Hannes Rumm takes up job of communications adviser with Estonian ForMin
Hannes Rumm, former head of the European Commission representation in Estonia, will assume the duties of communications director at the Estonian Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
Budget deficit a possibility again
The cabinet has decided to relax the strict fiscal balance dogma of recent years. President of the Bank of Estonia Ardo Hansson perceives several dangers.
06.04.2017, Lennart RuudaPM
EAS to pay €152,000, Alajõe silent
The internal audit at Enterprise Estonia (EAS) found that two previous boards have made legally unsound or hurried decisions concerning the agency's right of recourse against OÜ Ermamaa, even though the violations were nor intentional. EAS will have to return €152,000 to the European Commission itself as it is impossible to collect it from former president Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
01.02.2017, Oliver KundPM
Estonian govt gives green light to signature of Rail Baltic agreement
Estonian government on Thursday approved the concluding of the Rail Baltic agreement and authorized Prime Minister Juri Ratas to sign it on the behalf of Estonia.
Tootsi wind farm to become Estonian Air vol. 2
The government's decision to hand the Tootsi wind farm over to national energy company Eesti Energia has resulted in an appeal to the European Commission by a number of wind energy companies that demand the decision to be overturned.
18.01.2017, Siiri LiivaPM
Audit turns decision-makers into black sheep
The main culprits of the Ermamaa support saga are the former and current heads of Enterprise Estonia (EAS): executives were unjustifiably generous towards President Toomas Hendrik Ilves' family in 2012. It would have been possible to rectify the mistake this year; instead, it was decided to just gloss over critically reviewing the decision.
03.11.2016, Oliver KundPM
Lithuanian railroad's stalling tactics threat to Rail Baltic
Lithuania's national rail company did not sign the common procurements agreement of Rail Baltic partners the latter were scheduled to showcase yesterday, undermining the project's credibility first and foremost in the eyes of primary investor, the European Union.
06.10.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Office workers trigger guns boom
During first half year Estonia has added about the amount of new weapons permit holders as totalled in 2015. Gun training sessions overflow and people wait in lines to take the exams. Lion's share of fresh applicants are office workers stirred by threat of refugees and threat of toughened Weapons Act.
17.08.2016, Oliver KundPM
Estonia shines on as top diligent EU rule keeper
At least in the conscience of Estonians, the perception of us being among the best examples of sticking to European Union's rules and principles has prevailed for quite a while. As again confirmed by the European Commission's fresh report published today.
01.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
European Commission extends zone 3 of ASF control in Estonia
The European Commission has extended zone two of control of the spread of African swine fever in Estonia to cover all of continental Estonia and zone three in the regions of the counties of West-Viru, Jogeva and Harju where cases of ASF have been notified of late.
Apple'i ja Iirimaa maksukokkulepete seaduslikkus selgub sügisel
Iirimaa rahandusministri Michael Noonani sõnul peaks Euroopa konkurentsivolinik Margrethe Vestager langetama Apple'i maksukokkuleppeid puudutava otsuse septembris või oktoobris, kirjutab Reuters.
Saksa autotootjaid kahtlustatakse terase ostuhindu puudutavas kartellikokkuleppes
Saksamaa võimud otsisid juunis läbi Volkswageni, BMW, Daimleri ja Boschi kontorid, et leida tõendeid autotööstuse ettevõtete vahel sõlmitud teraseoste puudutavate kartellikokkulepete kohta, kirjutab Bloomberg.
Editorial: keep it cool, Brexit or not
In the increasing confusion following the Brexit referendum, the dust of the explosion will take it's time settling. Thus far, not really clear if the UK is indeed exiting though the narrow result would indeed dictate that.
Ansip not ruling out 2nd term as EU commissioner
While the European Commission vice-president for the digital single market and former Estonian prime minister, Andrus Ansip, said last week that he is not planning to run for a second term in office, he said on Friday that he is not ruling out reconsidering the decision, news portal of the public broadcaster ERR reports.
State faced with payment of tens of millions to Leedo
Estonian state is in for mega losses should European Commission and court allow appeal by Saaremaa Laevakompanii (SLK) owner Vjatšeslav Leedo regarding a string of alleged violations with regular ferryboat services procurement.
15.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
EU Commission vice president Ansip not planning to run for 2nd term
European Commission vice-president for the digital single market and former Estonian prime minister, Andrus Ansip, said on Tuesday at the «Reporteritund» broadcast of the Estonian public broadcaster that he is not planning to run for a second term in the office.
