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Study: tunnel to bring Estonia tens of millions

13.09.2019, 11:43

A recent study ordered by Peter Vesterbacka’s Finest Bay Area and carried out by Finnish pollster Taloustutkimus concludes that the construction and operation until 2050 of the Helsinki-Tallinn undersea tunnel would add approximately €300 million to the...

Nordica subsidiary to play first fiddle

12.09.2019, 10:58

Forget the pathos of Nordica as a national airline and a Tallinn-based fleet – these times are gone. Estonia can only afford a flexible aviation company that flies where there are clients and money.

ISS finds various explosives-related items in Õismäe apartment

12.09.2019, 10:55

The Internal Security Service (ISS) found various explosives-related items from an apartment building located on Õismäe street in Tallinn and one person has been detained in connection with the incident.

New tool for seeing through political promises

11.09.2019, 9:54

The Koolimäe Creative House in West Viru County hosted a unique prototype workshop called Democracyhack over the weekend where brilliant businessmen, programmers and activists, including Skype co-founder Ahti Heinla, businessman Indrek Kasela and VP of...

Simson handed energy portfolio

11.09.2019, 9:50

Despite new rumors over the weekend, incoming president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen confirmed Estonia’s Kadri Simson as the EU’s next energy commissioner as she revealed the makeup of her commission yesterday. “I believe this is the...

Riigikogu off to a rocky start

10.09.2019, 9:47

Parties were unable to avoid a skirmish during the opening sitting of the fall session of the Riigikogu yesterday when chairman of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) criticizing the opposition and the president in his speech caused Reform Party MPs to storm...

50-million budget hole to be patched

10.09.2019, 9:43

Time is short, sums are considerable and promises need fulfilling. That is the situation in which the government needs to find a way to patch a €50-million hole in the state budget in under four months. Another €50 million needs to be cut to maintain...

Suspicious contract at UT – don’t worry, it was frozen

09.09.2019, 12:00

Companies belonging to employees with ties to a University of Tartu laboratory have seen nearly half a million euros from the university.

China's state-owned newspaper criticizes Baltic states

08.09.2019, 11:41

Wen Wei Po, a state-owned Hong Kong-based Chinese language newspaper, on August 24 published an article mocking the independence of the three Baltic states in which it was also stated that, instead of anticipated success, the countries were left in squalor...

Chinese embassy in Estonia: Journalist's task to support good relations between countries

08.09.2019, 11:36

Following a series of articles concerning Chinese impact published by Estonian daily Postimees, the embassy of the People's Republic of China in Tallinn issued a statement that, among other things, said that the task of a journalist should be promoting...

Chinese investments come with golden handcuffs

06.09.2019, 12:06

One of the creators of the legendary Angry Birds game Peter Vesterbacka approached then Estonian foreign minister Marina Kaljurand during the Lattitude59 conference dinner three years ago and said, pointing to his friends sitting at another table: “We just...

Chinese intelligence increasingly setting sights on Estonia

05.09.2019, 7:18

In December of 2013, an Estonian foreign ministry official discovered a document that had been attached to an email they had received. At that precise moment, their computer was taken over by a group of hackers who are believed to be working with the blessing...

Trojan panda. The heavy hand of Chinese soft power

04.09.2019, 4:48

This May, MPs from all around the world gathered in Latvia to meet with the Tibetan government and parliament in exile. Chairman of the Riigikogu Tibetan support group Yoko Alender considered taking part. Only two people were aware of her plan and she had not...

National Audit Office: the Government should take into account that the cost of the ferry connection will increase

04.09.2019, 11:49

The National Audit Office analysed the cost of maintaining the ferry connection with Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, the relevant contracts, the quantity of the passengers and vehicles transported, and found that the Government should consider the fact that the cost of...

Erki Urva to become new CEO of Nordica

03.09.2019, 1:03

Toomas Tiivel, chairman of the supervisory board of the Estonian state-owned airline Nordica, said that Erki Urva, former Estonian Air manager who until now worked as adviser to Nordica’s management board, is to become the company’s new CEO.

TalTech investigation results clash with facts

03.09.2019, 1:00

The investigative committee of the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) presented an interim report yesterday of its in-house audit to analyze alleged misuse of European funds at the university’s Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance...

