Party members less than generous
Estonian parliament parties received fewer donations than usually in post-election 2016 for a total of €1.2 million.
13.01.2017, Karin KangroPM
Governor of Central Tallinn borough to quit after conviction becomes final
The governor of the borough of Central Tallinn, Alar Naame, is about to tender his resignation now that a court's verdict finding him guilty of embezzlement has taken effect.
Businessmen make huge donation in exchange for decisions
A precedent was born in Estonian party financing immediately before the new year when eight businessmen donated a total of €800,000 to political parties. The donors say the money comes as thanks for long-awaited decisions in addressing the country's low birthrate.
10.01.2017, Oliver KundPM
Free Party proposes ministerial suitability criteria
The Riigikogu faction of the Free Party introduced a bill yesterday that would prescribe clear suitability criteria for ministers and obligate the president to refuse to appoint ministers who do not meet said criteria and could therefore undermine the credibility of state authority.
16.12.2016, Piret LaksonPM
How to spin political money
The internal security service and the prosecution believe they have cracked former Tallinn mayor and Center Party head Edgar Savisaar's alleged Swiss money laundering scheme.
14.12.2016, Oliver KundPM
Third of votes unstable
Center Party chairman Jüri Ratas and his team took solace in knowing that only two of the party's 27 Riigikogu delegates belonged to former chairman Savisaar when the coalition was put together. Every role call vote of late shows they still number around ten, and that they remain critical.
13.12.2016, Tuuli KochPM
My contact with Savisaar was to serve the country
Tycoon Hillar Teder, accused of bribing the Center Party, claims he is innocent as the money he gave to the party's campaign chief Paavo Pettai was aimed at promoting real estate objects in the port area to potential investors.
08.12.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Tarmo Tamm to become Estonia's rural affairs minister
The Center Party has chosen Tarmo Tamm, head of its parliamentary group, to take over as minister of rural affairs following the resignation of Martin Repisnki.
Savisaar hoped for money from Kremlin two years ago
All leading figures of the Center Party today have spent the last six years trying to distance themselves from the party's onerous cooperation protocol with United Russia, claimed to be ceremonial from the first.
07.12.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Estonian farm minister resigns after less than 2 weeks on the job
Estonia's Minister of Rural Affairs Martin Repinski handed his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Tuesday, less than two weeks after the new government was sworn in on Nov. 23.
Charges reveal Savisaar's secret life
One of the most thrilling reads of recent years, Edgar Savisaar's criminal file, reveals how things were done in the capital during Savisaar's time in the mayor's office. The most telling example is construction tycoon Aivar Tuulberg's bribery affair.
06.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Reps to take care of Russian schools
Let it be said right away that talk of Mailis Reps' ambition to secure the position of justice minister was, according to her, mere speculation as the Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL) was dead set on reserving that position for Urmas Reinsalu from the first. The Center Party's 41-year-old deputy chairman becoming education minister once more was rather a last minute outcome.
05.12.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Center's popularity lead over Reform Party narrows to 1 pt in November
Estonian Center Party's lead over the Reform Party in popularity rankings has narrowed to one point, it appears from a survey Kantar Emor pollsters conducted for BNS at the end of November.
Ratas promises no prime minister's show on Tallinn TV
Tallinn TV, costing the capital's taxpayers millions of euros, has now left Center Party chairman, PM Jüri Ratas with a choice: whether to continue Savisaarian propaganda media, or order the medium to plot a new course and concentrate on municipal matters.
29.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Ratas' government takes office
Chairman of the Center Party Jüri Ratas was given powers to form Estonia's next government with 53 votes after three hours of answering MPs' questions in the parliament yesterday.
22.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Our coalition can do without monkey business
Jüri Ratas, set to officially become Estonia's prime minister the day after tomorrow, believes it is important Estonia would not be limited to Tallinn and Tartu, and that the tax system would finally be updated.
