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Estonia offers condolences following deadly mosque attack in Egypt

24.11.17 ... Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) offered his condolences to his Egyptian colleague Sameh Shoukry following a deadly terrorist attack that took place at a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai region on Friday.

Circuit court: Same-sex marriage cannot be considered valid in Estonia

24.11.17 ... Tallinn Circuit Court on Thursday repealed the ruling of an administrative court according to which the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) was obligated to grant a residence permit to a woman of U.S. citizenship married to an Estonian woman, stating that a marriage between two people of the same sex is not valid in Estonia.

Health insurance fund healthcare costs up in first nine months of 2017

24.11.17 ... The Estonian Health Insurance Fund (EHIF) paid €826 million for healthcare services provided to the insured in the first nine months of 2017, marking a five-percent increase on year.

Ratas in Brussels: Eastern Partnership not related to EU enlargement

24.11.17 ... The EU's Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative has never been related to the enlargement of the EU, and the enlargement of the union is not currently on the table, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said in Brussels on Friday.

RIA representative: Lehmann hinted at ID card flaw, but hints were vague

24.11.17 ... Margus Arm, eID domain manager at Estonia's Information System Authority (RIA) has admitted that he had spoken to Trüb Baltic AS CEO Andreas Lehmann on the phone on June 15, but claimed the latter's hints were so vague that they could not be considered information regarding a cyber incident or ID card security risk.

Kaljulaid: NATO successful in adapting to new security situation

24.11.17 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Thursday, where the two discussed the alliance's adaptation to the new security situation and cooperation between NATO and the EU, among other topics.

Ilves calls ID cards producer's representative racist, Nazi

24.11.17 ... Former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called CEO of Trüb Baltic, Andres Lehmann, a racist and a Nazi in a post on social media on Thursday. Trüb Baltic is the Estonian representative of digital security company Gemalto and supplies the state-issued ID cards.

Mihkelson meets with UK's Brexit secretary

23.11.17 ... Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu chairman Marko Mihkelson met with the U.K.'s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis in Tallinn on Thursday, where the discussion of fuure relations focused on issues related to citizens' rights.

Estonian ambassador to UK presents credentials to Queen Elizabeth II

23.11.17 ... Estonian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland Tiina Intelmann on Wednesday presented her Letters of Credence to Queen Elizabeth II.

Estonia employs X-ray inspection equipment at Luhamaa border checkpoint

23.11.17 ... The Estonian Tax and Customs Board (EMTA) opened a new vehicle inspection and X-ray screening hall at the Luhamaa border checkpoint in Southeastern Estonia on Thursday.

Kaljulaid meets with Philippe of Belgium, prime minister

23.11.17 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid met with the Philippe, King of the Belgians and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels on Thursday to discuss bilateral Estonian-Belgian relations, the future of Europe, the EU's neighborhood policies as well as defense cooperation.

Ratas: Manufacturer didn't notify Estonia of ID card security risk

23.11.17 ... Gemalto, the manufacturer of the electronic ID cards used in Estonia, did not inform Estonia about the detected potential security flaw affecting the ID cards earlier this summer, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) confirmed on Thursday.

Kaja Kallas: People have spoken with me about running for Reform chair

23.11.17 ... MEP Kaja Kallas (Reform/ALDE), who plans on returning to Estonian politics, confirmed to ERR that various people, including Kristen Michal, have spoken with her about potentially running for chairwoman of the Reform Party.

Construction begins on new section of Tallinn-Tartu Highway

23.11.17 ... Construction has begun on a four-lane section of Tallinn-Tartu Highway between Kose and Ardu that will shorten the overall length of the highway by 5.3 kilometers.

Social benefit harmonization in merged municipalities may take up to year

23.11.17 ... The harmonization of social benefit limits may take up to a year in local governments merged in Estonia's administrative reform. In many places, it is also yet unclear how great an additional burden this will place on the budget.

Pope Francis to visit Estonia in September 2018

23.11.17 ... The Office of the President confirmed on Wednesday that Pope Francis will visit Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in September 2018.

Estonia hosts discussion on Russia-EU relations in Moscow

22.11.17 ... The Estonian Embassy in Moscow, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the Delegation of the European Union to Russia on Wednesday discussed the relationship between Russia and the EU during Estonia's presidency of the Council of the EU.

