Party members less than generous
Estonian parliament parties received fewer donations than usually in post-election 2016 for a total of €1.2 million.
13.01.2017, Karin KangroPM
Government scored half a victory in administrative reform case
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling definitely showed the green light for the forced merger of municipalities, but on the other hand this complicates the merger of municipalities based purely on the minimum limit of 5,000 residents.
21.12.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian finmin wants to allow drawing up state budgets with structural deficit
Estonian Finance Minister Sven Sester wants to draw up state budgets in the future in a way that if a small structural deficit should occur, it could be covered with a structural surplus in the following years, and the government is to discuss the proposal at the beginning of next year.
Third of votes unstable
Center Party chairman Jüri Ratas and his team took solace in knowing that only two of the party's 27 Riigikogu delegates belonged to former chairman Savisaar when the coalition was put together. Every role call vote of late shows they still number around ten, and that they remain critical.
13.12.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Finance committee likely to remove car registration tax from bundle of amendments
The finance committee of the Estonian parliament will apparently decide on Monday to exclude the amendment introducing a variable rate car registration fee from the bundle of amendments to tax laws put before lawmakers by the new coalition government.
Savisaar case did not leak from prosecutor's office, ISS - parlt panel chair
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Estonian parliament obtained certainty on Monday that the materials of the case brought against former Center Party chairman and Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar were not leaked to the media by the Office of the Prosecutor General or the Internal Security Service (ISS), committee chairman Jaanus Karilaid said.
Estonian parlt gives defense forces mandate to participate in intl missions
The Riigikogu on Wednesday adopted nine decisions concerning the participation of up to 371 members of the Estonian defense forces in international missions in 2017.
Center's popularity lead over Reform Party narrows to 1 pt in November
Estonian Center Party's lead over the Reform Party in popularity rankings has narrowed to one point, it appears from a survey Kantar Emor pollsters conducted for BNS at the end of November.
Ratas' government takes office
Chairman of the Center Party Jüri Ratas was given powers to form Estonia's next government with 53 votes after three hours of answering MPs' questions in the parliament yesterday.
22.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Coalition agreement signed
Chairman of the Center Party Juri Ratas, chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) Margus Tsahkna and chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) Jevgeni Ossinovski signed the coalition agreement in Toompea Castle, the seat of the Estonian parliament, on Monday.
Thorny path towards a new government
Three quiet claps that followed the successful vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas in the parliament yesterday characterize the difficult path ahead of the next potential coalition.
10.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Estonian PM ousted in confidence vote
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday expressed no confidence in Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.
Estonian PM not to resign
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday morning after the Reform Party's board meeting that he will not resign and will fight in defense of his positions.
Center Party to form new government
The Center Party will be a part of the next government – this much is for certain today. Whether the race for a new government will be won by the Reform Party or Pro Patria (IRL) and the social democrats (SDE) together will become clear in the coming days.
08.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Veronica Anghel: a directly elected president may not be the best choice of structural reform
Dear Estonia, it’s been one month since your successful presidential elections and three since your first attempt of August 29th. It was a challenge that gave you the right to voice frustration with a system that made you just as much of an observer as any foreigner.
08.11.2016, Veronica AnghelPM
Parlt ends 1st reading of Estonia's 2017 state budget
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday evening completed the first reading of the bill of the state budget for 2017.
Kaljulaid nominated presidential candidate with 90 signatures
The application to nominate Kersti Kaljulaid presidential candidate was signed by 90 members of the 101-seat Estonian parliament, spokespeople for the National Electoral Committee told BNS on Friday.
Parlt parties affirm support to Kaljulaid's candidacy
Leaders of Estonian parliament's party groups on Wednesday afternoon once again affirmed their support to the presidential candidacy of Kersti Kaljulaid and only the Conservative People's Party (EKRE) group said that they have substantial differences in opinion with Kaljulaid regarding some issues.
Luik most frequent name in search for president
Parties resumed communication after yesterday's Riigikogu Council of Elders meeting to find a candidate that would suit all six. None can hope to avoid concessions in this process, while all will have to swallow desires and insults in addition to abandoning the temptation of planting their own mouthpiece in Kadriorg.
