Ilves: EU must demonstrate convincingly what is important to us
While mourning and commemorating with the Ukrainian people the victims of February 18 and 19 in Kyiv, we are determined to halt the violence in Ukraine, said president Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
Kallas: I never peddled myself
Siim Kallas (65), Estonia’s prime minister in 2002–2003, admits he’d indeed be willing to lead the government again. Even so, prior decision by Reformers is needed: is this a good idea – or is it not.
14.02.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Stars the favourites at EU elections
At European elections, the tiny electoral districts are replaced by a single big one – Estonia, in its entirety. This shines limelight on the star-politicians, the countrywide vote-grabbers.
14.02.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Altering public contracts significantly simplified
European Union’s new public procurement directives will include several updates; among vital changes, alteration of procurement contracts will become easier.
14.01.2014, Liina ValdrePM
Europe debates limits to free movement of workers
Free movement of workers within the European Union is a pillar of the single market, the shaking of which ought to not even be mentioned. Even so, the debate is on over possible limits to it, as most actively urged by the government of Great Britain.
12.12.2013, Argo IdeonPM
Editorial: mist over English Channel. Again
These past months, debate over free movement of workers has been heated up by British government. Not only will this give Britain a «nasty country image» (as alleged by EU labour and social affairs commissioner Laszlo Andor) but may cool the already lukewarm relations with the rest of the European Union. Free movement of workers being a pillar of the single market, shaking this is not something the union may take lightly.
EU budget chief: Estonia proved a success-story
As assessed by Janusz Lewandowski, budget commissioner at European Union, Estonia gained an excellent position at the recent financial framework talks.
03.12.2013, Liina ValdrePM
Editorial: Europe approves budget to Estonia’s satisfaction
The 2014–2020 EU budget, stuck this spring due to resistance by European parliament, got its official OK yesterday.
EU approves its budget
Postponing decisions would have done damage to reputation of European Parliament, leaving lots of projects and people stuck in uncertainty.
20.11.2013, Argo IdeonPM
Ministry pulls wool over EU eyes
«Total madness... Well I understand business you know, but, what’s the state up to, here?» wondered Riigikogu member Mikhail Stalnukhin (Centre Party).
15.11.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Tobacco directive requirements milder than expected
While European Parliament thought it necessary to toughen tobacco rules, overly harsh proposals were voted down in Strasbourg, yesterday. The directive ratified will not ban thin cigarettes nor consider e-cigarettes a medicine. The directive aims at making tobacco products less attractive for youth.
09.10.2013, Tiina KaukverePM
Kallas keeps options open
Estonia’s European commissioner Siim Kallas is pleased at having succeeded, during his time in office, to make EU view transport as important – not a threat to environment.
17.09.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Estonian diplomat appointed head of EU monitoring mission in Georgia
Estonian diplomat Toivo Klaar has been appointed head of the European Union monitoring mission in Georgia.
EU sulphur directive support bound to create inequality - Kallas
Guidelines on how European Union member states can support their enterprises in meeting the requirements of the sulphur directive include state aid, but the state aid funds are completely in the hands of individual states which is bound to create certain inequality, European Commission Vice President and Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas says.
Editorial: the union we wanted
Could we imagine contemporary Estonia without the European Union?
Estonia and Lithuania most successful in using EU grants
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are still the most successful users of European Union structural funds in Central and Eastern Europe and the rate of paid out subsidies is the highest in Estonia and Lithuania, where 59 percent of support projects are covered by contracts, an analysis by the Central and Eastern Europe unit of KPMG shows.
Estonians optimistic about future of EU - survey
Close to half or 49 percent of the citizens of the European Union are optimistic about the future of the union while in Estonia and Lithuania optimists make up 64 percent, the newly-published Standard Eurobarometer Spring 2013 survey shows.
Smallness of Estonia creates corruption hazard
As evidenced by fresh study on risks related to use of EU money, Estonian corruption is moving into territories hardest to detect.
22.07.2013, Argo IdeonPM
Estonia, Bulgaria to intensify cooperation for 2018 EU presidency
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and his Bulgarian colleague Kristian Vigenin discussed intensification of cooperation between the two countries for the EU presidency which both countries will be holding in 2018.
Estonia to send a fourth expert to EU monitoring mission in Georgia
Estonia plans to send a fourth expert to the European Union monitoring mission in Georgia in which three Estonians are currently participating.
Non-smoking summer events in sight
EU requirements and Estonia’s stricter tobacco policy prioritise protecting children and youth by halting sales of menthol cigarettes.
08.07.2013, Tuuli KochPM
New elections system shuffles deck of cards
At the next European Parliament elections, votes will be counted in a manner different than before: open lists; only one pan-Estonian district; each party allowed up to 12 candidates.
05.07.2013, Mikk SaluPM
European Parliament to face fresh Estonian faces
Of the six Estonian MEPs elected in 2009, only one – Siiri Oviir – has clearly stated she will not run for another Strasbourg round, next May.
05.07.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Ergma: Lithuania has raised important topics for EU presidency
Congratulating Lithuania on the occasion of assuming the EU presidency in Vilnius on Thursday, speaker of the Estonian parliament Ene Ergma said that Lithuania has brought up important topics for its presidency.
Tallinn Seaplane Harbor awarded EU prize
The Tallinn Seaplane Harbor has won Europe's highest recognition for heritage care - the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award as a grand prix laureate.
Hololei highlights innovation
Henrik Hololei, future European Commission deputy secretary-general, says Europe cannot keep riding along old rails.
17.06.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Federalization of EU is in Estonia's interest - Ilves, Raidla
Estonia's interests would be better protected in a federal than a confederal European Union, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and star lawyer Jüri Raidla found at a public debate on Thursday.
Editorial: banana bends or faith in the future
16 years ago President Lennart Meri uttered these golden words: “Europe is being built by the people and for the people. We must therefore ensure that people have faith in the fairness of this process.” But when and why might faith falter? When rules of fair play are ignored, Mr Meri warned.
Culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou: enough said of economy. Europe needs a soul
Last week in Brussels, at the initiative of European Commission president José Manuel Barroso, a meeting was held to find Europe a new narrative. Why is it needed? Read reasons listed to Urve Eslas by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
30.04.2013, Urve EslasPM
Estonia planning to use EUR 3.18 b EU funds
Under proposals and a financing plan concerning European Union (EU) structural funds for 2014–2020 that the government approved on Thursday, Estonia would use 3.18 billion euros of EU funds to finance five nationwide goals.
Editorial: union tax
Collecting own resources would diminish impact of member states’ domestic policy on EU.
Island peatas liitumiskõnelused ELiga
Island peatas aprillikuiste parlamendivalimiste lähenedes liitumisläbirääkimised Euroopa Liiduga. Kõigi eelduste kohaselt tuleb saareriigis võimule senisest euroskeptilisem valitsus.
15.01.2013, Richard Milne, FTPM
50-aastased oskavad elu nautida
USA Stony Brooki ülikooli uuring näitas, et 50-aastased naudivad elu kõige enam.
19.05.2010, Inna-Katrin HeinElu
Prantsuse linn Eu tahab nime vahetada
Prantsusmaal Normandias asuv Eu linn tahab nime vahetada.
25.02.2009, Inna-Katrin Hein