Center looking at continued hegemony in the capital
Should Edgar Savisaar's condition allow and should he decide to run in the Center Party's ranks in Tallinn's Lasnamäe borough at this fall's local elections, Tallinn could be looking at four more years of Center ruling alone as the party already has the support of 48 percent of the capital's residents today.
17.03.2017, Tuuli KochPM
Tallinn paying for papers to Narva
Mail trucks deliver tens of thousands of copies of Tallinn's municipal newspapers to Võru, Narva, Saaremaa, and Paide for thousands of euros every week.
14.03.2017, Anneli AmmasPM
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.
Maardu town in wondrous water deal with casino investor
Known and shareholder in Olympic Entertainment Group, Charlie Viikberg sells assets of water company threatened by bankruptcy to the city of Maardu for a sum critics say exceeds value thereof nearly ten times.
08.08.2016, Andres ReimerPM
The new idea is scrapping county governments
Today, Minister of Public Administration Arto Aas (Reform) presents the government with next stage of administrative reform: instead of its 15 county governments Estonia will be divided into four regional ones. Regional Board to be created will sit in central buildings erected in four hubs.
30.06.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Like neighbours, Estonia to lay down a frontier zone
Within years, the Estonian Eastern border modernised for €71m will after the example of neighbours get a frontier zone with specific requirements, says interior minister Hanno Pevkur (Reform). While width is not yet decided, border guards will gain richer information of what is happening near the border, and whoever goes there will be better scrutinized.
02.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: presidential elections headed towards round two
The two news yesterday have significantly altered the picture regarding upcoming presidential elections.
Editorial: favour not private schools at taxpayer's expense
Long has been the debate in society regarding private school financing. It’s not a matter if these are good or bad.
Editorial: we're all from the Piirissaar Island
As we know, the chain is a strong as its weakest link. As state, Estonia is so tiny that occasionally we forget we are in turn composed of particles we may care for and thus show our largeness of heart and spirit.
Editorial: the ugliness of fighting a mother of toddler
The battle launched by Tallinn city government against a mother of child aged 1.5 is altogether amoral by nature. Especially by keeping the law given to protect mothers expectant and with small children, any branch of public administration must set an example to the rest of employers.
Might Savisaar loose grip over Tallinn?
Weeks ahead will show if maneuvres in Toompea might rob the Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar of his cherished relic – power in Tallinn.
01.04.2016, Tuuli KochPM
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
Setos on edge over pennies offered for border land
Kuldar Laanelind, a Seto, is not about to hand his 1,550 square metres of border strip to the state for €90: «I'd have my Dad turn over in his grave for just giving it up like that!»
07.03.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: the tongue-tied condition politically permanent
In any corner of Estonia, everyday affairs are to be possible in Estonian. The requirement regards all state and local government agencies and departments. Also, national language must be available at private service sphere. For that, the state must provide support. Even so, playing around with requirements sends wrong signals, breeds misunderstanding and conflicts due to ignorance.
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 AmmasPM
Saku, Estonia likes Saku, Japan
Saku, Nagano prefecture, in Japan and Saku, Estonia officially entered an agreement of friendship in 2007. Unofficially, ties have been warm a lot longer.
30.10.2015, Riina LuikPM
Booze to vanish from before buyer eye
In near future, purchasing alcohol will grow much more complex – stores will have to erect nontransparent walls around alcohol departments, gas stations must stop selling tipple altogether, and local government get powers to ban sales of intoxicating drinks in eateries at certain hours.
20.10.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Mastering Estonian: two years will do
In an old manor some kilometers from the refugee center at the village of Vao there sits this tiny Kiltsi Basic School. While, at education ministry, preparations for educators regarding refugees is starting next year, in this school with 60 students this is already reality.
21.09.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Position of Savisaar unshaken by incapacity
Incapacitated for work, Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar might be released from office. With help from party cadres, the man may stay in office till the elections in 2017.
04.08.2015, Indrek MäePM
Turkish hospital bill awaiting government verdict
For a family of four, and end-of-April trip to Turkey ended with father's illness and a mega hospital bill, the compensation of which hangs on decision by Estonian government.