National Audit Office: government pumped money into Estonian Air hurriedly and superficially
National Audit Office says the European Commission decision regarding Estonian state having supported national airline AS Estonian Air with €84.9m in violation of EU rules could have been avoided, had the government followed the principles of State Assets Act and asked if giving money and loans to Estonian Air was purposeful, expedient, economical and lawful.
24.05.2016, Liis KängseppPM
Nord Stream 2: the multylayered lobby
During the last half year, gas pipe Nord Stream 2 discussions have heated up both in Brussels and in former Eastern bloc. Lobbying by builders is in top gear. The main confrontation is between critical politicians claiming this is security threat to Europe, and the builders who say it is pure business.
09.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Estonia ranks 10th in EU in terms of road safety
Estonia ranks 10th among 28 European Union countries in terms of road safety, it appears from statistics published by the European Commission on Thursday.
Chancellor says several airports to boost security shortly
Internal security chancellor at interior ministry, Erkki Koort thinks that the new security measures long resisted at European Commission level will finally be approved in wake of the terror in Brussels.
24.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
The long and winding Lithuanian Rail Baltic
While Estonians and Latvians are toiling towards an up to 240 km/h railway, Lithuanians have derailed the effort from the start – between Kaunas and the border of Poland, the trains must roll twice as slow.
24.03.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Europe to recognise Estonian digital signature
Come summer, Estonian citizens communicating with agencies in European nations will no longer need to send documents by post and will be entitled to require recognition of digital signatures.
08.02.2016, Aivar PauPM
Big burning of wood to birth brief forestry boom
Governmental decision to allow massive burning of wood in oil shale power stations of Eesti Energia will boost the forestry business bu half while raising timber price may spell heftier heat bills.
21.01.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Estonia not to appeal negative decision re Estonian Air state aid
The Estonian government decided on Monday not to appeal against the European Commission's decision regarding state aid provided to the national carrier Estonian Air.
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
IRL wants legal refugee limit
With Estonia having to seek diligently for refugees desiring to live here so as to fill up the EU-imposed quota, a bill is making rounds in Riigikogu aimed at toughening our policy.
17.12.2015, Joosep VärkPM
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 PauPM
Nordic combines several existing aviation companies
Players involved say the mosaic of aviation companies named Nordic and owned by Estonian entrepreneurs and of Nordic Aviation Group established by the state with €40m is but an optical illusion.
25.11.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Commission refers Estonia to court for not connecting to driving licenses network
The European Commission has decided to refer the Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to correctly transpose the European rules on driving licenses, in particular by not connecting to the EU driving licenses network RESPER.
Minister: Redundancy payouts to Estonian Air employees depend on creditors
Due to the requirement that all parties be treated equally, employees of Estonian Air will get redundancy payouts if all creditors agree to this, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Kristen Michal said.
Editorial: connections lost? What's the cost?
Of course we need the connections. Truth be told, we will always need more of them, and of ever superior quality. International cooperation comes not the e-way only. People do have to meet in the physical realm, and that takes travelling at high speeds and by companies.
State may recover €10m
Estonia is considering contesting decision by European Commission, said economy minister Kristen Michal. The Saturday press conference held at the ministry also featured its transportation vice chancellor Ahti Kuningas and Estonian Air CEO Jan Palmér.
09.11.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Jan Palmér: Estonian Air restructuring programme was excellent
Estonian Air's CEO Jan Palmér with aviation background in Sweden and Denmark is convinced the restructuring plan prepared for the airline three years ago was very good.
09.11.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
European Commission's decision on state aid to Estonian Air is negative
According to information that has been officially confirmed, the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition ruled on Friday that state aid to Estonian Air was not legal and the airline has to pay the money back to the state.
The Estonian Air Judgement expected this Saturday
European competition authority decision regarding state aid to Estonian Air is coming this week, several sources assure Postimees.
06.11.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Eastern European background of Kallas seen as strength in Europe
As unveiled in October by former European Commission vice president Siim Kallas (67), he is running to lead the ALDE party uniting Europe's liberals and democrats. Currently campaigning for the post, he will need 488 votes at ALDE conference in Budapest, on November 21st. If picked, the man will lead some fifty parties over Europe.
