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Järvik committee has no right to demand answers

14.11.2019, 12:34

The state secretary’s task to get to the bottom of Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik’s (EKRE) scandals inside ten days buys members of the government time and gives PM Jüri Ratas the chance to avoid giving meaningful answers regarding Järvik’s...

European Commission looking at TalTech

13.11.2019, 3:45

The Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) sent out a press release on Friday evening, saying that it has closed its investigation into the Nurkse scandal. The statement left out quite a few important details.

Järvik’s secret: PRIA scandal sides old acquaintances

13.11.2019, 2:42

Sides to a scandal that has brought Estonia’s ruling coalition to the verge of a crisis, Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik, his former adviser Urmas Arumäe and farmer Rein Soosaar who is in the middle of a legal dispute with the Agricultural Registers...

Ratas to continue as PM in EKRE government

12.11.2019, 11:08

The scandal surrounding Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik turned into a government crisis yesterday when the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) laid down an ultimatum that would see it leave the government should Järvik be forced to resign.

Americans would construct a nuclear plant in Estonia

11.11.2019, 10:43

Vice president of nuclear projects for U.S. energy giant GE Hitachi Jon Ball says that the company could construct a small modular reactor in Estonia that would cost a little under one billion euros and could compete with natural gas and renewable energy in...

Estonian rural affairs minister says didn't know of adviser's possible interest conflict

08.11.2019, 7:37

Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Jarvik told journalists on Friday evening that he had no idea about his adviser Urmas Arumae's potential conflict of interests.

Järvik was aware of Arumäe’s conflict of interest already in September

08.11.2019, 11:33

The prosecutor’s office has launched an inquiry whether Urmas Arumäe, who became the legal advisor of Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik (EKRE) this spring, has been breaking the law by figuratively sitting on two chairs at the same time.

Reinsalu assures: Estonian-US 5G declaration is not directed against Huawei

07.11.2019, 1:06

China is an important country for Estonia and the USA is our ally, while the recent joint statement between Estonia and USA regarding the security of 5G is not directed against any specific technology enterprise, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu told...

Winning designs of Rail Baltic's Ulemiste terminal competition determined

06.11.2019, 2:02

First place in the competition for the architectural design of the joint terminal of the Rail Baltic railway at Ulemiste in Tallinn was won by the joint design of Zaha Hadid Architects and Esplan, titled Light Stream, while Rail Baltic Estonia is to launch...

Tallinn city govt okays alcohol sale restrictions

06.11.2019, 1:55

The Tallinn city government on Wednesday approved restrictions on the sale of alcohol at entertainment facilities to take effect from June 1, 2020, with exceptions granted to accommodation facilities and casinos.

Estonia’s largest parties have serious money troubles

05.11.2019, 2:59

The Center and Reform parties owe hundreds of thousands of euros to campaign organizers following the Riigikogu and European parliament elections. The same predicament with the largest parties is shared by the Social Democrats, who have to deal with a half a...

Training flight over Tallinn becomes survival exercise

04.11.2019, 4:07

An Airbus A320 airliner of the Smartlynx airline made emergency landing in Tallinn Airport last February. The medium-size jet received such damage on the impact that it was declared unfit for further service. Now, a year and a half later, the experts of the...

Mary Kross to be spared going to court

01.11.2019, 11:54

The Harju County Court has satisfied an application by the North District Prosecutor’s Office to terminate the criminal case of Mary Kross, wife of MP Eerik-Niiles Kross, because even though it has been shown that she lied, the court and the prosecution find...

Ensuring communication, electricity is vital in crisis situations

31.10.2019, 10:19

Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme met with members of the crisis committee and the Rescue Board in Võru on Wednesday to discuss the causes of the crisis situation that developed due to a heavy storm that struck South Estonia over the weekend as well as...

Kaspar Korjus selected Outstanding Young Person by JCI

31.10.2019, 10:17

The Junior Chamber International (JCI), an international non-profit organization of young people, has selected Estonian Kaspar Korjus as one of the honorees in its Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World program (JCI TOYP), the title will be bestowed on...

Estonian FinMin puts pension reform bill on approvals round

30.10.2019, 4:19

A set of legislative amendments aimed at making voluntary the system of mandatory contributions by working-age people into a pension fund, dubbed as second pillar of the pension system, on Wednesday exited the Ministry of Finance for an interministerial round...

