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Tänak and Järveoja pick up championship trophies at Louvre ceremony

07.12.19 ... The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motorsport's governing body, presented WRC drivers' champion Ott Tänak with his trophy, in a ceremony held at the Louvre, Paris, Friday evening. Tänak, 32, from Saaremaa, who clinched his maiden title with a race to spare at Rally Catalunya in late October, was joined on the stage by co-driver and fellow Estonian Martin Järveoja, who was also presented with his trophy.

Estonian foreign minister joins statement supporting Georgia

07.12.19 ... Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu joined in a statement of support for the territorial integrity of Georgia.

Estonian military reserve officers share experiences at Edinburgh meeting

07.12.19 ... Reserve officers from Estonia's defence forces shared their experiences with counterparts from allied countries on organizing training events, as well as generational changes within reserve officers' cadres.

Defense ministry: Solutions available for radar and wind farms to coexist

07.12.19 ... The Ministry of Defence denies allegations that its radars are not working at a high enough capacity to make wind farm activities an issue. At the same time it says that solutions exist to solve the current impasse in the private sector wind farm market, which has seen developers having to put their projects on hold due to issues of radar interference.

Estonia and Latvia plan joint offshore wind farm development

07.12.19 ... The Estonian and Latvian states are planning a joint offshore wind park in the Gulf of Riga, aimed at contributing to electricity grid security in both countries.

Jüri Ratas: Baltic electricity, gas synchronization progressing well

07.12.19 ... Prime minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) says that Baltic electricity grid synchronization with continental Europe has been proceeding well.

Gallery: Baltic prime ministers united on moving Rail Baltic forward

07.12.19 ... Prime ministers of all three Baltic States have pledged their support for Rail Baltic, the planned high-speed electric rail connection linking Tallinn to the Polish-Lithuanian border, Baltic News Service reports, noting an increased governmental coordination going forward, in the wake of controversies in the private sector management of the project.

Paper: Järvik 'bugging' device a simple WiFi signal amplifier

07.12.19 ... An alleged bug former rural affairs minister Mart Järvik (EKRE) says he found in his office shortly before being released from the post, turned out to be a device for amplyfying WiFi signals, it is reported.

ERR News brings 24-hour Raadio Tallinn music and news

07.12.19 ... ERR News now carries a button linking readers to ERR's Raadio Tallinn, which presents wall-to-wall music as an accompaniment to day-to-day activities such as being at work, home, driving, and all the other things, as well as late-night news in English and French.

Gallery: Christmas forest unveiled in front of president's office

07.12.19 ... Friday, the Christmas forest, which was prepared in cooperation with RMK, was opened in front of the Office of the President of the Republic.

Karel Voolaid confirmed Estonian national football team interim manager

06.12.19 ... Karel Voolaid has been appointed interim manager of the Estonian national football team, Baltic News Service reports.

Gallery: Lantern Festival lights up Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds

06.12.19 ... Almost two kilometers of painted silk and 10,000 LED light bulbs have been used to create the Asian Lantern Festival which opened at Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds on Thursday.

Private sector wind farm developers say defense ministry blocking progress

06.12.19 ... Several entrepreneurs representing private sector wind farm projects in Estonia held a press conference Friday in which they accused the Ministry of Defence of obstructing their plans. Finance minister Martin Helme (EKRE), who has lately emerged as something of an ally to the entrepreneurs despite the main issues not lying within his ministry's remit, was reportedly in attendance at the press conference.

New Enterprise Estonia chairman announced

06.12.19 ... Peeter Raudsepp has been named as Chairman of the Management Board of Enterprise Estonia (EAS).

Järvik: I haven't seen a "bug" but the equipment detected it

06.12.19 ... Former Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik (EKRE) said in an interview with ERR that while the equipment used to detect eavesdropping devices had detected "bugs" in his office, he had never seen the device himself. Järvik said he did not think of turning to the police.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia Dec. 6-12

06.12.19 ... Across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest villages in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on — from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Now that the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) has ended, it might seem like another lull period is due, but with Christmas, at least in the western calendar, less than three weeks away, there's a theme drawing together many of the latest events.

