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Norway's crown prince, princess to visit Estonia next week

21.04.18 ... Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway are to arrive in Estonia on Wednesday, April 25 for an official two-day visit.

More than 15,000 troops to participate in largest Siil exercise yet

20.04.18 ... More than 15,000 troops, including around 2,000 allied troops from 15 countries, are expected to participate in the Estonian military exercise Siil 2018 this May.

Fox retracts requirement to use Russian guidelines for Baltic translations

20.04.18 ... Fox television station has retracted its requirement to translate the station's original programming broadcast in the Baltic states according to guidelines developed in Russia, commercial television channel TV3 reported on Thursday.

President nominates Laar for Bank of Estonia supervisory board chair

20.04.18 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid nominated Mart Laar for a second term as chairperson of the supervisory board of the Bank of Estonia.

Stoltenberg: NATO not planning to increase military presence in Baltics

20.04.18 ... NATO is not planning on boosting its military presence in the Baltic countries, which have called for extra protection from their Russian neighbor, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

Estonia opens honorary consul office in Leeds

19.04.18 ... Estonian Ambassador to the U.K. Tiina Intelmann opened a new Office of the Honorary Consul in Leeds on Wednesday.

Orthodox church leader Metropolitan Cornelius dies at 93

19.04.18 ... Cornelius, the Metropolitan bishop of Tallinn and All Estonia and head of the Estonian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate, died at age 93 on Thursday.

110 overdose deaths registered in Estonia in 2017

19.04.18 ... A total of 110 people in Estonia died due to a drug overdose last year, it can be seen from the cause of death register of the National Institute for Health Development (NIHD).

April party ratings: Social Democrats near, IRL below election threshold

19.04.18 ... While Kaja Kallas takes the helm of the opposition Reform Party just as it reaches the highest level of support it has seen in years, support for junior coalition partners the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) has dropped to just above and below the five-percent election threshold, respectively. 

TTÜ cybersecurity center director: Estonia needs more specialists

19.04.18 ... Rain Ottis, director of the Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, said that Estonia had the specialists it needed to work through last fall's ID card crisis, however no two incidents are alike, which is why the country needs more specialists.

Survey: 10 percent of Estonian residents travel specifically to buy booze

19.04.18 ... 39 percent of Estonia's residents have bought alcohol across the border, or asked someone to bring back cheap booze. Some 10 percent undertook a trip specifically to buy alcoholic drinks in Latvia, a new survey shows.

Court rules to continue Port of Tallinn bribery case

18.04.18 ... The Tallinn circuit court satisfied an appeal of the Office of the Prosecutor General against a ruling of the Harju county court to return the statement of charges in the Port of Tallinn (AS Tallinna Sadam) corruption case.

Estonian MEP Paet emphasizes need for sanctions on North Korea

18.04.18 ... Speaking at a plenary sitting of the European Parliament, MEP for Estonia Urmas Paet (Reform/ALDE) said that however unfortunate, sanctions are currently the most important instrument to change the hostile behavior of North Korea. Paet also said he is hoping China will also join them.

Russia to move floating nuclear power plant Lomonosov through Baltic Sea

18.04.18 ... Russia is expected to move its floating nuclear power plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, from St. Petersburg through the Baltic and North Seas to Murmansk starting Friday this week. Beyond the usual pollution and accident concerns, this time the Lomonosov will be accompanies by a ship of the Russian Navy.

New claims: Former Center ad man says party still owes him €1.24 million

18.04.18 ... While with the resignation of Jaak Aab it has just lost one of its most competent ministers, the Center Party continues to struggle with its colorful past. Paavo Pettai, a Tallinn businessman who supplied the party's advertising for years under then-chairman Edgar Savisaar, has now said that the party still owes him €1.24 million.

Tax and Customs Board to survey Estonians' attitude towards paying tax

18.04.18 ... The Tax and Customs Board (MTA) is planning a broad-based survey of Estonian residents' willingness to pay tax. As daily Eesti Päevaleht reported on Wednesday, the push follows a Finnish survey in which 95 percent of respondents agreed that paying tax is "one of a citizen's main obligations".

Foreign Minister: Disregarding international laws has to come at a price

18.04.18 ... The European Union has to make it clear to Russia's leaders that disregarding the principles of international law comes at a high price, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser (SDE) said in Luxembourg on Tuesday, where he attended the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council.