Gemalto rep: Estonian authorities notified of ID card flaw in June

22.11.17 ... Andreas Lehmann, director of Trüb Baltic AS, which represents ID card producer Gemalto, has claimed that he informed Estonian state authorities of the security flaw affecting hundreds of thousands of Estonian ID cards in June already. According to the director of the Information System Authority (RIA), however, he is lying.

Estonia receives nine qualifying offers in automatic firearms procurement

22.11.17 ... Nine of 14 offers received in a procurement of automatic firearms for the Estonian Defence Forces, Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) and Ministry of Justice have qualified for the procurement.

Reform Party in-fighting: Chairman may soon face challenger, daily reports

22.11.17 ... Daily Postimees speculated on Wednesday that in-fighting in the party could lead to what is described as an alliance between Reform Party heavyweights Kristen Michal and Kaja Kallas against Reform's current chairman, Hanno Pevkur. Pevkur reacted with a letter to party members, calling on them to put a stop to gossip and political spins.

GALLERY: Kanepi, Kontaveit face off in Tallinn tennis match

22.11.17 ... Kaia Kanepi (WTA 100) defeated Anett Kontaveit (WTA 34) 7:5, 5:7, 6:3 in a match in Tallinn's Saku Suurhall arena on Tuesday night.

Finnish digital prescriptions valid in Estonia beginning next summer

22.11.17 ... Beginning next summer, Finnish digital prescriptions will be valid in Estonia as well, Finnish daily Uutissuomalainen reported on Wednesday.

Estonia leads PISA study's teamwork ranking

22.11.17 ... The most recent PISA study brought out that Estonian and Finnish 15-year-olds are ahead of their peers across Europe in terms of their ability to work in teams. Estonia leads the scoreboard with 535 points, followed by Finland with 534 points. Ranked third is Germany with 525 points, followed by Denmark and the United Kingdom with 520 and 519 points, respectively.

Russian aircraft violates Estonian airspace

22.11.17 ... A Russian aircraft violated Estonian airspace at around noon on Tuesday. The plane spent less than a minute in Estonian territory. The incident happened in the vicinity of Vaindloo, a small island in the Gulf of Finland.

Kaja Kallas to return to Estonian politics in 2019

22.11.17 ... MEP Kaja Kallas (Reform/ALDE) intends to return to Estonian politics following the 2019 Riigikogu elections.

Keila launches campaign to lure back residents registered in Tallinn

21.11.17 ... Situated approximately 25 kilometers southwest of Tallinn, the town of Keila has launched a six-week campaign to lure de facto residents of the town who have registered as residents of Tallinn for the purpose of qualifying for free public transport in the capital to re-register themselves in Keila.

President to deliver New Year's Eve address from Tallinn's Freedom Square

21.11.17 ... While typically filmed days in advance, this year, President Kersti Kaljulaid will deliver her traditional New Year's Eve address to the Estonian people live from Tallinn's Freedom Square, where ERR will be hosting a large-scale New Year's Eve event.

Indian court to rule on Estonian ship guards' appeal next Monday

21.11.17 ... The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Monday said it would pass orders on a batch of appeals filed by 35 crew members, including 14 Estonians, of the anti-piracy ship Seaman Guard Ohio arrested in October 2013 and sentenced to prison last January.

Two-day Startup Nations Summit begins in Tallinn

21.11.17 ... The Startup Nations Summit, the largest meeting of startups of the current Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU, began in Tallinn on Tuesday, bringing startup representatives and policymakers from more than 60 countries to the Estonian capital.

Center names remaining city district elder picks in Tallinn

21.11.17 ... The Center Party's Tallinn regional council on Monday evening confirmed its candidates for the remaining four of eight city district elders in the capital city.

Simson: Transport centers to decide whether to offer free bus routes

21.11.17 ... According to Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson (Center), the government coalition has reached an agreement that it will be up to Estonia's public transport centers to decide whether or not they wish to offer free public transport.

272,000 renew ID card certificates, authorities say busiest time over

21.11.17 ... By late Monday evening more than 272,000 people had updated the certificates of their ID cards, the Information System Authority (RIA) reported. 56,000 did so at a service point of the Police and Border Guard.

