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.
The government may introduce discounts on gas excise duties for bulk consumers. The measure would serve to counteract a price shock due to the planned excise hike.
The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure submitted a bill amending the Liquid Fuel Act which would require liquid fuel suppliers to add fuels produced from renewable sources, known as biofuels, to their gasoline and diesel fuel. Estonia will be the last EU member state to take on this obligation.
This week, Estonia's ESTPLA-22 infantry platoon began patrolling in Southern Lebanon as a part of the joint Finnish-Irish Battalion serving on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeeping mission in the region.
President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Mikhail Khodorkovsky at the annual conference of the Estonian Institute of Human Rights on Friday. Khodorkovsky is currently in Estonia for a conference of his Open Russia foundation.
Beginning in the new year, pensioners who wish to have their monthly pension payment delivered to them at home in cash will have to pay 6.6 euros for the service — an over one-euro increase on the current cost of 5.25 euros.
Latvian and Russian officials met on Thursday to talk about border tensions, just a day after a meeting of NATO’s foreign ministers in Brussels. The bilateral talks concentrated on the security situation along the countries’ border, the Latvian defense ministry confirmed.
Toomas Lepp, CEO of the municipally-owned Tallinna TV (TTV), tendered his resignation on Wednesday, the day of his arrest as a suspect in an embezzlement investigation.
Center Party MP Toomas Vitsut was elected chairman of the Riigikogu’s European Union Affairs Committee on Friday. Jaak Madison of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party was confirmed deputy chairman.
While Reform MEP Kaja Kallas has expressed her support for Hanno Pevkur as the next chairman of the Reform Party, former party chairmen Andrus Ansip and Taavi Rõivas have both thrown their support behind Kristen Michal.
The two ministers in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Kadri Simson (Center) and Urve Palo (SDE), announced on Friday that they were recalling all members of the Riigikogu currently serving on state company supervisory boards.
Increased publicity led the Center Party to earn the highest ratings of the year at the beginning of December, while support for both the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) and the Free Party reached new lows for the year, the results of a nationwide poll commissioned by ERR’s online news portal and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS show.
Between January and Dec. 8 of 2016, ahead of the expected impending implementation of visa freedom by the EU, Estonia issued visas to a combined total of just under 15,000 citizens of either Georgia or Ukraine.
President Kersti Kaljulaid met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Thursday. Stoltenberg acknowledged Estonia’s investment of more than 2% of its GDP in its national defense.
The leadership of Estonia's Center Party endorsed Tarmo Tamm as a candidate for the post of Minister of Rural Affairs on Thursday, likewise proposing that Kersti Sarapuu be elected as head of the party's parliamentary group, the position Tamm would be vacating.
Center Party Deputy Chairman and Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps said on ETV program "Kahekõne" on Thursday night that the party's cooperation protocol with Russia's ruling party United Russia is of symbolic significance for Estonia's Russian-speaking population and the party does not dare revoke it.
Tallinna TV (TTV) suspended Mart Ummelas from his job as editor at the TV station on Thursday in connection with a criminal investigation in which Ummelas has been named as a suspect.
There were a total of approimately 11,000 job vacancies in businesses, institutions and organizations in Estonia in the third quarter of 2016, which is a 7-year high following a 16-percent jump from the previous quarter and a 25-percent increase year over year.
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu has decided to invite Prosecutor General Lavly Perling to join its meeting on Monday to discuss with her the leaking to the media of information with limited access gathered in the course of a criminal investigation as well as the ensuring of fair justice.
At the government’s weekly press conference, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said that his government would take up work on its main goals already in the next few months.
Leiger, the first of the four brand new ferries ordered by TS Laevad, the ferry-operating subsidiary of the Estonian state-owned Port of Tallinn, is expected to reach Estonia this weekend.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Estonian Ministry of Finance have signed the second portion, worth 400 million euros, of a co-financing facility for Estonia aimed at supporting investments in research and innovation, sustainable transport infrastructure and the promotion of the development of the country's micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
On his first visit abroad, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) stressed the importance of Estonia’s relationship with Finland, and the need that both countries continue to work on bilateral projects. He also thanked his Finnish counterpart, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, for his personal contribution to the countries’ joint infrastructure projects.
According to allegations against him, Tallinna TV (TTV) CEO Toomas Lepp sold the TV program "Vaba mõtte klubi" ("Free Thought Club") back to the TV channel he headed via acquaintances' missing traders while still having Tallinna TV cover production costs.
The party’s secretary general, Jaak Aab, said that it wasn’t yet clear whether or not former chairman Edgar Savisaar would be helped financially to cover his legal costs. According to Aab, the party is looking into the legal costs as well as its means to help Savisaar.
Businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky-founded "Open Russia," a nationwide community platform focusing on issues such as independent media, political education and the rule of law in Russia, awarded its journalism prizes at an event held at the House of the Blackheads in Tallinn on Wednesday.
Martin Repinski, who announced on Tuesday evening that he would step down as Minister of Rural Affairs after less than two weeks in office, will be replaced by MP Tarmo Tamm (Center).
President Kersti Kaljulaid met with French president François Hollande on Wednesday. The heads of state discussed the future of the European Union and its role in world politics. Security issues, cyber security, and the potential of e-government services were on the agenda as well.
The Munich Security Conference announced on Wednesday that former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves joined their advisory council. The conference is one of the most important of its kind in the world.
Riho Kangur began working as an adviser on regional and justice policy at the Office of the Prime Ministe Jüri Ratas on Monday.
In Brussels for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser also met with Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze, with whom he discussed Estonian-Georgian relations, Georgia's integration with the EU and NATO as well as Estonia's upcoming presidency of the EU.