to life expectancy from 2027 and allow the people themselves to choose the time of retiring.
Traitor Dressen deprived of citizenship
The government decided yesterday to deprive Viktoria Dressen, wife of former Internal Security Service (KAPO) operative, convicted traitor Aleksei Dressen, of citizenship. Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said during the press conference that the decision constitutes a precedent in re-independent Estonia.
Seeing a doctor takes patience
How to see a specialist doctor in Estonia? First of all one has to find out how major Estonian hospitals put together their time sheets. Secondly people have to instruct their family members to work as a team and bombard the hospital's registration desk with calls when it starts work on the morning of the right day.
Audit turns decision-makers into black sheep
The main culprits of the Ermamaa support saga are the former and current heads of Enterprise Estonia (EAS): executives were unjustifiably generous towards President Toomas Hendrik Ilves' family in 2012. It would have been possible to rectify the mistake this year; instead, it was decided to just gloss over critically reviewing the decision.
Kaljulaid turns down church
President Kersti Kaljulaid is the first Estonian head of state who turned down a church service in her honor on her inauguration day. What will become of cooperation between the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) and the president in the future remains unclear.
Administration discovers 21 faults with ferry
A recent inspection of the ferry Leiger, currently being built in Turkey, by the Maritime Administration (VA) came across numerous shortcomings. The ferry's owner TS Laevad rejoiced two weeks ago, on October 19, how the vessel would begin its journey to Estonia in the next two or three weeks, and that major faults and systems had been fixed. The company's press representative said back then that “less important faults” will be addressed simultaneously with other work.
Child survives fall from eighth floor
A two-year-old child was taken to the Tallinn Children's Hospital's intensive care unit after miraculously surviving a fall from an eighth floor window in Tallinn's Lasnamägi borough a week ago. Neighbors said that while the boy did not break a single bone, he suffered injuries to internal organs.
Estonia needs a new rescue model
The state has saved a lot of money over the years by only making minimum financing available to the rescue board. The agency's need for investment has now reached a level where the rescue system needs to be either contracted or replaced with a cheaper version inside the next decade.
Legal certainty held in esteem
Estonia occupies 14th place among 113 countries in the World Justice Project's recent Rule of Law Index published last week. The pack is led by four Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden, while other countries ahead of Estonia all sport a far higher standard of living than the Baltic Sea country.
Digital registration underused
While the state is considering how to create a national digital registration center, expensive digital solutions of hospitals have not paid off. Estonians want to pick up the phone, even if put on hold for a long time, and tell the doctor what's wrong, instead of wrestling with ID-card passwords – as put by hospitals.
Experts: Speed of car that crashed killing 3 young men was 140 kmh
The speed of the car that crashed into roadside trees in Tallinn's Parnamae district shortly after midnight on Tuesday killing three young people inside was 140 kilometers per hour, experts have found.
Indian govt approves agreement on prisoner transfers with Estonia
The Indian Cabinet has endorsed an agreement between India and Estonia on the transfer of sentenced persons, the Business Standard reported on Thursday.
Senior officials' e-mail addresses, passwords leaked
The work related e-mail addresses of numerous senior Estonian state officials and their cloud service passwords have been leaked via Dropbox, it appears from the overview of cyber security incidents in September compiled by the cyber security service of the Estonian Information System Authority (RIA).
Allied battalion to arrive in full in time for Spring Storm
If how individual equipment or units will arrive in Estonia next spring will become clear in the course of work, one thing seems to be certain – the NATO allied battalion will take part in the Spring Storm exercise as part of our 1st Infantry Battalion.
State salary different by region
Work of public servants is worth up to 16 percent more in Tallinn and Harju County than it is elsewhere in Estonia, the salary scale of the state support services center reveals.
Taavi Kotka, Estonia's chief ICT official, to quit
Taavi Kotka will leave the position of deputy secretary general for ICT at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications on Jan. 31.
Parlt ends 1st reading of Estonia's 2017 state budget
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday evening completed the first reading of the bill of the state budget for 2017.
