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Galleries: Queen Margrethe II attends gala dinner, Sunday service

16.06.19 ... On Saturday evening, President Kersti Kaljulaid hosted a gala dinner at the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa in honor of the visiting Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. On Sunday morning, the queen's visit concluded with a service at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tallinn, which, like the Danish flag celebrating its 800th anniversary on Saturday, dates back to the 13th century.

RB Rail concludes two new Rail Baltica design agreements

16.06.19 ... RB Rail AS, the central coordinator for the international Rail Baltica railway project, concluded two new design contracts on Friday with Spanish engineering company IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture for the design of the high-speed railway in Estonia and Lithuania.

Centre Party proposes overhaul of electoral districts

16.06.19 ... The council of the Centre Party, the senior member of the current ruling coalition, decided on Saturday to support reorganizing Estonia's current electoral districts to ensure that Estonian citizens are more equally represented in the Riigikogu.

US, Estonia to cohost military rehabilitation symposium next week

15.06.19 ... Next Wednesday and Thursday, June 19-20, the Command Surgeon of the United States Air Force in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA), the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), the Medical Rehabilitation Clinic, and the East Tallinn Central Hospital (ITK) will cohost the International Military Rehabilitation Symposium in Tallinn.

Baltic foreign ministers issue joint statement on situation in Moldova

15.06.19 ... Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs and Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius issued a joint statement on Friday, expressing concern over recent events in Moldova and calling on its political parties to settle their differences.

Galleries: Queen of Denmark visits Freedom Square, Danish King's Garden

15.06.19 ... Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, who arrived in Tallinn for an official visit on Saturday morning, visited Freedom Square on Saturday afternoon, where she laid a wreath at the foot of the War of Independence Victory Column and stopped by the public Family Day being held in the square in celebration of the Danish and Estonian flags.

Galleries: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark arrives in Estonia

15.06.19 ... Queen Margrethe II of Denmark arrived in Estonia for a two-day official visit on Saturday, where she was received by President Kersti Kaljulaid at the Seaplane Harbour.

Kaljulaid meets with Finnish prime minister

15.06.19 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne at Kadriorg Palace on Friday, where the two leaders discussed bilateral Estonian-Finnish relations as well as topics related to the EU and the Baltic Sea region.

Gallery: Ratas hosts Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne in Tallinn

14.06.19 ... On his first foreign visit since being appointed on June 6, Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne visited Estonia on Friday, where he met with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and President Kersti Kaljulaid.

Gallery: Reinsalu pays respects to June deportation victims in Vilnius

14.06.19 ... As part of his visit to Lithuania, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) laid a wreath at the memorial to the victims of the Soviet occupation in Vilnius on Friday. He also paid a visit to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights.

British Embassy food bank appeal raises over half a tonne in donations

14.06.19 ... A drive to collect donations to local initiative Toidupank ("Food bank") on Thursday evening raised over half a tonne of food for those in need.

Tallinn council chair: Tunnel with Finland would benefit all of Estonia

14.06.19 ... Following a meeting with one of the heads of a consortium in charge of developing an undersea tunnel connecting Tallinn and Helsinki, Tallinn City Council Chairman Tiit Terik (Centre) said that the planned tunnel would benefit all of Estonia.

Filming stalemate continues as mayor says many more road closures requested

14.06.19 ... Filming of a major Hollywood movie in Tallinn is to lead to many further street closures, should it go ahead, and not only that of Laagna Road, Tallinn mayor Mihhail Kõlvart (Centre) told ERR's online Estonian news Friday.

Saaremaa seeking operator for Mõntu-Ventspils ferry route

14.06.19 ... Saaremaa Municipal Government has decided to announce a procurement for finding an operator for the Mõntu-Ventspils ferry route that would connect Estonia's largest western island of Saaremaa directly to the Latvian coastal town of Ventspils to its southwest, regional paper Saarte Hääl writes.

Gallery: 'Sea of Tears' in Freedom Square commemorates 1941 deportation

14.06.19 ... For the final time, the Estonian Institute of Human Rights set up an installation of light blue balloons called the "Sea of Tears" in Tallinn's Freedom Square on Friday, in memory of the victims of the more than 10,000 victims across Estonia of the 1941 June deportation.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark to visit Estonia this weekend

14.06.19 ... June 15 marks the 800th anniversary of the date when, according to legend, the Dannebrog, the red and white flag of Denmark, fell from the heavens during the Battle of Lyndanisse in modern-day Tallinn. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will be in Tallinn this weekend to take part in celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag, the 135th anniversary of the Estonian flag, Estonia's centennial as well as Estonian-Danish relations.

