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Estonia to support initiatives in €3.4 million foreign aid package

23.06.18 ... The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Estonia has elected to allocate €3.4 million towards foreign aid.

Force 10 gales cut off electricity to tens of thousands of households

23.06.18 ... Around 13,000 households across Estonia were cut off from power yesterday, Friday, due to high winds, with the distribution grid company Elektrilevi expecting to have restored power to most affected properties by late Friday.

Victory Day Parade live coverage from Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

23.06.18 ... Today, 23 June, is Victory Day (võidupüha) in Estonia, with a parade to take place at the Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn, in front of the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

Plaque commemorating SS recipient of Iron Cross to be unveiled in Mustla

22.06.18 ... A regional war memorial society is set to unveil a memorial plaque to Alfons Rebane, a decorated Estonian army officer who fought in the ranks of both the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS during World War II, on the external wall of a house in the southern Estonian town of Mustla on Friday, as reported by local newspaper Sakala.

Gallery: Seven European presidents in Tartu for Estonia 100, Gaudeamus

22.06.18 ... In honor of the Estonian centennial, President Kersti Kaljulaid invited to Tartu the heads of state of six European countries who have recently celebrated or will soon celebrate their own centennials. Kaljulaid and Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas (Reform) greeted the arriving presidents at a reception in Town Hall Square on Friday afternoon.

Stats: Dwelling Price Index, Owner-Occupied Housing Price Index both rise

22.06.18 ... According to data from Statistics Estonia, the Dwelling Price Index of residential property in Estonia has continued to rise in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, both year-on-year (y-o-y) and on the previous quarter.

Members of Estonian delegation to PACE observe elections in Turkey

22.06.18 ... Marianne Mikko (SDE), Head of the Estonian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is set to partake in PACE observation mission at the early presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey on Monday, 24 June. She is to do so at the southeastern city of Diyarbakır, together with Jaak Madison (EKRE) who will be based in Erzurum in eastern Turkey.

Video: Overnight storm causes floods in Tallinn streets, damage to TV house

22.06.18 ... Last night saw a storm in the Tallinn area which wrought havoc with transport and even contributed to curtailing the last few minutes of ETV's broadcast of the Argentina-Croatia World Cup football match.

Kaljulaid meets with Georgian president in Kadriorg

22.06.18 ... Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, who will be in Tartu on Friday in connection with Estonian centennial celebrations, met with President Kersti Kaljulaid in Kadriorg on Thursday.

Defence Forces to make significant purchase of South Korean artillery

21.06.18 ... Estonia is set to purchase 12 K9 Thunder Self-propelled (SP) Howitzers from South Korea.

Bog wildfire in Tori under control

21.06.18 ... A wildfire that broke out in Rääma Bog in Pärnu County's Tori Municipality on Wednesday has since been brought under control by rescue workers.

MPs explore possibilities for opening Estonian consulate in California

21.06.18 ... Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu currently on a weeklong visit to the US discussed in Los Angeles the possibility of opening an Estonian consulate in California.

Russian aircraft violates Estonian airspace near Vaindloo

21.06.18 ... An aircraft belonging to the Russian Ministry of the Interior entered Estonian airspace near Vaindloo Island in the Gulf of Finland without permission around midday on Wednesday, spending approximately one minute in Estonian airspace.

Patient left inside MRI scanning machine for over an hour

21.06.18 ... A patient at a Tartu University Clinic was left in an MRI scanning machine for over an hour, it has been reported by daily Eesti Päevaleht.

Commissioner: Estonia must decide on splitting country into two regions

20.06.18 ... According to European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu, Estonia itself must decide whether to divide the country into two statistical regions for the purpose of regional policy and disbursement of EU structural funds, reported daily Postimees.

'Estonia 2035' goes beyond electoral cycle-led plans says prime minister

20.06.18 ... Wednesday saw an initial seminar on 'Estonia 2035', which as its name suggests takes a much longer perspective on the Estonian state's development, and which was attended by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre).

Office of Prosecutor General going ahead with Savisaar appeal

20.06.18 ... The Office of the Prosecutor General in Estonia has confirmed it is contesting the decision made by Harju County Court to terminate proceedings in the trail of former Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar.