21.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Coalition agreement signed
Chairman of the Center Party Juri Ratas, chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) Margus Tsahkna and chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) Jevgeni Ossinovski signed the coalition agreement in Toompea Castle, the seat of the Estonian parliament, on Monday.
Free Party will not join new govt coalition
The Free Party will not join the new government coalition being set up by the Estonian Center Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL).
Future government plans wide-ranging tax reform
The new government plans to introduce an €315 million investment program, privatize, either in part or in full, four state-owned companies, lay down a banking tax, abolish income tax incentives on loan interests etc. Grand redistribution of taxes is also in the pipeline that will see minimum income exempt from tax raised from the current 170 euros a month to 500 euros from 2018.
18.11.2016, Tõnis OjaPM
Officials parry talk of East turn
While Estonia discusses tax changes, both government office, as well as foreign and defense ministry officials are busy combating rumors started by some foreign publications of a Kremlin-minded government about to take power in Estonia.
18.11.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Talks entering home stretch
While the desire of the partners of the new government, now tired of night sittings, to keep their soul and face remains a minor annoyance, the Center Party's promise to ensure voting discipline means the triumvirate will have an agreement by tomorrow evening, which it can then present to party councils on Saturday.
17.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Tax hikes in the pipeline
The general outline of the new coalition's tax policy had more or less taken shape behind closed doors by yesterday evening. It is very probable promises for the coming years will be covered with the help of new consumption taxes, and social and income tax hikes.
17.11.2016, Oliver KundPM
In the name of Russian votes
Members of the party at the time make no secret of the fact that the Center Party's scandalous cooperation agreement with Vladimir Putin's United Russia party was signed in 2004 with one simple goal in mind – to finally help the party come to power on the wings of the Russian vote.
15.11.2016, Oliver KundPM
Center Party-Putin Deal Puts Estonia’s International Reputation at Risk
Hidden in the shadow of Tuesday’s US presidential elections and away from the gaze of international media, the opposition leaders of Estonia’s coalition government hoped to quietly pull the plug on the long standing Reform Party government.
11.11.2016, Marcus KolgaPM
Initiatives need to be implemented soon
The prime minister's economic development working group, headed by Erkki Raasuke, presented its report to the public and the incoming coalition yesterday. The working group was paradoxically called to life by outgoing Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, while the fruits of its labor will now benefit his three biggest competitors.
11.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Coalition agreement progress one day at a time
Estonia's possible new triumvirate government hopes to sign the coalition agreement, talks on which kicked off with security topics the day before yesterday, by the end of next week. Yesterday saw the parties move on to tax and economic questions, which are also on the agenda for today. The hopeful coalition will work through Saturday to take a day of rest before the new week on Sunday.
11.11.2016, Karin KangroPM
Ratas: Estonian Center Party's agreement with United Russia is non-active
According to Juri Ratas, chairman of Estonia's Center Party which on Wednesday launched consultations to set up a new government, his party's cooperation agreement with Russia's ruling party United Russia is not active.
Thorny path towards a new government
Three quiet claps that followed the successful vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas in the parliament yesterday characterize the difficult path ahead of the next potential coalition.
10.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Center, IRL, SDE: Estonia needs fresh ideas
Estonia's Center Party, Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) said on Wednesday evening after launching coalition consultations that the new government plans to be open to and consider everybody's good ideas.
Heads of 5 Estonian parlt groups invite PM to resign by 2 p.m. on Wednesday
Chairmen of five Estonian parliamentary groups after a meeting on Tuesday afternoon invited Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, the chairman of the Reform Party, to resign as head of government by Wednesday at 2 p.m. or otherwise all five parties will express no confidence in him.
Center Party to form new government
The Center Party will be a part of the next government – this much is for certain today. Whether the race for a new government will be won by the Reform Party or Pro Patria (IRL) and the social democrats (SDE) together will become clear in the coming days.
08.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Savisaar won't attend Center Party congress, asks to vote for Toom
The incumbent chairman of Estonia's Center Party, Edgar Savisaar, announced on Friday that he will not attend the party's extraordinary congress on Saturday and is asking his supporters to vote for Yana Toom at the chairman election, at the same time stressing that he will not withdraw from politics and will definitely continue in the Center Party.
