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.
07.12.19 ... Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu joined in a statement of support for the territorial integrity of Georgia.
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.
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.
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.
07.12.19 ... Prime minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) says that Baltic electricity grid synchronization with continental Europe has been proceeding well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
06.12.19 ... Karel Voolaid has been appointed interim manager of the Estonian national football team, Baltic News Service reports.
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.
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.
06.12.19 ... Peeter Raudsepp has been named as Chairman of the Management Board of Enterprise Estonia (EAS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
06.12.19 ... A foundation has been established to support Tartu with its European Capital of Culture 2024 planning and implementation.
06.12.19 ... The Consumer Price Index increased by 1.8 percent in November compared to November 2018, figures from Statistics Estonia show.
06.12.19 ... No new Listeria bacteria traces have been found at Oskari Lihatööstus meat-packing company, the Veterinary and Food Board (VTA) says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
06.12.19 ... A new library was opened at Viimsi Shopping Center in Viimsi on Thursday.
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.
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.
05.12.19 ... Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) says the decision to release convicted traitor Herman Simm early is incomprehensible.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
05.12.19 ... Convicted traitor Herman Simm has been released from prison early, on probation.