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 2018-01-22 10:19 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Free Party backs no confidence motion, EKRE still undecided...

Following its Friday ultimatum, the Reform Party expects Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) to resign on Monday. If he doesn't, the Reform Party will go ahead with its planned motion of no confidence against Reinsalu. The Free Party backs the mo...

 2018-01-22 09:30 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Entrepreneur's tunnel plans too optimistic, EU transport director thinks...

Planning and building an undersea tunnel between Tallinn and Helsinki isn't quite as easy as enthusiasts like Peter Vesterbacka like to think, warns the European Commission's director-general for mobility and transport, Henrik Hololei....

 2018-01-22 08:09 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Opinion digest: Estonia headed for government crisis...

Following the Reform Party's Friday ultimatum, either Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) will resign today Monday, or there will be a vote of no confidence against him. In the latter case, the government can't rely on the Social Democrats to to...

 2018-01-22 07:14 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Thousands of applications to change car ownership lead to waiting lines...

Since Jan. 1, company cars used by employees in the place of a private car are taxed based on engine power. The more kilowatts, the more expensive the tax. This has led to thousands of applications to change ownership of cars already in December, and now ...

 2018-01-21 15:10 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Food demand to be reconciliated with environment, animal welfare, Tamm says...

Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm (Center) said at a conference of ministers in Berlin that the growing demand for food products based on animals needed to be reconciliated with ways to rear animals in an environmentally friendly way....

 2018-01-21 13:20 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Pending Supreme Court ruling, state might have to pay 2.8m to Edelaraudtee...

The Tallinn circuit court ruled against the Estonian government in its dispute with former passenger train operator Edelaraudtee AS over income the company lost as a result of the termination of its public passenger service contract. If the ruling is uphe...

 2018-01-21 10:10 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Culture minister attending first top-level conference on spatial planning...

Minister of Culture Indrek Saar (SDE) is participating in a conference in Switzerland this weekend that for the first time discusses issues of spatial planning and its effect of the quality of life at the highest political level. The conference is taking ...

 2018-01-21 07:40 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Brochure to be published what to do in case of crisis or war...

The government is planning to publish a brochure tellings residents and households what to do in the event of major crisis or a war, Brig. Gen. Martin Herem told daily Postimees in a recent interview. Herem is to be appointed the Estonian Defence Forces&#...

 2018-01-20 12:34 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Ratas, Saar, Ilves to attend World Economic Forum in Davos...

At the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Estonia is represented by Prime Minister Jri Ratas (Center), Minister of Culture Indrek Saar (SDE), and former President Toomas Henrik Ilves....

 2018-01-20 10:36 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Sarapuu: Center's MPs not to back no-confidence motion against Reinsalu...

Chairwoman of the Center Party's parliamentary group in the Riigikogu, Kersti Sarapuu, denied claims on Saturday that some of its MPs might vote in favor of a potential motion of no confidence against Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu (IRL)....

 2018-01-20 08:54 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Reinsalu shouldn't resign, finds IRL chairman...

Chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), Helir-Valdor Seeder, said on Friday that Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) shouldn't resign. Reinsalu has performed his duties "very well" and has apologized for the remarks about ...

 2018-01-19 15:08 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Estonia may join France's military operation in Africa...

Estonia is weighing the possibility of contributing to French-led anti-insurgent operation Barkhane in the African countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad....

 2018-01-19 14:24 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Justice minister likely to face no-confidence motion soon...

The Reform Party announced on Friday that they intend to bring a motion of no confidence against Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) if he doesn't resign by Monday. The step follows Reinsalu's statement earlier this week that he regrets having c...

 2018-01-19 12:05 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Veterinary board calls for higher wild boar hunting quota...

To keep the spread of African swine fever in check, 7,500 wild boar are to be shot in Estonia before the end of February. The Veterinary and Food Board (VTA) finds that this number needs to be increased, as the disease was confirmed in a pig shot this mon...

 2018-01-19 11:17 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Prosecutors bring charges against alleged Kemerovo mob, 15 to face trial...

The Office of the Prosecutor General on Thursday sent to court the materials of a criminal investigation in which two men, Vjacheslav Gulevich and Aleksandr Kozlov, are accused of leading the so-called Kemerovo criminal group, and 11 other men of membersh...

 2018-01-19 10:11 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Estonian Festival Orchestra starts centennial tour in Brussels...

The Estonian Festival Orchestra started its European concert tour dedicated to the Estonian centennial in Brussels on Thursday evening, where Paavo Jrvi conducted Erkki-Sven Tr's 9th symphony, "Mythos"....

