GALLERY: Four parties open coalition talks
Coalition negotiations began this morning between the election winner Reform Party, Social Democrats, IRL and the Free Party.
Coalition negotiations began this morning between the election winner Reform Party, Social Democrats, IRL and the Free Party.
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.
A 12-strong body of Constitution experts set up by the Minister of Justice to analyze problems related to the Estonian Constitution as well as propose solutions for solving them met for the first time at the Ministry of Justice on Thursday.
A Vilnius court has decided that the Competition Council of Lithuania (KT) must decide again whether or not to give the green light for Estonian media group Eesti Media to implement a deal in the classifieds market that was concluded in 2014.
A committee will be created to appoint supervisory board members of state-owned companies. These members were previously appointed by ministers, often based on party membership rather than qualification. The issue led to a government crisis in November 2016 that brought the end of Taavi Rõivas' Reform Party government.
The Estonian government decided on Thursday to forward an agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons, according to which Indian and Estonian citizens sentenced to prison in the other country can serve their sentence in their home country, to the Riigikogu for ratification.
Nordica will publish its annual report in spring, after selling a stake in its subsidiary Regional Jet to Polish national carrier LOT. Until then, the company would continue to publish monthly results, its CEO, Jaan Tamm, told ERR on Wednesday.
Swedbank has lowered its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast on Estonia for 2017 by 0.2 percent to 2.2 percent.
While four deaths attributed to influenza this season had been reported as of Jan. 5, that number has since increased to 14 across Estonia.
Harju County Court on Thursday authorized the arrest of Ivo Milli, the technical director of the infrastructure engineer service of North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH) accused of corruption crimes.
In its second attempt to fill the position, the Reform Party parliamentary group elected Lauri Luik the second of its two deputy chairmen on Thursday.
The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, Marko Mihkelson (IRL), will attempt Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Friday. Mihkelson is on a one-week visit to Washington as a NATO Parliamentary Assembly delegate.
On his first official visit abroad, Estonian Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna visited Helsinki on Wednesday, where he and Finnish counterpart Jussi Niinistö signed a bilateral defense cooperation framework agreement.
The competition to find a new director general for the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (MTA) has failed after no candidate made it to the final round thereof.
ERR's online news portal reported repeatedly last year on how the purchase price of milk had dropped below its own cost of production and yet dairies' and retailers' price pressure did not allow for it to increase. The purchase price has increased twice since last fall, however, meaning that milk producers are finally seeing fair prices for their milk.
At a Wednesday earing, Harju County Court granted additional time for the Office of the Prosecutor General and the defendants in the case of a criminal organization involved in the illegal issuing of official documents to negotiate plea bargains.
Latvia is ready to sign the international agreement on the implementation of the Rail Baltic European-gauge railroad project.
Police in Estonia have detained Ivo Milli, technical director of the infrastructure engineer service of North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH), Northern Estonia's largest hospital, as a suspect in corruption.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will be visiting Estonia and Finland on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
The first troops of the multinational NATO battalion to be stationed in Lithuania will be arriving next week, with the full battalion arriving by June, while the battalion to be stationed in Estonia is scheduled to arrive during the spring and Latvia's battalion to arrive by June.
Estonian MEP Indrek Tarand was named one of the candidates for the positions of vice-presidents in the European Parliament, the elections for which are Wednesday.
A bigger wave of ID-card replacements is expected this year, as new ID-cards were issued in 2012 with a validity period of five years. Nearly 200,000 Estonian citizen ID-cards and 150,000 passports will expire in 2017.
Rail Baltic will be of importance to Estonia’s national defense, but only before an actual armed conflict. Though it makes the large-scale transport of equipment and troops to the Baltic states possible, in case of an attack it is vulnerable, and would likely be cut off very soon.
The government will discuss a proposal by the Ministry of Finance on Thursday calling for the introduction of a deposit tax on businesses’ loans to parent companies abroad. Currently loans are used to move untaxed profits out of the country on a large scale.
On Tuesday, the Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs approved the conditions for applying for agricultural crisis support, funded by the EU and Estonia, totaling 16.2 million euros. Applications for the support, which is open to farmers who had cows at the beginning of December or pigs at the beginning of May, will be open as of Jan. 30.
The Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee heard representatives of the Estonian Defence Industry Association (EDIA) on Tuesday, getting an overview of the state and activities of the sector. Both the association and the committee see export potential, and think that legislation should be adapted where needed to support them.
Rain Rosimannus, considered the mastermind of Estonia’s Reform Party, recently formalized, via a Singaporean business, his holding in Arsenal Centre, a shopping center opened in Põhja-Tallinn last fall whose property was sold by state real estate firm Riigi Kinnisvara AS (RKAS) in a selection procedure of remarkably short duration as a result of decisions made by politicians of the ruling IRL and Reform coalition. The RKAS board was headed at the time by Taavi Rõivas.
While last May healthcare workers had demanded 68 million euros for a pay increase, a total of 23.6 million euros of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund's (EHIF) 2017 budget has been earmarked for covering their potential wage hikes.
Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Misker said on Tuesday that he did not support the idea of easing sanctions imposed on Russia as a result of its actions in Ukraine as a reward for Moscow cooperating in some other area.
A bill introduced by the Ministry of Education and Research provides for the allocation of 55.3 million euros to 22 local governments in order to support the modernization of school buildings as a part of the reorganization of the country's school network.
U.S. Ambassador to Estonia James D. Melville, Jr. and Estonian Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna on Tuesday signed a bilateral agreement on defense cooperation between the U.S. and Estonia that will regulate in more detail the status of members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents as well as contractors of the U.S. Armed Forces residing in Estonia.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) gave an overview of the current research and development situation as well as the government’s related policy in the Riigikogu on Tuesday. Ratas emphasized that the government’s goal was to improve cooperation between researchers and businesses.