27.09.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Punishment for post-accident alcohol consumption to be toughened
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Estonian parliament decided to form a work group to draft an amendment to toughen punishment for consuming alcohol after an accident.
Estonia's new president not elected in electoral college
Estonia's new president was not elected in the second electoral college round of Estonia's presidential election on Saturday.
Reps says is glad that electoral college will elect president
Mailis Reps, presidential candidate of the opposition Center Party, expressed her pleasure after the failure of the parliament to elect the president of Estonia for the next five years on Tuesday over the task of electing the head of state now passing to the electoral college.
Kallas: Reform must decide to back me as sole candidate
Siim Kallas, presidential candidate of the Estonian Reform Party in the Riigikogu, said after the parliament failed on its third and final attempt to elect the new president of Estonia on Tuesday that the board of the Reform Party must unambiguously throw its weight behind him in the electoral college.
Estonian parlt fails to elect president
The parliament has been unable to elect the president of Estonia for the next five years as none of the two candidates in Tuesday's runoff received the 68 votes necessary to get elected.
20 observers arrive from Russia for presidential election
At the initiative of the nonprofit Center for European Initiatives (CEI) and Russia's largest election monitor Golos, 20 monitors have arrived from Russia to observe the parliamentary ballot round of Estonia's presidential election.
Estonia's new president not elected in first ballot round in parliament
In the first round of presidential election in the Estonian parliament on Monday none of the candidates received the required 68 votes.
Center Party parlt group nominates Reps as presidential candidate
The nomination of candidates for registration for the first round of the vote on the new president of Estonia in the Riigikogu started at 9 a.m. on Thursday and the first candidate to be nominated was Mailis Reps, the Center Party's candidate who got the signatures of the party's whole parliamentary group.
Kallas versus Reps while clarity lacking
With two weeks to go till presidential elections, preferences of parliament members point to President not elected in Riigikogu while direct mandates to electoral body go to Siim Kallas and Mailis Reps.
16.08.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian Reform Party's presidential candidate is Siim Kallas
After more than two hours of debates Wednesday, the Reform Party's leadership settled on honorary chairman Siim Kallas as the party's official presidential candidate.
Cracked and Rusted Unity getting a new paint job
2016 hasn’t been kind for one of the leading government parties in Latvia - Unity who. is now becoming a metaphor for shooting oneself in the foot. The party in less than one year has lost support, lost one seat in government, lost prime minister chair and the trust of people who voted for Unity in 2014.
08.06.2016, Raivis VilūnsPM
Estonian parlt adopts amendments to Private Schools Act
Estonian parliament on Tuesday adopted changes to the Private Schools Act, according to which the state will continue to pay an operating subsidy to private schools until the end of 2019.
Estonian parlt adopts administrative reform bill
Estonian parliament on Tuesday adopted the administrative reform bill. A total of 56 MPs voted to pass the law and 38 voted against it, while there were no abstentions.
Editorial: growing up or throwing up?
So they are trying to warm up that old sandwich of people in the parliament allowed to sit at local councils... Possibly biting off more than we are willing to chew.
NATO advised to boost presence on Baltic Sea
The Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) commissioned ICDS to conduct a study on the strategic balance in the Baltic Sea region with aim to contribute, in the run up to the Warsaw Summit, to the discussion on the optimum Alliance military posture in the region. Underneath find its assumptions, findings and recommendations.
19.04.2016, Henrik Praks, Director of ABCDPM
Editorial: spotlight kills fines bill
Had Postimees not shined spotlight on the doubling-of-fines issue a few weeks ago just before they had planned the final vote, in all likelihood we'd already be paying 'em.
Rõivas to critics: while you talk we work
Within first year while in coalition with Soc Dems and IRL, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) has managed to send administrative reform into parliament, tidy the eastern border and bring in seven refugees. Therefore, he dares say he's at helm of a government of great decisions and ambitious above average.
08.04.2016, Tuuli KochPM
5 parties file bill to banish convicted criminals from party finance watchdog
Five of the six party groups in the Estonian parliament initiated a bill of amendments to the Political Parties Act on Monday that would prohibit persons punished pursuant to criminal procedure from taking part in the work of the Supervisory Committee on Party Financing.
