Port waiting for ideas for development competition
The Port of Tallinn has announced an international idea and architectural competition for its Vanasadam (old port) to find a long-term integral solution to tie the 54-hectare area to real estate developments and public space.
22.11.2016, Uwe GnadenteichPM
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
Digital registration underused
While the state is considering how to create a national digital registration center, expensive digital solutions of hospitals have not paid off. Estonians want to pick up the phone, even if put on hold for a long time, and tell the doctor what's wrong, instead of wrestling with ID-card passwords – as put by hospitals.
28.10.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
More conscripts and better intelligence
The Defense Forces development plan prescribes creation of a cyber command, procurement of mobile artillery, and sharply increased number of conscripts. The much-debated plan of procuring tanks has been shelved for the time being.
14.10.2016, Oliver Kund
Pildid ja video: hiinlased hakkavad rajama Egiptuse uut pealinna
Hiina investorid ja Egiptuse võimud lõid käed, et hakata rajama Egiptuse uut modernset, veel nimeta pealinna.
12.10.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Estonian defense co Milrem to expand Tallinn workshop
The Estonian defense industry company AS Milrem is to expand its Tallinn workshop due to different development and cooperation projects, and will soon announce a construction tender.
So an Estonian enterprise up and establishes headquarters on Mauritius
Barely a day after innovation minister from faraway Mauritius challenged Estonian enterprises to come let's take African IT market together, the first firm decides to place its regional headquarters on the tiny island.
03.06.2016, Aivar PauPM
Editorial: Ida-Viru County needs a vision for the future
Ida-Virumaa and its largest city Narva of nearly 60,000 inhabitants has been rather prominent in local and international media these past few years. predominantly, this has been because of the 2014 events in Ukraine: many a Western journalist has been seeking for another Donbas and Crimea both in Narva and the Latvian region of Latgale. Even so, the Daugavpils and Narva reality has proven otherwise, and one may understand the displeasure in locals regarding such focus.
Sõnajalg bros wind park partly financed by major Swedish tax debtor
Busy building a Sindi, Pärnu County wind park, Eurowind is owned by equal parts by turbine maker Eleon owned by Andres and Oleg Sõnajal, and a Panama-registered company E3WA. Representative and owner of the latter is Pär Anton Henrik Stigell (46) who according to Swedish tax board data owes the state 130 million kronor (€14.2m). Into the wind farm, Mr Stigell has invested half million euros.
28.04.2016, Aivar ÕepaPM
Development Fund to be shut down
Yesterday, Economic Affairs Committee at Riigikogu decided to shut down operations of Development Fund (Arengufond) as it currently stands. For development monitoring, a separate unit will be created at Riigikogu, and everything related to investments will be transferred to Kredex.
16.03.2016, Marge TubalkainPM
Administrative reform to get going at long last
Tossed to and fro by various winds of differing parties and governments these past couple of decades, after the governmental session tomorrow the administrative reform will presumably make it to Riigikogu to be deliberated.
09.03.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Tiit Kuuli: state's best security guarantee is economic wellbeing
During his long career, construction company Oma Ehitaja chairman Tiit Kuuli has not been in media too often but now the post presents a responsibility. He remains modest however and says that in a representative body with 15 professional associations and 15 top managers featured, the role of an individual must not be exaggerated.
07.03.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
Estonia's Milrem signs cooperation agreement with Singaporean defense industry co
The Estonian defense company Milrem and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd.(STK) concluded on Thursday at the Singapore Airshow a cooperation agreement for further development of unmanned tracked vehicle applications.
Editorial: Uber kaput?
These days, taxi app gets you an available driver in the blink of an eye. Basically, the technological solutions have triggered a taxi revolution especially embodied by the Uber-like drive sharing solutions. Anybody could do taxi now.
Work group to hunt elephants hindering economy of Estonia
Summonsing the economic experts, Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Rõivas is after ideas on how to reach the Nordic livings standards while avoiding the setting of a date.
01.02.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
2016 in economy: expect boredom
Though the year now behind us was filled with some sharpness it looked (macro)economically rather dull and LHV economist Heido Vitsur, twice winner of Postimees economic forecast, expects more of the same in 2016.
04.01.2016, Tõnis OjaPM
Norma backs out from making safety belts
A producer of car safety devices, Norma has been making safety belts for over four decades beginning in 1973. Now, a best known industrial enterprise in Estonia, they have focused on details providing greater added value.
