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National EMN contact point to be relocated to Academy of Security Sciences

20.10.19 ... According to a directive of Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE), Estonia's national contact point for the European Migration Network (EMN), which is within the area of administration of the Ministry of the Interior, is to start work at the Institute of Internal Security of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences on Jan. 1, 2020.

Estonia to financially support democracy in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

20.10.19 ... Estonia is to allocate €185,000 in support of democracy in Eastern European and Central Asian countries.

UK should hold new referendum, says Estonian MEP

20.10.19 ... Ahead of a vote in the British Parliament on Saturday which ultimately did not support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal, MEP Urmas Paet (Reform/Renew) said that the U.K. should hold a new referendum over the country's withdrawal from the EU.

RIA: Number of cyber incidents in September slightly above annual average

19.10.19 ... The Information System Authority (RIA) registered 275 cyber incidents in September, which is slightly above the annual average in Estonia but nonetheless lower on year.

Teachers shocked by closed-mindedness of new kindergarten curriculum

19.10.19 ... The working draft of the new national kindergarten curriculum drawn up by the Ministry of Education and Research has led to an outcry among kindergarten teachers. Kindergarten directors and teachers alike find that the new curriculum degrades them as well as children, and in it they see not a forward-looking curriculum, but rather a step backward. The ministry stressed, however, that this is an initial working draft, and that it welcomes all proposals for changes.

Analyst: May take decades to see positive natural population growth

19.10.19 ... The number of births this September exceeded the number deaths that month as well as the number of births last September. Analysts find, however, that this does not yet indicate that Estonia has truly achieved the point of natural population increase, a point which may take decades to reach, according to experts.

Estonia to allocate €675,000 to international humanitarian organizations

19.10.19 ... Estonia is allocating a total of €675,000 to support the activities of international humanitarian organizations this year.

Elron September passenger numbers reach record high

19.10.19 ... Trains belonging to Estonian state-owned passenger train operator Eesti Liinirongid (Elron) registered over 728,000 boardings in September, marking a new all-time record number of passengers.

Economic minister sends national energy, climate plan for approvals round

18.10.19 ... Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Centre) has sent Estonia's National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) through 2030 for an interministerial round of approvals.

Snap exercise Okas visited by representatives from NATO MNC NE

18.10.19 ... Representatives of NATO Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC NE) visited the reservist snap exercise Okas 2019 currently underway in Estonia.

Ratas at European Council: EU goal must be welfare, clean environment

18.10.19 ... Speaking at a discussion regarding the strategic work plan, long-term budget and climate issues held during a meeting of EU heads of state and government leaders on Friday, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said that the EU's objectives must be the welfare of Europeans, opportunities for entrepreneurs and a clean environment.

Paperless trial system to be postponed

18.10.19 ... The Ministry of Justice has agreed to courts' request to partially postpone switching to paperless administration of justice. Courts find paper files could be replaced with digital ones once the information system becomes superior to paper.

Marju Lauristin: Social Democrats need new point of focus

18.10.19 ... In an appearance on ETV program Esimene stuudio on Thursday evening, Social Democratic Party (SDE) board member Marju Lauristin confirmed that the party is not languishing, but does need to find a new point to focus on.

Foreign Minister regrets blocking of European Union accession talks

18.10.19 ... Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said on Friday that he regrets the outcome of European Union accession talks which saw Albania and North Macedonia's path to membership stalled once again.

Janek Mäggi steps down from Centre Party board

18.10.19 ... Janek Mäggi stepped down from the Center Party board on Friday, a spokesman said and will be replaced by Erki Savisaar, a member of the Riigikogu.

Money laundering data bureau to check major real estate firms

18.10.19 ... The money laundering data bureau is inspecting real estate brokers as real estate is one way to launder criminal proceeds, head of the bureau Madis Reimand said. Member of the board of Domus Kinnisvara Ingver Allekand said those who really want to launder money are unlikely to use real estate firms.

Turkish Embassy in Tallinn under additional surveillance by police

18.10.19 ... The Turkish Embassy in Tallinn has an increased police presence in connection with the armed conflict in Syria, which the embassy says is a preventive measure.

