Estonia welcomes Georgia-EU visa freedom

28.03.17 ... Estonia welcomes Georgia's visa freedom with the EU, which entered into force on Tuesday.

Thousands of Mobile-ID certificates to expire on Saturday

28.03.17 ... On April 1, thousands of Mobile-ID certificates tied to SIM cards will expire as a more secure solution will be adopted by decision of Estonia's Police and Border Guard Board (PPA).

Ossinovski: People must be sure that paramedics will come when called

28.03.17 ... Commenting on the issue of the unwarranted summoning of emergency medical services (EMS), Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski said that everyone needs certainty that EMS will come when called.

Finnish neo-Nazi Teinonen takes next step contesting entry ban

28.03.17 ... Finnish-born Risto Teinonen is contesting a court decision of Feb. 16 to leave the entry ban against him in place. Teinonen was barred from entering Estonia effective Dec. 16, 2015 for spreading Nazi propaganda.

E-residency applications surge leading up to UK triggering Article 50

28.03.17 ... According to a press release by Enterprise Estonia, an increasing number of Brits are applying for Estonian e-residency. In the week British prime minister Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, formally starting the process of the United Kingdom’s leaving the EU, the program has 988 applications from UK citizens and is likely to hit 1,000 over the next few days.

Tsahkna wants to change IRL’s leadership and election procedure

28.03.17 ... Chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) and minister of defense, Margus Tsahkna, said on Monday that he wants to change the party’s statutes to limit the number of leadership members, and change the internal election procedure. Tsahkna has tied these changes to his continuing as chairman.

Mihkelson, Hanso visit UK with Baltic colleagues

28.03.17 ... Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committee and National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson and Hannes Hanso are in London with their Baltic colleagues to discuss post-Brexit foreign policy and defense cooperation.

Europe's leading terrorism experts to hold conference in Tallinn

27.03.17 ... The Estonian capital of Tallinn will on Thursday host a high-level conference on counterterrorism featuring speakers including European Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King and Estonian Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt.

Kaljulaid meets president of Iceland in Tallinn

27.03.17 ... Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Icelandic President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson in Tallinn on Monday.

€640,000 in support to be distributed to Estonia's small islands

27.03.17 ... The Ministry of Finance announced on Monday a call for proposals in the framework of the small islands program which will distribute €640,000 to projects improving the availability and quality of vital services for small island communities.

Kelly Sildaru wins halfpipe gold in junior wold championships

27.03.17 ... 15-year-old Estonian champion skier Kelly Sildaru earned gold with 87.3 points at the Halfpipe Junior World Championships in Crans-Montana, Switzerland on Sunday.

Number of visa applications to Saint Petersburg consulate grows sharply

27.03.17 ... The number of visa applications submitted to the Estonian Consulate General in Saint Petersburg has nearly doubled compared to previous years.

Anvelt would welcome renewal of EU’s return policy

27.03.17 ... Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE) will participate in a council meeting of the European Union’s home affairs and justice ministers. One issue on the agenda is the EU’s return policy, or sending back illegal immigrants to their home countries.

Reps: Savisaar not likely to run in local elections

27.03.17 ... Center Party deputy chairwoman and minister of education, Mailis Reps, said on Sunday that running would mean Savisaar's decision to withdraw his petition to suspend his trial for health reasons.

Survey: Majority of Estonians intolerant of same-sex relationships

27.03.17 ... According to the results of one recent survey, 58 percent of Estonians find that same-sex sexual relationships are never justified.

Estonian Greens elect new chairwoman

27.03.17 ... The Estonian Greens at their general meeting elected Züleyxa Izmailova their new chairwoman. Izmailova stated in a press release that her intention was to stand for the creation of an ecological state.

EU Affairs Committee visiting Ukraine

27.03.17 ... The Riigikogu’s European Union Affairs Committee is starting a three-day visit to Ukraine on Monday. The MPs will meet with their colleagues from the Ukrainian parliament, and with Estonians living and working in Ukraine.

