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Mikser condemns delay in ship guards' case at meeting with Indian minister

28.05.17 ... At a meeting with Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Jawed Akbar, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser expressed grave disappointment that the case concerning Estonian ship guards sentenced to prison in India still has yet to be resolved.

Kaljulaid: EU budget must correspond to changed circumstances

28.05.17 ... Speaking at the Globsec international security forum in Bratislava on Saturday, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that the budget of the EU must correspond to changed circumstances.

Acting mayor: Michal win would mean end of free public transport in Tallinn

28.05.17 ... If Reform Party mayoral candidate Kristen Michal were to be elected mayor of Tallinn, it would mean the end of free public transport for city residents, said Taavi Aas, acting mayor and the Center Party's mayoral candidate.

Saber Knight exercise kicks off in Southern Estonia

27.05.17 ... Saber Knight, an international command post exercise during which nearly 100 headquarters personnel of Estonia's 2nd Infantry Brigade will practice cooperation with the headquarters of Latvian, Lithuanian and Danish brigades, began at Taara Army Base in Võru on Saturday.

Estonian president: EU needs joint foreign, security policy

27.05.17 ... The security and foreign policy of the European Union needs to be uniform, President Kersti Kaljulaid said during a meeting with Slovakian President Andrej Kiska in Bratislava.

Senator Lamar Alexander to visit Estonia

27.05.17 ... U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is scheduled to visit Tallinn and meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser next week.

Foreign minister condemns attack in Egypt, offers condolences

27.05.17 ... Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser condemned the recent attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, offering his condolences to his Egyptian colleague Sameh Shoukry.

Coalition party leaders to begin changing tax package Sunday

27.05.17 ... Leaders of the three parties of Estonia's ruling coalition will convene at Stenbock House on Sunday to discuss amendments to the tax package.

Two Russian consuls expelled from Estonia Updated 17:22

26.05.17 ... Narva Consul General Dmitry Kazennov and Consul Andrey Surgaev are to be expelled from Estonia.

IOM chief commends Estonia's integration plan

26.05.17 ... In a meeting with Estonia's Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt in Tallinn on Friday, the director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) commended the practical processes of accepting refugees that has been introduced in Estonia.

Sarapuu promises to leave politics

26.05.17 ... Center Party member Arvo Sarapuu, who resigned as deputy mayor of Tallinn following his arrest in connection with a waste management business probe, announced on Friday that while he did not admit to any guilt, he would leave politics.

Ratas speaks with Trump in Brussels

26.05.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas told ERR that he spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump at the NATO leaders' summit in Brussels on Thursday, highlighting Estonia's contributions in target levels of defense spending.

Ratas in Brussels: Estonia does not take security for granted

26.05.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas participated in the meeting of NATO heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday which, according to Ratas, confirmed a strong transatlantic bond and like-mindedness.

Sarapuu resigns as deputy mayor of Tallinn

25.05.17 ... Tallinn deputy mayor Arvo Sarapuu (Center) on Thursday filed for resignation following his arrest as the suspect in a criminal investigation into alleged irregularities in the waste disposal business in Tallinn.

May party ratings: Free Party's support falls below election threshold

25.05.17 ... Support for the opposition Free Party fell below the election threshold of five percent in May, the results of a survey commissioned by the Institute for Social Research and carried out by Turu-Uuringute AS show.

Tallinn deputy mayor Arvo Sarapuu arrested in waste disposal business probe Updated 16:07

25.05.17 ... The Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Thursday morning arrested Tallinn deputy mayor Arvo Sarapuu (Center), who is accused of knowingly violating procedural restrictions on a particularly large scale.

Court sentences refugee who attacked wife to prison

25.05.17 ... Pärnu County Court's Haapsalu Courthouse sentenced Syrian refugee Samer Khtab, 27, to three years in prison for attacking his wife and threatening to set her on fire.