NATO CCDCOE welcomes Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway, Romania

14.06.19 ... The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) welcomed four new members on Thursday — Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway and Romania — bringing the total number of member countries to 25. The accession was celebrated with a special flag-raising ceremony at the CCDCOE.

US senators submit bill with sanctions aimed at Nord Stream 2

14.06.19 ... A group of Republican U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would sanction entities involved with the construction of Nord Stream 2 as Washington seeks to force its European allies to reduce their dependence on Russian energy.

Estonia commemorates June 1941 deportation with national day of mourning

14.06.19 ... Every year, Estonia commemorates the anniversary of the June 1941 deportation with a national day of mourning. Seventy-eight years ago, Soviet security authorities deported 95,000 people from the Baltic states, Poland, Bukovina, and Bessarabia (today's Moldova and Southwest Ukraine). In this move, Stalin's regime destroyed local rural economies and forced the collectivization of farms and local agricultural businesses.

Ratas: Research funding not to reach 1 percent GDP in next three years

14.06.19 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) doesn't see how the state budget strategy could accommodate such an increase in research and development spending within the next three years. Ratas said that the agreement signed last year to peg research spending to 1 percent of Estonia's gross domestic product is "alive," and that the government's eventual aim hasn't changed.

ERR news portals, web-based services restored

14.06.19 ... The website and online services of Estonian Public Broadcasting, including ERR News, were down for several hours on Thursday night following the malfunction of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in ERR's server room. All web-based services have since been restored.

Government appoints new Defence League commander

13.06.19 ... The Estonian government appointed Col. Riho Ühtegi commander of the volunteer Estonian Defence League (Kaitseliit) on Thursday, replacing Maj. Gen. Meelis Kiili. Prior his appointment, Ühtegi had been in charge of special operations at the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) since 2012.

President of Croatia to visit Estonia next week

13.06.19 ... Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will be in Estonia next Tuesday, June 18 for a state visit, during the course of which she will meet with President Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre).

Justice Chancellor: Relax electoral campaigning restrictions, requirements

13.06.19 ... Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise has suggested several changes which could be made to ensure the better functioning of the electoral system in Estonia, particularly with Riigikogu elections, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.

Helme disbands Interior Ministry immigration workgroup

13.06.19 ... Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) has signed a directive disbanding a workgroup formed at the Ministry of the Interior two years ago tasked with coming up with proposals for amendments to Estonia's immigration regulations.

Estonian government gives Elron permission to buy new trains

13.06.19 ... The Estonian government at its Thursday Cabinet meeting decided to announce a public procurement for the purchase of four hybrid trains for Eesti Liinirongid AS, the Estonian state-owned operator of passenger trains operating under the Elron brand, with the option to buy an additional two electric trains.

Party financing supervisory authority to rule on Helme broadcast

13.06.19 ... The Supervisory Committee on Party Financing (ERJK) is set to decide if a radio broadcast made by Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) leader and interior minister Mart Helme, and his son Martin Helme, current finance minister in the coalition government, constituted electoral advertising.

Ratas supports Perling continuing as prosecutor general

13.06.19 ... Speaking at Thursday's government press conference, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said that he supports Lavly Perling continuing to serve as prosecutor general for another term.

Allfilm: Nolan, Tallinn reach deal on Laagna Road use

13.06.19 ... Estonian film production company Allfilm announced on its Facebook page on Thursday that the City of Tallinn had reached an agreement with British director Christopher Nolan's team regarding the use of Lasnamäe District's Laagna Road for filming for his new movie "Tenet."

Riigikogu hears report by European Commissioner candidate Kadri Simson

13.06.19 ... A plenary of the Riigikogu heard a report by Centre Party MP Kadri Simson, candidate for European Commissioner, on Wednesday, in which she affirmed that she wants to take advantage of her ministerial experience in Europe.

Riigikogu passes bill lowering alcohol excise duty rate by 25 percent

13.06.19 ... At its third and final reading on Thursday, the Riigikogu voted 70-9 in favor of a bill that will lower the alcohol excise duty rates for beer, cider and hard liquor by 25 percent beginning July 1.

Additional ferry, chartered flights to Saaremaa announced for summer

13.06.19 ... Starting June 20, operator TS Laevad are adding another ferry to their Virtsu-Kuivastu route. A total of 513 additional trips are planned, the company said. At the same time, the Road Administration announced that they are chartering additional flights from Tallinn to Kuressaare on Fridays and Sundays.

Reinsalu: Nothing wrong with Estonia's reputation

13.06.19 ... Speaking during Question Time in the Riigikogu on Wednesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) said that there is nothing wrong with Estonia's reputation, and that he has not sensed any negative attitudes.