Riigikogu pulls doubling of fines off agenda
Unexpectedly, and as advised by its Legal Affairs Committee, the parliament yesterday removed from agenda the law amendments intended to raise fine units as basis for misdemeanour fines from €4 to eight euros.
22.03.2016, Karin KangroPM
Estonian parlt adopts declaration calling for Savchenko's release
The Estonian parliament on Tuesday adopted the declaration which calls on Russia to release Ukrainian pilot and politician Nadiya Savchenko who has been unlawfully imprisoned in Russia.
New plan: recordings of future parliament committee sessions to be destroyed
Riigikogu Constitutional Committee has made a U-turn regarding preservation of recordings of parliamentary committee sessions, concluding that the recordings are but support material to be destroyed as soon as minutes have been made.
15.02.2016, Karin KangroPM
Formin: United, strong EU is in Estonia's vital interest
It is in the vital interest of Estonia that the European Union was strong and united, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said in her foreign policy speech in parliament on Thursday.
Savisaar v Kallas brewing?
Increasingly, party think-tanks are thinking about upcoming presidential elections and in Reform ranks Team Siim Kallas is being planned.
04.02.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Estonian president calls on Europe to deal with challenges together
In his speech before a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called on Europe to deal with difficulties together and not yield to attempts to break the European Union.
Border treaty missing in Russian State Duma work schedule
Duty list of Russian State Duma for first half of 2016 makes no mention of ratification of border treaty entered with Estonia though members of both parliaments have agreed that the treaties would be ratified during the current membership of the Duma.
26.01.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: the Mt Power mess
Looks like quite a mess this week in Riigikogu as Registered Partnership Act implementation provisions are again to be tackled. Would be fun to watch if it were not such a spectacle.
Riigikogu reluctant to alter spouse of president benefits
Members of parliament are shying away from altering arrangement of benefits for spouse of the President. Many think that touching the issue they would delve too deep into the President's private life.
18.01.2016, Merike TederPM
Editorial: the next pudding to be proven in the eating
The Riigikogu hath decided: at next local elections in fall of 2017, the youth aged 16 and 17 may cast their votes as well. Up to now, the level was 18 and up. A remarkable change which may make the society stronger by the added votes while overall political environment and culture are key factors.
In 2015, Reform drew top donations
Last year, the private donors most generous towards parliamentary parties were entrepreneurs Urmas Sõõrumaa and Hillar Teder. The sums given by the duo put together amounted to almost a quarter of the total donated.
13.01.2016, Karin KangroPM
Criminal proceeding opened as MP's blood alcohol content exceeds 1.5 permille
A criminal procedure was opened after Dmitri Dmitrijev, the MP who crashed his car while intoxicated shortly after midnight on Thursday, was found to have a blood alcohol concentration higher than 1.5 permille.
Estonian parlt speaker calls for tolerance, understanding in New Year's address
The speaker of the Estonian parliament, Eiki Nestor, called in his New Year's address for tolerance and not being afraid of people who are not exactly like Estonians.
Infighting bites into Centre Party popularity
While still the top popular party in the land, during this past month Centre has seen its ratings drop by a whopping eight percent as shown by Turu-uuringute AS poll ordered by Public Broadcasting (ERR).
14.12.2015, postimees.ee / BNS / ERR UudisedPM
Estonian parlt adopts 2016 state budget
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday adopted the 2016 state budget, the volume of which is projected to total 8.92 billion euros and its receipts 8.84 billion euros.
Registered Partnership Act implementing provisions narrowly clear 1st hurdle
By a one-vote margin, the Estonian parliament on Wednesday completed the first reading of the bill of implementing provisions of the Registered Partnership Act.
Estonian parlt panel unanimously supports extending defense chief's term in office
The National Defense Committee of the Estonian parliament on Monday unanimously supported a proposal to extend by two years defense forces commander Lt. Gen. Riho Terras' term of office.
