Parliament approves foreign missions in 2015 ({{commentsTotal}})

Parliament has given a green light to the participation of up to 154 Estonian soldiers in several international military operations.

Estonian soldiers will be part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan, Mali, Kosovo and the Middle East, and form part of the NATO Response Force (NRF) and EU's Nordic Battle Group.

One Estonian minehunter, with 40 sailors and five officers on board, will be part of the NRF's Mine Countermeasures Group 1.

Up to 50 troops are members of the EU's Nordic Battle Group, meaning that in times of crisis, they have a 15-day deployment deadline.

Up to 25 officers will be sent to Afghanistan as part of an ongoing Resolute Support operation, a mission to carry on training local troops.

Ten soldiers will be sent to EU's training mission and another ten to UN's peace mission MINUSMA, both in Mali. Three officers will partake in the KFOR peace mission in Kosovo and six in UN's UNTSO survey mission in the Near East.

Another five Defense Forces' members can be sent to serve in NATO or EU military operation headquarters, if such institutions are set up.

According to the International Military Cooperation Act, the decision to take part of international operations must be made be the Parliament.

Editor: M. Oll

Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.