21.12.2015, Tõnis OjaPM
Temperature rising: eHealth heats up
Freshly out of his job, Estonian eHealth Foundation head Raul Mill accuses social ministry in hammering on with a reform potentially in violation with law. The ministry thinks the only way to make eHealth work is grabbing the wheel.
18.12.2015, Oliver KundPM
Indian IT giant to hire half hundred Estonians
Yesterday, Indian enterprise HCL Technologies of $6bn in turnover opened regional centre in Tallinn to offer IT services to entire Europe. Of the hundred-some staff, half will be hired form Estonia.
04.12.2015, Aivar PauPM
Estonia a candidate for satellite data platform
Estonia has interest and capacity to create Baltic Sea satellite data platform, said enterprise minister Liisa Oviir following an unofficial EU and European Space Agency ministers meeting in Brussels this Monday.
02.12.2015, Aivar PauE24
Uber meelitas Google Mapsist juba teise tippjuhi üle
Google´i kaardirakenduse Maps tootejuht Manik Gupta teatas, et asub samal ametikohal tööle Uberi kaardiüksuses, vahendab Techradar.
Editorial: the rural Estonian swimming pool boom
Alas, European money alone will not make the Estonian regions equally prosperous. As shown by a Praxis study, the funds have found a use rather self-centered and driven by narrow-minded local interests.
The random use of EU money
Over these past seven years, Estonia's parishes and towns have received €4bn of European Union funding while equality of counties remains elusive.
01.12.2015, Anneli AmmasE24
Hiina lubas osa välispanku oma pankadevahelisele valuutaturule
Hiina keskpank teatas kolmapäeval, et on lubanud osa välispanku oma pankadevahelisele valuutaturule.
Editorial: 34,000 young Estonians busy doing nothing
A glance at the latest statistics seems to say it is all uphill on the labour front. And yet, in National Audit Office yearly report, the arrow this time points to structural labour market problems. Why? Is it justified?
Estonia emerges as Baltic laggard
Two summers ago as it was already known that Latvia was joining the euro, consultancy EY Estonia head Ivar Kiigemägi predicted this was Estonia's last year with fastest growth in eurozone. He was right.
23.11.2015, Tõnis OjaPM
Estonian e-tiger lost its roar
At the beginning of the century, Estonia as e-state developed rapidly and received abundant praise in other places of the world. By now, the development tempo is substantially down and, rather, we come across as the laggard.
13.11.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Banks trusted to prevent office building boom
These past months plans are being announced nearly non-stop about building new big office buildings in central Tallinn. As most of the projects need bank funding, real estate experts think that rather many will remain on paper merely.
05.11.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Slow pace of healtcare takes toll on patients
Fresh OECD report says Estonian healthcare cannot keep pace with growing needs of people, as evidenced in payments percentage by patients approaching the critical limit.
05.11.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Development Fund perhaps not needed
Gradually, the future of Development Fund is beginning to take shape. Having convened yesterday, Economic Affairs Committee will propose that the government spread out its functions.
27.10.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Norway doesn’t want to and cannot be the filling station of the Nordics anymore
Norway wants to shake the image of an oil, gas and fishing country, and has turned its gaze towards starting businesses and broad innovation. The recent trend has sent the country searching for bold and ambitious female executives.
23.10.2015, Aivar PauPM
City centre edges towards the sea
During five to ten years, Tallinn city centre will be edging from Viru area towards Admiralty Basin, closer to the sea. Around Old City Harbour, construction has begun on lots of lots. Meanwhile, not all developers have disclosed their plans to broader public.
23.10.2015, Jonatan KarjusPM
Editorial: hope and fire in the heart of Tallinn
The war of words triggered around commercial center called Porto Franco planned near port had drawn the entire harbor area into limelight. Long oh how long has been the wait for the wastelands to be filled with buildings and beauty. In that sense, we are hopeful – soon, cranes will be adorning many a lot.
The ranting dads and the rattled kids on the fields
«Get the game!», «Boil the umpire!», «Pass better!», «Strike stronger!». A late afternoon at sports arena. The kids are playing football, «green» against «yellow». All are having fun and trying their very best. At times, they flop pretty bad which for beginners is pardonable. Flanking the field, coaches of both teams are encouraging the guys to enjoy the game. At the other edge.. we quoted them above, a bit. In the conflict of educational philosophies, who loses is the child. What did he do wrong? Nothing.
