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Gallery: Centennial events continue in Haapsalu

21.02.18 ... Major events celebrating the Estonian centennial continued in Haapsalu on Tuesday, where the town's new flag square was opened and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (Center) and Minister of Culture Indrek Saar (SDE) presented national awards in research, culture and sports.

Introduction of free public transport in counties riddled with problems

21.02.18 ... With the date set for the introduction of free public transport across Estonia just four months away, it is far from clear where and how exactly the new approach will be put into practice. There are plenty of complaints, with some local transport centers not backing the government's scheme at this point.

Gallery: Haapsalu-Noarootsi ice road opened to traffic

21.02.18 ... At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Estonian Road Administration opened the Haapsalu-Noarootsi ice road to traffic. Vehicles with an actual mass of up to 2.5 tons are permitted to use the ice road.

Police arrest hospital managers on suspicion of corruption

21.02.18 ... The Central Criminal Police has arrested two hospital managers, Mark Levin and Mare Leppik. Levin is in charge of the nursing clinic of the West Tallinn Central Hospital, Leppik is the clinic's staff nurse. The two are suspected of having accepted bribes of patients' relatives "repeatedly and systematically."

Barriers to be added to nearly all railway level crossings

21.02.18 ... Following Tuesday's collision of a tractor-trailer with a passenger train at the Kulna crossing outside of Keila, Estonian Railways (EVR) is planning on installing more barriers to level crossing throughout the country.

Pensions to rise by 7.6 percent on average in April

20.02.18 ... A draft bill has exited the Ministry of Social Affairs that would raise pensions and the work ability allowance in Estonia by 7.6 percent on average starting Apr. 1, 2018.

Data embassy bill passes first reading in Riigikogu

20.02.18 ... The bill to set up a data embassy in Luxembourg passed the first reading in the Riigikogu on Tuesday. Estonia's data embassies will ensure the continuity of the Estonian state independently from its territory in times of crisis or conflict.

Putin sends congratulations and good wishes to Kaljulaid

20.02.18 ... Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent President Kersti Kaljulaid his congratulations on Estonia's Independence Day. Putin wished all of Estonia's residents happiness, prosperity, and all the best, the Russian embassy in Tallinn tweeted on Tuesday.

CN Tower, Toronto sign to be lit up blue, black and white on Feb. 24

20.02.18 ... The city of Toronto, home to one of the largest diaspora Estonian populations in the world, will be paying homage to the centennial of the Republic of Estonia on Saturday with a flag raising ceremony at Toronto City Hall in the morning and by lighting up the iconic CN Tower and Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square blue, black and white that night.

Olympics: Ermits recovers from norovirus, cleared to compete on Friday

20.02.18 ... Estonian biathlete Kalev Ermits was one of nearly 300 Olympians to fall ill in a weekend norovirus outbreak at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He has since recovered, however, and is cleared to compete in the men's 4x7.5km relay event on Friday.

Gallery: Bank of Estonia introduces Estonia 100 commemorative €2 coin

20.02.18 ... The coin was introduced at the Bank of Estonia on Monday. The coin has the usual common obverse, and on the converse side displays a variation of the Estonia 100 logo that unites the numbers 100 and 18, bringing together the year in which the republic was founded and the centennial.

Estonia's first ice road open on Lake Peipus

20.02.18 ... The first ice road of the season was opened to traffic at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, connecting the small island of Piirissaar with the Estonian mainland at Laaksaare in Tartu County.

Estonia's centennial week celebrations continuing in Haapsalu

20.02.18 ... Centennial events continue today Tuesday in Haapsalu, where at 12 noon Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will open the newly renovated flag square at the War of Independence memorial column. One hundred years ago, a first attempt was made here to declare independence.

Nine injured in collision between train, truck near Keila

20.02.18 ... At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a tractor-trailer and an Elron passenger train collided at the Kulna crossing near Keila in Harju County. Nine people were transported to the hospital, of which the engineer and truck driver are in critical condition.

Gallery: Stenbock House lit up blue, black and white for centennial week

20.02.18 ... Stenbock House, the seat of the Estonian government located on the northern edge of Toompea Hill in Tallinn's medieval Old Town, was lit up blue, black and white on Monday night.

