Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:30:43 +0200
Estonia planning to achieve 5G connection in larger cities by 2023
Estonia is committed to achieving 5G connectivity in major cities and their periphery by 2023 and in transport corridors by 2025, the Riigikogu said on social media.

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:25:54 +0200
EKRE pharmacy bill introduces two new ideas
The Conservative People’s Party’s (EKRE) pharmacy reform bill would abolish the current reform’s ownership restriction, give hospital pharmacies the right to sell to individuals and allow pharmacies to procure medicinal products by bypassing Es...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:30:13 +0200
Head of Selver: Room for Lidl on the market, not sure about others
CEO of Selver Kristi Lomp told Kuku Radio’s “Majandusruum” program that the turn of the year was a difficult time for retailers as major consignments of fish products are often ordered up to a year in advance. Shops had to come up with replacem...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:41:20 +0200
EKRE planning own pharmacy bill
Minister of Finance Martin Helme told ERR in an interview that the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) will introduce draft legislation to amend the pharmacy reform.

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:39:14 +0200
Helme and Seeder accuse Madise of bias
Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise sent Riigikogu Finance Committee chairman Aivar Kokk (Isamaa) a letter pointing to constitutional conflicts in the pension reform and including several proposals of how to bring the reform into conformity on Wednesd...

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:41:14 +0200
First woman on the moon?
If everything goes to plan, Nicole Aunapu Mann (42), who has Estonian roots, might become the first woman to walk on the moon. However, she will first fly to the International Space Station as a test pilot of a new space capsule being developed by Bo...

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:40:37 +0200
Estonian officer in Iraq: We were protected in the field
When Iranian ballistic missiles hit the Ayn al Asad Airbase in Iraq on the night of January 8, Estonia’s team of six instructors were located a few kilometers from the base. It became clear by sunrise that Estonians’ residential and work-related ...

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:37:28 +0200
Coalition to introduce five pension reform changes
The coalition introduced five changes to the plan of rendering funded pension voluntary, while the opposition put forth 952 motions to amend. This means the pension reform vote will be tied to a confidence vote in the government.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:49:14 +0200
Estonian president joins Admiral Bellingshausen expedition
President Kersti Kaljulaid landed on the King George Island in the Antarctic on Tuesday where she joined the Admiral Bellingshausen expedition arranged by the Estonian Maritime Museum and NGO Thetis, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the discove...

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:45:40 +0200
Center ousts itself in Tartu
The Tartu branch of the Reform Party decided yesterday not to participate in solving its coalition partner the Center Party’s in-house crisis. This means that Center is out, and Reform will form a new coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SDE...

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:41:58 +0200
Estonian taxpayer subsidizing Chinese deliveries
CEO of Eesti Post Ansi Arumeel says that the traditional national postal service is drying up so quickly that the entire system needs a complete overhaul.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:28:27 +0200
Response from Postimees regarding the statement of Reporters Without Borders
Editors at Postimees have written a response to a statement by Reporters Without Borders where doubts were raised about the newspaper's future.

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:54:06 +0200
State to hold employers responsible for foreign labor
A bill to introduce stricter rules for hiring foreign short-term labor is once more on the government’s agenda. Even though the details are still being debated, the aim of the changes is to hold entrepreneurs responsible for illegal workers from th...

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:07:15 +0200
Interior minister, police chief warn of emergence of immigration problems
Estonian Minister of the Interior Mart Helme and Director General of the Police and Border Guard Board Elmar Vaher said that growing immigration in Estonia may also entail problems that have so far mainly been faced by Western European states.

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:02:37 +0200
Judge rules in Savisaar trial
Harju County Court has ruled in the first stage of former Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar’s corruption trial, even though Savisaar has not been a part of proceedings for some time after he was exempt from standing trial over his poor health.

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:39:21 +0200
State company supervisory boards should support government policy
Member of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Argo Luude, recently appointed to the state company supervisory boards appointment committee, says that the government needs to have influence over state companies to be able to guide the national ec...

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:11:42 +0200
Marina Kaljurand to become member of UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has invited Estonian MEP Marina Kaljurand to become a member of the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM) as an independent expert.

