Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:48:53 +0300
Interior ministry: Solving some crimes will become impossible
The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that data internet and mobile communications services providers are obligated to collect and store cannot be used in criminal proceedings as Estonia’s comprehensive data storage regulation is contrary to EU law. Th...

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 14:49:00 +0300
Center feels confident despite falling rating
The Center Party will meet the fall local government council elections with the slogan “The Right Move!” (Õige Käik!) and promises additional benefits for the elderly and abolition of kindergarten place fees. The party council met on Saturday.

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 18:05:35 +0300
SOCEUR commander: Estonians’ Africa mission a success story
The U.S. Special Forces forward operations base in Estonia also serves Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden, Maj. Gen. David H. Tabor, Commander Commanding General, Special Operations Command-Europe, says in an interview.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:12:40 +0300
Kaja Kallas no-confidence motion fails
The Riigikogu on Wednesday started by voting on the motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) by the opposition Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) and Isamaa. The motion failed as 36 MPs voted for and 55 against.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:09:51 +0300
Estonia allows combined use of vaccines
Even though Estonia’s official position was not to allow cross-usage of vaccines as recently as last week, the national immunoprophylactic expert committee has decided to allow combining vaccines in cases where the first dose has caused severe side...

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 15:22:00 +0300
Prosecutor general: «We do not plan our activities around elections»
Isamaa chairman candidate Lavly Perling had to have been aware of proceedings involving the Center Party when she went into politics, Prosecutor General Andres Parmas said on the “Otse Postimehest” webcast on Tuesday.

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 09:53:00 +0300
ABIS holds uncertainty for the future
Obstruction efforts by the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) have seen the work of the Riigikogu hindered over ABIS – the automatic biometric identification system database that comprises people’s fingerprints and facial images. More than a fe...

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 11:15:57 +0300
President of Kosovo: Ideas of moving borders would only lead to bloodshed
West Balkan countries are not expecting a lower bar for EU accession, while Brussels should see expansion in the region as a geopolitical priority that would contribute to stability, peace and development for the entire continent, President of Kosovo...

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:38:19 +0300
Deputy Secretary General: Asking nicely of no use
Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Märt Volmer said on the “Otse Postimehest” webcast that while the ministry has been active in trying to solve the Estonia-Finland labor migration issue, efforts have remained too polite...

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 10:54:36 +0300
Laanet no-confidence motion message to coalition
The vote of no confidence against Minister of Defense Kalle Laanet (Reform) failed with 57 votes against on Tuesday. The opposition admitted that the vote was aimed at putting pressure on the government in protest of its €60.4 million austerity pla...

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 16:51:02 +0300
Jurists: Legal education could be concentrated in a single university
Eight top Estonian jurists, including Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Villu Kõve, Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise, Chairman of the Estonian Bar Association Jaanus Tehver and Prosecutor General Andres Parmas, have published a joint address sayi...

Mon, 07 Jun 2021 12:08:07 +0300
«Center scandals mean president must come from elsewhere»
Opposition politicians and experts say Centrist candidate would not stand a chance at fall presidential elections.

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 14:44:00 +0300
Pace of vaccination remains unchanged
The pace of inoculating people with the first shot of vaccine has stabilized over the past month – differences in daily vaccination figures are minute. Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said that the pace remains stable because of tw...

Thu, 03 Jun 2021 11:01:00 +0300
Perling: Involving members key to success
The power struggle in the opposition Isamaa party is nearing its culmination. Both current chairman Helir-Valdor Seeder and former Prosecutor General Lavly Perling said on Wednesday that they plan to run for chairman.

Wed, 02 Jun 2021 17:15:00 +0300
Defense Ministry to cut 270 people
The Ministry of Defense has decided to cut costs in its administrative area over the next four years and will be laying off 270 people. Even though investments will not be cut directly, development of the armed forces will be impacted nonetheless.

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 12:03:00 +0300
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: Putin wants rid of Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko’s regime is weaker than ever after organizing an international act of terror and its fake Sochi visit, says Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and urges Estonians to write to political prisoners in Belarus.

Mon, 31 May 2021 16:14:00 +0300
Selmayr: How is it possible to fall for Sputnik propaganda?
Some in Europe are sometimes too impressed by the propaganda of autocratic countries, Martin Selmayr, head of the EU Commission Representation in Vienna, says when commenting on countries’ plans to procure Chinese or Russian vaccines.

Fri, 28 May 2021 15:42:18 +0300
Kaljulaid explained Russia approach in Austria
We talked about Russia directly and at length, President Kersti Kaljulaid said when commenting on her Austria visit.

Thu, 27 May 2021 13:19:36 +0300
Estonia banning flights by Belarusian national airline Belavia
Estonia is banning Belarusian national airline Belavia from flying to its airports.

Thu, 27 May 2021 11:24:39 +0300
Finance minister curbs oil plant enthusiasm
Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus has urged national energy company Eesti Energia not to make irreversible investments into the new Enefit-280 shale oil plant before the court rules on its building permit.

Thu, 27 May 2021 11:20:46 +0300
Exempting average pension from income tax to cost €100 million
The finance minister has sent out for coordination a bill to exempt average pension from income tax. The opposition Isamaa party says the amendment was stuck behind the Center Party in the previous government.

Wed, 26 May 2021 13:28:09 +0300
Rahumägi looking for chance to study the wreck of the Estonia
Jaanus Rahumägi, a former politician and the owner of the private security company ESC Global Security, is seeking for an opportunity to get his firm involved in the study of the wreck of the ferry Estonia. Both the Estonia and the Swedish state all...

Tue, 25 May 2021 18:28:54 +0300
Well-known Scottish IT-businesswoman escaped from Brexit to Estonia
Britain's exit from the EU brought Vicky Brock, a well-known Scottish startup entrepreneur to Estonia. Her latest startup helps to combat unlawful trade over the Internet.

Mon, 24 May 2021 16:58:25 +0300
First Estonian woman on the top of the world
Krisli Melesk, a mountaineer and a traveler, accomplished one of her greatest dreams early Sunday (May 23) morning five minutes past six (Estonian time): she reached the summit of the world’s tallest mountain, the 8.848,86 meter Mount Everest.

Fri, 21 May 2021 14:54:00 +0300
Even vaccine deniers can get Covid-19 certificate
Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT Andres Sutt (Reform Party) says that the Estonia-developed Covid-19 certificate or vaccination passport in popular slang opens the same opportunities not only for vaccinated people but also those having recovered f...