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Response from Postimees regarding the statement of Reporters Without Borders

17.01.2020, 1:28

Editors at Postimees have written a response to a statement by Reporters Without Borders where doubts were raised about the newspaper's future.

State to hold employers responsible for foreign labor

16.01.2020, 11:54

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 third...

Interior minister, police chief warn of emergence of immigration problems

15.01.2020, 5:07

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.

Judge rules in Savisaar trial

15.01.2020, 5:02

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.

State company supervisory boards should support government policy

14.01.2020, 1:39

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 economy as...

Marina Kaljurand to become member of UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

13.01.2020, 2:11

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.

Drinking habit claims three lives

13.01.2020, 2:08

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 based on...

Party members put on appointment committee

10.01.2020, 10:49

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.

President: Estonia working to reduce tensions in Middle East

09.01.2020, 11:58

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.

Future of Harju County in trams

09.01.2020, 11:55

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 survey...

Estonians escaping the inferno in Australia

08.01.2020, 1:05

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.

M.V.Wool seeking to relaunch Harku plant

07.01.2020, 9:03

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 plant and...

Kaljulaid takes key position in SDE

07.01.2020, 8:59

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 government...

Estonia has know-how to share with the world

06.01.2020, 11:10

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 the...

Busy year ahead

03.01.2020, 11:07

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 nor blame...

PPA admits Estonia used to be too rough on refugee families

31.12.2019, 2:59

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.

PM: I have never been one to cling to a position

30.12.2019, 4:04

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.

Russia warns of strict measures if Estonia continues to oppress Sputnik

27.12.2019, 10:37

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 Thursday.

Volunteer: Something told me I would find her today

27.12.2019, 10:34

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.

We don’t know what flowers will bloom from seeds planted this year

23.12.2019, 12:57

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 one thing,...

Estonian PM voices appreciation of UK’s contribution to security

23.12.2019, 12:53

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. 

Estonian gang emptied Indian bank accounts

20.12.2019, 11:41

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 whatsoever....

Chain pharmacies take frustration out on clients

19.12.2019, 4:16

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 just one...

Estonia to be hit by major storm Wednesday evening

18.12.2019, 11:12

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.

Postimees ex-chief editor Peeter Helme suspected of sexual enticement of child

18.12.2019, 11:09

The police in November briefly detained Peeter Helme, former editor-in-chief of Postimees, and declared him suspect in a sexual offense.

Coalition stumbles twice

18.12.2019, 11:03

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 partner EKRE...

Motion of no confidence in Estonian interior minister fails

17.12.2019, 12:33

A motion of no confidence in Interior Minister Mart Helme failed in the Estonian parliament on Tuesday. 

Third of economic growth built on tears of Ukrainians in Estonia

16.12.2019, 2:55

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 the...

E-voting task force finishes report including 25 proposals for improving system

13.12.2019, 4:55

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.

Internal security reserve to cost more than forecast

13.12.2019, 4:52

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 has been...

Number of low-income workers falling fast

12.12.2019, 12:43

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.

Estonian parliament approves 2020 state budget

11.12.2019, 7:00

The Estonian parliament passed the state budget bill for 2020 in the third and final reading on Wednesday. 

Estonian farmers expecting for govt to stand up for their rights in EU

11.12.2019, 6:39

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 for the...

Last minute expenses from government reserve

11.12.2019, 11:34

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 for...

Elron CEO has bad news for coach operators

10.12.2019, 11:58

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 opposite...

New tax for welfare services

09.12.2019, 6:11

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.

New pharmacy reform plan full of wholesalers’ talking points

06.12.2019, 12:15

“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...

Court decides to release traitor Herman Simm from jail

06.12.2019, 10:20

The Tartu County Court decided on Thursday to release convicted traitor Herman Simm on parole before serving his full term in jail.

Aeg to 43 judges: concentrate, do not be emotional

05.12.2019, 11:34

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 of the...

National Audit Office: the completion of the Rail Baltic project by the deadline is not realistic

05.12.2019, 11:12

The audit of the National Audit Office of Estonia indicated that in the case of the Rail Baltic railway project delays have occurred and the forecasts of some activities have increased, including in the section for which Estonia is responsible.

Estonian students best in Europe

04.12.2019, 11:37

The results of the PISA 2018 tests reveal that 15-year-old Estonian students are on top in Europe and second only to students from wealthy Chinese provinces. And while teachers grading the high school Estonian language examination have said how the level of...

Investors subscribe to 71 percent of maximum Coop Pank IPO volume

03.12.2019, 1:22

During the initial public offering (IPO) of Coop Pank, some 11,000 investors subscribed to almost 33 million of the bank’s shares and as a result of the subscription, 71 percent of the original maximum planned IPO volume of 46 million shares was achieved. 

Aller: Subsidy schemes not widespread

03.12.2019, 1:19

Incoming Minister of Rural Affairs Arvo Aller told the “Otse Postimehest” program yesterday that the Agricultural Registers and Information Board (PRIA) is generally successful in managing support and recent unfortunate incidents could rather be described...

EKRE's candidate for rural affairs minister says trusts PRIA

02.12.2019, 2:13

The candidate of the Conservative People's Party (EKRE) for the post of minister of rural affairs Arvo Aller said that he trusts the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board (PRIA) and that he hopes that next year’s state budget will be...

Javeus: We depend on America and Germany

02.12.2019, 12:53

The Estonian economy and that of the other Baltic and Nordic countries depends primarily on what is happening in the United States and Germany, John Javeus, chief strategist for SEB Group, says in an interview.

Järvik put pressure on PRIA in the interests of three businesses

28.11.2019, 11:46

The missing piece of the Ministry of Rural Affairs’ scandal is an August meeting where Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) members Mart Järvik and his adviser Maido Pajo tried to pressure the Agricultural Registers and Information Board (PRIA) to dial back...

Zelensky receives warm welcome in Tallinn

27.11.2019, 11:43

If Volodymyr Zelensky’s character in the Ukrainian comedy series “Servant of the People” Vassyl Goloborodko loved to bike to work, Zelensky has been favoring a car and a police escort since being elected president of Ukraine in May.

Four-lane highways plan given time frame

27.11.2019, 11:39

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has finished its new road maintenance plan that sheds light on the government’s political priorities for roadbuilding, including reconstructing Estonia’s three main highways to have four lanes.

Lemetti case to become test of rule of law

26.11.2019, 11:21

Reporting corruption cost Secretary General of the Ministry of Rural Affairs Illar Lemetti his job yesterday. Neither PM Jüri Ratas nor President Kersti Kaljulaid had any criticism for Lemetti, with the president issuing a public apology in the name of...

Ousting of third EKRE minister costs public servant position

26.11.2019, 11:16

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center Party) released from office Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik but granted him a final wish in also dismissing the ministry’s secretary general Illar Lemetti yesterday. Unlike the PM, leading members of Järvik’s...