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:08:44 +0200
Drinking habit claims three lives
The police had already made a note of Andres (34) driving his Audi too fast. We do not know how many minutes later a patrol car would have pulled him over on Saturday. Andres was driving at least 138 kilometers an hour and was heavily intoxicated bas...

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:49:52 +0200
Party members put on appointment committee
The government approved the new composition of the state company supervisory boards appointment committee that includes Isamaa politician Reet Roos and EKRE member Argo Luude.

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:58:01 +0200
President: Estonia working to reduce tensions in Middle East
After a meeting with the prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and chairman of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that Estonia is working to reduce tensions in the Middle East.

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:55:04 +0200
Future of Harju County in trams
For people to be able to move around in and between Tallinn and the neighboring municipalities faster, more conveniently and in an ecologically friendly manner, the city should construct new tram lines and make better use of the railroad, a thorough ...

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 13:05:22 +0200
Estonians escaping the inferno in Australia
Marianne Perrin is one of about a thousand Estonians who have settled in Australia and are now facing devastating fires that have claimed 24 lives and burnt down some 2,000 homes.

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 09:03:59 +0200
M.V.Wool seeking to relaunch Harku plant
Estonian fish processing company M.V.Wool said that according to the results of three accredited laboratories, the 105 surface samples taken from the company’s Harku plant after in-depth cleansing were clean and the company wishes to relaunch the p...

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 08:59:39 +0200
Kaljulaid takes key position in SDE
Raimond Kaljulaid, who joined the Social Democrat Party (SDE) just two months ago, was elected head of the party in Tallinn yesterday, receiving 98 votes to opposing candidate Karin Paulus’ 25 and securing a key position before the 2021 local gover...

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 11:10:12 +0200
Estonia has know-how to share with the world
Expectations for Estonia in the UN Security Council cover what we promised in our campaign, paramount among which is cybersecurity. This gives Estonia the opportunity to extend its influence beyond its two-year member status, Gert Auväärt, head of ...

Fri, 03 Jan 2020 11:07:16 +0200
Busy year ahead
The new political year promises to be a busy one. While there are no elections on the agenda, there are plenty of questions that need answers before local government council elections in 2021. The government can no longer say it’s only settling in ...

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 14:59:43 +0200
PPA admits Estonia used to be too rough on refugee families
No country in Europe allows children under the age of ten to be put in prison. Strangely enough, that does not apply to children of asylum seekers who have been kept in detention centers irrespective of their age all over Europe, including in Estonia...

Mon, 30 Dec 2019 16:04:55 +0200
PM: I have never been one to cling to a position
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas talks about economic growth and results of PISA tests that outweigh the government’s shortcomings in an end-of-year interview to Postimees. Ratas also says that drawing lines in the sand will not go far.

Fri, 27 Dec 2019 10:37:11 +0200
Russia warns of strict measures if Estonia continues to oppress Sputnik
Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said that Russia will take reciprocal measures if the Estonian authorities continue their current policy toward Sputnik journalists by putting pressure on them, the TASS news agency reported on ...

Fri, 27 Dec 2019 10:34:06 +0200
Volunteer: Something told me I would find her today
Volunteers who found a young woman who went missing in Tallinn’s Nõmme district almost a week ago describe it as a Christmas miracle and a feeling that cannot be put into words.

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 12:57:26 +0200
We don’t know what flowers will bloom from seeds planted this year
Abrupt changes of the past 30 years have left a part of society feeling dissatisfied. The latter is justified as politicians have not always understood the pain their decisions can cause in different parts of society. “Real concerns of people are o...

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 12:53:44 +0200
Estonian PM voices appreciation of UK’s contribution to security
Meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the military campus of Tapa on Saturday, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said that Britain has made a remarkable contribution to ensuring security. 

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 11:41:46 +0200
Estonian gang emptied Indian bank accounts
Four visibly excited men are sitting in a car. The gang’s leader Konstantin Letko (33) grabs a plastic bag from the glove compartment that holds several dozen plastic bank cards. No one has seen the like yet. Some are blank white with no markings w...

Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:16:58 +0200
Chain pharmacies take frustration out on clients
The reaction of chain pharmacies to the Riigikogu’s decision from yesterday not to reverse Estonia’s pharmacy reform was swift and decisive. Almost 300 pharmacies belonging to the Estonian Pharmacy Association closed their doors from 2 p.m. after...

Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:12:31 +0200
Estonia to be hit by major storm Wednesday evening
The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning for Wednesday afternoon and evening, with wind speeds expected to reach 12-17 meters per second and gusts 25 or even 30 meters per second in coastal areas.

Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:09:11 +0200
Postimees ex-chief editor Peeter Helme suspected of sexual enticement of child
The police in November briefly detained Peeter Helme, former editor-in-chief of Postimees, and declared him suspect in a sexual offense.

Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:03:30 +0200
Coalition stumbles twice
Tuesday marked a dark day for Estonia’s ruling coalition as almost everything that could go wrong did. Two significant votes in the Riigikogu had nothing positive in store for any of the three partners. Isamaa refused to support their coalition par...

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 12:33:51 +0200
Motion of no confidence in Estonian interior minister fails
A motion of no confidence in Interior Minister Mart Helme failed in the Estonian parliament on Tuesday. 

Mon, 16 Dec 2019 14:55:36 +0200
Third of economic growth built on tears of Ukrainians in Estonia
Ruslan Batovskyi (37) arrived in Estonia on August 6 last year. Batovskyi’s road brought him here from the war in Donbas where he defended Ukraine from Russian aggression. Now, he needed to make money. There are few opportunities in a country where...

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:55:40 +0200
E-voting task force finishes report including 25 proposals for improving system
The e-election task force has completed a report including 25 proposals for supplementing the Estonian e-election system, improving its reliability and managing risks.

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:52:18 +0200
Internal security reserve to cost more than forecast
Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE), after presenting journalists with a half-baked plan for an internal security reserve in spring, lent the initiative new momentum this week when he signed a plan to elaborate a draft act for the reserve that...

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:43:28 +0200
Number of low-income workers falling fast
If five years ago, Estonia had over 167,000 people making less than the current minimum salary of €540 a month, that number has been cut in half by today, to 88,515. The number of high-income workers has more than doubled in that time.

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:00:03 +0200
Estonian parliament approves 2020 state budget
The Estonian parliament passed the state budget bill for 2020 in the third and final reading on Wednesday. 

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:39:01 +0200
Estonian farmers expecting for govt to stand up for their rights in EU
Estonian farmers stressed at a demonstration against insufficient levels of national transitional aid for the agricultural sector in front of the Estonian parliament on Tuesday that they expect the government to stand up for their rights in talks fo...

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:34:04 +0200
Last minute expenses from government reserve
The Riigikogu is set to approve the most important document of the year today – the 2020 state budget. Even though all Riigikogu groups could present motions to amend, only those of the coalition were heeded. For example, an additional €5 million...

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:58:34 +0200
Elron CEO has bad news for coach operators
Merike Saks, who left the post of secretary general of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications to become CEO of Elron, says that while ripping up Estonian railroads was seriously considered at one time, the country is now moving in the op...

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:11:10 +0200
New tax for welfare services
High nursing home fees, burden on loved ones, poor availability of welfare services. The problems that have started sounding like a mantra need €150 million to solve.

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:15:36 +0200
New pharmacy reform plan full of wholesalers’ talking points
“I’m very disappointed and sad,” pharmacist Liina Pääru says. “I have lived in knowing and hoping that the transitional period will end and I will be able to buy a pharmacy or pharmacies. Now I’m thinking about going into something else e...

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:20:33 +0200
Court decides to release traitor Herman Simm from jail
The Tartu County Court decided on Thursday to release convicted traitor Herman Simm on parole before serving his full term in jail.

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 11:34:53 +0200
Aeg to 43 judges: concentrate, do not be emotional
Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg finds that 43 judges’ concerns over whether the minister’s supervision proceedings are leading Estonia down the path chosen by Poland and Hungary is unfounded and judges have not taken the time to analyze the heart o...