You cannot maintain national defense on a loan

02.09.2019, 6:31

Director of the National Defense Investments Center Kusti Salm explains why defense forces vehicles cannot use fuels with bio-additives and talks about the future of arms and wind farms disputes.

IT education returning to Estonian schools

02.09.2019, 1:50

When Teele Karro first started teaching informatics at the Pärnu Koidula High School three years ago, she was surprised by the limited computer skills of high school students. “I thought I was dealing with the IT generation that spends all its time online,...

Video: Estonia marks 25 years since last Russian troops were withdrawn

30.08.2019, 5:13

This year marks 25 years since the day when the last Russian troops were withdrawn from Estonian soil.

Martin Helme proposes expensive road building solution

30.08.2019, 3:10

A plan to have the private sector develop four-lane highways on which the state would pay rent might end up costing a pretty penny as private companies are used to profitable ventures. The idea would require thorough analysis to prove that a private...

Europe’s most modern border reduced to a fence for now

30.08.2019, 3:06

The government concluded, after a sitting in the Piusa border cordon yesterday, that Estonia’s grand eastern border will initially consist of just a long fence. The border project that was launched as Europe’s most modern two governments ago will also have...

Capital of Culture Tartu recovering from victory

29.08.2019, 10:32

When the decision to hand the title of European Capital of Culture 2024 to Tartu was announced at the Ministry of Culture yesterday, the room was filled with cheers. “It feels tremendously good,” said Berk Vaher, editor-in-chief of the city’s campaign...

People feel they are not coping despite continued salary rally

29.08.2019, 10:28

The average gross salary grew by 7.4 percent to €1,419 a month in the second quarter year-over-year. Even though salaries have been growing steadily for a full decade, assessments of coping suddenly took a dive last year.

Aas looking for additional millions for Rail Baltic stops

28.08.2019, 10:22

Rail Baltic will also have local trains for which local stops will be constructed by 2030 at the latest, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) promised. Aas hopes to finance the construction from sale of emissions quotas, European...

Audit: state unable to organize language training

28.08.2019, 10:18

People who have lived in Estonia for years but still cannot speak the official language are often accused of laziness and lack of interest. A report by the National Audit Office now finds that the problem lies with the state rather than people. Estonia has...

State to invest five million in border control

27.08.2019, 10:59

The Ministry of the Interior’s IT and development center SMIT has proclaimed a tender for a partner to rent, install and maintain automatic border control gates for a period of up to seven years.

TalTech promises report of criminal offence in Nurkse institute scandal

27.08.2019, 10:52

Rector of Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) Jaak Aaviksoo said at a press conference over the financing scandal of the university’s Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance that he plans to take circumstances published in the press to...

Karis: Aaviksoo should have taken immediate action

27.08.2019, 10:49

Former University of Tartu rector and auditor general Alar Karis finds that if the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance really paid people for work they didn’t do, it constitutes fraud and theft. Karis said that Aaviksoo should have acted...

Support for Reform Party continues to grow

26.08.2019, 10:58

Support for Estonia’s opposition Reform Party continues to rise, while that of runner-up Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), a junior member of the three-party government coalition, has declined slightly, a survey commissioned by Postimees and BNS and...

Estonia sports lowest money laundering risk

26.08.2019, 10:43

Risk of money laundering and terrorist financing lowest in Estonia among 125 countries, the recent Basel AML Index finds.

EKRE’s special prosecutors idea hits first snag

26.08.2019, 10:39

Having lowered excise duties on alcohol, the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) is looking to its other election promises. One such is the justice reform a central aspect of which is the introduction of special prosecutors. However, the national...

Victims of communism, nazism to be remembered at Maarjamäe

23.08.2019, 10:03

A traditional ceremony of remembrance will be held at the memorial to victims of communism at Maarjamäe in Tallinn on Friday, the European day of remembrance for victims of totalitarian regimes. 

Second pillar funds to be accessible in 2021

23.08.2019, 9:56

Minister of Finance Martin Helme, who presented the principles of the pension reform to members of the government yesterday, hopes that the first II pension pillar disbursements could be made in early 2021.