Center Party's rating climbs to 25 pct
The opposition Estonian Center Party saw its approval rating soar by five percentage points month over month to 25 percent in October, it appears from the outcome of a poll taken by Kantar Emor for BNS.
Coup attempt in the Center Party
The civil war of the Center Party that is now being fought for political life or death is between two camps. The question is which will emerge victorious after the party's upcoming congress. Opponents of Edgar Savisaar have made more headway recently by convincing several of his past supporters to switch sides.
28.09.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Survey: Center Party is still Estonia's most popular party
The Center Party and the Reform Party were Estonia's most popular parties in September, while support for the opposition Conservative People's Party (EKRE) and the Free Party is declining, results of a survey commissioned by the public broadcaster ERR and carried out by pollster Turu-uuringute AS show.
Center removes Loone
The board of the Center Party removed secretary-general Oudekki Loone from office yesterday, in the aftermath of the party's letters of guarantee scandal. The board also made a proposal to hold an extraordinary party congress on November 5 that should see Jüri Ratas run for chairman. Loone's duties will be taken over by former MP and social minister, board member Jaak Aab.
26.09.2016, Georgi BeltadzePM
Governor of Central Tallinn found guilty also in circuit court
The Tallinn circuit court on Tuesday left unchanged the verdict of the Harju county court according to which governor of the borough of Central Tallinn, Alar Naame, was found guilty of embezzlement.
Tallinn borough governor declared suspect as accessory to embezzlement
The governor of the borough of North Tallinn, Raimond Kaljulaid, said on Twitter after an interview with the Internal Security Service (ISS) that he had been declared a suspect as accessory to embezzlement.
Savisaar-Toobal Tandem Heralds New Crisis
A guarantee letter for 450,000 euros, bearing the signature of former Center Party secretary general Priit Toobal, of which the party leadership learned no more than a month ago, could lead to a worst case scenario of seizure of property, frozen bank accounts, and compulsory retirement of the chairman post haste.
02.09.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Kohtla-Jarve mayor to be recalled after sentence becomes final
Jevgeni Solovjov, mayor of the northeast Estonian industrial city of Kohtla-Jarve whose conviction of a corruption offense became final on Monday, is set to leave the office of mayor.
Reps says is glad that electoral college will elect president
Mailis Reps, presidential candidate of the opposition Center Party, expressed her pleasure after the failure of the parliament to elect the president of Estonia for the next five years on Tuesday over the task of electing the head of state now passing to the electoral college.
Center Party parlt group nominates Reps as presidential candidate
The nomination of candidates for registration for the first round of the vote on the new president of Estonia in the Riigikogu started at 9 a.m. on Thursday and the first candidate to be nominated was Mailis Reps, the Center Party's candidate who got the signatures of the party's whole parliamentary group.
Savisaar not granted permission to return to office
The Harju county court on Thursday decided that the exclusion from office of Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar who is under criminal investigation has to continue.
Free Party chair asks for Center Party's opinion on Toom's meeting with Assad
The Center Party has to give an evaluation of its member MEP Yana Toom's meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who is accused of crimes against humanity, chairman of Estonia's Free Party Andres Herkel says.
Reform Party is Estonia's most popular party in June
Estonia's most popular party in June is the Reform Party which was supported by 27 percent of respondents, results of a survey commissioned by BNS and carried out by pollster TNS Emor show.
Center appoints Toobal to party finance watchdog
The opposition Center Party has appointed Priit Toobal, secretary general of the party, as its representative in the Supervisory Committee on Party Financing.
Court partially satisfies photographer's claim on Estonian Center Party
The Tallinn-based Harju county court has satisfied in part a claim of photographer Jill Greenberg on the opposition Estonian Center Party and a nonprofit of the Center Party for unauthorized use of her work.
