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.
President Kersti Kaljulaid visited Latvia on Friday, where she met with President Raimonds Vējonis and Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece in Riga. Kaljulaid emphasized the necessity of cooperation on all levels, and said that the countries had a similar understanding of the security situation in the region.
The Tallinn circuit court on Friday dismissed a claim against former foreign minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) in the civil case concerning the insolvency of the road transport company Autorollo, owned by her father.
Just before the arrival of winter, the capital city of Estonia launched its first bike rental system with ten locations scattered across its central city district. The city, however, hopes to expand its services into other parts of Tallinn in the future as well.
Estonia’s largest political parties had been going through the most serious crisis in their existence, and on top of that they had lost their most important function, namely to formulate a vision of the country’s future, daily Postimees wrote in its Friday editorial.
Seventy-three percent of respondents in a survey conducted in mid-October said they support or rather support Kersti Kaljulaid as President of Estonia.
State-owned transmission system operator Elering, Finnish state-owned Baltic Connector Oy, and the European Commission signed the agreement on Friday on the European Union co-funding for the Baltic Connector gas pipeline project.
The latest party ratings commissioned by the Baltic News Service showed the opposition Center Party at 25%. While the ruling Reform Party’s popularity remained the same, the junior coalition parties lost a few points.
MEP Yana Toom wrote on social media that she was very honored that her party mates had nominated her for the chairman position in Estonia's Center Party.
Former president Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ company received €190,392 in 2006 to turn the family’s country home of Ärma into a tourism farm. Then owned by his ex-wife, it negotiated new conditions in 2012: Even if the farm was never put to its intended use, the company would have to pay back just 10% of the grant.
The recently appointed Director of the Office of the President, Tiit Riisalo, will, for the time being, continue working on the supervisory board of the state-owned railway company Estonian Railways.
The government approved the broad free trade agreement on Thursday to be concluded between the European Union and Canada. It authorized Estonia’s representative to the EU to sign it.
The directors of the national audit offices of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania signed a memorandum of understanding in Bratislava on Thursday concerning the organization of the cross-border auditing of the Rail Baltic project.
President Kersti Kaljulaid spent Thursday on a state visit to Finland, where she met with Finnish president Sauli Niinistö. The press conference following the visit was dominated by questions relating to security issues in the Baltic Sea area.
The Harju County court declared Elveda OÜ bankrupt on Wednesday. Elveda is the parent company of dairy producer AS Tere. Members of Tere’s supervisory and management boards were changed, and Aivar Rehe appointed the new chief executive.
Unusually low water levels have hampered ferry traffic between the mainland and Estonia’s large islands for weeks. Businesses in Hiiumaa have now expressed worry that the continuing insecurity about connections to the mainland will lastingly damage the island’s economy.
According to director of Tallinn’s International Centre for Defence and Security and former ambassador to Russia, Jüri Luik, the increased tensions over the past few weeks between Russia and the West indicate Putin’s wish to exploit the ambiguous mood before the U.S. presidential elections as much as possible.
President Kersti Kaljulaid said in an interview with Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat that Russia’s unpredictable behavior could not be ignored, but that she was not planning to suggest to Finland to join NATO either.
At a meeting with representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) highlighted the government’s steps to revitalize the economy, including reforms already begun as well as coming proposals by his growth task force.
The state wants to triple the number of women serving in the Estonian Defence Forces within the next two years. Also, where women can currently only serve in two of the EDF’s armed services, they will be able to join all of them in the future.
The Estonian ship guards finally got their appeal hearing on Wednesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs couldn’t comment on details, but said that another hearing would be set. Meanwhile, a bilateral prisoner transfer agreement is still awaiting the Indian government’s approval.
President Kersti Kaljulaid, inaugurated on Oct. 10, does not intend to bill the Estonian state for continuing to use her current home in Tallinn's Nõmme district as her predecessor Toomas Hendrik Ilves did regarding his own homestead in Viljandi County.
A patrol boat of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is scheduled to start its journey to the Greek island of Kalymnos on Oct. 20. Four crew and a liaison officer are to follow, tasked with guarding the southern sea borders of the European Union.
As things stood now, the late delivery penalties meted out to the shipyards building the new ferries for Estonia’s island routes had covered the costs of the rent of substitute vessels, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal (Reform) said on Wednesday.
With the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, Estonia will have to look for a new great partner in Europe. Some have indicated that it could be Germany — yet just at the time it could become more important to Estonia, Europe's economic powerhouse is facing events that may well lead to a much more Russia-friendly course, writes historian Jeroen Bult.
The Eurimages Board of Management, which meets four times per year in different cities around Europe, is holding its 2016 fall meeting in Tallinn from Oct. 17-21, having brought with it over 50 top-level decision-makers to the Estonian capital.
In a stinging opinion piece in published in the daily Eesti Päevaleht, member of the Riigikogu Eerik-Niiles Kross (Reform) condemned the Estonian media as well as the country’s elites for their obsession with what he sees as pointless topics, while disregarding the last few weeks’ unsettling developments concerning Russia.
Speaking before the Riigikogu on Tuesday, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas provided an overview of the Estonian government’s EU policy, expanding on Russia’s continued warlike behavior, addressing calls for the creation of an EU army and stressing the need to explain EU policies to its people.
According to the European Union's commissioner for the digital single market, Andrus Ansip, telecom businesses have protested before every liberalization of a market, but nevertheless they eventually gained from the changes.
While Latvia and Lithuania continued supporting their milk producers with top-op subsidies, Estonia hasn’t done this over the past years, which has affected the competitiveness of Estonian producers significantly, an analysis of the Estonian University of Life Sciences showed.
Owner of shipping business Saaremaa Laevakompanii (SLK), Vjatšeslav Leedo told daily Meie Maa on Tuesday that he was withdrawing from German ferry company Elb-Link Reederei. The company will be continued by Olav Miil, who owns the ferries.