Priit Toobal quits as MP
Priit Toobal, secretary general of the opposition Center Party, said on Wednesday he is resigning as member of the parliament before the Supreme Court announces its verdict on an appeal filed by him and other defendants found quilty of instigation to illegal surveillance and other offenses by lower level courts.
In private chats, Priit Toobal wooed schoolboys
«Sry... that was too gay maybe.»
«Nowadays they say all are bi :D so cool :D»
«Might down vodka together sometime :D»
«Thought let's have a sauna [party] and down some vodka :D»
In a recent Facebook conversation, these sentences were written by top Centre Party cadre and Riigikogu member to a 16 years old male gymnasium student. A few hours after learning about the investigative article to be published thereon in Postimees, Mr Toobal announced his resignation from the parliament citing need to defend reputation of the Riigikogu.
19.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Rally against Estonian govt's asylum policy draws a couple of hundred participants
An estimated couple of hundred people took part in a rally against the government's policy concerning the acceptance of asylum seekers in the Estonian capital Tallinn on Wednesday, organizers told BNS.
Russian side believes border treaty with Estonia will be ratified in 1st half of 2016
The State Duma committee on international affairs on Wednesday submitted the treaty on the state border between Estonia and Russia for comments and expects the treaty to be ratified in the first half of next year, Tatyana Moskalkova, coordinator of the parliamentary group for liaison with the Estonian parliament and deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on CIS affairs, said.
Riigikogu at attempt two to limit its love for cars
The parliament has already set itself a luxury car limit once, then to withdraw it. A Postimees poll shows that in run-up to council of elders on Wednesday deputies remain worlds apart on how they ought to curb their rights to spend taxpayer money... if at all.
12.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
PM: No political declarations will be added to Estonian-Russian border treaty
No political declarations will be added to the border treaty between Estonia and Russia, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Thursday.
Estonian govt decides to pass on border treaty for ratification
The Estonian government decided on Thursday to forward the Estonian-Russian border treaty and the treaty on the delimitation of maritime areas of the two countries in the Gulf of Finland and Narva Bay to the parliament for ratification.
Gallery and video: taxpayer fuels fancy cars for Riigikogu
As revealed by fresh report by Chancellery of the Riigikogu, many at parliament draw from compensations to sport costly cars. «Fair and just?» we asked them.
17.09.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: dear Riigikogu
The sunny start of Riigikogu, spiced up by President inside and Tractors at the door, got clouded and rainy yesterday. As if to illustrate what the media was up to. Again. Picking apart the costs and compensations.
Sven Mikser elected head of Foreign Affairs Committee
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian parliament on Tuesday elected Social Democrat Sven Mikser its new chairman to replace Hannes Hanso who was appointed minister of defense on Monday.
Tallinn rocked by farmer power
Addressing the protest rally in front of the parliament building yesterday, Tartu County farmers chief Jaan Sõrra vowed to spread dung across the castle front should governing politicians fail to deliver on EU support as promised.
15.09.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Refugees, reforms, pigs, milk ...
Launching the fresh political season today, Riigikogu stands faced with problems at home and abroad. Not limited to the European refugee issues, heads of the factions think it important to progress with administrative/state reform, helping the farmers, and work capacity reform.
14.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Small parties struggle with reporting
On top of the six political parties represented in Riigikogu, Estonia has five more that the public rarely hears of and which are having constant difficulty with reporting and accountability.
24.08.2015, Karin KangroPM
Estonian parlt to convene extraordinary sitting on Tuesday to discuss Greek aid package
Estonian government on Thursday sent to the parliament the bill of the Greek aid package and asked the Riigikogu to convene an extraordinary sitting on Aug. 18.
Marina Kaljurand sworn in as new foreign minister of Estonia
Marina Kaljurand assumed the office of foreign minister of Estonia by taking an oath before parliament on Thursday.
Tallinn soc dems present proposals to tweak Estonian coalition treaty
Monday night, Soc Dems Tallinn region board forwarded its advice on how to alter the coalition agreement, main points being rise of income tax free minimum, a ceiling set to elections costs, and inclusive budgets for local governments.
