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Ferry Leiger re-enters service on Hiiumaa route

18.08.18 ... The ferry Leiger, which was pulled from the Rohuküla-Heltermaa route connecting mainland Estonia to the Western Estonian island of Hiiumaa after suffering a breakdown and remained out of service all day on Friday, was repaired on Friday evening and has since returned to the route.

Gallery: Former prime ministers celebrate centennial at Stenbock House

18.08.18 ... Five of Estonia's former heads of government accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and attended a reception at Stenbock House, the seat of the Estonian government, on Friday to celebrate the Estonian centennial ahead of the Day of Restoration of Independence.

Ragnar Klavan and the leaving of Liverpool: To Cagliari for €2 million

18.08.18 ... Liverpool's loss is Cagliari's gain it seems, as the Sardinian team sign star Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan for €2 million. Angelo Palmeri gives us the details about what to some of us might look like an interesting direction in Klavan's career.

Riigikogu member Olga Ivanova quits Centre board, probably party altogether

17.08.18 ... Member of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) Olga Ivanova has announced that she is to leave the Centre Party' governing board, and most probably the party, citing what she saw as the party's unjust handling of its members in the Narva City Council.

Eastern border maintenance to cost €70 million through 2026

17.08.18 ... In addition to the cost of the construction itself of Estonia's eastern border, which has been estimated to total €190 based on prices from the past year, maintenance of the border is expected to cost another €70 million through 2026, according to a memorandum presented to the Estonian government by Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE).

NATO Eurofighter stray missile search called off

17.08.18 ... The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) have announced their decision to abandon any active search for the missing missile accidentally fired from a NATO Eurofighter Typhoon in Estonian airspace on Tuesday, 7 August, but remain ready to react and continue any new search if and when new information arises.

Free Party pays monthly contribution to watchdog member nonprofit

17.08.18 ... At the time of his appointment, chairman of the Political Parties Financing Surveillance Committee (ERJK), Ardo Ojasalu was a member of the Social Democratic Party. He left it in September 2017. Now it turns out that an anti-corruption nonprofit organisation run by Ojasalu receives €5,000 a month from the Free Party—and that half of this sum is allocated to Ojasalu's monthly salary.

Police dispatching hundreds of officers to 2018 Weekend Festival

17.08.18 ... The Police and Border Guard are dispatching several hundred officers to this year's Weekend Festival in Pärnu. Several ten thousand visitors are expected to attend the 70 concerts and parties of the festival.

Greens eyeing 11 Riigikogu seats next spring

17.08.18 ... The Estonian Greens have begun working on their election campaign for the 2019 Riigikogu elections next March, and the party's goal is to earn 11 seats in the 101-seat Riigikogu, party chairwoman and Tallinn Deputy Mayor Züleyxa Izmailova said in an interview with ERR.

Hiiumaa access woes as ferry breaks down, flights suspended for two weeks

17.08.18 ... While the island is not entirely cut off from the mainland, access to the Western Estonian island of Hiiumaa is facing some setbacks after the ferry Leiger cancelled all Friday departures due to a breakdown and all flights to the island came to a halt for two weeks as renovation work begins at Kärdla Airport.

Riigikogu committee: Estonia in favour of remaining on summer time

17.08.18 ... The European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu decided in favour of abolishing twice-yearly clock changes switching the country between standard time and European Summer Time. While the government did not indicate whether it preferred staying on standard or summer time, the Riigikogu committee came out in favour of remaining on the latter.

Government approves moving forward with eastern border construction

17.08.18 ... The Estonian government decided at Thursday's Cabinet meeting that construction of Estonia's eastern border would move forward according to the plan compiled by the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). The eastern border is to be completed by 2026 at a cost of nearly €190 million.

Narva City Council gets new chair, newly-seceded political grouping

17.08.18 ... Former Centre Party member Irina Janovitš has been elected chair of Narva City Council following the evisceration of the party there in the wake of a corruption scandal involving eight Centre Party members.

Estonia 200 could become fully-fledged party, says Kristina Kallas

17.08.18 ... Having previously stated that the primary aim of the Estonia 200 political movement was not to start a new party, Kristina Kallas, member of the supervisory board of Estonia 200, made remarks on Thursday that imply the movement is indeed moving in that direction.

Narva councilmen leave Centre Party over corruption suspicions

16.08.18 ... Thirteen members of the city council of the northeastern border town of Narva, eight of whom are suspects in an ongoing corruption case, left the Centre Party on Thursday. According to party chairman and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre), that is exactly what the party wanted.

Free public transport boosts Ida-Viru County passenger numbers by 92%

16.08.18 ... According to the Road Administration's public transport statistic, the number of passengers across all counties that introduced free public transport on 1 July this year has increased by 20%. In Ida-Viru County, passenger numbers almost doubled.