04.11.2015, Hanna-Hulda ReinkortPM
Limits loom over chips and sweets
As urged by the ever bulging Estonian waistline, the state is stepping in to shrink the spread obesity. An option considered is imposing limits to advertisements tempting children to consume chips and candy.
02.11.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
European Parliament opts to abolish mobile roaming fees
European Parliament has decided to do away with mobile roaming charges in the European Union from June 15th 2017, and to cut them by four times as early as next spring.
28.10.2015, Aivar PauPM
Producers boil over at alcohol policy «favouring Finland»
The government's ever toughening alcohol policy not limited to excise rises but curbing ads and rearranging shelves at stores seems random and based on outdated research and unrelated data, possibly undermining Estonian exports.
26.10.2015, Andres ReimerPM
E-commerce waiting for Common European Click
Selling goods and services into other EU states, smaller e-commerce enterprises bump into lots of obstacles. Top officials in Brussels say a large part will be removed near-term, and digital single market will cause European economy to grow once again.
21.10.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Rising defence spending in all of NATO looks unlikely
Though members of NATO pledged last fall to increase their defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic products by 2024, it is unrealistic to assume that this goal will ever be reached by all 28 allies, says Carnegie Europe head Jan Techau.
19.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
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
Stock exchange listing mulled for new flag carrier of Estonia
Should European Commission declare state aid for Estonian Air unlawful, pilots and cabin crews of flag carrier will be invited into a new national airline.
16.09.2015, Andres ReimerPM
A ministry and its lone half-time crisis manager
Addressing the social ministry regarding refugees, journalists have but one person to address. That'll be Triin Raag, a local governments specialist at social department. In this situation of crisis, one lady is loaded with arrangement of housing and support. What's more, she's officially employed just half-time. Come New Year, Estonia will be receiving some 200 «batch one» refugees. To this, add 373 latest Juncker-quota people.
11.09.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
PM says Estonia agrees with number of refugees offered by Commission
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas confirmed that Estonia agrees with the number of refugees to be relocated to Estonia according to a plan adopted by the European Commission on Wednesday.
Editorial: words no longer enough
In his «State of the Union» address yesterday, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker stressed humane, economic and security reasons while receiving refugees while bringing a broader message: if from words – talking about solidarity and values – we switch not over to deeds, the European Union is in danger and a part of European values with it.
Parties: compulsion no option
Postimees asked heads of all parliamentary factions: if local governments do not wish to receive refugees and the state cannot force them to, should something be altered in the law to find homes for immigrants, or what would be the solution?
09.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Prime Minister: Dividing refugees proportionally in EU is important step
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas the deal according to which refugees will be divided between European Union member states proportionally is an important step forward.
Estonia to get 373 migrants according to Commission's new plan
According to the new proposal of the European Commission 373 migrants would be sent to Estonia, the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reports.
Editorial: cheese laid to rest
Last Thursday, massive and demonstrative imported food destroying action was launched in Russia against stuff falling under countersanctions category.
Estonian agency: ASF restriction zone to expand
Discussions with the European Commission over establishing an extensive restriction zone in Estonia in connection with the spread of African swine fever (ASF) will begin soon but it's clear that the zone will expand compared to initial agreements and there will be no holes left in it, director general of the Veterinary and Food Board Ago Partel told BNS on Thursday.
One pig can kill the industry
Eleven days ago, the initial Estonian domestic swine died of African fever. The darkest scenario would spell death to quite a large part of the entire industry.
29.07.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Kruuse plays hooky from EU Council
Rural life minister Urmas Kruuse is a rare sight at Council of the European Union: only once has he made it to a meeting to stand for Estonian agricultural interests.
27.07.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Minister vows aid to swine farmers damaged by African fever
Rural life minister Urmas Kruuse (Reform) says EU and Estonia will support pig farmers unable to sell pork being part of third restriction area related to African swine fever, but only when price thereof falls by over 30 percent.
24.07.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Ministers of 5 states sign Rail Baltic cooperation record
Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Finnish ministers on Monday signed the Rail Baltic cooperation record in Riga, news portal of Estonia's national broadcaster ERR reports.
Ministry: Estonia's limit is up to 156 migrants in 2 years
Estonia is capable of accepting from 84 to 156 migrants in two years, it appears from a memorandum of the Interior Ministry drawn up on the basis of analyses conducted by several government ministries.
Estonia will on no account agree to obligatory refugee quotas - govt
The government on Tuesday took the position that Estonia does not approve obligatory quotas for taking in refugees but Prime Minister Taavi Roivas declined to name a concrete figure that could suit Estonia.