Purchase of additional land along eastern border strip to cost €500,000

19.02.18 ... Additional purchases of land in the area of Estonia's eastern border will cost approximately €500,000, Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE) told the Riigikogu on Monday, noting that as much has been spent on land acquisitions already.

Gallery: Estonian centennial week begins with ceremony in Tallinn

19.02.18 ... Speaking at a ceremony held at the site of the former building in which the Estonian Salvation Committee secretly drew up the Manifest to the Peoples of Estonia in February 1918, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) on Monday declared the week of celebrations marking the centennial of the independent Republic of Estonia as having begun.

Professor Rein Ahas dies after collapsing during Tartu Marathon

19.02.18 ... University of Tartu professor Rein Ahas, 51, died in the hospital after collapsing during the Tartu Marathon on Sunday, the university confirmed on Monday.

Paper: Group planning on forming new political party

19.02.18 ... A group of well-known Estonian specialists that has been meeting in recent months may have a new political party in the works.

Decision to declare independence marked with plaque at Estonia Theatre

19.02.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) on Sunday presented Estonian National Opera director Aivar Mäe with a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the decision of the Council of the Elders of the Estonian National Council to draw up Estonia's Declaration of Independence, which was made at a meeting held at Estonia Theatre.

Ice road may be opened between Haapsalu and Noarootsi

19.02.18 ... Beginning Monday, the Estonian Maritime Administration is halting ship traffic along the route of a planned ice road connecting Haapsalu and Noarootsi in Western Estonia.

Luik: NATO, transatlantic ties create deterrent that ensures security

18.02.18 ... NATO along with other transatlantic ties form a deterrent that assures the security of Europe, Defence Minister Jüri Luik (IRL) said in a panel discussion on defense cooperation between the European Union and NATO at the Munich Security Conference on Friday.

"Three Pivotal Days": First blood spilled for sovereign Estonia on Feb. 25

17.02.18 ... In the third and final part of a special three-part series dedicated to the pivotal events of Feb. 23-25, 1918, Piret Kriivan, host of Vikerraadio's "Estonia's Story," spoke with Tallinn City Archives director Küllo Arjakas about the events of Feb. 25, including what was arguably the first battle fought in defense of the newly independent Republic of Estonia.

Ratas: Lithuania is and will remain true friend of Estonia

17.02.18 ... Lithuania is and will remain a true friend to Estonia, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said on the occasion of Lithuania's centenary on Friday.

Allied aircraft to fly over Estonia's centenary military parade

17.02.18 ... Weather permitting, Estonian and allied aircraft are to fly over the military parade to be held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Health Insurance Fund spends €195 million on medicine discounts

16.02.18 ... The Health Insurance Fund paid out €195 million towards medicinal drugs in 2017, including €131 million on medicinal products distributed at a discount and over €60 million on medicinal products used in hospitals.

Kaljulaid in Munich: NATO's policy towards Russia has been successful

16.02.18 ... NATO's Russia policy can be considered a success, President Kersti Kaljulaid said at the Munich Security Conference on Thursday.

Eastern border construction not likely to be completed before 2026

16.02.18 ... The government discussed postponing the completion date of the projected construction works along Estonia's eastern border from 2019 to 2026. The project turns out to more than €100 million more expensive than expected.

Russia to celebrate Red Army anniversary in Ivangorod

16.02.18 ... On Feb. 22 Russia will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Red Army in the town of Ivangorod across the border from Narva this year. Personnel of Russia's West military district will demonstrate their equipment as well as historic uniforms and weapons of the Red Army.

State to simplify arrival of third-country university students in Estonia

16.02.18 ... According to a bill approved by the Estonian government, amendments are to be made to the Aliens Act translating an EU directive from May 2016 into Estonian law on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies and training in the EU. 

Government decides to complete eastern border as planned

16.02.18 ... The government decided on Thursday to go ahead with the completion of new infrastructure along the eastern border despite the massively higher costs.

Baltic states agree on four common priorities for coming EU budget

16.02.18 ... The European Union's 2021-2027 budget needs to prioritize better connections, the more evenly spread development and well-being of different regions, fairer direct subsidies paid to farmers, and funding issues regarding migration and security policies, the leaders of the Baltic states specified on Thursday.

Seven suspects taken into custody in connection with criminal organization

16.02.18 ... Harju County Court has taken into custody altogether seven people, including six on Wednesday and one on Thursday, as suspects in belonging to a criminal organization.