15.07.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Center Party asks president not to sign tax changes into law
Chair of the parliamentary group and acting head of Estonia's opposition Center Party Kadri Simson on Tuesday asked President Toomas Hendrik Ilves to not promulgate the tax law amendments passed by the Riigikogu on Monday.
Editorial: the taxing decisions
The tax amendments package passed this Monday night was nothing nice. Pragmatically, it does secure the execution of policy agreed in government and the coalition can get its compromises enacted.
Estonian parlt passes tax law amendments
The Riigikogu on Monday passed amendments to the Social Tax Act, Income Tax Act and other laws according to which the excise duties on alcohol, tobacco and fuel will be raised faster than planned by the previous governments and the value added tax on accommodation services raised from 9 percent to 14 percent.
Estonian Center Party decides to move against prime minister
The Center Party will start collecting parliament members' signatures in support of a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, vice chair of the opposition party and head of its parliamentary group Kadri Simson said after an emergency meeting of the party board on Wednesday.
Briti valimised: küsitlusfirmade kaikuv krahh
Briti küsitlusfirmasid ühendav British Polling Council on käivitanud sõltumatu uuringu selgitamaks, kuidas valimisi puudutavad arvud ja avaldused niivõrd ekslikuks osutusid ning miks konservatiivide populaarsust dramaatiliselt alahinnati.
09.05.2015, Urho MeisterPM
Editorial: an e-Embarrassment eloquently explained
So they ordered us a new website, up there at the Riigikogu, for €98,000 allegedly paying for all works pre and post. The thing feels out of reach and hard to read, but host says this is a nonissue.
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
Times of change in two-faced Centre
For Centre Party, late autumn this year is a decisive moment as members convene – for conference. Before that, no decisions are taken; rather, a decision or message is expected from chairman Edgar Savisaar undergoing physical recovery.
21.04.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Ten parliamentary committees elect chairs, vice chairs
Ten out of 11 standing committees of the Estonian parliament elected chairmen and vice chairmen on Monday.
Estonian parlt gives Roivas powers to form govt
The Riigikogu voted on Wednesday to give Taavi Roivas, chairman of the Reform Party, powers to form the next Estonian government.
Roivas: It's logical that Cohabitation Act will take effect in Estonia
Answering a question from a Center Party MP in parliament on Wednesday, prime minister designate Taavi Roivas said the enactment of the Cohabitation Act is a logical course of events.
EKRE group doesn't demand Madison's resignation
The parliamentary group of the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) found on Thursday that MP Jaak Madison does not have to vacate his parliamentary seat following revelations that a court recently punished him with a fine for the appropriation of a smartphone.
Will the three wise men finally deliver?
After month-long gruelling efforts, Reform chief Taavi Rõivas said yesterday that they are on finishing line. Was this an April Fools’ Day thing? Rather not, one would guess.
02.04.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Another Estonian court finds Toobal, Laasi guilty
Estonia's Tallinn circuit court on Tuesday found MPs Lauri Laasi and Priit Toobal as well as the Center Party guilty of several offenses, including unauthorized surveillance, but the defendants have decided to take the case to the Supreme Court.
7+5+5 hesitation coalition possibly emerging
Imagine the feeling of putting together a government and handing out portfolios with every party pondering a makeover in a year, latest. Tomorrow, Reform the chief talker will get its initial real life chance to have something agreed. For a moment, Good Friday cools their heads. Come Resurrection Sunday, the three may convene their councils and flash green lights to «hesitation union» to emerge.
31.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
President calls on parlt to consider security, EU, e-state important
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called on the new composition of the Riigikogu to consider important security, e-state and the European Union as well as to carry out administrative and state reforms.
Members of Estonia's new parlt take oaths of office
Members of Estonia's 13th parliament on Monday took their oaths of office at the first sitting of the new composition with which they promised to be true to the state and its constitutional order.
Estonian parlt reelects SocDem Nestor as chairman
Estonia's 13th Riigikogu at its first sitting elected Eiki Nestor of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) as the chairman of the parliament.
Editorial: the new Riigikogu – longing for a coalition
Today, work began for the new and 13th membership of the Riigikogu as elected by Estonian citizens four weeks ago. As Board of the Riigikogu gets elected, we get hints if coalition talks are nearing the finishing line or are we in for more days filled with negotiations.