Center Party expels 31 members who ran against party in local elections

21.11.17 ... The board of Estonia's Center Party on Monday accepted the proposals of the party's local chapters regarding members who ran against the party's own lists in the 2017 local government council elections and expelled 31 such members from the party.

Four ambassadors to NATO visit Tapa army base

20.11.17 ... Estonian Ambassador to NATO Kyllike Sillaste-Elling and her colleagues from France, Denmark and the U.K. on Monday visited the allied forces stationed at Tapa Army Base in Northeastern Estonia.

Sester: Regional transport centers should decide on use of extra funds

20.11.17 ... Where and how to use additional funding earmarked for public transport in next year's state budget should be decided by the regional public transport centers themselves, not the Minister of Economic Affairs, said Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu chairman Sven Sester (IRL).

Seven Estonian researchers named among world's most influential

20.11.17 ... Six researchers from the University of Tartu (TÜ) and one from the Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) were included in a freshly published list of more than 3,000 influential natural and social science researchers from around the world.

Estonia drops to 17th in ICT Development Index rankings

20.11.17 ... With 8.14 points, Estonia placed 17th in this year's edition of the ICT Development Index (IDI) released by the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Last year, Estonia ranked 14th overall.

Ratas in Germany: We must all contribute to lasting peace

20.11.17 ... Addressing the Bundestag on Germany's National Day of Mourning on behalf of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU on Sunday, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said that all of Europe must contribute to and take responsibility for lasting peace.

Pope Francis may visit Estonia next year

20.11.17 ... Bishop Philippe Jourdan announced at Mass in Tallinn on Sunday that Pope Francis will likely visit Estonia next year.

EKRE: Victory of low-paid people in current tax reform an illusion

19.11.17 ... The council of the opposition Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) on Saturday approved a political statement in which the party says that the victory of low-paid people from the tax reform is an illusion.

German media Estonia ranks highest in poverty risk of elderly in EU

19.11.17 ... While Germany ranks in the middle among European Union countries in terms of the poverty risk of people over the age of 75, then the best situation in terms of that is in Hungary and the worst in Estonia, the German daily Saarbrucker Zeitung reports.

Ratas: Reform Party's Criticism marks beginning of election campaign

19.11.17 ... Prime Minister and chairman of the Estonian Center Party Jüri Ratas in a speech at a party leadership meeting on Saturday said that the opposition Reform Party is baselessly stirring up panic because it has already started its parliamentary election campaign.

Ministry: EU budget agreement crowning achievement of this EU presidency

19.11.17 ... The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union under the leadership of Estonia reached an agreement in the night from Friday to Saturday on an EU budget for 2018, which according to the Estonian Finance Ministry is one of the biggest achievements of the Estonian EU presidency.

Justice minister, US politicians discuss fight against cyber crime

18.11.17 ... Cooperation in the fight against terrorism and cyber crime were the main topics discussed at meetings of Estonian Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu with the chairman of the House judiciary committee, Bob Goodlatte, and the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, Chuck Grassley, in Washington on Friday.

Estonian residents see migration as EU's biggest problem

18.11.17 ... Residents of Estonia consider migration the biggest challenge for the European Union, a recent Eurobarometer survey shows.

Tallinn to build second corridor for trams in city center

18.11.17 ... The Tallinn city government is working on a plan for an additional corridor for tram traffic through the center of the city to make tram services less vulnerable to interruptions and accidents in the section currently used by all of the city's four tram lines.

Kaljulaid would like to see closer cooperation between Europe, Africa

18.11.17 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid met with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Thursday evening to discuss co-operation in international organisations and digital sphere.

Vershbow: US could deploy another brigade to Europe

17.11.17 ... The U.S. may decide within the coming year to station yet another military brigade in Europe as part of deterrence efforts against Russia, said Alexander Vershbow, former NATO deputy secretary general and expert at Atlantic Council, a U.S. international relations research center.

Pevkur: Reform will do its best to bring back liberal tax environment

17.11.17 ... The Reform Party will do everything it can to bring a simple and liberal tax environment back to Estonia, party chairman Hanno Pevkur said at a party council conference held in Tallinn on Friday.

Finnish daily: Finnish stops for Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel being planned

17.11.17 ... Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat (HS) reported on Friday that the passenger stops for the proposed undersea Tallinn-Helsingi railway tunnel are in the process of being worked out and may include Central Helsinki, Pasila and a terminus at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

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