Savisaar allowed to travel to Switzerland
The prosecutor's office allowed chairman of Estonia's Center Party Edgar Savisaar, who is under suspicion of graft and has because of that been suspended from the office of mayor of Tallinn, to travel to Switzerland, the daily Postimees reports.
02.02.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Criminal proceeding opened as MP's blood alcohol content exceeds 1.5 permille
A criminal procedure was opened after Dmitri Dmitrijev, the MP who crashed his car while intoxicated shortly after midnight on Thursday, was found to have a blood alcohol concentration higher than 1.5 permille.
Governor of Central Tallinn charged with embezzlement
Prosecutors have charged Alar Naame, governor of the borough of Central Tallinn, with embezzling 2,800 euros from the borough government, the news portal of the public broadcaster ERR said.
Estonia's top court upholds Savisaar's suspension from office
The ruling of the first tier Harju county court to exclude leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn in connection with his being a suspect in a corruption investigation, upheld by the Tallinn Circuit Court in October, has been cleared also by the Supreme Court, which has refused to handle an appeal by Savisaar's lawyer Oliver Naas.
Savisaar says leaders of Center Party in Narva to change soon
A change of leadership is due soon in the Narva chapter of the Center Party, the party's chairman Edgar Savisaar said on Thursday.
Conviction of Center Party's Toobal, Laasi becomes final
The conviction of Center Party members Priit Toobal and Lauri Laasi who were found guilty of several criminal offenses in lower level courts became final by Friday's ruling of the Supreme Court.
EKRE sole parliamentary party to grow support
The Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) was the only parliamentary party whose support grew in November, it appears from a survey taken by TNS Emor for BNS.
Support for Estonia's Center Party higher than for 2 coalition parties combined - survey
Estonia's opposition Center Party enjoyed higher support than two most popular ruling coalition parties between them in November, it appears from a survey Turu-uuringute AS pollsters conducted for the public broadcaster ERR.
Priit Toobal quits as MP
Priit Toobal, secretary general of the opposition Center Party, said on Wednesday he is resigning as member of the parliament before the Supreme Court announces its verdict on an appeal filed by him and other defendants found quilty of instigation to illegal surveillance and other offenses by lower level courts.
Kohtla-Jarve mayor found guilty of corruption not to resign
Jevgeni Solovjov, mayor of the northeast Estonian city of Kohtla-Jarve who was on Wednesday found guilty of corruption, does not consider himself to be guilty, is not planning to step down and is planning to appeal the decision of the first-tier court.
Simson: Savisaar promised to put to vote cooperation with United Russia
According to Kadri Simson, deputy chairman of the Center Party who is running for the position of party chairman, the party's current leader Edgar Savisaar has promised that the party's cooperation agreement with United Russia will be put to the vote.
Estonia's justice chancellor says mandate doesn't exempt anyone from liability
All people are equal before the law and a mandate received in elections does not exempt anyone from responsibility, Estonia's Chancellor of Justice Ulle Madise said in her opinion concerning the exclusion of Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn.
Savisaar scandal has no significant impact on party's rating
The bribery scandal in which chairman of the Estonian Center Party and Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar is a suspect had no major impact on the rating of the Center Party, it appears from a fresh survey commissioned by the public broadcaster ERR.
Estonian appeals court upholds Savisaar's suspension from office
The Tallinn Circuit Court on Friday upheld the ruling of a first tier court to exclude leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn in connection with his being a suspect in a corruption investigation.
MEP Toom calls new meeting of Center Party members who nominated Simson
Member of the European Parliament Yana Toom, one of the most high-profile champions of the reelection of Edgar Savisaar as leader of the Center Party, has called a new meeting of the board of the party's Narva chapter which last week nominated Kadri Simson as its candidate for chairman of the party.
Savisaar rules out becoming party's honorary chairman
Chairman of the Estonian Center Party Edgar Savisaar posted a letter in the party's internal mailing list on Wednesday in which he ruled out the possibility of becoming honorary chairman of the party.