 2018-01-19 09:27 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

PPA to use minors to check shops' compliance with alcohol, tobacco laws...

Beginning Friday, the Police and Border Guard (PPA) are allowed to use minors as "police explorers" to check retailers' compliance with the prohibition to sell alcohol and tobacco products to minors....

 2018-01-19 08:15 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

B-52 strategic bombers flying practice runs over Estonia this week...

B-52 bombers of the U.S. Air Force are flying in Estonian airspace this week, taking part in exercises with NATO forces in the area. The bombers will fly at an altitude no lower than 6,000 meters....

 2018-01-19 07:13 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Prime minister: Sarapuu family has right to 'defend own good name' in court...

Prime Minister Jri Ratas (Center) commented the decision on Thursday of his fellow party members in the Sarapuu family to demand damages and a public apology from opposition politicians, saying that anyone had the right to turn to a court to defend their ...

 2018-01-19 06:44 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Ukraine's adding Estonia to offshore watchlist damaging economic relations...

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) said on Thursday that the government has been in touch with the Ukrainian president as well as the finance minister to resolve the issue of the country having put Estonia on a watchlist of offshore countries....

 2018-01-18 15:14 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

President Kaljulaid discusses EU budget and future with Juncker...

President Kersti Kaljulaid spent Thursday on a working visit to Brussels, where she met with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. They discussed the future of the European Union, the coming budget period, the union's energy policy...

 2018-01-18 14:40 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Vesterbacka introduces concept for Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel to public...

Former Rovio development chief Peter Vesterbacka thinks a tunnel to Helsinki can be built within a very short time, and that it represents no great technological challenge. He suggests the money could be raised from Chinese investors as well as pension fu...

 2018-01-18 13:50 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Foreign Ministry to be compensated for aid granted to ship guards...

The government will allocate money from its reserve to compensate the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its aid expenses in the case of the Estonian ship guards that were able to return home in December last year after being imprisoned in India....

 2018-01-18 12:11 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Government appoints Martin Herem next Defence Forces commander...

The government announced its decision on Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Martin Herem will take over from the current commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), Gen. Riho Terras, on Dec. 5 this year....

 2018-01-18 12:11 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Martin Herem appointed next Defence Forces commander...

The government announced its decision on Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Martin Herem will take over from the current commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), Gen. Riho Terras, on Dec. 5 this year....

 2018-01-18 11:35 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Government approves expedited procedure bill to handle petty offences...

The government approved a bill on Thursday that will allow authorities to issue penalties on the spot and according to fixed amounts. The measure applies to penalties from 20 to 80 for petty offences....

 2018-01-18 10:40 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

France to increase support for NATO battle group in Estonia, Times reports...

The Times reported on Thursday that in turn for British units participating in a French-led operation against Islamist militants in West Africa, France will increase its support for the British-led NATO battle group in Estonia....

 2018-01-18 10:12 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Sarapuu family demands money and apology from Ligi, Helme...

The Sarapuu family around former Tallinn deputy mayor Arvo Sarapuu and chairwoman of the Center Party's group in the Riigikogu, Kersti Sarapuu, are demanding damages and an apology from Jrgen Ligi (Reform) and Martin Helme (EKRE)....

 2018-01-18 08:30 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Tallinn circuit court deliberates Autorollo case again...

The Supreme Court ruled in May last year to send the case back to the Tallinn circuit court, saying that the latter hadn't justified its decision to quash a ruling of a previous-tier court and not satisfy liquidators' claims in the Autorollo bankr...

 2018-01-18 07:27 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Kaljurand: Letting NO99 stage centennial reception unfortunate misjudgement...

President Kersti Kaljulaid and her office shouldn't have allowed a situation where a public debate about their choices for the Independence Day reception overshadows the centennial itself, Marina Kaljurand said on ERR's Otse uudistemajast web seri...

 2018-01-18 06:29 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Ukraine adds Estonia to offshore watchlist...

Ukraine has put Estonia on a watchlist of countries that it finds help businesses and individuals avoid paying tax. The move was made effective Jan. 1, Estonia wasn't officially informed....

 2018-01-17 15:16 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Minister expects ERR to submit plan to strengthen Russian-language channel...

Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski (SDE) said that the management of public broadcaster ERR should submit proposals how to strengthen Russian-language television channel ETV+. If needed, the topic should also be discussed by the government o...

 2018-01-17 13:37 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

President faces criticism after awarding centennial program to NO99 theatre...

Tallinn's NO99 theatre will contribute the artistic part of this year's Independence Day reception at the Estonian National Museum in Tartu. 104 signatories have sent a public letter to President Kersti Kaljulaid objecting to the choice, as this m...