Top Estonian lawyer turned down for European court post

20.06.18 ... The candidacy for Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of Estonian District Judge Madis Ernits has been rejected at the last minute, according to daily Postimees.

Irish president: Ireland seeking closer ties with Nordic, Baltic countries

20.06.18 ... As the UK is set to leave the EU, Ireland is seeking closer ties with the Baltic and Nordic countries, Irish President Michael D. Higgins said in Vilnius on Tuesday.

Courts say convicted traitor Herman Simm to remain behind bars

20.06.18 ... Tartu County Court has ruled that Herman Simm, who was convicted of treason in 2009 and sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison must remain there and cannot be freed earlier than the term of his sentence.

Preliminary 2018 state exam results show improvement over last year

20.06.18 ... The preliminary results of the 2018 state exams in Estonia indicate that while the results of the Estonian language exam remained stable on year, results from the math, foreign language and Estonian as a second language exams showed improvement over last year's scores.

Gallery: Nearly a thousand Tabivere residents in pulp mill protest

20.06.18 ... Nearly 1,000 people came out in protest against the proposed new pulp mill, in the south Estonian village of Tabivere.

Diagnosed mental illness increasingly prevalent among Estonian teens

20.06.18 ... While the Estonian state lacks complete statistics on mental illness in children, what existing data shows is that initial mental illness diagnoses in teenagers between the ages of 15-19 have become more frequent in recent years. An estimated total of 20,000-40,000 teenagers, or 10-20% of all teenagers, have been diagnosed with mental illness, and nearly 3,000 children take prescription antidepressants.

Gallery: Kalamaja plot continues to yield up medieval treasures

19.06.18 ... The haul of late medieval artifacts found in ongoing excavations on a Tallinn building site has continued to increase, with the figure so far standing at 15,000; this is the single largest number of finds at one site in Estonia.

Bill aims to link child maintenance payment to ability to pay

19.06.18 ... The Estonian Ministry of Justice is seeking opinions on an intention to change the current law under the Family Law Act, so that the size of maintenance allowance come to depend on the income of the person paying it, the number of children benefiting, and their respective needs.

Social Democrats put cards on table for scrapping pulp mill plan

19.06.18 ... The Social Democratic Party (SDE), one of the two junior partners in the three-party coalition governing Estonia, has called on its coalition partners to terminate the procedure of a national designated spatial plan on the proposed controversial pulp mill in south Estonia.

Wildfire-fighting expenses already exceed €1 million this season

19.06.18 ... According to the Estonian Rescue Board, the costs of professional and volunteer rescue workers connected to battling wildfires this spring and summer have already exceeded €1 million.

Patrol, border patrol officer base salary to increase to €1,280

19.06.18 ... Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE) and the directors of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) reached an agreement that the base salary of patrol officers and border patrol officers will increase to at least €1,280 next year, not inclusive of regional and other premiums.

New Estonian Eurovision competition producer to ring the changes

19.06.18 ... Eesti Laul, the annual competition to find Estonia's Eurovision entry, has a new head producer as of this week.

Ratas meets with Moldovan leaders in Chișinău

19.06.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) met with the heads of state and government of Moldova in Chișinău on Monday, where he saw the results of development cooperation between Estonia and Moldova.

Estonian startup raises $7.7 million in investment

19.06.18 ... Estonian startup Veriff has managed to raise $7.7 million in investment from venture capitalists Mosaic Ventures.

Lehis, Kuusk, Beljajeva: Estonia sweeps European epee championship

19.06.18 ... Estonia swept the podium at the 2018 European Fencing Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia on Monday, where Katrina Lehis, 23, was crowned European champion of the women's epee, while Kristina Kuusk, 23, took the silver and Julia Beljajeva, 25, took the bronze.

Minister states pulp mill plan can't be terminated any time soon

18.06.18 ... According to Minister of Public Administration Janek Mäggi of the Centre Party (Keskerakond), the controversial plan to build a pulp mill in south Estonia cannot be terminated earlier than two or three months from now, regardless of any Government decision.

NATO command element in Tallinn celebrates third anniversary

18.06.18 ... The NATO Force Integration Unit (NIFU) Estonia, the allied command element in Tallinn which consists of members of Estonian and allied defence forces, celebrated its third year of operation in Estonia on Monday.