Second call for Estonia-Latvia program proposals launched

26.03.17 ... The Estonian Ministry of Finance has launched a second call for proposals for the distribution of €5 million to qualifying projects in the framework of the Estonia-Latvia program.

Gallery: Candles lit across Estonia in honor of March 1949 deportations

26.03.17 ... March 25 marked the 68th anniversary of the March 1949 deportations of over 90,000 people from the Baltics. Estonians across the country paid tribute to the victims with ceremonies, services and tens of thousands of candles.

Kaljulaid: Russia does not pose physical threat to Estonia

26.03.17 ... Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said in an interview with The Washington Post that although Russia is not a physical threat to any NATO country, it is still a threat to the international security architecture.

EKRE: Lawmakers need to rein in courts

25.03.17 ... Commenting on a recent court decision to allow the entry of a same-sex couple married in Sweden into the Estonian population register, the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) declared on Saturday that President Kersti Kaljulaid and Chief Justice Priit Pikamäe did not rise to their roles as protectors of the Constitution.

Estonia to mark 68th anniversary of largest Soviet deportation

25.03.17 ... Ceremonies and events to remember the Soviet mass deportations across the Baltic countries in March 1949 will be held in Tallinn and many other places across Estonia on Saturday.

Jüri Ratas: All roads lead to Europe

25.03.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said in an address on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday that the European Union needed to offer real solutions for the future, and that it needed to be brought closer to the people. ERR News is publishing the prime minister’s speech in unabridged and unedited form.

Mikser: Estonia ready to strengthen cyber cooperation with US

24.03.17 ... Estonia is ready to strengthen cooperation with the U.S. in the cyber field, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser said at work meetings U.S. senators in Washington.

Detailed public instutition relocation plan to reach government in May

24.03.17 ... The Estonian government decided at Thursday's Cabinet meeting when discussing the plan to move public institutions out of Tallinn that every ministry is to submit a more detailed action plan for its area of government in May.

European court dismisses Estonian sugar penalty action

24.03.17 ... The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dismissed the action Estonia filed in spring of 2015 to recoup from the EU the €34.3 million that the country paid as penalty for excessive stocks of sugar.

Ratas traveling to Italy for Treaty of Rome anniversary

24.03.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) is traveling to Rome on Friday to attend a meeting of the European Union’s heads of state and government on the occasion of the 60-year anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Bill proposes expedited procedure to be added to misdemeanor code

24.03.17 ... The Ministry of the Interior has introduced a bill that would add the possibility of expedited procedure to the misdemeanor code. The measure is intended to simplify and speed up procedures as well as avoid the disproportionate punishment of offenders.

Krištafovitš thrown out of Free Party

24.03.17 ... The leadership of the free party decided on Thursday to expel Jevgeni Krištafovitš. Krištafovitš had been one of just two candidates for party chairman, the other being MP Artur Talvik. According to the leadership, Krištafovitš was expelled because he had slandered the party.

General government debt declines in 2016

24.03.17 ... According to preliminary data, Estonia’s general government surplus was 0.3 percent in 2016, and the gross debt level was 9.5 percent of the gross domestic product.

Nestor, Kaljulaid condemn MP's verbal attack against circuit court judges

24.03.17 ... President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid criticized a statement made in the Riigikogu by Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) parliamentary group chairman Martin Helme against three Tallinn Circuit Court judges.

ISS: Estonia's threat level unchanged following London attack

23.03.17 ... According to Estonia's Internal Security Service (ISS), the country's threat level was not changed as a result of Wednesday's terrorist attack in London; national security would remain ensured using existing measures and forces.

Nordica not weighing ban of large electronic devices from carry-on luggage

23.03.17 ... Estonian state-owned airline Nordica has not considered banning electronic devices larger than smartphones from the passenger cabin of its flights as it does not fly to countries listed in recent U.S. and U.K. bans.