Last missing victim of Feb. 6 sea ice accident found

16.02.18 ... Volunteers recovered the body on Feb. 15 at 4:25 p.m., police reported. The man was the fourth and last missing victim of the accident that happened on Feb. 6 when a van broke through the sea ice some 500 meters away from Munalaiu Harbor in Pärnu County.

Estonian centennial events to cover week leading up to Independence Day

16.02.18 ... Estonia's centennial week begins this Monday, with events to take place in various towns and cities across the country in the days leading up to Feb. 24.

Parties all want simpler income tax, disagree on revenue sources

16.02.18 ... Though the parties all support a simplification of the current income tax scheme, they disagree on how to keep up the state's revenue. While the Reform Party is in favor of granting everyone a tax-free income of €6,000 a year without changing the tax rate, the Social Democrats in this case might want to increase it.

Olympic Thursday: Estonian makes Olympic debut

16.02.18 ... After her first event was rescheduled multiple times due to adverse weather conditions, Estonian alpine skier Anna Lotta Jõgeva, 18, made her Olympic debut in Pyeongchang on Wednesday.

Prosecutor not to look into Riigikogu Chancellery and Alajõe's conduct

16.02.18 ... The Office of the Prosecutor General has decided not to look into the actions of Maria Alajõe. The former secretary general of the Riigikogu issued a directive that effectively created conditions in which evidence demanded by Harju County Court could be destroyed.

Director of cyberdefense center points to decision-makers' lack of skills

15.02.18 ... Merle Maigre, director of the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE), wrote in a piece published in German business paper Handelsblatt on Thursday that the current lack of skills and knowledge regarding cyberattacks and how to deal with them is worrying, and that more international cooperation is needed to address it.

Valka mayor: Real loss caused by Estonian excise hike much higher

15.02.18 ... The mayor of the Latvian border town of Valka, right across from Valga on the Estonian side, said on Latvian TV earlier this week that the real damage done by the Estonian government's recent excise hike will likely be a lot greater than Tallinn is ready to admit.

Kaljulaid to attend Munich Security Conference, Lithuanian centennial

15.02.18 ... This week, President Kersti Kaljulaid will be attending the Munich Security Conference as well as events celebrating the Lithuanian centennial in Vilnius on Friday.

Estonia offers condolences to US following fatal school shooting in Florida

15.02.18 ... Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) offered condolences to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the aftermath of a school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead on Wednesday.

Kiev court declines request to question Urmas Paet

15.02.18 ... Obolonsky District Court of Kyiv has denied a motion filed by the lawyers of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to question the former foreign ministers of several countries, including former Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet (Reform), and some other diplomats.

Flu season: 15 dead of influenza-related complications

15.02.18 ... Last week, the same number of people sought medical attention for viral upper respiratory infections as during the week before, but the number of such patients to be diagnosed with the flu or a flu-like illness jumped 38 percent. Influenza has claimed 15 lives in Estonia so far this flu season.

Kaljulaid promotes Herem, Sirel to major general

15.02.18 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid has promoted the Estonian Defence Forces' (EDF) Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Martin Herem, the new defense chief designate, and Deputy Commander of the EDF Brig. Gen. Indrek Sirel to the rank of major general.

Olympic Wednesday: Two Estonians compete in Nordic combined

15.02.18 ... Although neither medaled in the event, two Estonians competed in the men's Nordic combined on Wednesday.

Criminal police and ISS arrest several suspects in organized crime case

14.02.18 ... Officers of the Estonian Central Criminal Police have arrested more than ten people as suspects in membership of a criminal organization, including two high-profile businessmen and two former officers of the police and the Internal Security Service (ISS), according to unconfirmed reports.

Demand for Estonian visas on the rise in 2017

14.02.18 ... The number of applications for Estonian visas increased last year after three years of decline, data published by the Foreign Ministry shows.

Ratas invites South Korea to Tallinn digital summit

14.02.18 ... Estonia is interested in regular cyber consultations with South Korea and would like to see the country take part in the digital summit in Tallinn in November this year, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said at a meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon in Seoul.

Four international organizations to back communist crimes research center

14.02.18 ... Representatives of the leading historical memory institutions of Germany, Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania signed a statement on Tuesday supporting the establishment of a center to investigate communist crimes in Tallinn.
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