17.01.18 ... Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski (SDE) said that the management of public broadcaster ERR should submit proposals how to strengthen Russian-language television channel ETV+. If needed, the topic should also be discussed by the government or in parliament.
17.01.18 ... Tallinn's NO99 theatre will contribute the artistic part of this year's Independence Day reception at the Estonian National Museum in Tartu. 104 signatories have sent a public letter to President Kersti Kaljulaid objecting to the choice, as this means director Tiit Ojasoo, who in 2016 shoved and kicked a woman he worked with at the theatre, will be involved in Estonia's centennial Independence Day celebrations. The letter has triggered a fierce debate.
17.01.18 ... The Bank of Estonia has come up with a plan to reduce the use of 1-cent and 2-cent coins before eventually removing them from circulation.
17.01.18 ... The state's defense resources development plan needs to be reconsidered, finds Lt. Col. of the reserve, Leo Kunnas. The changes to be made would need to focus on Russia's changing military power.
17.01.18 ... The Road Administration will install electronic traffic signs with changing information permanently in the second half of this year, as the one-month testing period of the signs has been successful.
17.01.18 ... Looking at the statistic of the Unemployment Fund (Töötukassa) concerning work ability assessments, a case stands out where a single doctor submitted more than 3,500 assessments over a period of just ten months. The fund's director, Meelis Paavel, commented the case.
16.01.18 ... The Riigikogu's National Defence Committee approved Defence Minister Jüri Luik's choice of Brig. Gen. Martin Herem as the next commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF).
16.01.18 ... Jean-Claude Juncker praised Estonia for its work during its EU council presidency on Tuesday. In a plenary session of the European Parliament discussing its outcome, Juncker was almost gushing in his praise.
16.01.18 ... On Monday Kallas said Estonia needs a real estate tax debate, a statement for which he was immediately criticized by members of his own party. Still, Kallas thinks such a tax could be an essential contributor to the income base of Estonia's local governments.
16.01.18 ... The Riigikogu on Tuesday passed a bill to amend the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act according to which the excise hike to enter into force in February will be reduced by half.
16.01.18 ... According to preliminary data, the number of Estonian residents was 1,318,700 on Jan. 1, which is an increase by 3,070 people compared to a year ago. This is the third year in a row that Estonia's population sees a net increase, if only by 0.2 percent.
15.01.18 ... The Estonian government has received an offer over 12 K9 Thunder-type howitzers from the government of South Korea. The price is confidential and will only be published once an agreement is signed.
15.01.18 ... Former EU commissioner and mayor of the municipality of Viimsi, Siim Kallas, said that the funding policy of local governments should be reviewed, and the taxation of real estate also be considered.
15.01.18 ... According to a prognosis by the Department of Maritime Systems of the Tallinn University of Technology, the water level between the mainland and the island of Hiiumaa could be low enough a few days from now to force ferries to remain in port.
15.01.18 ... All of the countries of the Baltic Sea region would have to respond to possible unrest in the region, although some of them are not members of NATO, Sweden's defense minister, Peter Hultqvist, said in Lithuania.
15.01.18 ... Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) met in Tallinn on Monday to discuss defense cooperation, security in the area, and digital development. Following the meeting, Rasmussen said Denmark is considering joining NATO's cyberdefense center in Tallinn. Ratas called for an expansion of the joint data platform of Estonia and Finland to all Baltic and Nordic countries.
15.01.18 ... According to a recent survey by independent Russian pollster Levada, the number of Russians who consider the Baltic states enemies of their country has decreased substantially.
15.01.18 ... The Catholic Church has asked for funding out of the state's churches and temples renovation program. With it, the church is planning to complete different restoration works on the outside and inside of Tallinn's St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral to get things in order leading up to the planned visit of Pope Francis.
15.01.18 ... Work to exhume and rebury the remains of German soldiers found last week at a construction site in Maarjamäe is expected to begin today Monday. According to state real estate administrator RKAS, the task will take some three weeks to complete.
15.01.18 ... The Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and the country's defense minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen visited the Estonian Defence Forces' Tapa base on Sunday. They were introduced to the activities of the NATO battle group stationed there. A Danish contingent arrived last week.
14.01.18 ... In an estimated four years the seat of the Estonian parliament will have to undergo reservation. Toompea Castle is a complex of several different buildings, some of which haven't been brought up to current standards, an issue that now needs to be addressed, ERR's Estonian news reported.
14.01.18 ... Democratic nations around the world, including and building on NATO members, should start a global partnership on cybersecurity, starting with an informal forum for collaboration, to grow into an alliance with legal structures and responsibilities, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said in an interview.
14.01.18 ... The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) issued a ban starting Saturday to keep people from venturing onto the ice of Lake Peipus as well as adjacent lakes on the Estonian-Russian border, including the Narva Reservoir.
13.01.18 ... The Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL), municipalities, communications companies, and representatives of regional broadband projects have been unable to reach agreement how to use the €4.6 million still to be disbursed for the construction of a broadband base network.
13.01.18 ... Japan will soon join the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCD COE), the Baltic News Service reported on Friday evening.
