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Mikser at UN: Countries must protect indigenous people's rights

22.09.17 ... Countries must contribute more to defending their indigenous peoples, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) said at a discussion on indigenous rights at the UN organized by Estonia and the European Commission.

Police to intensify security measures ahead of Tallinn Digital Summit

22.09.17 ... Beginning Monday, police in Estonia are to implement more extensive ID and vehicle checks on the Estonian-Latvian border in connection with the Tallinn Digital Summit taking place on Friday, Sept. 29. Additional ID checks will also be carried out at Tallinn Airport and the Port of Tallinn as well.

Estonia to conduct interviews with refugees in Italy for first time

22.09.17 ... Next week, Estonia will be sending officials to Italy to conduct interviews with refugees there for the first time.

Tsahkna: More defections from IRL to come

22.09.17 ... Former Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman Margus Tsahkna, who left the party this June, predicts that more MPs will leave both IRL and the Free Party following next month's local elections.

Refugee who set wife on fire sentenced to ten years in prison

22.09.17 ... Harju County Court on Friday found a Syrian man who had arrived in Estonia as a refugee guilty of setting his wife on fire in March, and sentenced him to ten years in prison.

Estonian government backs directing additional €300 million into healthcare

22.09.17 ... The Estonian government on Thursday approved amendments to laws connected to the funding of healthcare according to which the income basis of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund would be increased by directing an additional €300 million into healthcare over the next five years, including €34 million in 2018.

Supreme Court rejects EKRE's appeal of e-vote in upcoming elections

21.09.17 ... The Supreme Court of Estonia rejected the appeal of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) of the National Electoral Committee's Sept. 6 decision not to ban electronic voting at the local government council elections taking place next month.

Survey: Attitudes toward e-voting unaffected by ID card security risk

21.09.17 ... Figures from a recent survey show that the ID card security risk exposed in early September has not significantly impacted the attitude of people in Estonia toward e-voting, as those who previously deemed e-voting necessary still do so and those who were against e-voting before are still against it.

September party ratings: Free Party falls below election threshold

21.09.17 ... Two notable changes have taken place in party ratings in Estonia since last month — the Free Party has fallen below the five percent election threshold, while support for the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) has climbed firmly above it.

Center to expel members running in election coalitions following elections

21.09.17 ... The Center Party has said that it will await proposals from its regional chapters following the Oct. 15 local elections regarding the expulsion of party members who ran as candidates on the tickets of election coalitions.

Estonian observer: We were shown action of defensive nature at Zapad

21.09.17 ... Representatives of seven countries invited to observe Zapad, the large-scale joint Russia-Belarus military exercise, in Belarus under the Vienna document were shown action of defensive nature, and the number of personnel that they saw was smaller than the declared maximum numbers, Lt. Col. Kaupo Kiis, an Estonian observer who was present at the exercise, said.

RIA recommends state officials use Mobile-ID to minimize security risks

20.09.17 ... Estonia's Information System Authority (RIA) is recommending all state officials who use e-services to use Mobile-ID in addition to ID cards to help minimize potential security risks associated with a weakness detected in the chips of 750,000 national ID cards.

Two defendants in Port of Tallinn graft case agree to plea bargains

20.09.17 ... Harju County Court on Wednesday endorsed plea bargains for two individuals accused in the case of alleged large-scale bribery committed by Port of Tallinn ex-managers.

NATO to strengthen Baltic region defense with air, naval forces

20.09.17 ... NATO's next planned steps will be to strengthen the NATO battle groups stationed in the Baltic states and Poland with air force and naval elements, according to NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) Gen. Sir James Everard said in Estonia on Wednesday.

Poll: Center Party could earn quarter of votes in local elections

20.09.17 ... If October's local government council elections were held tomorrow, the Center Party would be victorious, earning a quarter of all votes, figures from a survey commissioned by BNS and Postimees and conducted by pollster Kantar Emor show.

Wednesday hearing in Savisaar trial canceled after Kutser falls ill

20.09.17 ... Wednesday's hearing in the trial of suspended Tallinn mayor and former longtime Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar was canceled due to the illness of Priit Kutser, a former Tallinn official also accused in the case.

Kaljulaid to UN General Assembly: Strong UN needed to address challenges

20.09.17 ... In a speech delivered to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) on Tuesday evening, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid discussed various ongoing conflicts around the world, the migration crisis, cybersecurity and the need to reform the UN.