New Estonian parlt to hold inaugural meeting March 30
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Tuesday convened the 13th Riigikogu to gather for its first sitting on March 30.
Estonian Election Committee registers outcome of March 1 polls
The National Election Committee on Monday registered the lineup of the 13th Estonian Riigikogu and the list of alternate MPs, thus making the result of the March 1 general elections official.
Committee to announce election result Monday
The National Election Committee will on Monday register members of the new Estonian parliament and officially announce the result of the March 1 parliamentary election.
Estonian Supreme Court receives 16 complaints re parlt elections
A total of 16 complaints were submitted to the Estonian Supreme Court after the March 1 general elections.
Recount gives parlt seat to Ladonskaja
Viktoria Ladonskaja, candidate from Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), has won the last of IRL's 14 seats in the Riigikogu according a vote recount conducted on Wednesday.
Now what? Tough times at IRL
While following the noisy leadership meeting at IRL yesterday morning chairman Urmas Reinsalu announced stepping down in June, campaign No 1 Juhan Parts is out of sight and participates not in preliminary coalition talks.
10.03.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Toiling towards coalition, by SMS and demanding theses
Calling three parties to coalition talks, Reform is in obvious urge for swift solution as each passing day pumps smaller partners with fresh faith, stronger stakes and other options.
05.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: the six slices of cake
As humbly admitted by soc dem chief Sven Mikser, on elections day voter is king. And, should the king wish two new parties in parliament, the seats cannot obviously be added to the existing 101. Some will have to make way.
Editorial: the people have spoken …
This very day, the parties freshly in parliament will be searching for common ground and combining towards next coalition. The people have spoken, but the content of what was said will be intensely debated by politicians.
Rõivas rules out coalition with Centre
As election results were declared, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) said it was now time to think about a new three party coalition.
Reform wins Estonia's parlt elections, six parties secure seats
The Reform Party of Prime Minister Taavi Roivas won Sunday's parliamentary elections in Estonia by securing 30 seats in the 101-seat Riigikogu, according to the preliminary result as votes from all 547 polling stations had been counted.
Riigikogu elections spiced up with Presidents
Who or what are we going to elect anyway, sounded the justified question as, all of a sudden, possible presidential candidates were thrown into election kettle boiling with parties and prime ministers.
12.02.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: predicting the parliament – a four, five or six pack?
Two parties with no prior parliamentary experience look likely to clear the 5 percent threshold this time around – Free Party and EKRE.
Centre Party top popular before elections
As general elections near, Public Broadcasting/Turu-uuringute AS poll shows Centre Party as frontrunner mediates ETV’s «Aktuaalne kaamera», while Free Party and EKRE look set to break into parliament – both supported by six percent of respondents.
Editorial: the pre-elections state of mindlessness
Last week was spiced with strange things that happen as people in parliament get all elated about getting elected again. At times, calls have been made for them quit the sessions at campaign time – unavoidably, it all boils over with populism and attempts to shine forth. On the other hand, however, why grant folks at Toompea the privilege? Work on, honourable ladies and gentlemen, just as the other candidates for the most part do.
Likable, as a lady not liked by all
Fulfilling a long-cherished dream, on April 1st last year, Maire Aunaste had a go at a monologue type play «Jaded but made-up» at Võru Kannel community house stage – to have a good laugh at her very self, mostly.
02.02.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Parlt approves amendments to simplify acquisition of citizenship
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday passed with votes 61-12 a government-initiated bill of amendments to the Citizenship Act and State Fees Act that will ease acquisition of Estonian citizenship for persons aged 65 years and over, allow minors to hold the citizenship of other countries besides Estonia, and enable stateless parents' children aged below 15 years obtain Estonian citizenship at birth.
Editorial: fresh spring winds or windows firmly shut
With month and a half to go till general elections, hopes are somewhat up. Dissatisfaction with state of affairs has sent a signal: changes expected. In two ways, at least.