Center Party to collect signatures in Savisaar's support
The opposition Center Party expects to collect 40,000 signatures in ten days in support of its leader and Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar.
06.10.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Reform Party retakes 2nd place in popularity poll
With the opposition Center Party maintaining the top spot, the Reform Party again emerged as the second most popular political party in Estonia in a survey taken by TNS Emor earlier this month, pushing the Free Party to third place.
Savisaar to step into public for first time on Aug 20
Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar is to step into public on Aug. 20, the 24th anniversary of Estonia regaining its independence, for the first time since March.
Tallinn Mayor Savisaar returns to office
Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar who has been on sick leave since March returned to office on Wednesday.
Tallinn Mayor Savisaar to possibly return to office in August
According to chairman of the council of Tallinn Kalev Kallo it is possible that Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar could return to work already in August.
Centrist Mutli to appeal court's decision re electoral ad dispute
Jaanus Mutli, former deputy mayor of the Estonian capital city Tallinn and member of the Center Party, is planning to appeal a ruling of the Tallinn Administrative Court in which it decided not to overturn a prescription of the political party financing supervision committee (ERJK) for Mutli to pay back to the Tallinn city government the sum he used for a local government ad.
Free Party rises to 2nd in June party popularity rankings
According to the latest TNS Emor poll commissioned by BNS, the Free Party has become the second most popular party after Center in Estonia.
Center Party asks president not to sign tax changes into law
Chair of the parliamentary group and acting head of Estonia's opposition Center Party Kadri Simson on Tuesday asked President Toomas Hendrik Ilves to not promulgate the tax law amendments passed by the Riigikogu on Monday.
Estonian prime minister stands up to no-confidence vote
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas survived a vote of no confidence in parliament on Monday, sidestepping the second serious challenge to him and his two-month-old coalition government related to the package of tax changes that the coalition wants to push through to secure sources of financing for its government program.
Estonian Center Party decides to move against prime minister
The Center Party will start collecting parliament members' signatures in support of a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, vice chair of the opposition party and head of its parliamentary group Kadri Simson said after an emergency meeting of the party board on Wednesday.
Fall in support to 19 pct leaves Reform Party 2nd in popularity rankings
The Reform Party which in March was still the most popular party in Estonia with 28 percent support has since fallen to second place, ranking far behind the Center Party with 19 percent, it appears from a survey conducted by TNS Emor for BNS.
Friend says Savisaar recovering rapidly
Peep Podder, director of the Jogeva hospital and a close friend of Edgar Savisaar, has said the leader of the Center Party and mayor of Tallinn is recovering rapidly from the illness that left him in a critical condition for weeks as a result of infection with a meat-eating bacteria.
Roivas: It's logical that Cohabitation Act will take effect in Estonia
Answering a question from a Center Party MP in parliament on Wednesday, prime minister designate Taavi Roivas said the enactment of the Cohabitation Act is a logical course of events.
Another Estonian court finds Toobal, Laasi guilty
Estonia's Tallinn circuit court on Tuesday found MPs Lauri Laasi and Priit Toobal as well as the Center Party guilty of several offenses, including unauthorized surveillance, but the defendants have decided to take the case to the Supreme Court.
Center Party hands in first motion of Estonia's new parlt
Parliamentary group of Estonia's Center Party on Tuesday handed in the first bill of the 13th Riigikogu which seeks to raise school lunch support from 0.78 euros to one euro.
Simson to temporarily fill in for Center Party chairman Savisaar
Board of Estonia's Center Party decided on Monday that deputy chair of the party Kadri Simson is to be the temporary substitute to chairman of the party Edgar Savisaar who is in hospital at present.
Doctors say Savisaar no longer critical
The condition of Center Party leader and mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar remains extremely serious but is no longer critical.
Center Party: Savisaar's condition hasn't changed significantly
The condition of the leader of the Estonian Center Party Edgar Savisaar has not changed significantly and doctors don't consider a new operation necessary at this point, the party said on Tuesday.