Ratas, Commission Vice-President Šefčovič meet to discuss energy issues

20.09.17 ... On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) met with Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič to discuss energy infrastructure projects, the Clean Energy package and other energy sector-related matters.

Ratas in Poland: Cooperation unites EU in common security, economic space

19.09.17 ... During a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Warsaw on Tuesday, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said that the strength of the European Union lies within its common values, freedoms and principles, such as the rule of law.

Korb denies Savisaar's connection to Kofkin's kiosk business

19.09.17 ... While a former senior district official questioned last week in the course of the corruption trial involving former Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar claimed that his boss at the time, Mihhail Korb, had pointed out a direct link between then-Tallinn mayor Savisaar and the kiosk business of Alexander Kofkin in 2008, Korb on Tuesday denied this claim.

Defense chief: Russia would intervene militarily in Belarus if needed

19.09.17 ... Russia is prepared to intervene militarily in Belarus, similarly to how it did in Ukraine, should the political situation in the former head in a direction unwelcome by Russia, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras told ERR in an interview.

Defense minister: Funding national defense remains a priority

19.09.17 ... Next year, Estonia will see its largest defense budget yet. According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (IRL), funding Estonia's national defense continues to be a priority.

State weighing consumer protection, technical regulatory authority merger

19.09.17 ... Estonia's State Support Service Centre (RTK) is conducting an analysis regarding the possible merger of the Consumer Protection Board and the Technical Regulatory Authority (TJA).

Coalition shuffles Riigikogu committee members to maintain majority

18.09.17 ... The Board of the Riigikogu on Monday confirmed Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman Helir-Valdor Seeder as a member of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu. Social Democrat (SDE) Tanel Talve will take his spot in the Finance Committee.

Interior Minister: Accepting quota refugees not planned economy

18.09.17 ... Accepting so-called quota refugees is not like planned economy and Estonia will continue to accept them the same way and at the same rate as before, Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE) said, commenting on the fact that just two refugee families have arrived in Estonia in the past four months.

Ilves: Legislation more important than technology in creating digital state

18.09.17 ... Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, an advocate of Estonia as an e-state, stressed after a potential security risk was detected in Estonian ID cards that the country's reputation as an e-state was not under threat. The establishment of a digital state does not depend solely on technology, but also, more importantly, on a legislative basis, Ilves finds.

September party ratings: SDE sees largest increase in support

18.09.17 ... The 4.1 percent increase in support for Estonia's Social Democratic Party (SDE) registered in the latest Kantar Emor survey can be attributed to the party's increased popularity among young people and those living in rural areas.

Kaljulaid on working visit to New York

18.09.17 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a working visit to New York this week, where she will participate in the annual UN General Assembly as well as deliver a speech on Tuesday.

Kontaveit starts off Guangzhou Open with solid win

18.09.17 ... Estonian tennis star Anett Kontaveit (WTA 30) is off to a solid start at the Guangzhou Open in China, where players are competing for over $225,000 in prize money.

Paet: EU mustn’t forget case of Estonian ship guards imprisoned in India

17.09.17 ... In a statement to the European Parliament, Estonian MEP Urmas Paet (Reform/ALDE) said that the EU needed to keep the case in mind in its dealings with India. No progress had been made in the case of the 14 men.

IRL chairman says party won’t support simplified naturalization procedure

17.09.17 ... As chairman of IRL, Helir-Valdor Seeder leads one of the three coalition parties. Yet he disagrees with a point in the agreement his party signed with the Social Democrats and the Center Party last year that calls for a simplified naturalization procedure for the children of parents who aren’t Estonian citizens.

Finance ministers agree customs union’s 28 IT systems need work

17.09.17 ... The finance ministers of the European Union agreed on Saturday that the EU’s customs union needs a new approach in terms of its IT systems. Currently each member state has its own system in place, which means administrative costs of up to €2 billion on the state side alone.

Luik acknowledges Sweden’s efforts to improve its defensive capabilities

16.09.17 ... “The Aurora 17 exercise as well as developments in Sweden’s defense area show that Sweden is clearly recognizing its bigger role in assuring the security of the Baltic Sea region,” Luik was quoted in a Friday press release.