03.08.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Garri Raagmaa: on sweetness of small town life
Citing study, University of Tartu regional planning docent Garri Raagmaa says city folks may be richer but small town life is happier.
20.07.2015, Garri RaagmaaPM
Stronger stick, sweeter carrot, and urge to merge
At the moment, Estonia sports 213 local governments. By our 100th Anniversary, they should be three times less. The conditions for survival of some and extinction of others are being feverishly forged.
16.07.2015, Oliver KundPM
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.
Electricity elusive for small town firms
It’s a vicious circle for lots of Estonia’s rural areas: desiring to develop local business, they cannot afford to build the power networks with voltage needed.
09.06.2015, Anette ParkseppPM
Number of central government employees grows by 1,000 in 2014
While the number of public sector workers in Estonia dropped from 138,000 to 137,000 in Estonia last year, the number of workers of the central government grew from 55,000 to 56,000.
Editorial: Saue Parish, Mostly Harmless*
As the reader remembers, «The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy» by Douglas Adams begins by two examples of public vs private interests collision.
Ilves: it's not possible to go on with present administrative arrangement
It is not possible for Estonia to go on with the present administrative division, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said in his speech on the day of towns and rural municipalities on Wednesday, calling on the new Riigikogu to adopt the decisions necessary for administrative reform.
Public funds have been used to advertise politicians and parties under the label of information activities
After analysing the information expenses of local authorities, the National Audit Office found that the City of Tallinn had used funds from its budget to finance information, which against the background of the 2013 local elections could be regarded as election advertising of politicians or political parties.
«Free school lunch» served as idiom
Though earlier announced by education ministry and its soc dem chief Jevgeni Ossinovski that this New Year extends free school lunch to gymnasium level, real life may be different. As explained by the ministry, «free school lunch» is actually a colloquial idiom in use over a decade.
07.01.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Amendment allows spending night on private plot
Up to now, sunrise to sunset was the limit for staying on unmarked private land. Not anymore, so feel free to spend the night. A ban on picking berries and mushrooms must be separately signified by owner.
04.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Country girls quit well and bucket
According to Statistical Office data, everyday hygiene of Estonian households has taken a giant leap during twelve years.
17.06.2014, Nils NiitraPM
The income of employees increased in all counties last year
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2013, the average monthly gross income per employee was 900 euros. Compared to 2012, the average gross income increased in all counties.
Centre Party ads trigger criminal procedure
Yesterday, Office of the Prosecutor General launched criminal procedure regarding election ads of Tallinn city government figures (Centre Party), based on application by political parties financing supervision committee.
10.06.2014, Karin KangroPM
Reform rush results in governmental quarrel
Two weeks ago, social ministry priced assessment of work capacity at €250 per person. Now, it’s €50 and €100.
10.06.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: banking on a place
In Postimees today, Swedbank Estonia director general Priit Perens tells a truth at first glance shocking. Most of their branches – such as are outside of Tallinn and Tartu – are loss-making. Little local branches aren’t good for the bank to keep, all they do is swallow money. Still, the banker vows to keep the unprofitable doors open as long as people keep coming.
Kindergarten queue can’t drag forever
Supreme Court never explained what’s the reasonable waiting time for a place in kindergarten. Even so, they don’t think one can demand it by next morning.
07.04.2014, Nils NiitraPM
As ministers pack bags, sixteen advisers follow suit
While IRL ministers leaving the government have a Riigikogu seat ready and waiting, their advisers and assistants are guaranteed no soft landing; rather, these need to join army of unemployed political personnel. With six IRL ministers, 16 political advisers and assistants with monthly pay of €1,000–2,500 lose jobs.
11.03.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
The next local leader suspected in corruption
On Tuesday, Central Criminal Police apprehended Tõnu Kiviloo (49), mayor of Kõpu rural municipality of Viljandi County, as suspect in corruption. To the knowledge of Postimees, the man stands accused in transactions with companies linked to himself, amounting to violation of procedural restriction as prescribed by Penal Code.
15.01.2014, Risto Berendson