Interior min: Estonia not agreeing with Commission's refugee quota proposal
Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Wednesday that Estonia understands the solidarity principle when helping refugees and supports the need to solve the refugee crisis in countries on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, but does not support quotas for resettling and relocating refugees and considers the refugee number proposed to Estonia disproportionate.
On spreading the refugees across entire Estonia
Are Estonia’s towns and parishes prepared to embrace refugees arriving from crisis areas, should it be decided to scatter these across the nation?
20.05.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
326 refugees feels like more than Estonia can handle
These past few days, the hottest number in Estonia is 326 – the amount of refugees initially prescribed for Estonia by European Commission. Unavoidably, we need to ask about our capacity to receive these. As also acknowledged by interior minister, we definitely cannot speak about full readiness as things stand.
15.05.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Ill and indifferent, Estonia’s educated elderly keep on working
Compared to European peers, elderly Estonians work longer and are better educated while their income is low, the health poor and participation in society meagre.
28.04.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Editorial: the future army of Europe
The idea of EU army by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on pages of German Die Welt was nothing new, really. From time to time, the topic has been debated. Even by Mr Juncker himself, the army was in general terms mentioned in opinion article published by Postimees, in May 2014: «The strongest of soft powers cannot for a longer period operate without defence capacities at least to a degree integrated. By Lisbon treaty, members states who so desire are awarded the option to unite their defence capacity into permanent cooperation structure.»
Editorial: see you in four months … or sooner
To a bystander, Greece and the so-called troika – European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF – long look like the cacophonic quartet from a parable by Ivan Krylov. Which, as we know, ended in the morale: change the seating if you like, the sound gets no nicer.
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
Two «gold belt» governments face loan axe and reorganisation
Finance ministry has launched adjustment proceedings regarding six local governments above debt ceilings for two years running, prescribing cuts. These include Keila and Viimsi of the rich circle around Tallinn.
26.11.2014, Jonatan KarjusPM
Editorial: fast loan risks must be managed
Nice to know at long last the state has rather decisively tackled the topic of fast loans directly touching tens of thousands, and the entire society via attitudes and impacts thereof. Time will tell how effective will be the solutions, and whether the weaker ones – easily sucked into the vortex – will find genuine protection.
Estonian Air again eager to spread wings
Flagship is gearing up to entertain passengers. Water will flow without cost and what’s more: we smell free coffee and candy.
13.11.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Sanctions no big damage to EU
European Commission Deputy Secretary-General Henrik Hololei says repercussions from Russian sanctions do show most in EU agriculture, but financial indicators reveal technology to be worst affected.
11.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
For Rõivas, LNG terminal in Estonia but a blue dream
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas says Estonia must give up regional LNG terminal in favour of Finland so Finns in return would agree with speedier building of Balticconnector gas pipe connecting the two countries.
31.10.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Ansip hopes Paet fills MEP seat left empty
A European Commission vice president starting next week, Andrus Ansip recommends Urmas Paet as MEP in his place. The one mandated strongest by the people ought to take the seat, Mr Ansip tells Evelyn Kaldoja of Postimees as interviewed in Strasbourg.
24.10.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Editorial: Juncker & co. (incl. Ansip) @ Europe’s & Estonia’s service
With unexpected ease, the new European Commission got settled. Just some weeks ago, parliamentarian blessing seemed far from guaranteed by deadline and in full. Thus, Jean-Claude Juncker has again proven to be a crafty politician, able to navigate a generally satisfactory outcome in complex political waters.
Estonia wants EU to support desynchronization of power systems
Estonia wants that during the European Council meeting this week developments of the European domestic energy market and desynchronization of the Baltic countries' power systems from Russian and Belarusian networks would be supported.
Estonia in position to turn off winter gas for Russia
European Commission’s fear of Mr Putin putting an end to gas exports this winter serves Estonian interests: for us, this is extra argument against Finland to have an LNG terminal built in Paldiski.
20.10.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: prioritizing security or political comfort?
Yesterday, Riigikogu gathered to ponder the vital state level issue of «Altered Security Situation in Europe». In their reports, foreign affairs committee head Marko Mihkelson, foreign minister Urmas Paet and defence minister Sven Mikser rather richly painted a picture of the current security political situation, and Estonia in it. The focus was on Russia’s aggressive politics, while touching upon other stuff from radical Islam to Ebola.