June party ratings: Support for Centre, EKRE now equal

13.06.19 ... Since the 2019 Riigikogu elections on March 3, the coalition Centre Party has lost support among Russian-speaking and older voters, allowing its junior coalition partner, the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), to catch up with it in popularity, it appears from the results of a June survey commissioned by ERR and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS.

Riigikogu opts to keep EU flag out of Toompea White Hall by one vote

12.06.19 ... The Riigikogu voted Wednesday afternoon against displaying the EU flag in the White Hall. The EU flag, which had previously been on display together with the Estonian flag, was removed on the orders of speaker Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) in late April, shortly after the coalition of Centre, the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) and Isamaa took office.

Russia wants nearly three quarters of a million euros to free Estonian ship

12.06.19 ... Russian authorities are demanding bail of €720,000 for the release of the Roxen, an Estonian fishing trawler impounded in the Russian Federation exclave of Kaliningrad since mid-May, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.

Ratas: Kuusik has no right to compensation

12.06.19 ... Speaking during Question Time in the Riigikogu on Wednesday, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said that Marti Kuusik (EKRE), who held the position of Minister of Foreign Trade and IT for just a day and a half at the end of April, has no right to compensation.

€66 million still to be found for Tallinn-Tartu highway widening

12.06.19 ... Construction of the four-lane Tallinn-Tartu highway has run into difficulty related to funding, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Centre) said on Wednesday.

Daily: Helme against Perling reappointment as prosecutor general

12.06.19 ... According to information available to daily Postimees, Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) chairman and Minister of the Interior Mart Helme has told leaders of the coalition parties that he will in no way agree to Lavly Perling continuing as prosecutor general.

Tallink opens Muuga-Vuosaaari route to regular passengers

12.06.19 ... Listed Estonian shipper Tallink Grupp will begin transporting regular passengers with vehicles on its Muuga-Vuosaari route on Wednesday, giving passengers the option to avoid the congestion of Central Tallinn and Central Helsinki alike.

Luik: Military exercises on Baltic Sea demonstrate allied commitment

12.06.19 ... U.S.-led allies are conducting the international regional exercise Baltops on the Baltic Sea this week, while the U.K.-led deployment exercise Baltic Protector will also be carried out this summer, and according to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa), both exercises demonstrate NATO allies' commitment.

Viktor Vassiljev politician with highest income in 2018

12.06.19 ... In 2018, Centre Party MP Viktor Vassiljev earned over €130,000 in income, €42,000 of which consisted of an MP's annual salary.

Gallery: Christopher Nolan, John David Washington arrive in Tallinn

11.06.19 ... British director Christopher Nolan arrived in Tallinn on Tuesday afternoon, on a Boeing 777-200LR VIP Crystal Skye direct from Los Angeles. Nolan will be filming parts of his upcoming movie "Tenet" in Estonia's capital city.

Estonia joins declaration supporting Western Balkan European integration

11.06.19 ... Estonia has joined a joint statement on the EU's commitment to the European integration of the Western Balkans.

Justice minister wants to lift outdoor ad, Election Day campaign bans

11.06.19 ... Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg (Isamaa) has sent for a round of approval a bill that would abolish the bans currently in effect on outdoor political advertising and active campaigning on Election Day. According to Aeg, the current bans are no longer fulfilling their original objective.

Martin Helme: Wind energy not Estonia's long-term plan for energy policy

11.06.19 ... Estonia's energy policy needs to be disassembled, as wind energy does not ensure stability, and thus cannot be Estonia's long-term plan, Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) said on Monday.

Riigikogu committee: Estonia's practical work on UN council just beginning

11.06.19 ... The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu was given an overview on Monday of last Friday's elections of non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 as well as future activities.

Court orders Apotheka to vacate premises at PERH, pay damages

11.06.19 ... Harju County Court has enforced its May ruling ordering an Apotheka pharmacy to immediately vacate the premises at North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH) and pay damages resulting from its unlawful occupation thereof. Pharmacy owner Terve Pere Apteek OÜ has 15 days to appeal the decision.

EKRE ex-minister Marti Kuusik charged with physical abuse

11.06.19 ... The Office of the Prosecutor General confirmed to ERR's online news portal that Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) politician Marti Kuusik, who served for less than two days as Minister of Foreign Trade and IT in Jüri Ratas' (Centre) second Cabinet, was charged with physical abuse last week.

Lukas awaiting ministry analysis after Helme suggests dividing up ERR

11.06.19 ... Following remarks made by Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) according to which the state could come up with enough money to increase first responder wages if it partially privatized Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR), Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) responded that he is awaiting an Interior Ministry analysis regarding the matter.
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