Lüganuse municipality releases school principal over party youth meeting

06.12.19 ... The sacking of a secondary school principal on Thursday has led to protests and opposition from teachers, parents and schoolchildren, some of whom say the development was a politically motivated stunt against a highly respected principal.

Farmers start petition highlighting inequalities in EU farm support

06.12.19 ... The Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce and the Estonian Farmers Federation have started a petition to draw the attention of the European Parliament to unequal treatment of Estonian farmers in the payment of EU farm subsidies.

Doctors: Lives at risk due to pediatric pharmaceuticals shortage

06.12.19 ... The low supply of children's medicines is unpreceded and is putting children's lives at risk, the Estonian Pediatric Association wrote in a letter to the state, adding that in some cases medicine meant for adults has to be prescribed for children instead.

M.V.Wool to lay-off of 125 employees

06.12.19 ... Estonian fish processing company M.V.Wool, which was recently caught up in a Listeria bacteria related scandal, told its employees it is starting to make 125 employees redundant on Dec. 14.

Security adviser to PM: We have never considered a plan B

06.12.19 ... The prime minister's security adviser Erkki Tori just spent two days attending the NATO summit near London where the question of whether new defense plans for the Baltic countries are in place was answered.

Major European money laundering swoop uncovers dozens of suspects

06.12.19 ... A major Europe-wide anti-money laundering operation identified dozens of suspicious individuals operating in Estonia, none of whom are Estonian citizens, ERR reports.

Foundation launched to support Tartu's capital of culture 2024 planning

06.12.19 ... A foundation has been established to support Tartu with its European Capital of Culture 2024 planning and implementation.

Consumer price index increased by 1.8 percent in November

06.12.19 ... The Consumer Price Index increased by 1.8 percent in November compared to November 2018, figures from Statistics Estonia show.

No further Listeria bacteria found at meat-packers Oskari Lihatööstus

06.12.19 ... No new Listeria bacteria traces have been found at Oskari Lihatööstus meat-packing company, the Veterinary and Food Board (VTA) says.

Former prime minister: Politicians do not have a clear goal

06.12.19 ... Former Prime Minister Tiit Vähi believes Estonian politicians do not have a common goal, society is overdramatized, and Estonia and Russia should be cooperating.

Wind farm developers holding joint press conference

06.12.19 ... Estonian private sector wind-farm developers, including those behind the Aidu wind park, are holding a joint press conference at 12.30 p.m. on Friday.

Saaremaa to contribute €150,000 to Kuressaare-Stockholm summer flight plan

06.12.19 ... Saaremaa Municipality will allocate €150,000 for three years so planes can fly directly from Kuressaare to Stockholm during the summer months.

Wolves kill close to 20 dogs in recent months

06.12.19 ... Wolves in Estonia have killed close to 20 dogs over the autumn and early winter, according to a report on ERR current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera. Experts blame malnourishment, though are at a loss to explain it, saying there are no food shortages in the sparsely-populated forest areas that wolves usually inhabit.

Twenty people infected with Listeria bacteria in 2019, says health board

06.12.19 ... About 20 people have contracted Listeriosis in Estonia this year, according to the Health Board (Terviseamet), though the source of their Listeria infection is not clear. The board held a meeting on Thursday to discuss possible solutions to the problem in the wake of a Listeria scandal linked to a fish-packing company based near Tallinn, according to a report on Thursday's ETV current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera.

Statistics: Almost 12,000 job vacancies in third quarter

06.12.19 ... There were over 11,000 job vacancies in the third quarter of 2019 following a trend which has kept labor market vacancies above 10,000 since early 2017, newly released data from Statistics Estonia show.

Defense forces to carry out exercise at Toompea on Friday evening

06.12.19 ... The Estonian Defence League will hold a joint exercise on Friday evening with the police at Toompea Castle in Tallinn which will be closed to the public during the training session.