October party ratings: Estonia 200 gaining on SDE, Reform maintains lead

18.10.19 ... While the opposition Reform Party continues to firmly maintain its position as Estonia's most popular party, support for the non-parliamentary Estonia 200, which fell just short of the 5 percent election threshold in the March 3 general election, is gaining on the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDE), according to the results of the latest survey commissioned by daily Postimees and BNS and conducted by Kantar Emor.

Elering to increase gas prices in 2020

18.10.19 ... Elering, the national system operator, will increase the price of the natural gas transmission network service in Estonia from January 2020.

New Brexit deal announced, AK breaks down possible scenarios going forward

18.10.19 ... The EU and the U.K. have reached a new Brexit deal, and European government leaders have already given the deal their approval. Support may prove to be harder to win in the U.K. Parliament, however, as Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have announced their opposition to the deal.

Estonia 'has become a destination country for human trafficking'

18.10.19 ... In 2019, there has been an increase in people trafficking to Estonia and to coincide with the EU's Anti-Trafficking Day, a round table discussion will be held by the Ministry of Justice to combat the crime on Friday.

PPA rehearses mass intake of refugees at Estonian border checkpoint

18.10.19 ... In an exercise dubbed HotSpot 2019, the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) rehearsed the mass intake of thousands of refugees at once at the border checkpoint located in Koidula, Southeastern Estonia on Thursday.

Tree of Truth reveals if Estonia is meeting targets

18.10.19 ... Statistics Estonia and the Government Office presented a new web application on Thursday, to show important national indicators and give a simple and objective picture of how the country is doing.

Buses carrying children must have seat belts

18.10.19 ... The Economic Committee of the Riigikogu decided on Thursday the use of seat belts in children's excursion buses should be made mandatory by law.

First road in Estonia paved with plastic asphalt

18.10.19 ... Estonia's first piece of asphalt made from plastic was laid on Wednesday in Tallinn, an innovation that was made in Scotland but inspired by a trip to India.

Finance Committee initiates bill of amendments to Bank of Estonia Act

17.10.19 ... The Finance Committee of the Riigikogu has decided to initiate a bill of amendments to the Bank of Estonia Act with which it wants to clarify the rules regarding the nomination of members of the central bank's supervisory board.

Helme: Discord over support for LGBT association won't split up coalition

17.10.19 ... Minister of the Interior and chairman of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) Mart Helme said on Thursday that discord over the allocation of support to the Estonian LGBT Association will not split up the coalition.

Kanepi out of Moscow's WTA Kremlin Cup

17.10.19 ... Kaia Kanepi lost to Dutch player Kiki Bertens on Thursday after three sets in Moscow at the WTA Tennis tournament's Kremlin Cup 2019.

Tallinn turns to police after TLT internal investigation raises problems

17.10.19 ... Tallinn City Government will turn to the police after problems emerged from an internal audit for Tallinn City Transport Ltd which could point towards possible violations of the law.

Paper: Helme says basic school exams to remain

17.10.19 ... Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) said the Ministry of Education's plan to abolish basic school exams will not pass and the decision has already been agreed in principle by the coalition, Postimees reported.

Gallery: President Kaljulaid visits Okas snap exercise

17.10.19 ... Speaking at the Estonian Defence Forces' (EDF) Central Training Area on Thursday morning, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that the snap exercise Okas 2019 has once again demonstrated the efficiency and combat readiness of Estonia's reserve forces.

Supreme Court: Savisaar legal fees not to be compensated by state

17.10.19 ... The Supreme Court of Estonia rejected a claim filed by Oliver Nääs and Marko Kairjak, the defense lawyers of former longtime Centre Party chairman and Tallinn ex-mayor Edgar Savisaar freed from trial on corruption charges due to his poor health, in which they sought for their client to be compensated for the procedural expenses incurred in connection with the case.

Helme says NATO temporarily paralyzed

17.10.19 ... The US withdrawal from Syria and Turkey launching a military campaign there means NATO is currently paralyzed, Minister of the Interior Mart Helme said.

Paper: President's term could be shortened and benefits reduced

17.10.19 ... Former Supreme Court Judge Rait Maruste (Reform Party), in a Postimees editorial, suggests how the president's election process could be changed, including proposing a one-time seven-year term of office and fewer benefits.