Doctors amputate Savisaar's leg above knee
Doctors at Tartu University Hospital have amputated one leg of Estonian Center Party leader Edgar Savisaar above knee.
Reform Party names Maris Lauri candidate for finance minister
The Reform Party, senior half of Estonia's ruling coalition, has decided to nominate Maris Lauri for the post of minister of finance.
Estonian Center Party gets rid of polls-related debt
The office of the Estonian Center Party on Wednesday presented to the committee for supervision over party finance a supplementary report according to which it has paid off its entire election-related debt.
Savisaar alone running for Estonian Center Party top post
Edgar Savisaar, founder and long-standing chairman of the Center Party, is the only candidate for chairman of the party for the election to be held at the party's congress on Sept. 7.
Centre Party popularity towering in Tallinn
TNS Emor research points to Centre Party continuing as most popular in Tallinn ahead of this fall’s local elections, supported by 46 per cent of respondents in Estonia’s capital.
01.08.2013, Karin KangroPM
Estonia: Center Party tops popularity ratings in July
Like a month earlier, the opposition Center Party was the most popular political party in Estonia in July, it appears from a poll TNS Emor conducted for the public broadcaster ERR.
Two high-profile former Centrists join Reform Party
Two high-profile former members of Estonia's Center Party, Ain Seppik and Toomas Varek, have joined the Reform Party and will be running in the fall local polls.
Savisaar hails advent of new political forces in Estonia
In a political statement read at a meeting of the Center Party's extended board on Saturday, leader of the party and mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar said that after the tumult in the Reform Party all new political forces in Estonia were full of new hope.
Savisaar says e-elections have seriously discredited themselves
Online elections have become seriously discredited in the light of the latest scandal of the Reform Party, leader of the opposition Center Party and mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar said ahead of a meeting on Friday of leaders of political parties called by the president.
Estonia's e-voting system wasn't attacked during election - Electoral Committee
The Estonian National Electoral Committee said in its answer to an inquiry from the opposition Center Party that no attacks against the online voting system took place during the Riigikogu elections of 2011.
SDE, Center top Estonian party ratings in May
The most popular parties among Estonian voters in May were the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Center Party, a poll conducted by Emor for the public broadcasting company ERR indicates.
Estonian econmin getting threatening phone calls after disclosure of number
Estonia's Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts has been getting threatening phone calls after his cell phone number was made public at a Center Party protest rally earlier this week.
Centre Party torch march demands that Parts resign
At 8 pm Monday night, a Centre Party organised torch march launched from Tammsaare Park, headed towards Ministry of Economy via Viru Street and Town Hall Square.
Center Party has clear predominance in Estonian capital - survey
The opposition Center Party is bound to emerge as the undisputed winner of the upcoming local polls in the Estonian capital, mustering as much support as the next two parties combined, it appears from a newly-released survey commissioned by public broadcaster ERR.
Estonian Center Party: rankings of parties could easily change
Going by the fairly stable ratings of Estonian political parties and the large share of voters without a party preference demonstrated by a fresh popularity poll, the rankings of parties could easily change, the Center Party says.
SDE remains most popular party in Estonia
The Social Democratic Party (SDE) enjoyed the highest support among Estonian voters also in April with 27 percent, news of public broadcaster ERR reported.
Estonia's Reform Party has managed to stay out of IRL's troubles - SDE politician
Commenting on the results of the latest party popularity poll, deputy chair of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) group in parliament Eiki Nestor observed that there are no big differences in support for the top three Estonian parties and attributed the continued rise in the Reform Party's support to its ability to stay out of coalition partner's troubles.
SDE, Center, Reform almost draw even in March popularity poll
Estonia's ruling Reform Party almost drew even with the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Center Party in the latest popularity poll.
Savisaar says Center, SDE have common adversary
The common adversary of the Center Party and the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) is extreme rightism, for the overpowering of which it's still not too late, leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar said in his speech at a meeting of Center's extended board on Saturday.