Gallery: Library opened in Viimsi shopping center

06.12.19 ... A new library was opened at Viimsi Shopping Center in Viimsi on Thursday.

Foreign minister: Occupation and human rights violations must end

06.12.19 ... Violation of international law and continued international crises threatened the security of the OSCE region and are harmful to mutual trust, foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu said on Thursday while talking about Georgia and Ukraine.

Gallery: Mythical creatures on display at Gingerbread Mania 2019

06.12.19 ... Dragons and a sphinx are just some of the mythical creatures on show at this year's Gingerbread Mania exhibition in Tallinn which displays more than 100 artists' work.

Foreign minister: early release of traitor incomprehensible

05.12.19 ... Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) says the decision to release convicted traitor Herman Simm early is incomprehensible.

Government marks University of Tartu centennial with special session

05.12.19 ... Thursday saw the coalition government's regular Thursday sitting take place at the University of Tartu, marking the centennial of the founding of the national university.

Rural affairs ministry: no bugging device found in former minister's office

05.12.19 ... The Ministry of Rural Affairs says it has not found any bugging device in the office used by former minister Mart Järvik (EKRE).

Agu Leinfeld: Let us have an internet-free day in Estonia

05.12.19 ... Agu Leinfeld proposes having a day without internet every year in Estonia. A day when all companies, schools, hospitals, places of sale and state agencies would work without internet-based solutions.

Mart Järvik's letter to Helme about alleged eavesdropping

05.12.19 ... ERR has at its disposal an email Mart Järvik sent to Minister of the Interior Mart Helme when still serving as rural affairs minister on the morning of November 22 after he began to suspect illegal surveillance activity in his office. Mart Helme did not immediately tackle the issue.

Tänak gets first taste of Hyundai i20

05.12.19 ... World Rally Championship 2019 victor Ott Tänak had his first taste on Thursday of the car he will be driving next season, the Hyundai i20, ERR's sports portal reports.

Court to discuss early release for juvenile convicted of spying for FSB

05.12.19 ... A 22-year-old Russian citizen sentenced to four years in prison for working for the Russian intelligence service the FSB may be released early.

RIA: ID card can now be used with latest Mozilla Firefox update

05.12.19 ... The national Information System Authority (RIA) announced on Thursday it had released a new version of the ID card software for the Windows operating system.

Farmers' protest to bring over 100 tractors to Toompea

05.12.19 ... A farmers' demonstration promises to bring over 100 tractors to Toompea, seat of the Riigikogu, next week, ahead of the final reading of the state budget bill which they say has reneged on promised domestic support, and also the European Union's own budgetary strategy summit.

Prosecution: We do not know what Järvik is talking about

05.12.19 ... A spokesperson for the Office of the Prosecutor General said they cannot comment on claims by former rural affairs minister Mart Järvik that he found a listening device in his office at the Ministry of Rural Affairs.

Audit office: Rail Baltic project deadline is 'probably not realistic'

05.12.19 ... The audit of the National Audit Office found that due to delays the completion of Rail Baltic project is probably not achievable by the 2026 deadline and price is increasing.

Coalition reverses position on pharmacy reform

05.12.19 ... The coalition government has completely abandoned a bill which would have reformed the pharmacy sector in Estonia, and will soon put forward a bill with new proposals.

Family of five contract dysentery

05.12.19 ... In Ida-Viru County and Tallin, five people in the same family aged between 15 and 72, contracted dysentery and the original source of infection is unknown, the Health Board said.

Former minister says he found listening device in Ministry of Rural Affairs

05.12.19 ... Mart Järvik, former Estonian minister of rural affairs, told residents during a meeting in the small southwestern town of Tori on Tuesday that he found a covert listening device in his office at the ministry when serving as minister of rural affairs, regional daily Parnu Postimees reported.

Convicted traitor Herman Simm released from jail on probation

05.12.19 ... Convicted traitor Herman Simm has been released from prison early, on probation.
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