Defense minister: Russia to seize every opportunity offered by the West

17.10.19 ... Russian units located between Turkish forces that have invaded Syria and the Kurds there affect the geopolitical situation with their presence alone, just as the Americans did before leaving the area in a surprise move recently, Minister of Defense Jüri Luik, to conclude a visit to Iraq today, says in an interview.

Magnus Kirt undergoes shoulder surgery

17.10.19 ... Athlete and javelin thrower Magnus Kirt, who was injured in the Doha World Championships, will undergo surgery in Estonia at the end of the week.

Gallery: 17th Tallinn Fashion Week

17.10.19 ... Tallinn's 17th Fashion Week started on Wednesday with the Gold and Siver Needle prizes being awarded to the best Estonian designers.

Spirit of Kreenholm returns with plans for new textile visitors' center

17.10.19 ... A textile visitors' center project planned for Varesesari Island in Narva will be built in the next year and will be the first permanent tourist attraction in the historic Kreenholm Textile Factory.

Despite internal audit, criminal fraud investigation continues at TalTech

17.10.19 ... Although the inquiry committee convened to investigate alleged irregularities at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance (RND) at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) found no evidence of fraud, a criminal investigation into the matter is nonetheless to continue.

Two minors charged with murder of homeless man in Õismäe

17.10.19 ... Two young men have been charged with murdering a homeless man on Aug.20 in Tallinn's Õismäe and accused of physical assault, the prosecution service announced on Wednesday.

CityBee concludes electric scooter service for season, Bolt to continue

17.10.19 ... Lithuania's CityBee wrapped up its first season of electric scooter rentals on Wednesday, but plans on being back next season. The Estonian-owned Bolt, however, intends to continue offering scooter rentals in Tallinn for as long as the weather permits.

Defence Forces introduce mandatory Estonian classes for conscripts

17.10.19 ... The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) have introduced mandatory Estonian language classes to teach recruits who need to improve their speaking and grammar skills.

October party ratings: Reform maintains firm lead, Isamaa's lows continue

17.10.19 ... Compared with the previous month, the ratings of Estonia's major political parties saw no significant changes. Compared with the results of the March 3 general election, however, the opposition Reform Party has seen a significant increase in support, while the coalition Isamaa has seen a significant decrease.

Prisons could set up e-shops for inmates

17.10.19 ... Inmates in Estonian prisons may soon be able to do their shopping online as the Center of Registers and Information Systems (RIK) is mulling the idea of opening e-shops to cut bureaucracy.

President dismisses judge caught drunk driving

16.10.19 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid dismissed Tartu County Court judge and Võru Courthouse director Heiki Kolk following the latter's voluntary resignation, it appears from the homepage of the President of the Republic.

Police officers given prize after stopping man with explosive in Mustamäe

16.10.19 ... Interior Minister Mart Helme thanked police officers for their speedy reactions when they detained a man with an explosive device at Mustamäe shopping center on Monday, awarding them €1000.

Kiik: Pension reform to be passed before Christmas

16.10.19 ... Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik told ERR's Otse uudistemajast webcast that fundamental agreements are in place for the pension reform in the government, while details still need to be hammered out. The coalition aims to pass the reform this year for its successful launch in 2021.

Gallery: Conservationists inspect Estonia's largest tapestry

16.10.19 ... Conservationists and the National Heritage Board investigated the condition of the country's largest tapestry on Wednesday.

Kingo subject to more than dozen questions at first Riigikogu Question Time

16.10.19 ... Responding to MPs' questions at her first Question Time at the Riigikogu, Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Kert Kingo (EKRE) said the effects of the U.S.-Chinese trade war have not yet reached Estonia, and that mail and periodicals will continue to be delivered to mailboxes in Estonia for so long as people continue to write and subscribe.

Kiik: Pharmacies should be aimed at healthcare, not business

16.10.19 ... Pharmacy services should clearly be aimed at healthcare and not business, and, considering sums on the pharmaceuticals market, state control, supervision and counseling should be more thorough, Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik said in an interview to ERR's Otse uudistemajast webcast.
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