European Commission recommends Estonia to conclude gas agreement with Lithuania
Given that a new terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Klaipeda, Lithuania will start work at the end of this year, the European Commission advises Estonia to conclude an agreement with Lithuania for the supply of protected customers in Estonia in case of an emergency with gas.
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
LNG terminal re-enters battle zone
Estonian-Finnish liquefied natural gas (LNG) idea by former economy minister Juhan Parts has run aground: on Tuesday, at a conference in Tallinn, European Commission declared the joint enterprise unfit for EU financial support.
02.10.2014, Andres ReimerPM
In Brussels, digital portfolio dangled before Ansip
Next week will cast light on whether the veteran Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip will be serving as European Commission Vice-President – and carry digital domain portfolio.
05.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
European Commission’s LNG terminal decision to come in September
In two weeks’ time, energy directorate of the European Commission is to decide if the EU-supported LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal will be built in Paldiski, Estonia – or, rather, on a location yet to be chosen in Finland.
21.08.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: a delicate European problem called Viktor Orbán
A headache indeed – the increasingly autocracy-minded statements and the ever tightening cooperation with Putin’s Russia by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The issue being: how united is Europe in its values, firstly, and secondly in bridling the warlike neighbouring Kremlin. Obviously, the latter is searching for weak links in Europe. Alas, the still economically troubled Hungary and its populist-type anti-Brussels PM provide for one.
Editorial: Trojan Truck
Russian role thus far undermines trust towards alleged humanitarian convoy.
Meat plants bemoan the EU haste
Pretty soon, new requirements will enter into force regarding food product labelling, some of which irk the companies. For instance, meat producers are unwilling to show content of water near name of products.
30.07.2014, Triin ÄrmPM
Pig plague threatened Estonia with emptiness of meat counters
Luckily for the stores, Veterinary Board decision to ban import of pork from Lithuania was overturned yesterday.
29.07.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
African pig killer spreading at 300 km/year
Starting this week, Estonian Food and Veterinary Office is limiting exportation of live pigs from Valga region – the plague is encroaching.
28.07.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Juncker charged to look for ladies
With lion’s share of member states nominating males for commissioners, European Commission is faced with acute gender imbalance.
16.07.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Europe eager for tax change
This week EU finance ministers discussed labour tax reductions which, according to Estonia’s Jürgen Ligi, ought to come by cutting tax exemptions – above all.
11.07.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
Estonia thinks to sue European Commission
In mid-May, European Commission halted almost €425,000 worth of European Fisheries Fund (EFF) payments to Estonia. According to agriculture ministry, the decision is unsubstantiated and they propose that government contest it in European Court of Justice.
09.07.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Gazprom applying brakes to LNG terminal?
Finnish group Gasum, majority owned by Gazprom, is in no hurry to break the Russian gas monopoly, and sees opportunity to wait with application for EU funds to build regional LNG terminal till 2019.
20.06.2014, Andres ReimerPM
David Cameron: Standing up for democracy and the European interest
For many European citizens the most interesting issue right now is who will win the World Cup. Only a small minority will be following the debate about the Presidency of European Commission. But this is important because it goes to the heart of the way the EU takes decisions, the need to respect its rules, and the appropriate relationship between the nations of Europe and the EU institutions.
13.06.2014, David CameronPM
Martin Schulz: a wake-up call for EU security and energy policies
More than 20 years ago political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that the end of the Cold War marked "the end of history". His formulation meant that the triumph of Western democracy and liberal capitalism was moving the world toward an epoch of peace and a rule-based international order. Known for soft rather than hard power, the European Union seemed suited for such an era. After all, the EU was created exactly to overcome the old-style power politics that led to two disastrous wars in the last century.
21.05.2014, Martin SchulzPM
Guy Verhofstadt: The European Union can no longer avoid a review of the CFSP
The muted and divided response by the European Union, its High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and by the EU member States towards the crisis in Ukraine and towards Russia shows that we can no longer avoid an in-depth and thorough European debate on the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
20.05.2014, Guy VerhofstadtPM
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
Recession may drag till end of year
In opening quarter of 2014, gross domestic production of Estonia fell 1.9 percent. The trend may well continue throughout the year.
13.05.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Gas projects stuck in mire of differing interests
Russia’s attack against Ukraine made EU more generous regarding financing energy projects linked to the Baltic Sea, but special interests of Finnish energy company Gasum – with Gazprom as major shareholder – block the way forward.