 2018-01-17 12:40 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Bank of Estonia wants to take 1 and 2-cent coins out of circulation...

The Bank of Estonia has come up with a plan to reduce the use of 1-cent and 2-cent coins before eventually removing them from circulation....

 2018-01-17 11:06 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Ratas meets German businesses, stresses potential for development...

Prime Minister Jri Ratas (Center) met with managers of German businesses that have operations in in Estonia based on German capital....

 2018-01-17 09:40 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Reserve officer: Estonia's defense development plan needs to be changed...

The state's defense resources development plan needs to be reconsidered, finds Lt. Col. of the reserve, Leo Kunnas. The changes to be made would need to focus on Russia's changing military power....

 2018-01-17 08:25 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Minister: If Estonia to join Dubai Expo, embassy should be opened as well...

If Estonia should decide to participate in the Dubai Expo 2020, this should also be accompanied by the opening of a foreign representation in the United Arab Emirates, Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT Urve Palo (SDE) said....

 2018-01-17 07:22 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Tests of electronic traffic signs with changing information successful...

The Road Administration will install electronic traffic signs with changing information permanently in the second half of this year, as the one-month testing period of the signs has been successful....

 2018-01-17 06:50 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Doctor submits thousands of work ability assessments within just 10 months...

Looking at the statistic of the Unemployment Fund (Ttukassa) concerning work ability assessments, a case stands out where a single doctor submitted more than 3,500 assessments over a period of just ten months. The fund's director, Meelis Paavel, comme...

 2018-01-16 15:20 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Riigikogu committee endorses Herem as next Estonian Defence Forces chief...

The Riigikogu's National Defence Committee approved Defence Minister Jri Luik's choice of Brig. Gen. Martin Herem as the next commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF)....

 2018-01-16 13:46 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Elisa brings Starman services under own brand...

Finnish telecommunications group Elisa, who acquired Estonian cable and internet operator Starman in 2016, has ended the Starman trademark and brought the services of Starman under its own brand....

 2018-01-16 12:28 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Juncker praises Estonian EU council presidency...

Jean-Claude Juncker praised Estonia for its work during its EU council presidency on Tuesday. In a plenary session of the European Parliament discussing its outcome, Juncker was almost gushing in his praise....

 2018-01-16 11:44 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Siim Kallas: Instead of progressive income tax, start taxing assets...

On Monday Kallas said Estonia needs a real estate tax debate, a statement for which he was immediately criticized by members of his own party. Still, Kallas thinks such a tax could be an essential contributor to the income base of Estonia's local gove...

 2018-01-16 09:40 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Riigikogu passes amendment reducing excise duty hike...

The Riigikogu on Tuesday passed a bill to amend the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act according to which the excise hike to enter into force in February will be reduced by half....

 2018-01-16 08:38 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Justice minister to appoint special investigator in 90s VEB Fund case...

Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) is appointing a special investigator in the case of claims against a fund out of the 1990s that was supposed to compensate creditors following the freezing of the assets of the Soviet Vnesheconombank (VEB) developm...

 2018-01-16 07:23 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Estonia's population increases for third year...

According to preliminary data, the number of Estonian residents was 1,318,700 on Jan. 1, which is an increase by 3,070 people compared to a year ago. This is the third year in a row that Estonia's population sees a net increase, if only by 0.2 percent...

 2018-01-16 06:16 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Pension funds skeptical about Saaremaa bridge project...

The pension funds would be important investors in the bridge to Saaremaa businessmen Raivo Hein and Raivo Ktt introduced last week. Swedbank's head of pension funds is skeptical, but Hein believes they will be able to convince the banks once the proje...

 2018-01-15 15:22 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

K9 Thunder howitzers: South Korea submits offer to Estonia...

The Estonian government has received an offer over 12 K9 Thunder-type howitzers from the government of South Korea. The price is confidential and will only be published once an agreement is signed....

 2018-01-15 14:48 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Siim Kallas: Estonia needs real estate tax debate...

Former EU commissioner and mayor of the municipality of Viimsi, Siim Kallas, said that the funding policy of local governments should be reviewed, and the taxation of real estate also be considered....

 2018-01-15 13:40 

Estonian Public Broadcasting

Skinest Rail bribery case to be tried in Estonia, Latvian court decides...

A Latvian court decided on Monday that the case of the Estonian company Skinest Rail will be separated from the bribery case of Ugis Magonis, former CEO of Latvian Railways, and sent to an Estonian court for trial....

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