British tanks making their way to Estonia in spite of logistical hurdles

30.10.2019, 11:52

Tapa military campus, late Monday morning. A clean-shaven young Englishman pops his head out of the tank. The machine’s turret and main gun are facing rearward. A fellow soldier, wearing a safety helmet and a high visibility jacket, signals that it is safe...

EKRE deputy chair attends far-right conference in London

29.10.2019, 1:43

Estonian Minister of Finance Martin Helme from the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), the junior member of the government coalition, on his way to Estonia from an official visit to the United States, stopped over at a far-right conference in London, where...

Estonia to pick side in 5G dispute

29.10.2019, 1:38

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas is set to sign a document in Washington this week that will all but rule out the use of Huawei equipment in Estonia’s next generation 5G network.

Storm disrupts vital services in south of country

29.10.2019, 1:38

The National Audit Office warned as recently as in August that state institutions are not prepared for emergency situations. More than one vital service was unexpectedly hit over this weekend.

Tanak, Jarveoja win 1st ever WRC title for Estonia

27.10.2019, 4:58

Estonian pilot Ott Tanak and co-pilot Martin Jarveoja sealed their maiden World Rally Championship (WRC) title after finishing second at RallyRACC Catalunya -- Rally de Espana on Sunday afternoon.

Management of the XXI century hospital

25.10.2019, 12:33

Healthcare is one of the most exciting and innovative industries of the XXI century, and hospitals are the most complex and sophisticated organizations ever developed. 

Electric vehicle grant not to cover Tesla

25.10.2019, 10:39

Estonia’s new electric vehicles support scheme is shaping up in a way that would leave the €5,000 grant beyond the reach of people looking to buy a Tesla.

Aeg not to suggest Perling for prosecutor general

24.10.2019, 10:18

Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg will not nominate Prosecutor General Lavly Perling for another term. “We must admit today that there is no consensus in the government.

Kingo resigns in wake of lies

24.10.2019, 10:15

There are some sins politicians are not forgiven for, and lying is one of them, Minister of Finance Martin Helme said, speaking in front of the Riigikogu yesterday. Helme was referring to his fellow Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) member Minister of...

Office of Prosecutor General sends ski coach Mati Alaver’s criminal case to court

23.10.2019, 11:16

The Office of the Prosecutor General has sent to the Harju County Court a compromise procedure in a criminal case in which cross-country skiing coach Mati Alaver, aged 65, is accused of inducing athletes to use doping.

Parties split over pharmacy issue

23.10.2019, 11:14

The coalition has put together a working group that could over the coming months pull the plug on the state and dispensing pharmacists’ pharmacy ownership reform five years in the making. The coalition has decided to reopen the debate in terms of whether the...

Kaur Kender on new computer game: It’s like 'Truth and Justice'

22.10.2019, 12:13

Estonian creative collective ZA/UM’s long-awaited computer game “Disco Elysium” shot straight to the top of Steam’s best sellers list after its release a week ago and was the highest ranked game for this year on the website Metacritic.

Soviet mentality haunting kindergartens

21.10.2019, 1:07

The Ministry of Education and Research (HTM) has completed a national preschool curriculum project that experts describe as hailing from the Soviet era. The recently honored principles of involvement of the child and developing their independent capacity have...

Interior minister vows to retain basic school exams

18.10.2019, 11:16

Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) said yesterday that the Ministry of Education and Research’s plan of abolishing basic school graduation exams will not fly. Helme said the coalition council has all but decided the matter. “We have discussed...

President: Estonia could be catalyst on climate change

18.10.2019, 11:13

Estonia could become a catalyst on climate topics, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said at an inspiration seminar on green economy in Laulasmaa on Thursday.

State company to dismantle monopoly

17.10.2019, 3:49

State company Operail, after wrestling with loss just a few years ago, is about to enter the Finnish rail transport market to dismantle the local monopoly and earn a lot of money.

Kingo’s phone swap angers the Chinese

16.10.2019, 11:11

Chinese cell phone manufacturer Huawei doesn’t understand why Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Kert Kingo had to replace her Huawei phone with an iPhone.