Marcus Kolga: Betting The Farm and Transforming A Nation
Estonia’s populist media and politicians have been falling over themselves the past two weeks as they line up to take swipes at the overblown issues surrounding former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ family farm, Ärma, in southern Estonia.
Fallon: UK to send tanks to Estonia
The force that the U.K. will deploy in Estonia as part of NATO deterrence measures in the spring would likely include tactical drones, Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior armored infantry fighting vehicles, alongside 800 troops, British defense secretary Michael Fallon has said.
Exchange of counterfeit money results in major losses
Rainer Viljamaa stepped into the Aia street currency exchange office of Tavid in January of last year, carrying nearly 4.1 million Indian rupees – more precisely 4,096 thousand-rupee notes that he exchanged for close to 54,000 euros. Considering the fact that Tavid has seven offices in Estonia that only handle a single transaction involving rupees a day between them, it was not a common occurrence. Especially considering the sum.
Estonia's own Iittala in the making
Arro Keraamika, that started involving capital through the Fundwise platform at the beginning of summer, has manufactured its first set of tableware in the reputable Vista Alegre factory in Portugal and hopes to have its merchandise in stores by December. The company accomplished it with the help of 125 investors.
Cameras to monitor alcohol tourists
The Tax and Customs Board (MTA) is looking to equip ten border crossing points with cameras capable of detecting license plates and pass an amendment that would allow it to carry out test purchases to uncover illegal resellers of alcohol bought in Latvia.
Ministry looking to train assistant policemen in the army
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has made a proposal to the defense ministry to consider complementing basic training of conscripts with a course for assistant police officers.
Affair of former brewery head reaches court
Recent marketing director of Saku brewery, released from office by former CEO Margus Kastein right after information came to light of an affairs between the two employees, has contested her dismissal in court and is demanding fair compensation.
Center Party's rating climbs to 25 pct
The opposition Estonian Center Party saw its approval rating soar by five percentage points month over month to 25 percent in October, it appears from the outcome of a poll taken by Kantar Emor for BNS.
Latvian police catch Estonians with EUR 2 mln worth of hashish
Latvian police detained two Estonians on the Latvian-Lithuanian border earlier this month after finding hashish worth more than two million euros hidden in the cars driven by them.
Birthrate down in Estonia, up in Latvia over three years
The Baltic states' health behavior compendium reveals that while birthrate took a nose dive in Estonia in 2010, it started growing in Latvia instead. Demographer Ene-Margit Tiit believes the fall could be the result, among other things, of outdated parental benefits system.
Officials and medics among parent's pay frauds
If earlier attempts to con the state for the maximum amount of the parent's pay instrument were made mainly by people out of work or owners of companies, the middle class has also turned to this particular type of fraud today. People often put in place detailed agreements with employers not to appear on the radar of the tax board.
Kaljurand to return to Foreign Ministry as adviser
Estonia's former Minister of Foreign Affairs and presidential candidate Marina Kaljurand is about to return to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an adviser on cyber security.
Team sets sights
The new chief of the Office of the President, Tiit Riisalo, says that the republic of the anniversary concert will he held in Tallinn, and the president will make her first domestic visit to Virumaa.
To understand or condemn? Kindergarten employee tapes bully's fingers
Tartu Postimees received an anonymous tip concerning a Tartu kindergarten where a teacher had taped together the fingers of a boy who exhibited aggressive behavior towards other children. To protect the family and the teacher, the newspaper will not publish the name of the kindergarten in question. The principal admitted the incident, and said they have had a serious conversation with the teacher and that an oral reprimand has been made.
Quota refugees submit 2 applications for family reunification
Of the refugees relocated to Estonia under the European Union's relocation plan, two have submitted applications for reuniting with their families.
Estonia's new president to make first foreign visits to neighboring countries
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will during October make one-day get-acquainted visits to Finland, Latvia and Lithuania.
Six Estonian people smugglers nabbed in Latvia
Latvian border guards detained 37 illegal immigrants and nine human smugglers, including six Estonian citizens, in the eastern part of the country last weekend.
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