€2.4 billion to be allocated to national defense over next four years

18.04.18 ... Over the next four years a total of €2.4 billion will be allocated to national defense. According to Defence Minister Jüri Luik (IRL), the state budget strategy as decided on by the government late last week provides a strong base for developing the field.

Reform Party more than a million in the red, trying to track odd PR deal

17.04.18 ... The Reform Party reported a deficit of €1,019,286. for its 2017 fiscal year as well as a net asset deficit of €737,890, ERR's Estonian news reported on Monday. This prompted a revision of its 2017 finances, which beyond criticizing the party's previous chairman and secretary-general's work also pointed to a deal with a public relations agency for services rendered the nature of which isn't quite clear.

Suspect arrested in killing of 15-year-old woman in Kohtla-Järve

17.04.18 ... The Viru county court ordered the arrest of 18-year-old Artjom on Tuesday, who is a suspect in the killing of 15-year old Nastja in the night to Sunday, April 15. According to information available to ERR's Estonian news, Artjom is refusing to testify.

Additional €117.5 million to be allocated to further develop e-state

17.04.18 ... As a result of the state budget strategy negotiations, additional funding of altogether €117.5 million will be directed towards developing Estonia's e-state over the next four years, while the salaries of the state's information and communications technology (ICT) specialists will be raised by 20 percent.

Ratas accepts Aab's resignation, no successor announced yet

17.04.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) accepted the resignation of Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab on Tuesday. Aab announced that he is stepping down after police caught him speeding and driving while intoxicated. A successor will be picked in the next few weeks, Ratas said.

Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab announces resignation

17.04.18 ... Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab (Center) announced on Tuesday morning that he is stepping down. The police caught Aab speeding, and in a following alcohol check found he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0,28 at the time.

Pro Patria and Res Publica Union to change party's name

17.04.18 ... The leadership of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) decided on Monday to propose changing the party's name. The decision is with IRL's extended leadership, who are to meet on May 5, and the party's general meeting, set for June 2.

State expects €95.2 million lower excise revenue for 2018

17.04.18 ... The Finance Ministry has reduced its estimate of the inflow of execise duty revenue in 2018 by €95.2 million compared with the state budget adopted last year to approximately €1.08 billion, whereas the estimate of total tax revenue inflow was upped by €49.4 million.

Rescuers' salaries to go up 20 percent, police's 10 percent

17.04.18 ... In 2019 the salary of rescuers is to rise by nearly 20 percent and the pay of police officers and border guards by 10 percent.

Committee OKs bill allowing defense industry to handle military weapons

16.04.18 ... The National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu supported a bill of amendments to the Weapons Act, Strategic Goods Act, Explosive Substances Act and other laws which, adopted by the Riigikogu, would grant Estonian defense industry companies the right to handle military weapons and munitions.

Kaljulaid meets with units to deploy to Lebanon, Afghanistan

16.04.18 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid on Monday met with two units of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) scheduled to deploy at the end of May — ESTPLA-25 to Lebanon and ESTGUARD-4 to Afghanistan.

EKRE to hold party congress in Tallinn on Sunday

16.04.18 ... The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) is holding its congress at Tallinn's Estonia Concert Hall on Sunday, where the only candidate nominated for party chairperson is incumbent Mart Helme.

Pope Francis likely to celebrate Tallinn Mass in Freedom Square

16.04.18 ... Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit Estonia on Sept. 25 on a tour of the Baltics scheduled to coincide with the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian centennials, is likely to celebrate his Tallinn Mass in Freedom Square.

State exam period begins with Estonian language exam

16.04.18 ... A total of 6,772 high school and trade school seniors registered for Monday's Estonian language exam, the first of the 2018 state examination season. Another 2,101 students have registered for the Estonian as a second language exam on Tuesday.

Suspect arrested in murder of 15-year-old girl in Kohtla-Järve

16.04.18 ... Police in Estonia on Sunday evening arrested an 18-year-old male in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old girl whose body was discovered in a courtyard in the Northeastern Estonian town of Kohtla-Järve Sunday morning.

Airport operator announces tender for works at Pärnu airport

15.04.18 ... State-owned airport operator AS Tallinna Lennujaam (Tallinn Airport) announced a public tender this week for the drawing-up of a preliminary draft and technical project for the construction of a maneuvering area at the airport of Pärnu. Altogether €20 million are to be allocated out of the state budget for the reconstruction of Pärnu airport between 2018 and 2020.

