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Estonia allocates €638,000 to small islands

22.07.17 ... The Finance Ministry has decided to provide €638,000 to finance 16 projects aimed at improving vital services on the country’s small islands.

Kontaveit advances to Gstaad tournament final

22.07.17 ... Estonia's top ranked female tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 32) advanced to the final of the WTA women’s tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland, defeating Czech Tereza Martincova (WTA 140) with a score of 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinal.

Minister: EKRE’s demands to gag criticism of Estonia attempt at censorship

22.07.17 ... In his response to a public letter by the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) about government-funded culture weekly Sirp, which had run a piece critical of Estonian nationalism, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar (SDE) suggested the action demanded by EKRE would undermine democracy and freedom of speech.

New election coalition would lose Tallinn boroughs, build metro

21.07.17 ... A new election coalition called Tallinn 2037 would set out to decrease the number of public servants by a quarter, replace the city’s boroughs with service centers, introduce a sea bus service, and build a metro by 2037.

Vitsut doubts Brexit negotiations will make much headway this year

21.07.17 ... Chairman of the Riigikogu’s European Union Affairs Committee, Toomas Vitsut (Center), doubts that Brexit negotiations will reach a point this year where the second stage, namely discussing a framework for future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom, becomes a possibility.

Less counterfeit money reported in first half of 2017

21.07.17 ... In the first half of 2017 a total of 247 counterfeit euro bills were reported, which is 10 percent less than a year ago. Compared to the second half of last year, the amount of forged bills discovered remained the same, the Bank of Estonia said on Friday.

Chief justice: Situation of Polish courts ‘extremely worrying’

21.07.17 ... Chief justice of Estonia’s Supreme Court, Priit Pikamäe, told ERR on Friday that the ongoing restructuring of Poland’s court system was an attempt to make the country’s courts subordinate to the government, and to limit their independence.

Municipalities facing forced mergers turn to Supreme Court

21.07.17 ... Four rural municipalities have turned to the Supreme Court to contest the territorial mergers imposed on them by the government. In two cases, municipalities refuse to merge pointing to an exception granted by the government to the town of Loksa in Harju County.

EU health ministers: More cooperation needed to develop e-health solutions

21.07.17 ... The European Union’s health ministers met in Tallinn this week to discuss the future of digital solutions in health care. They identified areas where they will cooperate more closely, and potential issues where the EU can take action to promote the development of data-driven solutions.

Government to tackle problem of empty apartments left to state

21.07.17 ... The government instructed ministries on Thursday to draw up a residential housing development plan to solve the problem of abandoned apartments in areas with declining population numbers.

Reinsalu wants mandatory lifetime sentences

20.07.17 ... Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) wants to introduce mandatory lifetime sentences for repeat homicide perpetrators, daily Eesti Päevaleht wrote on Thursday.

Lithuanian president calls for permanent Patriot deployment

20.07.17 ... Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė said a permanent placement of the Patriot surface-to-air missile system in the Baltic states would be “appropriate”.

Dubai 2020 World Expo: Participation only with private sector support

20.07.17 ... Before deciding whether or not Estonia will be represented at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, the government would have a look at what the neighboring countries were planning and also talk to private investors that could be included, Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT Urve Palo (SDE) said.

ECFR ranks Estonia among most pro-Western countries in Europe

20.07.17 ... Estonia ranks among the most pro-Western nations of Europe, a study by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) suggests.

Most illegal border crossings involve people getting lost or ignoring signs

20.07.17 ... More than 50 illegal border crossings recorded by the Police and Border Guard (PPA) occurred mainly due to people’s carelessness. Most of them concerned boats violating Russian territory on Lake Peipus, or tourists visiting the border areas.

Estonia switches from Russian to European vertical reference system

20.07.17 ... Estonia is giving up the Kronstadt Tide Gauge as its main reference point for measuring vertical elevation and altitude, and instead joining the European Vertical Reference System based on the Amsterdam Ordnance Datum. The step takes the country from the Russian to the European geodetic reference system.

Estonia to take in next 160 Syrian refugees from Turkey

20.07.17 ... The police are currently processing the cases of 160 Syrian refugees to be resettled to Estonia as part of the EU-Turkey deal signed in 2016. The 160 are part of Estonia’s resettlement quota of 550.

Stalnuhhin rules out running on independent list in local elections

20.07.17 ... Center Party MP Mihhail Stalnuhhin hasn’t yet announced whether or not he will participate in the upcoming local elections, though he has made it clear that he wouldn’t run on an independent list.

Security academy rector to run for mayor of Narva

20.07.17 ... Rector of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Katri Raik, has announced that she will be the front runner of an independent election coalition in Narva in the upcoming local polls.

Simson defends EVR Cargo’s Russian investment plans

19.07.17 ... Minister of Economic Affairs Kadri Simson (Center) explained EVR Cargo’s Russian investment plan on Wednesday. Simson pointed out that the company is already leasing 1,100 freight cars to customers, and that not all of this business is connected with Russian companies.

EU ministers to discuss employment, social, health matters in Tallinn

19.07.17 ... On Wednesday and Thursday, Tallinn Creative Hub will host the informal meeting of ministers of employment, social affairs, family and gender equality (EPSCO), which will be followed by the informal meeting of health ministers (EPSCO) taking place on Thursday and Friday.

Paper: RKAS wants to increase national museums' rent

19.07.17 ... Beginning next year, state real estate company Riigi Kinnisvara AS (RKAS) plans on increasing the rent of Estonia's national museums.

Minister: Estonia wants to help keep EU-Turkey dialogue going

19.07.17 ... As the current presidency of the Council of the European Union, Estonia wishes to help dialogue between the EU and Turkey continue, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) said.

