GALLERY: Reform Party, Social Democrats, IRL sign coalition agreement
The Reform Party, the Social Democrats and IRL signed an agreement today to form a new coalition government.
The Reform Party, the Social Democrats and IRL signed an agreement today to form a new coalition government.
Direct democracy was possible and even necessary in Estonia, said historian Jaak Valge at the “Is Estonia Ready for Democracy?” conference at the National Library on Saturday. At the same time, the rules Estonia would introduce in connection with votes needed to be thoroughly discussed.
According to European Parliament member Urmas Paet, in addition to established routes through Turkey and Greece, and Libya and Italy, refugees are starting to migrate through Europe via a new path through Russia, which may begin to directly affect not just Norway and Finland, but also neighboring EU states Estonia and Latvia as well.
The decision phase has been reached in the question of merging Kernu, Nissi, and Saue parishes as well the town of Saue. Launched today and lasting until Sunday, a public opinion poll is open to all local residents at least 16 years of age regarding whether or not they support the merger and what they would like to name the newly formed parish.
After Edgar Savisaar was reelected leader of the Center Party last year, the number of its vice-chairpersons increased from two to four. The party’s constitution says Savisaar can appoint one of them to represent him whenever he is inconvenienced. But this might not be legal.
According to Statistics Estonia, 12.5% of people aged 15 to 29 did not work or study last year. Nearly a third of them were unemployed, and two thirds otherwise inactive.
Digital Single Market EU Commissioner and former Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip on Friday criticized the Soldiers of Odin, a self-proclaimed vigilante group whose purported aim is to protect the native population from immigrants by patrolling the streets. Ansip said they were "only one step away from little green men.”
Principles for drafting the new national security concept were presented to the Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday.
The Board of the Riigikogu on Thursday accepted a bill that would provide the legal framework for ridesharing services such as Uber.
The government is discussing the adoption of EU norms that facilitate the free movement of workers and professionals in the European Union.
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board intensified checks on the country's external border in 2015 and issued prohibitions to enter the country on more occasions than in previous years.
Reacting to criticism expressed in the President’s speech on Wednesday, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) said he wasn't in favor of decision-making by vote in the government, as this would not be fair toward the smaller coalition partners.
The average monthly salary of teachers of municipal schools climbed above €1,100 for the first time in November 2015, Spokespeople for Ministry of Education and Research said.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves opened his Independence Day speech this year saying that he was afraid the migration crisis might lead to the disintegration of the European Union. Among other things, the President criticized that Estonia had wasted two years quarreling about how grown up people should arrange or should be allowed to arrange their private lives instead of talking about more important issues. Here is the President's speech in full length.
The Estonian government has no plans to open new accommodation units for asylum seekers, the Ministry of Social Affairs said, commenting on the buyer of a former army training base saying he was planning to convert it into a refugee housing facility and a care home.
Sputnik, the international news agency and radio broadcaster financed by the Russian government, has launched Estonian and Russian-language news portals for an Estonian audience.
Hoisting the flag at sunrise, laying of wreaths at the Victory Column, the Independence Day parade, award ceremonies, the grand concert in Estonia Concert Hall, the President's speech and reception: Estonia had a busy day on Wednesday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry offered congratulations to Estonia on behalf of the President and the citizens of the United States on the occasion of Estonia’s Independence Day. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory message to President Ilves.
The Independence Day parade began at 12.00 on Wednesday. More than 1100 military personnel participated, among them 70 US soldiers and officers.
Political commentators agree that the speech of Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) in Tartu’s Vanemuine theatre on Tuesday covered everything that could be expected, and didn’t include anything surprising.
The Estonian flag is flown from sunrise to sunset. On the occasion of the 98th anniversary of the republic, several hundred people attended the hoisting of the flag on Pikk Hermann Tower on Toompea on Wednesday morning.
The first festive event of the 98th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia is the hoisting of the Estonian flag at sunrise on Toompea’s Pikk Hermann tower. ETV will broadcast the event live starting 7:30 Wednesday morning.
The Riigikogu approved a law change on Tuesday that extends the validity of Estonian passports to ten years. All six parliamentary parties supported the change.
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) addressed Estonians around the world yesterday, saying that it was very important that people abroad maintained their strong ties with Estonia.
Tartu county court finds three men guilty of cooperation with Russian special services and committing crime against the state of Estonia.
Sinine Äratus (Blue Awakening), the youth party of EKRE, has cautioned all people planning to attend their torch parade planned for Independence Day tomorrow Wednesday that placards, slogans and symbols not appropriate for the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia are not welcome.
Estonia is being ravaged by an HIV epidemic, and nobody knows just how many people are infected by the virus. Non-governmental organizations that deal with HIV-positive people on a daily basis confirm that Estonia has been pinning its hopes too much on funding from the European Social Fund.
In an interview with Päevaleht, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said that Estonia needed a government that actually governed the country. He also accused the government of being unwilling to take part in a wider debate about the country's tax system.
Ieva Ilves, wife of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and patron of the Estonian branch of SOS Children's Villages, paid a visit to the local children's village and also gave a class as part of the Back to School Week in Põltsamaa on Friday.
Asked to comment on the fresh party ratings out on Friday, the chairman of the Social Democrats’ parliamentary party said that the opposition resorted to populism to boost its ratings. His counterpart of IRL said a rise in the rating of IRL still lied ahead.
The Supervisory Committee on Party Financing suspects that about €100,000 of the Center Party’s cash reserve represent illegal donations. The committee intends to send an auditor to check the party's finances.
None of the five presidential candidates of yesterday’s election should run again, Mart Helme, chairman and presidential candidate of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) said. Helme had the votes of 16 electors in the first round on Saturday.
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas denied that the Reform Party played a part in the failure of the electoral college to elect the next president on Saturday.