Prime minister proposes convening parliament for extraordinary sitting

16.08.18 ... The government proposed on Thursday to convene the Riigikogu for an extraordinary sitting on 22 August to confirm Rene Tammist as the next entrepreneurship and IT minister. The decision is with President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor (SDE).

Two Tallink ferry terminal hotels to be refurbished, extended

16.08.18 ... TLG Hotell OÜ, subsidiary of the publicly-listed Estonian shipping group Tallink Grupp, has commenced expansion and refurbishment work to the Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel and Tallink Express Hotel at Sadama 9, in the immediate vicinity of passenger ferry terminal A.

Yana Toom not able to move things along in Narva corruption case

16.08.18 ... In the latest developments in the corruption accusations dogging the Centre Party's Narva branch, big hitter and European parliamentarian Yana Toom also entered the fray by making good on her promise to attempt to persuade the eight suspended members from taking responsibility for their actions, though with little success so far it seems.

Mustvee's Estonian-, Russian-language schools to be gradually merged

16.08.18 ... On 3 September, Mustvee's Estonian- and Russian-language schools will hold a joint first day of school ceremony, marking the first step toward a gradual merging of the two schools, reported weekly Maaleht.

Gallery: Prime minister visits tiny island of Kihnu

16.08.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) visited the remote Western Estonian island of Kihnu on Wednesday, where he met with local government and civic leaders, visited singer Kihnu Virve and the site of the island's new rescue centre, among other things.

Match report and gallery as Atlético beat Real 4-2 in thrilling final

16.08.18 ... So the UEFA Super Cup came and went on a pleasant mid-August night in Tallinn on Wednesday. The game had a lot to live up to after all the build up and was kicking off very late, at 22.00 EEST, to make it an eight-in-the-evening start for fans of both teams back home in Spain. Most of the big names from both teams made an appearance on the pitch, though Belgian 'keeper Thibaut Courtois remained on the bench throughout in favour of yet another World Cup alumnus, Keylor Navas of Costa Rica. Angelo Palmeri gives us his post-match analysis of what turned out to be a pretty eventful game, followed by a gallery of photos of fans, players and everything connected with the event.

Weather to warm up, more rain expected at weekend

16.08.18 ... Following days of rain and relatively cooler weather breaking up an otherwise hot and dry summer in Estonia, temperatures across the country are expected to warm up again somewhat over the next few days.

UEFA officials win 6-2 over Tallinn City Government in friendly

15.08.18 ... Just when you thought you had had enough of 'Super Cup' mania, we've gone and done it again. As the build up to tonight's game reaches, if not a crescendo and least something of a peristent buzzing sound, we can report that personnel from UEFA defeated personnel from Tallinn City Government (Linnavalitsus) by a score of 6-2.

Agriculture and commerce chamber to study extent of drought damage

15.08.18 ... The Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce is polling plant growers and livestock breeders until 24 August to gain a more precise assessment of the various damages caused by the exceptionally dry summer period this year.

Interior Ministry's IT development centre needs additional €105 million

15.08.18 ... The Interior Ministry's Centre for Information Technology and Development (SMIT), which manages some of the state's most sensitive registers and systems, needs additional funding of more than €100 million over the next decade. According to daily Postimees, half of SMIT's hardware is obsolete.

#MinuPidu: Submit your photos of 20 August celebrations

15.08.18 ... With less than a week to go until Estonia's Day of Restoration of Independence, ERR is calling for readers to submit photos of their summertime celebrations of the national holiday for a joint gallery using the hashtag #MinuPidu (My Party).

MPs, MEPs appeal to European Commission to call for release of Oleg Sentsov

15.08.18 ... Members of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian parliaments as well as MEPs of the Baltic states have sent an appeal to the EU's highest-ranking officials, calling on them to put pressure on Russia to release Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov along with other Ukrainian nationalists currently incarcerated in Russia on politically motivated charges.

Ministry: US increasing deterrence in Europe

15.08.18 ... The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (DAA) signed into law by US President Donald Trump this week increases deterrence provided by the US in Europe, spokespeople for Estonia's Ministry of Defence said.

Korb: Centre Party prepared to rebuild Narva chapter from ground up

15.08.18 ... If the Centre Party members serving on Narva City Council suspected of corruption do not resign from their leadership positions in the city, it may lead to a situation in which the regional chapter has to be rebuilt from the ground up, said Centre Party Secretary General Mihhail Korb.

Andres Sutt joins Reform ahead of Riigikogu elections

15.08.18 ... Former Bank of Estonia deputy governor and finance field veteran Andres Sutt joined the Reform Party in order to run in the 2019 Riigikogu elections.