Pevkur: Ratas should step down as prime minister

25.05.17 ... Opposition Reform Party chairman Hanno Pevkur believes that Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, who is chairman of the Center Party, should resign due to a stream of ongoing and new scandals involving members of his party.

Ratas: Estonia supports increasing allies' defense expenditures

25.05.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), who is to participate in a North Atlantic Council meeting at the heads of state and government level in Brussels on Thursday, said that Estonia supports increasing allies' defense expenditures.

Chancellor of Justice: New state budget bill may be unconstitutional

25.05.17 ... Estonia's Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise has said that the bill of amendments to the State Budget Act currently in the Riigikogu may be unconstitutional in several aspects.

Mihhail Korb steps down as minister

25.05.17 ... Following a meeting with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), Minister of Public Affairs Mihhail Korb (Center) announced on Wednesday night that he had resigned due to the scandal that erupted earlier that day following a comment he had made on Tuesday night indicating his lack of support for Estonia's NATO membership.

Savisaar's health assessment may be completed by June 9

24.05.17 ... The medical committee examination ordered by Harju County Court to be conducted on Edgar Savisaar, the ex-leader of the Center Party removed from the office of the Mayor of Tallinn by court order, to determine whether he is fit to stand trial is due to be completed by June 9, the court has revealed.

Minister Korb: I am not in favor of NATO membership Updated 16:53

24.05.17 ... Minister of Public Administration Mihhail Korb (Center) noted at a meeting with veterans in Haapsalu on Tuesday that he was not in favor of Estonia's membership in NATO, a comment for which he apologized in a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon.

Ratas meets with Romanian president, prime minister

24.05.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu in Bucharest ahead of the upcoming Estonian presidency of the EU, with whom he discussed the future of the EU and other issues of importance to both countries.

Minister: Europe relatively successful in controlling terrorism

24.05.17 ... Considering the size of the Islamic State group's network in Europe, efforts to prevent terrorism have been relatively successful, Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE) told daily Eesti Päevaleht in an interview.

Sensitive personal data exposed in state registers

24.05.17 ... IT specialists have discovered that the public document registers of state agencies are teeming with sensitive personal data, ranging from home addresses and passport numbers to degrees of disability.

Ratas: Estonia, Slovenia allies in development of digital technology

24.05.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar on Tuesday in order to discuss the priorities of the upcoming Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU and exchange information on topical issues in the EU and elsewhere.

Ratas meets with Czech prime minister to discuss Estonian EU presidency

24.05.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in Prague on Tuesday to discuss th priorities of the upcoming Etonian presidency of the Council of the EU, the Czech Republic's interests in the EU, bilateral relations and the future of the EU.

Minister: Estonian instructors contributing to fight against Daesh

23.05.17 ... The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) personnel currently serving in Iraq are highly valued instructors who are making a big contribution to the fight against the Islamic State group, Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna said.

Kaljulaid: Estonia strictly secular state, which adds to its security

23.05.17 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid, commenting in light of the Monday night terrorist attack in Manchester, said that Estonia as a strictly secular state does not have to worry too much about terrorism in the homeland.

Estonian leaders offer condolences following lethal attack in Manchester Updated 16:22

23.05.17 ... The President, Prime Minister and other Estonian leaders offered condolences following an explosion during a concert at Manchester Arena in which at least 22 people were killed and 59 were injured.

Gallery: Allied tanks to face off in final battle of Spring Storm

23.05.17 ... Tanks of three allied nations taking part in Estonia's large-scale Spring Storm exercise are set to engage in mock combat in the final battle of the exercise.

Seeder's plan to cover deficit: Drop planned pay hike, cut spending

23.05.17 ... According to unconfirmed information, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman Helir-Valdor Seeder has offered that one way to cover the deficit caused by changes to the previously agreed-upon tax package would be to drop central government employee pay hikes included in the budget strategy and cut central government costs.

Estonian, Hungarian prime ministers discuss Estonian presidency priorities

23.05.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest on Monday to discuss the priorities of the upcoming Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU, Hungary's views on issues important to the EU, bilateral relations as well as the future of the EU.