TalTech’s secret: top scientists embezzled EU support

22.08.2019, 10:50

Evidence clearly shows how Estonian scientists took the European Commission for a ride using false data. Rector of TalTech Jaak Aaviksoo has known about the scheme for five months but has done nothing about it in that time.

Estonian package delivery robot to feed US campuses

21.08.2019, 4:46

Estonian package delivery robots manufacturer Starship Technologies has raised €40 million from foreign investors and plans to grow tenfold by conquering university campuses in America.

Kõlvart working on new city media

21.08.2019, 4:44

The days of the decade-old Tallinn Television (TTV) seem to be numbered. Postimees’ information suggests the city is considering consolidating TTV and newspapers Pealinn, Stolitsa and Raepress.

Estonia should not choose sides in Europe

19.08.2019, 1:20

A dialogue of mutes over whether Estonia’s reputation has already been (irreversibly) damaged or not gets us nowhere, columnist Kalev Stoicescu writes

Reform taking away Ratas’ leverage over EKRE

19.08.2019, 10:58

The recent attempt by the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) to fire Police and Border Guard Board chief Elmar Vaher initially brought a smile to the opposition’s face – the coalition conservatives are doing more to dismantle the government than the...

Helme tried to fire the police chief by overstepping his authority

16.08.2019, 2:59

The minister of the interior’s much unexpected attempt yesterday to dismiss by overstepping his authority Elmar Vaher, the director general of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), turned into a total confusion by the evening, full of loud and...

Hard race for real estate funding

15.08.2019, 4:08

As the autumn state budget talks are coming up, the government decided to reduce its September work load and settle the state real instate investment plans this week.

The bear Prosha from Pskov was caught and taken to zoo

15.08.2019, 3:02

Early Wednesday morning a vet and a group of hunters caught one of the bears wandering in Valga county. The young male bear Prosha was brought to Tallinn Zoo by morning and preparations are in progress to return him to Russia.

Isamaa and Center Party quarrel over their promises

14.08.2019, 6:56

Representatives of the Center Party, EKRE and Isamaa coalition, back from their summer vacation, asserted after the day-long meeting on Monday essentially the same that they had written in the coalition agreement already in April: the promises regarding the...

NATO general: battalions have been developing like three puddles

12.08.2019, 2:38

The NATO advance battalions in the Baltics are fine, but they have developed like three separate puddles, admits General James Everard, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Russian helicopter base on Hogland island poses no direct threat to Estonia – experts

09.08.2019, 4:27

Experts agree that Russia’s recent decision to establish a helicopter base on Hogland island 55 kilometers from Estonia’s coast is meant as a demonstration of power.

Amazon’s Estonian subsidiary veiled in secret

09.08.2019, 4:23

The US retail giant Amazon established approximately a month ago its Estonian subsidiary Amazon Data Services Estonia OÜ, which leads to a conclusion that the concern plans to set up a data center here or offer cloud services. But the world’s largest online...

Leave for fathers extended to 30 days

08.08.2019, 4:07

Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik signed a regulation yesterday extending the ten-day leave granted to the father of a newborn to 30 days. Although the amendment is now certain, the new system will only apply to those whose child is born after July 1,...

Helme: revenue from hard liquor excise has increased threefold

08.08.2019, 4:04

Minister of Finance Martin Helme announced via the social media that the receipts from alcohol excise duty have increased by 40 percent in July as compared with July 1018. The increase of revenue from hard liquor excise was as high as 174 percent or almost...

Ministry of Social Affairs sues Innove

07.08.2019, 5:26

The foundation Innove, which mediates EU support funds, is reclaiming more than 350,000 euros from the Ministry of Social Affairs, which was allocated a couple of years ago for support services with handicapped children. The ministry refuses to repay the sum...

New health centers have trouble finding family doctors

07.08.2019, 5:23

Health centers being established or already operating are facing a situation where they cannot hire as many family physicians as they had initially hoped. In the worst case this may result in a recourse reaching hundreds of thousands of euros.

Thirsty Finns helped Tallink break the record

06.08.2019, 3:01

While the number of Tallink passengers has been declining recently, July saw the record number of all times and the amount of alcohol purchased aboard the ferries has also skyrocketed after the reduction of the alcohol excise tax. It seems that the Finns are...