Supreme Court upholds verdict in trailblazing private sector bribery case

18.06.18 ... The Estonian Supreme Court has upheld a decision of the Circuit Court which found businessman Teet Jarvet guilty of soliciting a bribe, in a case which has been described as one of the first private sector corruption cases to have been heard at any Estonian court.

Public administration minister to work in Valga for one week this autumn

18.06.18 ... Minister of Public Administration Janek Mäggi (Centre) and officials from the Ministry of Finance, of which Mäggi's office is a part, are scheduled to work in the Southern Estonian border town of Valga during the first week of October.

Russian Embassy to Krištafovitš: You'd have been soap without Soviet forces

18.06.18 ... Activist Jevgeni Krištafovitš' reaction to his inclusion on the Russian Embassy in Tallinn-compiled blacklist of "Russophobes" led to a sharp exchange between Krištafovitš and the embassy which culminated in the Russian Embassy telling Krištafovitš that if it weren't for the Soviet forces, he would have likely been made into soap.

Romania to Join NATO Cyber Defence Centre in Tallinn

18.06.18 ... Romania is set to join the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in 2019.

Azeri state oil company to close Estonian office

18.06.18 ... The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is to close its Estonian operation, citing rising costs, as reported in Estonian business daily Äripäev.

Kontaveit, Kanepi drop three spots in world tennis rankings

18.06.18 ... Estonia's two top tennis stars, Anett Kontaveit, 22, and Kaia Kanepi, 33, each dropped three spots in the latest Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings.

Ratas opens honorary consulate in Constanța

18.06.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) on Sunday opened the Honorary Consulate of Estonia at the Ovidius University of Constanța together with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă.

Tallinn City Council to introduce new bicycle rickshaw regulations in July

18.06.18 ... Tallinn City Council has announced its intentions to introduce new and more specific bicycle rickshaw regulations, likely to bring them more in line with those already required by car taxis operating in the city.

Paper: 13 Estonian doctors declared dangerous to patients in Finland

18.06.18 ... Finland has declared 13 Estonian doctors dangerous to patients, however many of them continue to work as doctors in Estonia, writes daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL).

Reform Party most popular for the month of June, according to research

18.06.18 ... June saw the opposition Reform Party (Reformierakond) enjoying the highest amount of support of any political party in Estonia at 32%, according to market research company Kantar Emor.

Ossinovski: Government underestimated Estonians' desire for cheap booze

17.06.18 ... Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) Jevgeni Ossinovski told daily Päevaleht that even though the government underestimated the desire of some people for cheap booze, the government's policy is the only right option in the long run.

Potential next ambassador to US discusses upcoming NATO summit at Pentagon

17.06.18 ... Secretary-general of the Estonian Ministry of Defence, Jonatan Vseviov was in the United States this week to discuss the upcoming NATO summit at the Pentagon. According to several sources, Vseviov is likely to be appointed Estonia's next ambassador to the U.S.

Tallinn mayor may face new no-confidence motion this summer

16.06.18 ... Tallinn's mayor, Taavi Aas (Centre), said on Friday that it would be "extremely strange" if he were to face a new no-confidence vote following the opposition's unexpected gain of an additional mandate.

Ratas: Economic cooperation between Estonia and Romania growing quickly

16.06.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said after a meeting with his Romanian counterpart Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă on Friday that he is glad more and more Estonian companies are discovering the Romanian market. In the last three years, the trade of goods between Estonia and Romania has taken off, and increased by nearly 75 per cent, reaching nearly €130 million in 2017.

Internal Security Service gets permit to build new premises in Tallinn

16.06.18 ... The city partially repealed the previously approved plans after the Internal Security Service (ISS) submitted changes. The ISS now has the necessary permits to have existing buildings in Tallinn's Endla Street torn down, and new premises built in their place.

Body of man who went missing on Saaremaa ferry found

16.06.18 ... The body of a 24-year-old man who fell overboard or jumped off the deck of a ferry plying the Virtsu-Kuivastu route before noon on Friday was recovered by divers late on Friday afternoon.

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