Estonian reactions to US, French, British strikes against Syrian forces

14.04.18 ... The allied attack on the Syrian army's infrastructure is an appropriate response to Syria's repeated use of chemical weapons, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted on Saturday, though Defence Minister Jüri Luik (IRL) thinks a political solution is as unrealistic as it was before the strikes.

Defence Forces specialists destroy 250 explosive ordnance items in Saaremaa

15.04.18 ... More than 250 explosive devices from World War II were rendered harmless by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialists of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) during a joint training exercise with EOD specialists of the Rescue Board on the island of Saaremaa this week.

Reform Party elects new leadership, secretary-general

15.04.18 ... Beyond confirming single candidate Kaja Kallas as party chairwoman, the Reform Party also elected a new leadership. While plenty of its 16 members stayed on, two prominent candidates were dropped by the delegates.

Kaja Kallas elected Reform Party's first-ever chairwoman

14.04.18 ... At its general meeting on Saturday the Reform Party elected Kaja Kallas chairwoman. Along with Kallas, the 16-member party leadership was elected as well.

Russia planning more missile tests over Latvian economic zone in Baltic Sea

14.04.18 ... Russia is planning to perform further missile tests over Latvia's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea next week, Latvian Defense Ministry spokesman Kaspars Galkins said on Friday.

Committee supports more restrictions for military service evaders

14.04.18 ... The Riigikogu's National Defence Committee supported a bill that would make it possible to restrict certain rights and permits of those who evade compulsory military service and training exercises.

Budget strategy: Government agrees on nominal surplus, structural balance

14.04.18 ... The government concluded its budget strategy meetings on Friday with an agreement that the budgets of the next years will aim for structural balance and a nominal surplus.

30 years since Estonian Popular Front was founded

13.04.18 ... Rahvarinne, the Estonian Popular Front, was a movement in opposition to the ruling Soviet power in the Estonian SSR that formed after future Prime Minister and long-time Center Party Chairman Edgar Savisaar called for a legal and democratic opposition to the ruling communists on a live TV show on April 13, 1988. This call to action turned out to be decisive in Estonia's struggle for the restoration of its independence.

TS Laevad may rent sixth vessel in next few weeks

13.04.18 ... TS Laevad, the subsidiary of the Estonian state-owned Port of Tallinn which handles the operation of subsidized ferry services between the Estonian mainland and its Western islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, hopes to sign a charter contract with a sixth vessel in the next few weeks.

Two new cases of measles diagnosed in Estonia

13.04.18 ... A man who had returned from an overseas trip and a woman with whom he came in contact were diagnosed with measles in Saaremaa this week.

Estonian Road Administration raising speed limit on divided highways

13.04.18 ... Starting Friday, the Estonian Road Administration is raising the speed limit on divided highways to 110 km/h. On undivided highways, the allowed top speed is 90 km/h year-round.

1,150 babies born in Estonia in March

13.04.18 ... A total of 1,150 births were registered in Estonia in March, including 597 girls and 553 boys and with 12 sets of twins among them. The most popular baby names were Emily and Karl.

Estonia's e-service maintenance underfunded, needs extra €60 million yearly

13.04.18 ... Altogether €30-60 million per year is lacking for the maintenance and updating of Estonia's e-services in the next few years, daily Postimees reports.

Reform Party gearing up for general meeting and internal elections

13.04.18 ... Tomorrow Saturday the opposition Reform Party is holding a general meeting to elect a new leadership as well as its first chairwoman. Some 700 delegates are expected to invest outgoing Estonian MEP Kaja Kallas (Reform/ALDE) as the party's new leader, and to pick 16 out of 27 candidates to lead Reform into the campaign for the 2019 parliamentary elections.

Mihkelson: Dubai Expo participation precondition for new mission in UAE

13.04.18 ... The precondition for Estonia establishing a diplomatic and trade representation in the Gulf Region is its participation in the World Expo in Dubai in 2020, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu emphasized at a meeting on Thursday.

Narva college director: Russian influence attempts not very successful

13.04.18 ... In its review of 2017 published on Thursday, the Internal Security Service points to Russia increasingly concentrating its propaganda and manipulation efforts on young people. Director of the University of Tartu's Narva College, Kristina Kallas thinks Russia's efforts have not been successful.

Maritime Administration: Rukki Channel deep enough for ferries

12.04.18 ... The depth of the entire length of the Rukki Channel connecting the island of Hiiumaa to the Estonian mainland exceeds five meters, according to initial data gathered in a survey conducted by the Estonian Maritime Administration (VTA) on Thursday, meaning that the channel is safe for ferry traffic.

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