24.04.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Drivers headed towards sleep disorder checks
Lots of drivers will never admit an accident resulted from nodding off at the wheel, searching for other explanations.
21.04.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Rail Baltic derailed?
Settling fate of Rail Baltic express railway now a matter of weeks.
16.04.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: bursting the hope bubble
Ministry of Finances has cut this year’s economic growth forecast for Estonia. Instead of the 3.6 per cent growth predicted in September, the ministry now expects a growth of 2.0 per cent. Behind the changes, there lay the shrinking expectations regarding export partners.
Sven Mikser says coalition will live long
Social Democratic Party chairman and defence minister Sven Mikser (40) hopes soc dems and Reform Party will again form government in 2015. One led by him.
04.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
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
Soloist Siim sends squirrels towards dead end
Reform Party honours pragmatism (power puts coat on back and bread on table!) and therefore values loyalty. In the almost-20-year-history of the squirrels-party, there’s been just one moment when the inner life showed out a bit – in the spring of 2012, with the financing scandal exploding through Silver Meikar. A backroom-man of the party, the then justice minister Kristen Michal, after resisting for half a year lost his portfolio and shrunk to mere Riigikogu backbencher.
14.03.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: a prime ministerial getaway
Siim Kallas takes flight for life more peaceful.
Party Assembly, coloured by crisis and surprise-free
As underlined by every speech at Reform Party general assembly, the aim is one – winning the 2015 elections
03.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Beholding from Brussels: Estonia’s research and economy too loosely linked
Estonia in particular and Europe in general ought not be scattering taxpayer money in their search for economic growth and new jobs; rather, the euros should be channelled into fields promising best returns for economy and society, says Maive Rute, resources chief for research and innovations directorate, at European Commission, in an interview to Postimees.
03.02.2014, Arko OleskPM
The Siim Kallas Corridors
The pan-European transport network announced in Tallinn – nine corridors of the future – is fruits from three intense years’ work, says Siim Kallas, European commissioner responsible for transportation, with pride in his eyes. No coincidence, that it is in Tallinn that over a thousand high-ranking transport officials and politicians gather, today, all having participated in the TEN-T preparations. The projects costs €26bn and includes Rail Baltica, cause of heated debate in Estonia.
17.10.2013, Tuuli KochPM
European Commission to inspect Estonian budget
This fall, for the first time in history, eurozone states are to present their budgets to be reviewed by European Commission.
10.10.2013, Liina ValdrePM
Estonian parlt okays subsidiarity check for Commission bill on disclosures
The Estonian parliament on Tuesday voted to resort for the first time ever to the right to subject a proposed EU draft legislation to subsidiarity check by contesting a proposal by which large and listed companies would have to supply more information in their annual reports.
Commission suspends Estonian regulator's costing methodology for Elion
The European Commission has suspended a proposal from the Estonian Competition Authority (ECA) for calculating regulated fees which the dominant operator, Elion Ettevoted AS, can charge other operators to use its broadband infrastructure.
Commission takes Estonia to court over telecoms regulation
The European Commission has decided to refer Estonia to the Court of Justice of the EU over its law which according to the Commission does not guarantee the impartiality of the national telecoms regulator.
European Commission advises Estonia to stick to previous fiscal policy
The European Commission judges Estonia's economic policy to be on the right track and the plans mapped out in the stability program and competitiveness plan, to be in agreement with the Commission's recommendations.
Estonian women strike gold in European Commission
This decade, ranks of Estonian officials in European Commission have been on the rise, with Estonian’s share in commission far larger than in EU population. Estonian ladies, in particular, have been very victorious at grabbing positions.
05.03.2013, Argo Ideon, PostimeesPM
EC: Estonia growing strongly, in tune with the other Baltic States
On 22 February, the Commission published its first winter economic forecast for the euro area and the European Union as a whole. The forecast covers a wide range of indicators including gross domestic product (GDP), inflation, employment and public finances for 2012‑14.
22.02.2013, European Commission Economic forecastsPM
State aid: Commission opens in-depth inquiry into state measures in favour of Estonian Air
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a number of public support measures granted by Estonia in favour of its flag carrier airline Estonian Air. At this stage, the Commission has doubts whether these measures are in line with EU state aid rules. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties an opportunity to comment on the measures under assessment. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation, reported The European Commission.