Ratas presents priorities of Estonian EU presidency to Slovakian colleague

23.05.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico in Bratislava on Monday to present the priorities of the upcoming Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union and hear Slovakia's views on issues of importance to the EU.

Estonia's net migration positive in 2016

23.05.17 ... According to information released by Statistics Estonia on Tuesday morning, 14,822 persons immigrated to and 13,792 persons emigrated from Estonia in 2016, indicating that immigration exceeded emigration for the second year in a row.

European Commission: Estonia's budget deficit may deviate from objective

22.05.17 ... The European Commission has submitted its spring recommendations for EU member states, according to which Estonia's budget deficit may amount to 0.9 percent of the GDP next year instead of Estonia's forecast 0.5 percent, which does not correspond to EU fiscal balance objectives.

Estonian trade unions call for employers to reimburse first 3 sick days

22.05.17 ... The Estonian Trade Unions Confederation (EAKL) has called for employers to pay sickness benefits to their employees for their first three taken sick days as well.

Savisaar advisers still on Tallinn city payroll

22.05.17 ... While Edgar Savisaar (Center) was removed from the office of the Mayor of Tallinn by court order two years ago this September, ten people hired to aid him remain working at the mayor's office.

Foreign Affairs Committee on working visit to China

22.05.17 ... Both free trade and continued dialogue with China on human rights are important to the EU, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson (IRL) said on the eve of the committee's visit to China.

Ratas to promote Estonian EU presidency on foreign visits this week

22.05.17 ... From May 22-24, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will visit Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania to promote the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU, which begins in just over one month.

Anett Kontaveit up 16 spots in women's tennis rankings

22.05.17 ... According to the fresh rankings released by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Monday morning, Estonia's top tennis player Anett Kontaveit, 21, was ranked 52nd overall, an improvement of 16 spots.

Herkel: Government should cut spending, not allow deficit

21.05.17 ... Former Free Party chairman Andres Herkel and candidate for chairman of the Riigikogu’s anti-corruption committee, said on Saturday that the government should think about cutting costs rather than allow a budget deficit.

Belarusian activists appeal to Mikser in ‘patriots’ case’

21.05.17 ... Several Belarusian democratic activists have sent a letter to Foreign Minister Sven Mikser (SDE) asking him to raise the subject of the people jailed in Belarus in the so-called “patriots' case”.

Last foreign minister of Estonia's government in exile dies aged 96

21.05.17 ... Olev Olesk, the last foreign minister of the Estonian government in exile, died in New York aged 96 on Thursday. 

EKRE: High hopes put on Center Party beginning to fade

20.05.17 ... The latest Estonian party ratings survey showed that a duel is going on between the Reform Party and the Center Party, and the high hopes put on Center were starting to fade, chairman of the opposition Conservative People's Party (EKRE), Mart Helme said on Friday.

Mikser urges EU countries to deliver on aid promises

20.05.17 ... Foreign Minister Sven Mikser (SDE), who participated in a meeting of the development cooperation ministers of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council on Friday, invited all countries to fulfill their promises made at donor conferences to alleviate humanitarian crises.

Police and Border Guard ready to restore border control if necessary

20.05.17 ... The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) said on Saturday that if necessary, they were ready to restore border control during Estonia's EU presidency, which will last from July 1 to Dec. 31.

Ansip: Things in Estonia moving in wrong direction

19.05.17 ... Vice-President of the European Commission and former longtime Prime Minister of Estonia Andrus Ansip on Friday offered a critical judgment on the fiscal policy of the current government, saying that things in Estonia are not moving in the right direction.

Pevkur: Reform keeping a close eye on IRL's behavior

19.05.17 ... Reform Party chairman Hanno Pevkur said that the party is keeping a close eye on how IRL is behaving with regard to tax-related issues. According to Pevkur, Reform is also prepared for the responsibility of governing.
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