22.10.2015, Kaarel TällPM
Head of Elisa: Europe needs dramatic changes
Veli-Matti Mattila, head of the major Nordic digital services group Elisa, says Europe must act fast to abolish a large part of laws and regulations which hinder development.
15.10.2015, Aivar PauPM
All e-residents got faulty cards
Deficiency in Estonian ID card certificates discovered by checks performed by Google concerns close to 250,000 ID-card holders including all of the about 5,000 e-residents.
02.10.2015, Aivar PauPM
Gunnar Okk: related specialties should be taught in one university
Tomorrow, Nordic Investment Bank vice president Gunnar Okk will address research and development committee chaired by Prime Minister to report on situation and options for higher education and research in Estonia. Employees at universities and research agencies are anxious to hear what the report will reveal. In interview underneath, Mr Okk will allow an initial peek.
24.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Millions of taxpayer euros and many years later, magic start-up not on market yet
Having secured over €2.5m from Enterprise Estonia four years ago, the start-up claims to have completed the promised technology called MagicSIM. Alas, the masses are still waiting.
11.08.2015, Aivar PauPM
University of Tartu seeks to swallow three institutes
Despite the sleepiness of summer, employees at the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI) are deeply disturbed that their institution – a bastion to defend and develop the native tongue – is in danger of takeover by University of Tartu (TÜ) as approved by the very Ministry of Education and Research.
05.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Finland and Estonia on joint X-Road starting November
According to agreement signed some weeks ago, Estonia and Finland will be the first two nations in Europe to develop a joint data exchange platform to make digital services mutually accessible for inhabitants.
17.07.2015, Aivar PauPM
Estonia sought as e-midwife to aspiring African Tiger
At the end of June, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and IT-entrepreneurs hosted head of São Tomé and Príncipe’s government Patrice Émery Trovoada who desires to use Estonians’ experience in making his tiny state an African success story.
10.07.2015, Andres ReimerE24
Ettevõtjad versus palgalised juhid: sarnased, ent siiski erinevad
Personalifirma Arista Executive Searchi vanemkonsultant Alo Naelapea kirjutab Juhtimine.ee arvamusloos juhtide ja ülemuste erinevustest ja sarnasustest.
28.05.2015, Alo NaelapeaPM
Designers dismayed at new Riigikogu website
Web designers say the new €98,000 parliamentary web site is a botch – among other problems, it lacks mobile view and easy access for the weak eyed.
28.04.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
World top elusive for Estonian e-brain
From the beginning of this year, Estonia is supposed to possess an e-brain i.e. a spot where all state agency data are machine-readable, in one place, and accessible to all. Not happening.
23.03.2015, Marian MänniPM
Estonian enterprises lose out to Baltic competitors by faulty policy
Lithuania used EU funds to launch an industrial equipment updating programme of about €1bn. Meanwhile, corresponding Estonian measures as established under previous coalition, amount to €0.
16.03.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Creation of coalition to take time
Though on homestretch with initial discussions on priority topics, top Reformer Taavi Rõivas says the parties will need weeks till coalition agreement begins to take shape.
16.03.2015, Karin KangroPM
Feels like farmers have perhaps survived
Pan-Estonian survey shows farmers grew desperate during the winter but now, with spring in the air, milk seems to sell again.
26.02.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Too many in Estonia poorly educated
A brake on Estonian wellbeing is timidity in realising ideas and insufficient readiness for lifelong learning. Endlessly, we may toil at our simple jobs – never enough to break the widespread low wage curse.
06.02.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: strategic cooperation or tactical spending spree?
While a relatively successful user of EU support, Estonia does have stuff to think over regarding the new budget period. In our near-term investments, EU euros play a vital role. Therefore, should we use these unwisely or splash out stupidly, instead of hoped-for economic development all we’ll have is nothingness and an expensive (and at times pointless) infrastructure.
EU competitiveness aid about to be atomised
The European Union gives close to €135m till 2020 to boost competitiveness of Estonia’s rural areas. However, the naggings and back room agreements among local governments may spray some of the money.
30.01.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Eesti Energia eyes existing European refinery
Hando Sutter, Eesti Energia CEO since December, says the company is considering production of motor fuel in a European refinery rather than building the expensive diesel plant in Auvere.
