Citizens said no to blanket citizenship
Member of the Free Party faction of the Riigikogu, one of the authors of the Estonian Constitution Jüri Adams says that any attempt to change the foundations of Estonia's citizenship policy is an attempt to change the results of the 1992 referendum that would rip open old wounds.
26.01.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Government scored half a victory in administrative reform case
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling definitely showed the green light for the forced merger of municipalities, but on the other hand this complicates the merger of municipalities based purely on the minimum limit of 5,000 residents.
21.12.2016, Nils NiitraPM
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
Veronica Anghel: a directly elected president may not be the best choice of structural reform
Dear Estonia, it’s been one month since your successful presidential elections and three since your first attempt of August 29th. It was a challenge that gave you the right to voice frustration with a system that made you just as much of an observer as any foreigner.
08.11.2016, Veronica AnghelPM
Administrative reform fate slipping into Supreme Court hands
According to thorough legal analysis completed last week the administrative reform violates constitutional rights of local governments in several issues. If Supreme Court sides with the local governments who ordered the analysis, part of the law is likely to be annulled and the reform will not be fully carried out.
15.08.2016, Oliver KundPM
Two chair bill will produce retarded policy
Tomorrow is second Riigikogu reading for draft act allowing parliament members to also sit on local councils. Former Chancellor of Justice Allar Jõks fought it back then and is fighting it now, claiming the descent of Riigikogu people upon councils is a sign of shortage of party cadres and will hinder development.
09.05.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: statemanship v cheap points hunt
Assessing the legislation, we paint quite a good picture of responsibility shown at Toompea. Five years ago, Estonian Service Industry Association initiated its best/worst law competition doing a decent job reflecting the words/deeds balance in our politicians. Wanting to get something done in earnest v pure populism.
Rigid law obstructs humane approach
Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) deputy director-general Priit Pärkna says migration office has been at pains to find a way to remain in Estonia for the Albanian family successfully adapted. Even so, the officials are now looking to lawgivers as humane decisions are hindered by stiffness of current law.
11.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Coalition divorcing over partnership?
By yesterday, seven IRL parliamentarians were poised to vote for registered partnership act implementation provisions to pass. Nevertheless, in their struggle for points scored in eyes of electorate the parties managed to get entangled in a fresh mess.
29.01.2016, Tuuli KochPM
IRL wants constitution to state marriage is between man, woman
Estonian Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) is to propose making an amendment to the Constitution according to which marriage is only between a man and a woman.
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 establishes hospital room headquarters
In private ward at East-Tallinn Central Hospital for third day, Centre chairman and Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar will have his heart condition checked today.
25.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Chancellor of Justice considers councils membership makeover
Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise says the current situation where Riigikogu members sit at state enterprise councils - people basically controlled by the minister or at least restricted in ability to inspect activity of minister - is questionable regarding separation of powers.
02.09.2015, Karin KangroPM
Editorial: new head of state on horizon
The landscape regarding presidential elections in the fall of 2016 is far from decided. But - there's still time. Presumably, the public debate heats up come New Year.
«Putin is as powerful as Estonia's president!»
In Russia, things are bad. Judge for yourself: anti-Putin conspiracy is already underway! Liquidation of Russia is being attempted! Putin's orders aren't being obeyed! Russia isn't a sovereign state and needs to be saved!
28.07.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Estonian parlt repeals unconstitutional restriction of minors' right to abortion
Estonian lawmakers on Thursday revoked restrictions on minors' right to terminate pregnancy deemed to be unconstitutional by the justice chancellor.
State seeking solution to cut serial complaining
Justice ministry law policy vice chancellor Kai Härmand says they are seeking solutions to deal with avalanche of appeals by inmates.
11.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Debating Society: Scotland would be economically viable with its abundance of natural resource
Scotland would be economically a viable country with its abundance of natural resource, finds Estonian Debating Society's team in today’s online debate.
17.09.2014, Estonian Debating SocietyPM
Editorial: why fear the votes of our very own kids?
A month ago, to the day, 41 Riigikogu members launched a bill to alter the constitution. Yesterday, the government said yes. Aim of the amendment is for 16 and 17 year olds to obtain voting rights – as things stand, 18 is the threshold.
Allar Jõks, Carri Ginter: Constitution defeated a roadroller 1:0
Allar Jõks and Carri Ginter write that although the Government continued to act as if being in a parallel world last year, the year-end gave hope that Riigikogu’s patience is about to run out.
16.01.2014, Hendrik Alla