13.01.18 ... Prime Minister Shinzō Abe met with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) on Friday evening. Their meeting focused on bilateral economic relations, the double taxation treaty between the two countries, and the global security situation.
12.01.18 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid said at her meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on Friday afternoon that the two countries share the same passion for digital development.
12.01.18 ... At the initiative of Estonian MEP Yana Toom (Center/ALDE), the EU will pay for the foreign traineeships of journalists who work in media reporting in the languages of national minorities, including Russian.
12.01.18 ... The Riigikogu's EU Affairs Committee postponed its decision on Friday on Estonia's position regarding the European Commission's migration plan. The government's explanation why Estonia should take in 80 quota refugees in 2018 and 2019 was insufficient, the committee's chairman said.
12.01.18 ... According to data of the Ministry of the Interior, 13,520 births were registered in Estonia last year. With registered deaths at 15,487, this means that 1,958 more people died than were born in 2017.
12.01.18 ... The Police and Border Guard (PPA) have ordered nine ELIX-XL-type drones that they will use in their work checking the border. They are buying the drones from Estonian company ELI Military Simulations, the purchase is financed mainly out of the EU's security fund.
12.01.18 ... The Riigikogu's Constitutional Committee voted down the point of view of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) that the Registered Partnership Act never entered into force. The committee took up the matter after the Supreme Court requested it review the act for its constitutionality.
12.01.18 ... Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe, to arrive in Estonia for his upcoming visit of the Baltic states today Friday, told daily Eesti Päevaleht in an interview that he is hoping the two countries will get to an agreement on a working holiday program as soon as possible.
11.01.18 ... A foreigner of unspecified citizenship tried to take 25-ruble and 10-kopek coins with a total worth of 4.19 million rubles or approximately 61,200 euros out of Russia, Interfax reported, referring to the Kingissepp customs office.
11.01.18 ... After Finnish volunteers have spent weeks looking for him already, a joint team of Estonian, Latvian, and Finnish volunteers will now go on looking for a Finn who disappeared in Tallinn at the end of November last year.
11.01.18 ... The Heritage Protection Board confirmed in a letter to state real estate administrator RKAS that according to an existing agreement between Germany and Estonia concerning war graves, the state will take on the cost of exhuming and reburying the remains of the German soldiers found in Maarjamäe earlier this week.
11.01.18 ... The Soviet war memorial in Tallinn's Maarjamäe is crumbling and needs attention. As Russian media are gearing up to turn the matter into their next Estonian scandal, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas stressed on Thursday that the memorial won't be torn down.
11.01.18 ... Former Center Party member and MP Olga Ivanova (independent) abstained in Wednesday's failed no-confidence vote against Minister of Economic Affairs Kadri Simson. Ivanova is still a member of Center's parliamentary group, which has now announced that they will have to discuss the matter.
11.01.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said on Thursday that as of Jan. 5, 58 percent of all of Estonia's pensioners had gained income due to the recent income tax reform.
11.01.18 ... The currently ongoing modernization and overhaul along Estonia's border with Russia doesn't just mean installing equipment and clearing the border line, but also brings along changes to the State Borders Act. One of them includes declaring four small lakes in the southeast transboundary waterbodies.
11.01.18 ... President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor (SDE), who will return from a visit to China together with his colleagues from the Nordic countries and the Baltic states, met with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping on Wednesday.
11.01.18 ... Most of the Danish unit to serve alongside British personnel in the NATO battle group in Estonia landed at the Ämari air base on Wednesday to join the Danish staff officers that have already been there since spring last year.
10.01.18 ... A motion of no confidence against Minister of Economic Affairs Kadri Simson (Center) handed in by the Reform Party, the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE), and the Free Party on Wednesday failed.
10.01.18 ... According to the Ministry of Defence, Herem has accepted. Defence Minister Jüri Luik (IRL) will submit his choice to the government. Herem would take over as commander of the Estonian Defence Forces on Dec. 5 this year.
10.01.18 ... With the 2019 elections approaching, the Reform Party is obviously getting nervous, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said on Wednesday. He added that Reform is trying to hide its own internal tensions in the party with the opposition's motions of no confidence.
10.01.18 ... The opposition parties handed in their motion of no confidence against Minister of Economic Affairs Kadri Simson (Center) on Wednesday. The government asked to have the according debate added to Wednesday's agenda of the Riigikogu.
10.01.18 ... Former minister of foreign affairs and 2016 presidential candidate Marina Kaljurand is considering going into politics. Kaljurand told ERR on Tuesday that she'll decide towards the end of summer or early in the fall this year whether or not to join a party.
10.01.18 ... Kaja Kallas (Reform/ALDE) told weekly Eesti Ekspress that Reform Party chairman Hanno Pevkur had tried to worsen her chances in the 2019 Riigikogu elections by moving her to the party list of another electoral district.
10.01.18 ... In February 2017 the government announced it would move more than a thousand jobs away from the capital, and that almost all of the ministries would be affected by the step. Most of this change is currently taking place on paper only.
10.01.18 ... Currently the Government Office employs two specialists tasked with its strategic communication. The team is now going to be increased to eight, and will focus on monitoring and prevention as much as doing damage control.