EU ministers discuss free movement of data on European single market

18.07.17 ... Competitiveness and information technology ministers of the EU, who met in Tallinn on Tuesday, discussed how the potential of the European Digital Single Market could be utilized with the aid of the free movement of data.

Estonian defense forces medic deployed to Mediterranean for EU mission

18.07.17 ... As of this month, in addition to one staff officer, Estonia has also deployed a medic to the EU's EUNAVFOR Med anti-human trafficking operation in the Mediterranean.

Gallery: Ratas meets with British prime minister

18.07.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) traveled to London for a short visit during which he met with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

EU ministers sign declaration of intent for 5G network development

18.07.17 ... The EU’s competitiveness and telecommunications ministers signed an agreement in Tallinn on Tuesday over a common foundation for a future 5G network. The declaration of intent wants to position Europe at the forefront of the new technology.

13 additional visa centers in China accepting applications for Estonia

18.07.17 ... Beginning Tuesday, Chinese citizens can apply for a Schengen visa for visiting Estonia in an additional 13 cities across China beyond Beijing and Shanghai.

Kontaveit secures win on first day of Swiss Open

18.07.17 ... Top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 32) secured a 6:1, 6:3 win against 23-year-old Italian Martina Trevisani (WTA 167) on the first day of competition in the WTA Swiss Open in Gstaad on Tuesday.

Estonia wants powerful air defense system from allies

18.07.17 ... Minister of Defence Jüri Luik said in an interview with business daily Bloomberg that Estonia is in negotiations to have allied air defense systems brought to the region that would remain in place for an extended period of time.

Ratas to meet Theresa May on Tuesday

18.07.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) is travelling to London on Monday, where he will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Gallery: Spanish prime minister visits Ämari air base

18.07.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) thanked Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who visited Ämari Air Base on Monday, for Spain's contributions to the defense of Estonia and thus all of NATO.

Mikser reaffirms Estonia's support for Georgia's territorial integrity

17.07.17 ... Answering a journalist's question in Brussels on Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) reaffirmed Estonia's support for the territorial integrity of Georgia.

One in five applicants to Academy of Security Sciences from Ida-Viru County

17.07.17 ... One in five young people seeking admission to the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences hails from Ida-Viru County, where a number of high schools offer a special two-year course in interior security.

Interview: Alex Pentland on the benefits of data beyond economic forecasts

17.07.17 ... Alex Pentland is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the world’s leading expert on the social impact of big data and the new economy. ERR News had the opportunity to talk to him at the Estonian EU presidency’s digital single market conference.

Ratas: Free movement of data only within clear legal framework

17.07.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said at the digital single market conference of Estonia’s EU council presidency on Monday that Europe needed clear rules and strict controls to introduce the free movement of data.

Two VKG managers arrested on bribery suspicions

17.07.17 ... Police in Estonia on July 5 arrested two mid-level managers of Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) subsidiaries VKG Energia OÜ and VKG Soojus AS as suspects in bribe-taking.

Interview: Privacy, data protection, and the digital single market

17.07.17 ... EU data protection supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski thinks that we should approach the issue of the digital single market and a European digital society neither rashly nor timidly: Without being afraid of data, but with enough reluctance to keep the very real consequences in mind.

Mikser to meet EU colleagues in Brussels

17.07.17 ... Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) will attend a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday, where topics including the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, recent developments in Libya and North Korea and the situation in Iraq will be discussed.

Kaljulaid: I represent the only digital society with a state

17.07.17 ... In an article published in The Telegraph on Sunday, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that as President of Estonia, she represents the only truly digital society which actually has a state.

Estonian road authority planning to introduce red-light cameras

16.07.17 ... The Estonian Road Administration is planning on expanding the automatic surveillance of road traffic by installing speed cameras on municipally-owned roads and introducing red-light cameras and cameras recording the misuse of bus lanes.

Female genital mutilation, forced marriages criminalized in Estonia

16.07.17 ... A legislative amendment that entered into force in Estonia last week criminalizes female genital mutilation and forced marriages.

Free Party's extended leadership elects new governing body

16.07.17 ... At its ninth meeting on Saturday, the extended leadership of Estonia's opposition Free Party elected a new three-member governing body.

Defense ministry announces competition for €400,000 in project support

15.07.17 ... Estonia's Ministry of Defence has announced a competition through which up to €400,000 in subsidies for entry into foreign markets will be split between at least two successful contestants.

EU ambassadors visiting Tartu

15.07.17 ... Ambasadors of EU member states arrived in Tartu, Estonia's second-largest cty, for a two-day visit on Friday.

Estonian municipal council chair elected vice-president of EU committee

15.07.17 ... The plenary of the European Union Committee of the Regions (CoR) convened in Brussels this week elected Kurmet Müürsepp, chairman of the municipal council of Southern Estonia's Antsla Municipality, vice-president of the committee.

Belarusian minister: Belarus against NATO deployments in Baltics, Poland

15.07.17 ... Belarus is categorically against the deployment of NATO military contingents in the Baltics and Poland, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said in an interview with Spanish daily El País.

Nordica to temporarily fly to Kaunas instead of Vilnius

14.07.17 ... Vilnius Airport is closed for major renovation works until Aug. 17. Estonian state carrier Nordica is instead flying to Lithuania’s second-largest city of Kaunas until then.

EU environment ministers reaffirm union’s commitment to Paris Agreement

14.07.17 ... The second day of the informal meeting of the EU’s environment ministers ended with their “reaffirmation” of Europe’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, and their stressing the union’s aim to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

Ratas to meet May in London next week

14.07.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) will fly to London for a short visit on Tuesday, during which he will also meet with British prime minister Theresa May.
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