Paet eyes return from MEP to minister
Member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet (Reform Party) says he does not crown list of candidates as mere magnet for votes. Rather, the man harbours hopes to make it back into next government as minister.
14.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
Reformers purge their sinners while soc dems go gambling
Over the weekend three major parties confirmed their lists of candidates, the soc dems risking the most: with luck, they may harvest the freshest faced faction of all, a flop leaving some top politicians outside of parliament.
12.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
Estonian lawmakers vote to reinstitute ban on public drinking
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday passed with 69 votes the government-initiated bill of amendments to the Law Enforcement Act that restores the ban on public consumption of alcohol.
Estonian parlt adopts package of foreign mission bills for 2015
Estonian parliament on Thursday adopted the package of bills with which a mandate was given to the Estonian Defense Forces to take part in a follow-up mission in Afghanistan and taking part in ongoing foreign missions would be extended by a year.
Editorial: taking the state by the horns
Yesterday, Estonian Cooperation Assembly revealed its ideas on reforming the state. A weighty event. Why?
Editorial: it’s elections, not war
«I’ll put on my tie and go scream at others on TV tonight,» is what Raul Rebane wrote about election campaign methods in Postimees last week. In the story by Nils Niitra about listless parliamentarians, the deputy Aivar Riisalu thus describes the colleagues not outstanding by activeness: they sit in bottom of the trench, trembling, green in the face, calling for Mama to help and wondering why they’re in the war after all.
Top lethargic Riigikogu deputy discovered
Naturally, the dear reader knows next to nothing about Aare Heinvee – he is the most sluggish of all in Estonian parliament. Vividly, Mr Heinvee’s case serves to show how little attendance of sessions really means. Namely, Mr Heinvee is an ardent sessions attendee, second only to Rein Aidma.
01.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Bomb threat made to Estonian parliament
A bomb threat was made to the Estonian parliament before noon Thursday but no explosives were found.
Parlt passes occupational disability act
Estonian parliament on Wednesday approved the occupational disability benefit act with 55 votes for and 32 against it.
Editorial: Reform Party – the Swedbank of Estonian politics
Today, Reform Party has a party: it turns twenty. Glancing in the rear view mirror, chief squirrels may get some satisfaction – the project launched by a midnight talk between Heiki Kranich and Siim Kallas in the Vienna hotel De France has evolved into a corner stone, a market leader and a power hub of Estonian politics. Easily, its position strikes a comparison to that of Swedbank in banking – 43 percent of all deposits at half year mark. Reform holds a third of the parliament and half the government, matching the impact.
Estonian govt approves national defense bill
The Estonian government on Thursday approved the draft national defense law that combines three separate laws regulating defense of the country at present.
Panel to vote on proposal that Estonian Vodka must be made in Estonia
An advisory committee for the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture is about to vote on a proposal according to which vodka bearing the geographical indication Estonian Vodka/Eesti Viin must be produced in Estonia from locally grown raw material and local water.
Editorial: victory for Ukraine
The Sunday elections in Ukraine were a success. While final results are still pending – in a large country and a complicated situation, the votes take days to count – it’s obvious by now the elections by and large were free, democratic and outright excellent as an example of pluralism.
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.
Parliamentarian insists on innocence
«I am being accused in something which has not been,» MP and former Tartu city council member Urbo Vaarmann (37, Centre Party) told reporters yesterday as he arrived in court.
21.10.2014, Risto MetsPM
Editorial: hired by Tallinn
So now we know: as his legal advisor, Mayor of Tallinn has hired former Harju County Court judge Valeri Lõõnik – once in public limelight as the man who at first instance pronounced «not guilty» those accused in the infamous land exchange saga.
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.
Savisaar still No 1
In its office at Toompea yesterday, Centre Party festively turned 23. For the same number of years, the centrists have driven towards elections with chairman at the wheel.
13.10.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Cohabitation Act fills Toompea with cons and pros
Yesterday, Foundation for Protecting Family and Tradition (SA Perekonna ja Traditsiooni Kaitseks, SAPTK) held a demonstration in Tallinn aimed against planned Cohabitation Act. In addition to hundreds who were against, supporters of the law showed up as well.
