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.
Two families of Syrian war refugees have arrived in Estonia from Greece under the EU's migrant relocation plan in January, according to data available on the Estonian government's homepage.
Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee: "We have a feeling it’s going to be a very eventful and interesting week!"
According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), at present the plan is to build three Rail Baltic train stops on the Estonian section of the Rail Baltic project, but more thorough analysis was needed to determine whether or not increasing that number would make sense.
While Russian news portal portnews.ru had reported in December that Russian gas trading company LNG Gorskaya LLC was planning on building a bunkering center for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Port of Mõntu on Saaremaa, Estonia's largest island, which would be part of a 33 million euro project of the company, it has become clear by now that the planned LNG terminal will not be built there after all.
2016 brought with it a number of changes for Rakvere Theatre — including the opening of its long-awaited new movie and rehearsal hall, designed by Raul Vaiksoo, in the fall, the international theater festival Baltoscandal as well as the large-scale summer production of "At the End of the World" — which helped the theater log over 100,000 visits during the year.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas offered his condolences to the people of Kyrgyzstan on Monday over a plane crash that claimed dozens of lives.
Former manager of state-owned ports operator AS Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn), Alan Kiil, who is himself suspected of having accepted bribes in the millions of euros, took his former employer to court last year and has now been granted compensation for the way his contract was terminated.
Former longtime Center Party chairman and deposed mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar, 66, may escape having to go on trial in Harju County Court for health reasons.
The government is working on a plan to lower the tax rate on redistributed corporate profits from currently 20% to 14%. With this step, the government is hoping to increase Estonia’s competitiveness in comparison with the other Baltic countries, and to increase its tax revenue.
Finnish-owned telecommunications company Elisa announced its buyout of television and internet provider Starman Estonia in December, however the Estonian Competition Authority, which has extended its investigation period beyond the initial 30 days in order to more thoroughly examine the situation, has yet to approve the transaction.
The events of Friday’s meeting of the Reform Party leadership, in which the new chairman Hanno Pevkur switched out party secretary general Reimo Nebokat and director of the regional development division Kalev Lillo following a 7:6 vote, showed that the the party remained polarized, found Hannes Rumm, one of the hosts of Sunday's Vikerraadio broadcast "Samost ja Rumm."
The Ministry of the Interior is seeking opinions on a draft document setting out Estonia’s security policy fundamentals. The document designates cyberspace as another dimension of the country’s security environment, alongside land, territorial waters, and airspace.
The Estpla-22 unit of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) was moved to the Blue Line separating Lebanon and Israel on Sunday, where they will patrol the border for the next two months.
Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are about to sign an agreement to regulate obligations and competencies regarding the European-gauge Rail Baltic railway construction project. The agreement is expected to be signed on Jan. 31 at a meeting of the Baltic prime ministers.
Keit Kasemets was confirmed head of the European Commission’s representation in Estonia on Friday. According to officials involved in the hiring process, Kasemets’ appointment was agreed on previously, and an open competition never took place.
According to Statistics Estonia’s initial estimates, the population of Estonia was 1,317,800 on Jan. 1 this year, which is 1,850 or 0.14% more than at the same time a year ago.
Longtime ERR sports journalist and reporter Lembitu Kuuse died on Saturday evening following a serious illness.
According to Massimo Dighe, manager of World Sailing’s parasports division, Estonian yacht clubs are prepared to initiate and host a Paralympic sailing program. Dighe is on a visit to Estonia in connection with the Baltic parasports sailing round table.
The supervisory board of the Health Insurance Fund endorsed the fund’s budget for 2017 on Friday, set at €1.1bn, 10.1% more than its budget for 2016. The financing of health care services will grow by 8.2%.
The Riigikogu’s European Union Affairs Committee after discussing the current state of the EU’s internal security stated on Friday that sharing more information among member states would help reduce the threat of terrorism.
The Scandinavian Film Festival that began in Los Angeles on Saturday will feature two films by Estonian movie-makers.
Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna (IRL) is scheduled to make a visit to Finland next week for the renewal of the framework agreement on defense cooperation between the two countries.
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has bestowed the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana upon the outgoing Ambassador of Spain.
Estonian dairy producer E-piim has signed an agreement worth two million euros according to which the company will deliver 500 tons of cheese to a Japanese partner in the first half of the year, while the Estonian company expects to enter into another agreement already during the second half, daily Postimees reported.
OÜ St. Ola Maritime, owned by Estonian businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo, has contested in court the impounding of the ferry St. Ola as security against the claim of around one million euros in port fees that Leedo has allegedly failed to pay state-owned regional ports operator AS Saarte Liinid.
Last year, 13,923 births were registered in Estonia, data from the Ministry of the Interior's Population Facts Department shows.
Estonian Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna, Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Riho Terras and Director of the Centre for Defence Investments (RKIK) Col. Rauno Sirk on Friday formally opened the center bringing together under united management all defense-related procurements and infrastructure projects.
As the media is dominated by headlines which stir up memories of political threats, torture, deporations and escapes from years of occupation in the Baltics, Estonian author and filmmaker Imbi Paju considers whether culture is enough to keep man's basic instict for destruction in check.
Keit Kasemets, current deputy secretary general of the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, has been chosen as the new head of the European Commission’s representation in Estonia.
According to a recent survey, the total turnover of Estonia’s three largest sharing economy sectors reached €40.3m in 2016, and is expected to keep growing at a fast pace.