Ratas to attend service, concert at Estonian church in Saint Petersburg

23.03.17 ... On April 8, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Secretary of State Heiki Loot will attend a thanksgiving service and concert at St. John's Church in Saint Petersburg to mark the 100th anniversary of an Estonian demonstration there.

Riigikogu reelects Nestor, Eesmaa, Rõivas to board Updated 12:09

23.03.17 ... Riigikogu reelected Eiki Nestor (SDE) President, Enn Eesmaa (Center) First Vice-President and Taavi Rõivas (Reform) Second Vice-President of the Riigikogu in regular board elections on Thursday.

Estonian leaders offer condolences following London terrorist attack

23.03.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, President Kersti Kaljulaid and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser offered condolences on social media following Wednesday's deadly attack in London which claimed five lives.

Gallery: British tanks, artillery arrive in Estonia

23.03.17 ... More than 130 units of British Army heavy equipment which will serve the NATO battle group stationed in Estonia, including Challenger 2 tanks and AS-90 self-propelled artillery, arrived in Paldiski on Wednesday.

Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak dies at 69

23.03.17 ... Prolific Estonian stage and film actor and director Lembit Ulfsak died aged 69 on Wednesday.

Health Insurance Fund does not approve pay raise for healthcare workers

22.03.17 ... The supervisory board of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund decided on Wednesday not to raise the salary component of the country's healthcare workers.

Estonia's foreign minister on weeklong visit to U.S.

22.03.17 ... During his visit, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser will attend a Global Coalition Against Daesh meeting as well as meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, among other U.S. politicians.

Prosecution seeking pecuniary punishment for Kender

22.03.17 ... The state prosecutor on Wednesday applied for a pecuniary punishment in the case currently behing handled by Harju County Court against author Kaur Kender, who is accused of producing child pornography.

Finnish court sentences Estonian man to prison for death of partner

22.03.17 ... Finland's first-tier Southern Savo District Court has found Andre Paas, 27, of Estonia guilty of choking his partner to death and sentenced him to nine years in prison.

Foreign Affairs Committee: Avoid EU-sanctioned issues in Russian relations

22.03.17 ... At its Monday meeting, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu decided by consensus to send the Board of the Riigikogu its positions regarding the foreign visits of committees.

Chancellor of Justice: Outdoor political advertising ban unconstitutional

22.03.17 ... According to Estonian Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise, the ban on outdoor advertising of political candidates on personal movables during active election campaigning is unconstitutional.

Minister, medical professionals sign letter of intent

21.03.17 ... Representatives of the medical sector along with Minister of Health and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski (SDE) signed a letter of intent on Tuesday according to which the financing of the healthcare sector will be increased, and there is readiness to raise the salaries of medical professionals.

No legal assistance requested yet in $1.6 billion money laundering case

21.03.17 ... Commenting on a supposed $1.6 billion dollars of illicit Russian funds that moved through Estonian banks between 2011 and 2014, prosecutor Eve Olesk told BNS on Tuesday that Estonia had received no request for legal assistance in relation to the case.

Riigikogu passes amendment reducing use of plastic bags

21.03.17 ... The Riigikogu adopted a law of amendments to the Packaging Act on Tuesday that aims to restrict the use of plastic bags.

IRL leadership to convene extraordinary party congress

21.03.17 ... Chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna, asked his party’s leadership to convene an extraordinary party congress. Tsahkna sees the need for change as the party doesn’t appear to be able to improve its low ratings.

State spends €2.7 million in 2016 to receive and accommodate refugees

21.03.17 ... According to data of the Ministry of Finance, the Estonian state spent €2.7 million in 2016 on receiving and accommodating refugees. Some 17 percent of the funds came from the European Union.

Gallery: First French soldiers arrive in Estonia

21.03.17 ... The first French troops to begin serving in the NATO battle group stationed in Estonia landed at Ämari Air Base on Monday afternoon.
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