Comparative politics professor Vello Pettai of the University of Tartu said commenting on Saturday’s failed election that there were plenty of blank ballot sheets in the second round because nobody had expected the choice to be Siim Kallas and Allar Jõks.
The electoral college on Saturday failed to elect a president. With neither Siim Kallas nor Allar Jõks making the necessary majority of votes in the second voting round, the election now passes on back to the Riigikogu.
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Jevgeni Ossinovski, said to ERR’s Indrek Treufeld and Rain Kooli during an interview on the side of the ongoing election that Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar had worked to direct votes away from the party’s own candidate, Mailis Reps, towards Reform’s Siim Kallas, which he said came “rather unexpected”.
Allar Jõks faces off Siim Kallas in the second round of today’s elections. The voting begins at 4 p.m., to last an hour. Marina Kaljurand, who consistenly led the field in surveys conducted among Estonian voters as well as electors, is out of the race.
The first ballot round of today’s presidential election is over. The winner is Allar Jõks with 83 votes, followed by Siim Kallas with 81 votes. According to the rules of the electoral college, Jõks and Kallas will run against each other in the second round scheduled for 4 p.m. today Saturday.
Secretary of State Heiki Loot met with Deputy Secretary General of the OECD Mari Kiviniemi on Friday. At the meeting they discussed the implementation of the recommendations made to the Estonian state in the OECD’s latest governance report.
Ambassador Riho Kruuv visited the men during his visit to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday and Thursday. Kruus discussed the men’s case and living conditions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Friday.
With the presidential election in the electoral college about to start, everything hinges on the question who of the five candidates will make it to the second ballot round.
The night before the presidential elections are to be held in the in electoral college at Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn, current candidates Siim Kallas, Mart Helme, Marina Kaljurand, Allar Jõks and Mailis Reps took part in a debate, broadcast live on ETV, where topics covered ranged from internal economic and social policy issues to defense spending, immigration, emigration and Saturday's elections themselves.
Kirill Serebrennikov’s film “(M)uchenik” (“(М)ученик” in Russian) speaks about a student, Veniamin, who gradually turns into a radical follower of the bible, manipulating people and justifying all his ideas and actions with quotes from the holy book.
Estonian transportation network company Taxify launched their taxi and ridesharing service in Kiev on Friday, which means that the mobile app is serving customers in a total of 21 cities in 14 countries.
Under pressure from the Language Inspectorate, Narva's nearly 200 taxi drivers must all improve their Estonian language proficiency to a B1, or threshold or intermediate, level by next summer.
TS Laevad, who will take over ferry traffic between the Estonian mainland and its two biggest western islands one week from Saturday, was unable to procure a proper fifth, extra ferry and will begin operating with just four ships on Oct. 1. This situation could leave TS Laevad in a bind should anything happen to one of their ferries working at full capacity, as they wouldn't have a backup ship with which to temporarily replace it.
Eugene Birman’s opera “State of the Union”, referred to by some as the “Occupy Opera,” was canceled in the eleventh hour by a Latvian conductor for its supposed anti-capitalist sentiment. It will now play on Wall Street on Oct. 6.
While the failure of the electoral college to elect a president could bring with it a potential crisis of constitutional order, experts believe that political party ratings would not suffer very much as a result, although general distrust of politicians would grow.
According to the results of a fresh study conducted by consultation company Fontes, the pay gap between women and men in Estonia has increased by 1 percent this year compared to 2015.
The Estonian Bar Association has asked the Ministry of Justice for additional 440,000 euros for providing free state legal aid, as the large trials of organized crime group heads Assar Paulus and Haron Dikajev have been a drain on available resources and the current deficit suggests that remaining resources will run out by mid-November.
A meeting of the Riigikogu’s national defense and environment committees discussed the implications of building new wind farms for national defense. Although investments have been made in Ida-Viru County in recent years, the fact that the turbines interfere with NATO’s early warning systems is increasingly seen as a problem.
State-owned railway infrastructure company Estonian Railways intends to use the 7.5 million euros in extra funding that the government has reallocated to it from this year's state budget in order to carry out large-scale projects in track overhaul.
During Thursday's presidential debate broadcast live on ERR's Vikerraadio, every candidate present seemed to agree on one point in particular — that Estonia's next head of state must work on forming a stronger bond with the country's Russian-speaking population, and that the only way to do so is via constant communication.
Põltsamaa Felix's parent company, Norwegian conglomerate Orkla Group, decided to shift mayonnaise and salad dressing production to Latvia, and while Gutta-brand juice production will be relocated to Estonia in turn, the switch will still result in 13 fewer jobs overall for the Estonian company.
Estonia's 2017 state budget is set to grow 6.5 percent to 9.5 billion euros, according to preliminary estimates.
Center Party Chairman Edgar Savisaar claimed that he was unaware that the party's former secretary general Priit Toobal had signed letters of guarantee totaling into the hundred of thousands of euros for businessman Paavi Pettai and his company OÜ Midfield, pointing out that the documents were signed during the 2014 election campaign and he had many other things to worry about at the time.
Presidential hopeful Allar Jõks' campaign team delivered 50 signatures of support nominating him for president to the National Electoral Committee on Thursday afternoon.
The supervisory board of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund was unable to agree on a solution to the gap in the fund's budget on Thursday, which means that it is very likely that the fund will finish out this year with a deficit of several tens of millions of euros to be covered from the reserve.
The government approved changes to Estonia's state budget for the current year on Thursday in order to adjust financing to conform to changed needs.
Free Party MPs introduced draft legislation on Thursday which would guarantee the election of a new president in the electoral college following failure in the Riigikogu to do so.
The Estonian Financial Supervision Authority submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Finance on Thursday to consider regulating the activity of crowdfunding businesses by law.