Estonia

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:26:48 +0300
Peterson: Unemployment Insurance Fund would support tourism with €25 million
Rapid public sector cuts and lower salaries would unleash a domino effect, chairman of the supervisory board of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, head of trade unions Peep Peterson told the “Otse Postimehest” webcast on Wednesday.

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 12:02:32 +0300
Defense minister: Ministry asking for bare minimum
Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) criticized Minister of the Interior Mart Helme’s (EKRE) claim from Sunday according to which national defense is lacking on the “Otse Postimehest” webcast on Tuesday.

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:34:45 +0300
Political season kicks off on a strong note
President Kersti Kaljulaid urged MPs to trust local governments in organizing local affairs and criticized the coalition agreement’s marriage referendum scheduled to take place around the same time as local elections next year. At least four member...

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:57:04 +0300
«One cannot be too much of an artist or a businessman»
Long-time head of the Estonia Piano Factory and pianist Indrek Laul tries to strike a balance between business and art, while he always goes for the latter if forced to choose. “We are not after profit at all costs as we cannot compete with Asian m...

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:13:44 +0300
Tallinn takes new coronavirus preventive measures
Tallinn city government will be taking the first measures in the so-called yellow pandemic scenario that mainly cover precautions in schools.

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:18:21 +0300
Tehver: A lawyer depends on their legal environment
The situation in Belarus recently merited a reaction from the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) that has sent two letters to President Aleksandr Lukashenko expressing concern over harassment of colleagues in Belarus.

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:09:03 +0300
Helme: We are seriously considering an extraordinary pensions hike
The Ministry of Finance presented its fall economic forecast on Monday that serves as the basis for the 2021 state budget. Minister of Finance Martin Helme told Postimees about the government’s plans.

Mon, 07 Sep 2020 11:30:04 +0300
Head of Wolt Estonia: We offer a service no one needs
The architect of food delivery service Wolt’s Baltic businesses Liis Ristal tells Postimees in an interview about her first big mistake as an executive, whether Wolt Estonia has its own style and why no one really needs the service it offers.

Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:47:06 +0300
HOIA app downloaded over 80,000 times
The HOIA coronavirus warning application that was completed by the time of the anniversary of Estonian independence came about in cooperation of the state and 12 software companies. Postimees asked its creators about their process as well as how the ...

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:02:39 +0300
Tallink cuts could hit every third employee
Baltic Sea shipping giant Tallink has launched major reorganization, with layoffs, unpaid leave and other cost-cutting measures to hit up to 2,500 employees in countries where the company operates.

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:54:52 +0300
Competition Board to weigh Apollo-Forum Cinemas merger
Apollo Group’s intent to acquire Forum Cinemas requires thorough analysis in terms of whether to allow the transaction to go ahead, Director of the Competition Board Märt Ots told the “Otse Postimehest” webcast.

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 15:36:37 +0300
Principal of the Tallinn Art School: Instructions came too late
Heads of schools were making preparations long before the Ministry of Education and Research finished its instructions a mere week before the start of the school year, Principal of the Tallinn Art School Märt Sults told the “Otse Postimehest” we...

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 14:05:05 +0300
EU security depends on Africa
The already tense situation in Mali, that has long been a pocket of instability in sub-Saharan Africa, became even more complicated following the August 18 military coup that after seven years removed from power President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, with...

Sun, 30 Aug 2020 20:45:50 +0300
Student organisation and activists to debate over the foreign students issue
Policy makers in the Estonian government want to keep non-EU students out, student organisations and activists want to keep international students in Estonia. An independent NGO, Estonishing Evenings, and the Federation of Estonian Student Unions wil...

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:21:00 +0300
Käpp: Tourism needs 90 million
Chairman of the board of the Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association Ain Käpp told the “Otse Postimehest” webcast that the state should make a sector-based exception for the hospitality industry. “We need roughly 65-90 million euros, but tha...

Thu, 27 Aug 2020 10:36:49 +0300
Indrek Neivelt: Loans taken today do not have to be repaid
Entrepreneur and former head of Hansapank Indrek Neivelt explains why banks are greedy in Estonia, why he believes the state will never have to repay loans taken today and why the second pillar of pension is unnecessary.

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 14:03:31 +0300
Ida-Viru coronavirus outbreaks postpone start of schoolyear
Five employees of the Jõhvi Basic School learned they have COVID-19 on Tuesday. Because Ida-Viru County has seen major outbreaks of the virus in recent weeks, connected to the Jõhvi Kelder bar and the Estonia and Ojamaa oil shale mines, it has beco...

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 13:59:17 +0300
Estonian politicians dare not propose shorter workweek
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (Social Democratic Party) proposed switching the country to a six-day workweek on Monday. She gave as the reason improved productivity of workers and wealth generated as a result also reaching employees, next to sha...

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:50:34 +0300
Kaljulaid does not plan to abandon ship
Information from last week of President Kersti Kaljulaid’s willingness to run for OECD secretary general created mixed feelings in people who know the ins and outs of the institution.

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 10:51:26 +0300
Jonna Pechter: Women should not be made executives by force
Head of Bigbank Estonia Jonna Pechter says in an interview to Kuku Radio’s “Majandusruum” program how the second pillar of pension takes clients for a ride, what people should do instead of saving and why Bigbank came out with a seemingly insan...

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:09:57 +0300
Minsk border guards watched journalists like they were prisoners
We aimed to travel to Minsk for a week to bring the uprising against the dictatorship there – in some ways similar to Estonia’s national awakening – to the Estonian reader through words and images. Our quest ended on Tuesday before it could rea...

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 11:19:06 +0300
Government refuses to recognize results of Belarus presidential election
The Estonian government on Tuesday discussed the situation in Belarus and said in a statement that Estonia supports the will of the people of Belarus for a change and that Aleksandr Lukashenko has lost his mandate in connection with widespread electi...

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 11:14:38 +0300
Government planning to reopen recently closed air links
The government is set to consider restoring air links it recently grounded on August 27. Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) and Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) said on Postimees Live that if the res...

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:18:40 +0300
Eesti Energia to buy output of Lithuanian wind farm
National energy giant Eesti Energia has signed a contract with Lithuanian wind energy company E energija to buy all the renewable energy produced at a future wind farm over the coming decade as well as its origin identification mark.

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:11:42 +0300
Helme threatening to sue Ilves and Tarand
Deputy chairman of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Mart Helme is threatening to sue former foreign ministry deputy secretary general Indrek Tarand and former foreign minister Toomas Hendrik Ilves over libel and is seeking compensation of €...

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