Galleries: Real and Atlético training ahead of Wednesday night clash

15.08.18 ... The UEFA Super Cup day is finally here, with kickoff at 22.00 EEST seeing Madrid rivals Real and Atlético pitted against each other at Tallinn's Lilleküla Stadium.

Increasing damages driving up car insurance premiums

15.08.18 ... An increase in the number of car crashes as well as increasing damages have driven up motor third party liability (TPL) insurance premiums in Estonia 15%.

Printers, hard copy files shouldn't disappear from legal system, says judge

15.08.18 ... Justice of the Supreme Court of Estonia Peeter Jerofejev has warned of the potential vulnerability of having fully digitised files within the legal system of Estonia.

Foreign Minister Mikser sends condolences to Italy after bridge collapse

15.08.18 ... Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser (SDE) has sent a letter of condolence to his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi following the collapse of a motorway bridge near the northern Italian city of Genoa on Tuesday, which has killed at least 26 people.

UEFA Super Cup match preview and analysis

14.08.18 ... The UEFA Super Cup is finally almost upon us, with the teams safely esconced in their Tallinn hotels (to find out which ones, read on!), tickets (more or less) fully sold out and a raft of activities going on in Freedom Square for those of us without tickets. The months became weeks, the weeks days and the days hours, and it is indeed a matter of 24 hours and counting, separating Tallinn and its football community from the biggest footballing event ever to be held in Estonia.

Col. Jaak Tarien to take over as director of NATO CCD COE

14.08.18 ... As of 1 September, Col. Jaak Tarien, former commander of the Estonian Air Force, will take over as director of the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE).

US defence budget law calls for change to Baltic Air Policing mandate

14.08.18 ... US President Donald Trump signed a law on the US defence budget for the next year which was adopted by Congress. Among other things, it includes a call to change the mandate of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission to that of an air defence mission.

Second-tier court overturns termination of Savisaar trial

14.08.18 ... Tallinn Circuit Court overturned a ruling of the first-tier Harju County Court by which the trial concerning Tallinn ex-mayor and longtime Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar was terminated.

Court, prosecutors under one roof not a problem, says Justice Minister

14.08.18 ... Despite criticism from within the judicial field, Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (Pro Patria) does not consider it a problem that judges and prosecutors share a building in Tallinn or in other towns elsewhere in Estonia, daily Postimees said.

The bold and the beautiful: political party pledges ahead of 2019

14.08.18 ... Estonia's six major political parties have all been busy issuing election promises, as reported on ETV current affairs show 'Aktuaalne Kaamera', ahead of the March 2019 parliamentary elections. Here, we take a brief look at them.

Narva Centre members defy party orders, remain on city council

14.08.18 ... None of the eight Centre Party members of Narva City Council declared suspects in a corruption investigation last week have vacated their seats on the council, as was demanded by party chairman Jüri Ratas, regional paper Põhjarannik reported on Monday.

Real and Atlético arrive in Tallinn ahead of Wednesday's Super Cup

14.08.18 ... The Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid squads arrived at Tallinn airport on Monday night ahead of Wednesday evening's UEFA Super Cup clash.

Extreme fire warnings over, barbecuing permitted again

14.08.18 ... The Rescue Board of Estonia (Päästeamet) has announced the end of the major fire risk period across the whole of Estonia.

Circuit court to rule Tuesday on closing Savisaar case

13.08.18 ... The second-tier Tallinn Circuit Court is set to announce its ruling on Tuesday on an appeal against the termination of the criminal case concerning Tallinn ex-mayor and former longtime chairman of the Centre Party Edgar Savisaar.

Estonia to establish no-fly zones in Tallinn during UEFA Super Cup match

13.08.18 ... Estonia has imposed a no-fly zone above Freedom Square and Lilleküla Stadium in Tallinn on Wednesday evening and night, when the Estonian capital will host the UEFA Super Cup match.

Kaido 'Baruto' Höövelson joins Enterprise Estonia board

13.08.18 ... Outgoing Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo (SDE) has appointed Kaido Höövelson to the supervisory board of Enterprise Estonia, a body which  promotes business and regional policy in Estonia.

Tallink Hotel evacuated due to bomb threat

13.08.18 ... Tallink City Hotel in Central Tallinn was evacuated on Monday afternoon after a bomb threat was received for the hotel.

Estonia may face EU fine for non-compliance with wastewater treatment rules

13.08.18 ... The European Commission is unsatisfied with Estonia's performance in establishing wastewater treatment systems complying with EU requirements and the country may be faced with a fine if appropriate action is not taken, daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) said.

Estonian-American Special Forces pioneer Jyri Laats dies at 95

13.08.18 ... Estonian-American Special Forces legend Jyri Laats passed away in the US on Saturday, July 28 at Palm Springs, CA. Mr. Laats was 95. His friend Jüri Estam recounts the events of his long and eventful life – a man of many countries, as fate would have it.

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