Gov. reaches compromise for security academy
Just as it happened in 2014, the government decided, after months of debates, not to move the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences to the border town of Narva yesterday. The town will host a training center that will be known as an academy college instead.
31.03.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Monitoring system of Estonia's eastern border has seen 5 failures in 6 months
According to the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) the monitoring systems on Estonia's eastern border have partially stopped working on several occasions in the past six months, which directly points to the need to find additional funding for the maintenance of PPA's IT systems.
Enslaving is a systematic problem
Last week, Postimees published an article on a vile case of enslavement in Pärnu where a man was kept in inhuman conditions for weeks while his enslaver used his identity to take out loans and make purchases.
27.02.2017, Joosep VärkPM
18 Syrian refugees have arrived in Estonia in February
In February 18 Syrian war refugees have arrived in Estonia from Greece and Turkey, while so far 107 refugees have arrived in Estonia under the European Union's migrant resettlement and relocation plan.
Eight firearms new maximum
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has sent to the Government Office a bill to amend the Weapons Act, according to which individuals holding a weapons permit and owning firearms for the purpose of protection of self and property can own a maximum of eight firearms.
17.01.2017, Piret LaksonPM
Thousands of IDs to become invalid
Thousands of mobile-IDs and digital identification cards will be deemed invalid in April, following a decision to switch to more secure document certificates.
16.01.2017, Hanneli RudiPM
The state needs warships, helicopters and coastal radar network
Estonia lacks an exhaustive image of what is happening in its territorial waters. Maritime defence is fragmented between three institutions, which can perform only a small amount of approximately fifty tasks, Estonia’s first detailed maritime security report reveals.
27.12.2016, Oliver KundPM
Dirty secret of Estonia’s building sites
The number of violations related to the recruitment of foreign labour has increased steeply, because some Estonian construction firms have discovered a new source of wealth – Ukrainians willing to build houses in Estonia for a few hundred euros per month while living in ascetic conditions.
20.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Quota filled for the first time
Estonia has been willing to take in no more immigrants than 0.1 percent of its permanent population in recent years. The figure comes to 1,317 people this year, and the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is convinced the quota will be filled before the year is out.
29.11.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Child survives fall from eighth floor
A two-year-old child was taken to the Tallinn Children's Hospital's intensive care unit after miraculously surviving a fall from an eighth floor window in Tallinn's Lasnamägi borough a week ago. Neighbors said that while the boy did not break a single bone, he suffered injuries to internal organs.
01.11.2016, Heilika LeinusPM
Ministry looking to train assistant policemen in the army
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has made a proposal to the defense ministry to consider complementing basic training of conscripts with a course for assistant police officers.
21.10.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Government to boost security of hundreds of buildings
State agencies, the Estonian National Museum, certain bridges, server rooms, and backup generators of hospitals are just some of the things to be added to the government's new list of objects of national security relevance. The latter will have to take more stringent security measures against potential attacks.
21.09.2016, Oliver KundPM
Mobile IDs issued in Estonia total 100,000
As on Monday 100,000 Mobile IDs had been issued in Estonia, the Certification Center said.
Cheap Ukrainian workforce free to enter Estonia via Poland
Of foreign workers registered in Poland, about 80 percent are Ukrainians. But Poland has unemployment too and no work for all who come. Therefore, several Polish companies have focused on mediating workers to elsewhere in Europe.
04.08.2016, Greete PalgiPM
Sending back a Vietnamese costs thousands of euros
This year, Estonia had dozens of Vietnamese enter it illegally. Yesterday, the last one i.e. No 30 was flown back home.
03.08.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Evidence points at accident with perished border guards
At press conference yesterday, Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) internal audit office said that according to evidence accumulated an accident happened with border guards who perished at sea near Haapsalu on June 28th. The cause of the alleged accident is still unknown.
08.07.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Next 8 refugees from Greece arrive in Estonia
Two Syrian families arrived in Estonia from Greece on Thursday under the European Union's migrant relocation program, Ministry of the Interior said.
Two refugees brought to Estonia go to court
Of refugees of war brought to Estonia according to European migration plan, two have had recourse to the courts not being satisfied to status awarded. By today, the police have altered the way they operate.
17.05.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian police admit mistake in using rubber bullets at Harku detention facility
Commenting on an article published in the Wednesday edition of Eesti Ekspress, a senior representative of the police has admitted that in the opinion of experts the use of rubber bullets in the Harku detention center for illegal immigrants in last November ran counter to the Law Enforcement Act.
Special units to get a boost
Police special unit K and border guard strike teams on Eastern border will get dozens of new members and equipment for added special operations capacity.
03.05.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Legally illegal. A day in the life of homeless Africans
Postimees spent a day with Africans held in Harku Detention Centre for 18 months. Now, the guys are Tallinn's outlaws – impossible to expel and without right to be here.
02.05.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Next 12 refugees from Greece arrived in Estonia on Thursday
On Thursday evening the next 12 refugees to be settled in Estonia under the European Union's migrant relocation program arrived in Estonia from Greece.
«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.
Next 12 refugees from Greece to arrive in Estonia next week
The next 12 refugees to be settled in Estonia under the European Union's migrant relocation program are to arrive in Estonia next week.
Supreme Court subjects Bitcoins trade to money laundering rules
Yesterday's verdict put an end to longstanding doubts whether trades with the cyber money should be treated as economic activity requiring special permit or not – in a landmark stand, Supreme Court declared mediation of Bitcoins an economic activity subject to anti-money-laundering supervision.
