Faulty regulation blamed as millions of fishery support wasted
National Audit Office says support by European Fisheries Fund has failed to increase amount of native fish on Estonian kitchen tables. Fish farmers say the expectation is unrealistic and point to faults in the regulation governing distribution of the money.
06.06.2016, Siiri LiivaPM
Editorial: the political component and economic reckoning
Doubtless, state enterprise management and related decisions always come with both economic and political components. If the purely political becomes too much, the resulting imbalance is bad for society, and at times for the decision makers themselves. Seeing that, as a rule, state controls strategic companies directly of indirectly determining functioning and welfare of the state.
What went wrong with Estonian Air? Everything
All four strategies for saving Estonian Air from bankruptcy burned taxpayer money as they contradicted each other and nobody ever analysed their results, says National Audit office report.
25.05.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
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
«State should be stricter with handing out budget money»
Praised by the fresh National Audit Office report for management of Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), its director-general Elmar Vaher (40) says that distribution of money from state budget should be preceded by pointedly asking recipients what they have done to cut costs.
28.04.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: the police and budget of an ageing nation
For years, police and border guard have been under severe austerity. At some point homeland security may begin to go downhill, we are warned by Auditor General, police chief and a chancellor at interior ministry in Postimees today. Further belt tightening is out of the question.
Natl Audit Office: Estonian police watchdog in danger of losing employees
According to the National Audit Office of Estonia, the merger of the Police Board, Border Guard Board and Citizenship and Migration Board has been effective, but its future could be jeopardized by a continued decrease in the number of employees.
Estonia has rejected five Eritrean refugees offered
According to Estonian communications officer Priit Põdra operating in Italy we have thus far been offered eight refugees from Eritrea, five of whom Estonia has already declined.
22.01.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian PM promises to deal with shortcomings of refugee policy
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas the state has already taken into account the recommendations of the National Audit Office regarding the refugee policy and government agencies have to continue working toward eliminating all shortcomings.
Natl Audit Office: Estonia is poorly prepared for receiving refugees
Estonia's ability to welcome people applying for international protection as well as the ones who have received the status of displaced person and to integrate them into the society is insufficient and needs significant improvement, the National Audit Office finds.
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
Rõivas returns from China to resolve conflict
IRL vs Soc Dems clash plays trumps into Reform hands regarding desirable EU post.
27.11.2015, Joosep VärkPM
National Audit Office dissatisfied with governmental efforts to develop economy
The chronic ills of Estonian economy have been overshadowed by positiveness of macroeconomic indicators but haven't gone anywhere, Auditor General Alar Karis writes in annual report.
24.11.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
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?
Parts sets sights on EU heights
Soc Dems assessment pending, Reform and IRL have actually agreed for Estonia's new representative at European Court of Auditors is one-time prime minister Juhan Parts (IRL).
02.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Special audits to storm Port of Tallinn
While economy ministry is preparing a public procurement to order a thorough financial audit regarding transactions entered at Port of Tallinn in 2005–2015, a investigative parliamentary committee will dive into activities of said ministry and port council.
28.10.2015, Andres RiemerPM
State might take limits off oil shale mining
The oil shale development plan about to make it from environment ministry to government within weeks may prove useless being founded on totally unrealistic energy price prediction and leaving what's most vital – mining volumes bearable for Estonia – to be dictated by policy.
21.09.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: why a superhospital?
For years they have been talking about merging the hospitals of Tallinn. Should the municipal powers up and build the building, one might say good luck - on the one hand. On the other, one would wish for some specific explanations. As usual, the central issue being money.
Report: Non-EU immigrants mainly come to Estonia for reasons of family, study
The overwhelming majority of immigrants coming to live in Estonia from non-EU countries come here as part of family- or study-related migration, it appears from a study on the country's options in migration policy.
Report: Immigrants no burden on Estonia's welfare system
While the people who have immigrated so far have not remained a burden on Estonia's welfare system, meaning that there is no «benefits tourism» in Estonia, the country has not managed to attract workers with a high level of knowledge and skills either, it appears from a report by the National Audit Office.
Squirrel tails sticking from state firm doors
Diligently, Postimees has delved into the coterie repeatedly appointed to counsel public enterprises by party bureaus since the change of millennium. Side by side with faithful officials, these are dominated by generous donors and cadres.
15.06.2015, Oliver KundPM
Quit drinking, keep smiling
Forget the world view. In election programmes, the parties stand united in intent to make life miserable for tipplers and find funds to fill holes in Estonian teeth. At current level of financing, the healthcare system is in dire straits a few years from now, but why mention that?
27.01.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Editorial: never delete history
It’s been embarrassing to track the time-consuming search to find ways to prove why the recordings of meetings at Riigikogu committees must not and cannot be preserved for a longer time. Strange how the desire to hide mechanisms of legislation is so great in the very Estonia trying to sell itself globally as an open and flexible small nation.
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.
«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
Editorial: small schools under shadow of axe
«If school goes, life goes – from a village or a commune.» This, according to think-tank Praxis analysis on Estonian schools network, is a widespread statement on why Estonia keeps keeping alive its schools with few students. The same study claims the reasoning amounts to superficial simplification: a school alone will not breathe life into a region.
Noose tightens around rascals
The report published by National Audit Office yesterday revealed details on how intentional activity at Eesti Pank, 22 years back, left local entrepreneurs in the cold and awarded Russian cheats dozens of millions of Estonian’s dollars.
13.06.2014, Oliver KundPM
Experts: VEB fund letter not post-factum fake
Yesterday, the conspiracy theory of Eesti Pank collusion to fiddle $32.2m worth of VEB fund claims to a Russian company got a boost as it turned out the letter containing false data was indeed issued by the central bank in the very 1995.
03.06.2014, Oliver KundPM
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
Pensions: sheepwalking towards barren pastures
«Only thanks to our decision to increase pensions by five percent during the crisis, has cohesion been preserved in our society,» Prime Minister Andrus Ansip proclaimed just before the last Riigikogu elections. «Pensions will definitely rise the next year as well!» Again, Reform Party took a solid victory at the elections.
28.02.2014, Sulev VedlerPM
Estonia's outgoing auditor general lauds president's choice for his successor
Mihkel Oviir, whose second term as head of Estonia's National Audit Office expires at the beginning of next month, considers the president's candidate for the post, former rector of the University of Tartu Alar Karis, to be an exceptionally good choice.
Estonian audit: Ministry fails to exercise supervision over public companies, foundations
While the Public Procurement Act grants the Estonian Ministry of Finance the sole competency to exercise supervision over contracting authorities, the ministry has not exercised any supervision over tenders carried out by public undertakings and public foundations, it appears from the findings on an audit by the National Audit Office.
Audit: child welfare and child protection as local government functions need more specific rules
The audit carried out by the National Audit Office indicated that the child protection work of local authorities is mainly aimed at dealing with the consequences of problems rather than their prevention, which is why the necessary help may not reach children in the early stages of social problems.
06.02.2013, Toomas Mattson