Helga Kalm: in the end, it was a close win for Abdul Turay
In the end, it was a close win for Abdul Turay, finds Helga Kalm, today's online-debate's umpire.
17.09.2014, Helga KalmPM
Mega moves mulled
Come Riigikogu elections next spring, Jüri Ratas is likely to run in Reform Party shirt.
27.08.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: why fear the votes of our very own kids?
A month ago, to the day, 41 Riigikogu members launched a bill to alter the constitution. Yesterday, the government said yes. Aim of the amendment is for 16 and 17 year olds to obtain voting rights – as things stand, 18 is the threshold.
Editorial: partner change a boost to Reform Party
Fresh Emor poll says popularity of Reform Party has grown to 29 percent – should Riigikogu elections happen tomorrow, that’s how many would vote for the senior coalition partner. The last time squirrels were so well liked was 1.5 years ago, in October-November of 2012. By 27 percent, soc dems come second at basically same level as last month.
€1,000 deal law approved, again
By 45 yes votes, Riigikogu again approved the Value Added Tax Act Amendment bill pursuant to which transactions over and above €1,000 would need to be declared. At the end of last year, the President refused to proclaim this very act.
08.05.2014, Liina ValdrePM
Editorial: blessed are the pure in heart
Who can touch the innocent. And should somebody try, in a state based on the rule of law protection is at hand. By that, we could sum up the whole issue around immunity of parliamentarians.
Eiki Nestor elected President of the Riigikogu
At a secret ballot yesterday, Riigikogu elected soc dem Eiki Nestor as its new President. Mr Nestor was supported by 54 parliament members. His opponent, the current speaker Ene Ergma (IRL) was backed by 45. To her successor, Ms Ergma wished the best – with a warm hug and red roses.
«Delete» demanded for plan to classify Riigikogu’s doings
In all likelihood, project by Constitutional Committee – to classify committees’ work for 30 years – will be buried, lacking support by majority of committee chairmen at Riigikogu.
28.01.2014, Oliver KundPM
Car tax turbo procedure hits ditch
For the time being, no change to taxation rules for of autos.
13.11.2013, Liina ValdrePM
Riigikogu speaker bans speech by Finland’s education minister
As a matter of significant national issue, soc dems desired to discuss education, next Thursday; among others, they invited Finnish education minister Krista Kiuru to hold a speech on «Equality of educational options as guarantee of state success – regional and socioeconomic view point» at Riigikogu.
04.10.2013, Tuuli KochPM
Estonian parlt to tackle cross-border health care
The standing Social Affairs Committee on Thursday sent to Estonian parliament a bill of amendments to the Health Care Services Organization Act that will transpose into national legislation the EU directive on patients' rights in cross-border health care.
44 top politicians shooting for Tallinn City Council
In Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, nine government ministers and 35 members of the Parliament are running at local elections – people who, pursuant to law, may not enter the council without leaving their current posts.
12.09.2013, Karin KangroPM
Soc dems find forgotten €42,000 ad bill
Following query by Riigikogu’s committee for monitoring party financing, Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) stuck a €42,000 advertisements costs invoice into 2011 declaration.
26.08.2013, Heidi OjamaaPM
Russian MP owns real estate in Tallinn
Member of the Russian Federation Council Sergei Mamedov declared an apartment in the Estonian capital which costs approximately 444,500 euros, the Russian news ageny Interfax reports.
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
Estonian parlt passes 78 legal acts in spring session
The Estonian parliament, the Riigikogu, adopted 78 legal acts during the spring session that ended on Thursday.
Estonian parlt okays increase in Mali mission
The parliament on Wednesday night passed a resolution that increases the maximum size of the Estonian input to the European Union and United Nations missions in Mali to ten personnel.
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.
Estonian parlt adopts amendments easing immigration of top specialists
The parliament on Thursday passed amendments to the Aliens Act that will make it easier to bring foreign top-level specialists and scientists into Estonia.
Laar's seat in Estonian parliament to go to Andrus Saare
The parliamentary seat of Mart Laar, who is about to take up his new duties as chairman of the supervisory board of the Bank of Estonia, will got to Andrus Saare.