Reform chair: No knowledge of MP's manor business annual reports

Kau Manor.
Kau Manor. Source: (Kõue Mõis OÜ press kit)

Reform Party chair Kaja Kallas says she has no information on one of her MPs, Eerik-Niiles Kross, regarding annual reports on a manor house Kross owns.

Kallas told ERR Friday that she had no information on the annual company report relating to the manor, at Kõue in Kose parish about 40 km southeast of Tallinn, which reportedly has not been filed for three years and which has been operating at a loss.

Kallas said that elected officials should act in accordance with the law, which would usually require annual reports to be filed. Reports for the preceding three years were filed at the end of August, signed by a notary but not by Kross or any other board member of the company managing Kõue.

Kross himself has declined to respond to ERR on the matter.

The last fully signed annual report was filed to deadline in 2016, ERR reports.

Kross, 52, and son of the noted Estonian writer Jaan Kross (1920-2007) is majority shareholder of Kõue Manor, via the management company and two other consulting firms he also owns. His wife, Mary Kross, owns a 27-percent stake, it is reported.

Kõue Manor, anglicized, or more accurately, Germanized, to Kau Manor (also sometimes cited as Triigi Manor), hosts private functions as well as operating as a hotel and restaurant.

A manor has been on the site since the middle ages, with the main building's construction dating from the 14th to 19th centuries.

The Kõue manor management company's losses were around €76,000 for the last year, down from nearly quarter of a million in the previous year. Net revenue had more than halved over the same period, to €185,000. No Tax and Customs Board (MTA) payment defaults are currently registered, however, though the company has stated a plan to repay a debt of €100,000 to MM Group OÜ, owned by media, entertainment and pharmaceuticals magnate Margus Linnamäe, over a five year period, in the latest report.

The company has long-term loans of €2.2 million, nearly half of that relating to a refinanced Swedbank loan, now held by the British Virgin Islands-registered Blue Oil Trading Ltd.

A former IRL (now Isamaa) member, Eerik-Niiles Kross has been a Reform Party MP since the 2015 general election.


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