21.01.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Good terrorists trained in Tallinn lab
In Mustamäe, Tallinn, training is provided to blood cells acquired from Italian cancer patients during clinical trials so that, when back home, these may point out intestine cancer cells to sick organisms – the latter thus able to fight these more effectively.
15.01.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
«Estonia 2020» vision begs extra guts
Five years ago, Estonia set itself a goal-of-decade to improve competitiveness. Half way, the aims have largely been reached while the weightiest – raising labour productivity to 80 of EU average – may remain a dream without radical steps taken.
07.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
Behold the 100 top valuable firms in Estonia
Over these past four years, the total value of Estonia’s hundred largest companies has basically stayed the same, with way to grow to the pre-crisis level. In 2007, the value of 100 biggest native firms amounted to €21.6bn.
30.12.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Estonia helped implement e-governance solutions in 26 countries in 2014
Estonia's e-Governance Academy has helped implement e-governance solutions in 26 countries this year, it can be seen from an overview of the academy's operations.
For IT-firm Acronis, expanding into Estonia was no easy decision
Yesterday, international data protection systems company Acronis announced creation of new development centre in Estonia, in five years hopefully to employ 500 people.
05.12.2014, Marge TubalkainE24
Eestil ettevõtlusel on potentsiaali, aga oskusi napib
Eesti ettevõtluspotentsiaal on tugev, arenguvajadused on ettevõtjate oskustes ja ühiskondlikes hoiakutes, väheses innovatsioonis ja piiratud rahastusvõimalustes, hindavad Eesti Arengufondi osalusel valminud värsked rahvusvahelised ettevõtlusuuringud GEM ja GEDI.
12.11.2014, Marge TubalkainPM
Words fly like fiery arrows. For hours
Contemporary Art Museum Estonia (EKKM) and other active citizens are far from okay with a detailed plan change robbing the museum of its garden, outbuildings and options to expand.
12.11.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Estonians evolving an unmanned flying object
What’s in common between armies of USA, LAV and Estonia? All use weapon simulators by OÜ Eli, a firm based in Pirita.
27.10.2014, Marge TubalkainPM
Estonian parlt passes law enabling creation of e-resident's digital ID
The Estonian parliament on Tuesday passed a bill of amendments to the Identity Documents Act and the State Fees Act to set out the legal basis for the issuance of a digital identity to persons who are not Estonian citizens or residents of Estonia.
Estonian employers' manifesto names competitiveness as priority
In a manifesto published on Tuesday, the Estonian Employers Confederation lists competitiveness as a priority that needs to be dealt with if the country wishes to escape the middle income trap.
Store area in Estonia reaches ceiling
Consumers hardly anywhere treated as nice as in Estonia, says Tallinna Kaubamaja group chief Raul Puusepp.
13.10.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
EUR 20 mln 13-story office building to rise in Ulemiste City
The Estonian real estate developer Mainor Ulemiste is set to start the construction of a 13-story office building in the smart business center Ulemiste City near the Tallinn airport.
Keyword: common digital market
No argument whatsoever against directing public services into Internet, said Andrus Ansip – candidate for European Commission vice president over common digital market, in opening statement to grilling before MEPs last night in Brussels. Mr Ansip vowed to do all in his power to link public services all across Europe.
07.10.2014, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
To every mouth a morsel
Predictably, the budget bill shaped with general elections in mind is cautious yet bursting with good news. In it, chief promises by both coalition buddies are fulfilled, such as the lowering of income tax rate (squirrels) and rising of child benefits (soc dems).
24.09.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners
President Obama met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Estonian Prime Minister Tavi Roivas in Tallinn, Estonia on September 3. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and Estonia, which are rooted in our shared values, ideals, and interests.
04.09.2014, The White House, Office of the Press SecretaryPM
Facelift for hospital
North-Estonian Regional Hospital (PERH) staff says work conditions now top those in Finland.
29.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Ilves: there’s physics in the air and this will freshen up the air in Estonia
«Science and talented scientists will help Estonia punch above its weight more than one would presume by the size of our population,» said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, at the opening of the new physics building – or Physicum – at the University of Tartu.
Youths yield 1st ever Estonian Formula E car
Yesterday, joint Formula Student Team of Tallinn University of Technology and TTK University of Applied Sciences presented Estonia’s very fist electric Formula E car FEST14, developed since 2012 and about to participate in Formula Student product development competition.