1st KFC restaurant in Tallinn to open Oct 24

15.10.2019, 12:39

Apollo Group OU, the biggest entertainment provider in Estonia, is about to open the first Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Estonia in the Ulemiste shopping mall on Oct. 24. 

Estonian govt announces snap exercise for over 800 reservists

15.10.2019, 12:32

The Estonian government decided on Tuesday to call up over 800 reservists to the Okas (Quill) short-notice exercise.

Bank of Estonia warns against pension reform consequences

15.10.2019, 12:28

The Bank of Estonia, presenting its initial effects analysis regarding Estonia’s planned pension reform on Monday, pointed out several ways the government’s plan of making the second pillar of pension voluntary could backfire. Politicians pushing the...

University targeted by Russian propaganda

14.10.2019, 11:22

Russian propaganda reporters posed as LGBT activists to do a fake story about how Tallinn University teaches theoretical and practical aspects of gay sex.

Administrative reform lowers number of electors

11.10.2019, 10:18

The next presidential election in Estonia could be different as a result of the administrative reform. The reform lowered the number of local governments in Estonia and through it also the number of presidential electors from local government councils in the...

Estonia won't accept a single asylum seeker

11.10.2019, 9:28

As long as the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) remains in the governing coalition, Estonia will not accept immigrants, Interior Minister Mart Helme told public broadcaster ERR at an interior ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

Brexit could end up costing Estonian businesses a lot

10.10.2019, 10:52

The Tax and Customs Board urges Estonian companies to prepare for a hard Brexit that would bring customs fees and new certificates. Aircraft interiors maker Magnetic MRO has had enough of uncertainty. “Deal or no deal, we have made our decision and the train...

New business to bury old hatchet

09.10.2019, 11:26

Former MP Kalle Palling and startup entrepreneur Hedi Mardisoo’s new taxi insurance business seems to be to the liking of both insurance companies and taxi firms, and there is a real possibility the two can finally bury the hatchet.

Gridlock over Laar’s list to be solved through amendment

09.10.2019, 11:22

The Riigikogu is working on an idea to amend the Bank of Estonia Act. One proposed change is for every parliament party to be able to nominate a representative for the central bank’s supervisory board, with chairman of the supervisory board nominating the...

Students disgruntled over subjects taught in English

08.10.2019, 11:24

English subjects hidden in Estonian curricula add internationality to universities but end up failing students who could be successful studying only in Estonian.

ICT Cluster to contribute €100,000 to Estonia's participation in Dubai EXPO

08.10.2019, 11:13

The Estonian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Cluster, which is one of the key partners of the Estonian pavilion at the Dubai EXPO 2020, is to invest a total of €100,000 in participation in the world fair.

Danske ex-employee: We handled as many non-resident transactions as possible

07.10.2019, 10:48

Mihhail Murnikov, former employee of the Estonian branch of Danske Bank, said that client managers had to handle as many transactions as possible at the non-resident unit of Danske in Estonia as it was extremely profitable for the bank, Bloomberg writes.

US, Baltics agree on cooperation in protecting energy infrastructure from cyberattacks

07.10.2019, 10:35

The United States and the Baltic states on Sunday agreed to beef up cooperation to protect the Baltic energy grid from cyberattacks as they disconnect from the Russian electricity grid.

Simson spared re-examination

04.10.2019, 10:50

Even though initial reactions following the hearing in the European Parliament of the European Commission’s energy commissioner candidate Kadri Simson yesterday were rather critical, with several groups weighing additional questions, the European...

Robert Kitt: pension reform not all bad

03.10.2019, 10:44

Former Swedbank Estonia CEO Robert Kitt (42) tells Postimees in an interview what he thinks of his removal, how foreign labor could do a disservice to the Estonian economy and how to reorganize higher education so it would serve Estonia’s interests.

Government to greenlight shale oil pre-refinery

02.10.2019, 11:17

The cabinet is no longer debating whether to support the construction of a shale oil pre-refining plant but rather how to go about it.

Tax board helped convict Estonian citizen’s company in Russia

01.10.2019, 1:09

This summer, an Estonian citizen’s company was found guilty of tax evasion in Russia, with help from the Estonian Tax and Customs Board. The company ZAO Ekstra was ordered to pay over a million euros into state revenues.