Meeting of EU’s finance ministers continues, discusses future of eurozone

16.09.17 ... The meeting of the economic and financial affairs ministers of the European Union is continuing in Tallinn on Saturday. The ministers emphasized after their first sessions on Friday that the EU depended on the strength of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

Mikser to travel to New York for UN General Assembly

16.09.17 ... Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) will fly to New York on Monday for a five-day visit. Mikser will join meetings and events of the opening week of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Estonian injured in attack on London’s Parsons Green station

16.09.17 ... According to British authorities an Estonian has been injured in the explosion of a home-made bomb inside the Parsons Green Underground station in London on Friday morning.

Veterinary board to begin distributing wildlife rabies vaccine

15.09.17 ... Estonia's Veterinary and Food Board (VTA) will on Monday begin a week of distributing oral rabies vaccine bait for foxes and raccoon dogs in the border regions of Northeastern and Southeastern Estonia.

Greece has not sent Estonia any quota refugee files since May

15.09.17 ... Greek authorities have not sent any files for so-called quota refugees to Estonia since May, and as the last proceeding mission to Turkey produced no results, no additional refugees are to be sent to Estonia under the EU migrant distribution plan anytime soon.

Study: Corruption risk in Estonian municipalities above European average

15.09.17 ... According to data from a recent Europe-wide study, the corruption risk of Estonian municipalities exceeds the European average, with the highest corruption risk in Estonia recorded in the city of Tallinn and Vaivara Municipality.

Skier Kelly Sildaru to return to Estonia following injury in New Zealand

15.09.17 ... Freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru, 15, announced in a video on her Facebook page that she sustained a serious knee injury during a training camp in New Zealand and will be returning to Estonia for evaluation and treatment.

Estonian Refugee Council opens support center for refugees in Tallinn

15.09.17 ... NGO Estonian Refugee Council on Friday will open a support center for refugees on Liivalaia Street in Central Tallinn.

EU's finance ministers discussing impact of digital development on finance

15.09.17 ... The European Union's finance ministers are meeting in Tallinn on Friday and Saturday to discuss how the eurozone can be strengthened, the use of the EU's financial resources improved, and new digital solutions integrated in finance. Ways to modernize the EU's taxation system as well as IT systems for the EU's customs union are on the agenda as well.

Tõniste: Increased revenue should not mean increased spending

14.09.17 ... Minister of Finance Toomas Tõniste (IRL) said on Thursday that increased economic growth, which is increasing revenues to the state budget, should not mean an increase in expenditures.

Estonian arrested as spy in Russia demands Estonian-language indictment

14.09.17 ... The trial of Estonian aviation businessman Raivo Susi, who has spent the last year and a half detained in a Moscow jail, is expected to begin in October or November, after the indictment has been translated into Estonian.

Outdoor political ad ban does not extend to social media, police clarify

14.09.17 ... Following a statement to the contrary originally reported on ETV's "Aktuaalne kaamera" on Wednesday, police in Estonia have clarified that a law prohibiting outdoor political advertising during the active campaigning period ahead of elections does not extend to social media.

Child pornography case against writer continues after prosecutor's appeal

14.09.17 ... Charged with the creation and distribution of child pornography in 2016, writer Kaur Kender was acquitted by the Harju County Court in May. After prosecutor Lea Pähkel appealed the first-tier court decision, hearings now continue in the Tallinn Circuit Court.

Mikser: Propaganda should not hide behind media freedom

13.09.17 ... While media freedom is one of the pillars of democracy, propaganda cannot be allowed to hide behind media freedom, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) said at an Eastern Partnership (EaP) media conference in Kiev on Wednesday.

Ivanova to remain member of Center parliamentary group

13.09.17 ... The Center Party parliamentary group has decided that MP Olga Ivanova, who was expelled from the Center Party earlier this week, will be allowed to remain a member of the group, as she has promised to support the goals of the government and adhere to the group's administration.

New political party may be in the cards, says Savisaar

13.09.17 ... Former longtime Center Party chairman and suspended Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar, who formed an election coalition of his own for the Oct. 15 local elections, announced on Wednesday that his coalition considers the establishment of a new political party as an option.

Reform expels Sukles, seven other members from party

13.09.17 ... The Reform Party Board of Directors has expelled eight party members in its Haapsalu chapter from its ranks, including Haapsalu mayor Urmas Sukles, for running in a competing election coalition in this fall's local elections.

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