Road Administration testing new type of speed camera
Not mass produced yet, the speed camera is based on current laser-based measuring technology.
05.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian scientists building a giant microscope
Physicists at University of Tartu are the first in Estonia to officially cooperate with European Spallation Source (ESS).
22.07.2014, Merilyn SädePM
Battle joined to jerk Savisaar
Throughout his term, mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar has been enjoying almost opposition-free rule. Now, however, the three «powerless» parties have joined forces and Stage One to remove Mr Savisaar is on.
12.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Postimees buys bunch of smaller portals
PLC Postimees opted to broaden its readership by purchasing new web environments, acquiring several popular forums and entertainment portals.
11.06.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Mobile game makes man millionaire
Vladimir Funtikov, CEO and majority owner of mobile game high flyer Creative Mobile, intents to still be in games biz a decade from now.
09.06.2014, Kalev AasmäePM
Doctors treat smart device as daily tool
At a slight swipe of finger, the iPad shows a graph of blood test results. Moments later, the doctor promptly orders a vital research while recording her decision in the digital health file... while sitting at the hospital café. Thanks to IT-chief, this is daily routine for standby doctors at a large Estonian hospital.
02.06.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
E-health equals endless clicking
When will patients finally be delivered from the yoke of phone-calls to get to see a doctor? When will pan-Estonian digi-registration kick into gear? No-one dares to say.
02.06.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Ilves discusses future of digital society with IT entrepreneurs in California
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who is currently on a working visit to the Unites States, has met with the directors of Microsoft and a number of other global IT companies in Silicon Valley to discuss the future of e-governance and e-services.
Jean-Claude Juncker: Ukrainian Lessons
The challenge the Ukrainian crisis poses to the European Union's foreign and security policy can be precisely measured: 50 metres - the distance between the Justus Lipsius building where the heads of EU governments hold their regular summits, and the Berlaymont headquarters of the European Commission just across the road.
15.05.2014, Jean-Claude JunckerPM
Mega data centre coming, to Paldiski or Jõelähtme
«We’ll decide between Paldiski and Muuga Harbour neighbourhood in October as the European Commission settles financing of LNG terminal and Balticconnector [pipeline],» said Data Valley Enterprises chief Jussi Vartiainen. «To produce energy in its power station, the data centre needs more gas than is used by the entire Estonia, Nitrofert chemistry plant included.»
09.05.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Dream firm fighting for survival
Like the current tussle over whether Estonia gets its LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal and where it is supposed to stand, a decade ago souls were stirred by a pulp mill. This, they said, would be an investment of dreams to switch our economy into new gear.
02.05.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Editorial: the force majeure of development
The Postimees of today holds an interview with vice president of Gartner, a leading US IT-consultancy. A man tasked with interpreting technology trends to business leaders and demonstrating how technological changes impact society. «Companies need to constantly update themselves,» is a main message of the story. «One can’t expect to be doing the same job as now, in 30 years.»
Estonia to boost mobility of ground forces
Over the next four years, Estonian state intends to make close to half of its ground forces capable of one-off foreign mission participation, while raising Defence League and its special organisations membership from current 23,000 to 27,000 by adding a thousand a year.
14.04.2014, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Olli Rehn: in crisis, we also protected the weakest of society
EU economy and finance chief, the Finn Olli Rehn (51), relates how the outgoing European Commission succeeded, against all odds, to avoid insolvency of European states, which – among other things – would have been devastating to those on social welfare and people on public payrolls.
24.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
In Estonia, three «e-kindergartens» born as triplets
With eKool, the electronic schools system, in use for over a decade, kindergartens only got the option this academic year. Curiously, three competing environments popped up as one man.
10.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian battle equipment buy endangered
Last week, NATO defence ministers convened in Brussels to discuss situation in Ukraine. According to Urmas Reinsalu, holder of said portfolio in government of Estonia, another important private meeting happened with Dutch colleague Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert. The topic: Estonia’s desire to buy, from Holland, CV90 combat vehicles and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers.
06.03.2014, Mikk SaluPM
The expenditures on research activities remained at the level of 2011
According to Statistics Estonia, expenditures on research and development in Estonia amounted to 380.7 million euros in 2012, being 3.7 million euros or 1% less than in 2011.
Estonia ranks high in Freedom House's democratic development report
The New York based human rights organization Freedom House ranked Estonia second after Slovenia in its annual report on democratic development.