12.04.2016, Aivar PauPM
Two Estonian officers with dogs sent on border mission to Croatia
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board sent at the weekend two dog handlers with their dogs to Croatia to help guard the country's border with Serbia.
Security police head says safety is nothing absolute
As assured by Security Police chief Arnold Sinisalu, there is no need to be overly worried about terror attacks in Estonia at the moment. Neither is there any need to fear the threat arising with newly arriving migrants, there being no proof of radicals having entered thru such channel.
23.03.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
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
Accidentally, private universities helped dozens of Bangladeshis into Europe
Private universities in Estonia may have unintentionally helped dozens of Bangladeshis enter Schengen space states as seen in a Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) audit.
22.03.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Fines to double
This coming Wednesday, the Riigikogu is intending to pass a doubling of the fine unit thus creating the potential to punish offences twice as severely. Police promises to go carefully with raising fines.
21.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonia hiring IT specialists from Ukraine
These past years, percentage of immigrants from Ukraine is in constant increase. Last year, they got a whopping 62 percent of resident permits for work.
18.03.2016, Marge TubalkainPM
Police: Crackdowns on immigrants in St. Petersburg increasing pressure on Estonian border
Russian authorities conducting raids on illegal immigrants in St. Petersburg can be felt also on the Estonian border, in the form of growing numbers of attempts at illegal crossing of the border, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board says.
Humane reasons for residence permit written into law
Yesterday, Riigikogu passed a law amendment stating that Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), while proceeding residence permit applications, may consider the human circumstances of applicants.
17.03.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Russia might try smothering Estonia with migration
At end of last week, Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) got this troublesome piece of news from Russia about three refugees of Bangladeshi origin apprehended in Ivangorod wishing to enter Estonia. As dozens of Vietnamese with like plans were afterwards detected in Ivangorod, alarm went off in Estonia.
16.03.2016, Oliver KundPM
Less deaths, all else the same
Road Administration and Police and Border Guard Board last year's report observes that traffic deaths are down to 1945 level while overall driving culture is no better. Number of accidents is stable as well as humans injured.
11.03.2016, Liis VelskerPM
«Not humans but robots» – truck drivers honk horn at perceived police persecution
As one, truckers of Estonia have opted to open their mouths and speak their mind about the punitive police raids seemingly bordering on bullying and increasing in volume. Instead of improving anything, they say it's applying brakes on business.
11.03.2016, Aivar PauPM
Leaked memo: migrants may move towards borders of Estonia
Closure of the currently popular Balkan migration routes may put pressure on borders of Norway, Finland and the Baltics says a leaked Norwegian foreign ministry memo.
03.03.2016, VG / The Local / PMPM
Police to scrutinize all students from Bangladesh
Police suspects a number of students from Bangladesh in misuse of Estonian residence permits issued for studies and is therefore going to check all residence permits and visas.
29.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Russian helicopter violates Estonia's airspace
The Estonian Foreign Ministry has delivered a protest to the Russian ambassador after a Russian Mi-8 helicopter violated the Estonian airspace near the border guard base of Vasknarva shortly before noon on Thursday.
Foreign students suspected in far-flung fraud
These past few months have yielded 22 cases of foreign students falsifying assessment decisions by Estonian academic recognition agency (ENIC/NARIC) to use these for enrolling in our universities. The cheats hailed from Western Africa and used services by local representatives.
19.02.2016, Oliver KundPM
Rigid law obstructs humane approach
Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) deputy director-general Priit Pärkna says migration office has been at pains to find a way to remain in Estonia for the Albanian family successfully adapted. Even so, the officials are now looking to lawgivers as humane decisions are hindered by stiffness of current law.
11.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: a safer life
Yesterday, justice ministry released crime statistics regarding 2015 revealing a decline in crimes committed in Estonia. At that, it is somewhat deceptive with some indicators as 2015 saw the distinction between misdemeanor and crime from €64 to €200. Thus, they registered 32,500 crimes in Estonia in 2015 which is by nearly 5,000 less year-on-year. The decrease is largely due to the altered standards.
Estonia finds a refugee candidate
Italy has offered Estonia eight refugees from Eritrea for relocation, the background checks with whom have thus far proven difficult.
03.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Albanian family's story about to alter Estonian law
Almen, an Albanian with three years of court dispute under his belt with Police and Border Guard (PPA) regarding asylum application is also filing for residence permit to be processed simultaneously with the application for asylum. A glance on the broader picture reveals a need for law amendment, admit prime and interior ministers.
29.01.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
PM says there should be room for humanity in asylum seeking process
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said commenting on the case of an Albanian family who is applying for asylum in Estonia but is now in fear of being sent out of the country that in issues regarding refuge there has to be room for humanity.
28.01.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
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
Headphones at expense of subordinates
Headed for vacation, police chief Elmar Vaher paid €300 for his headphones. The staff at the office is abuzz as the rank and file have lived under total austerity for these past few years.
21.01.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Member of the Riigikogu and chairman of select anti-corruption committee Artur Talvik accuses Police and Border Guard Board head Elmar Vaher in misuse of public money. Mr Talvik has filed interpellation to interior minister and demands that Mr Vaher be removed from office. Mr Vaher offered explanations and apologised while stating he was not stepping down seeing no need.
Elmar Vaher: it was important for me to buy good work equipment
Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) director-general Elmar Vaher says he would agree to talk about stepping down if interior minister deems the incidents a conflict of values.
20.01.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Ministry checking credit card use of national police chief
Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur on Tuesday ordered the head of the ministry's internal audit department to carry out a fast audit of the credit card use of the director general of the Police and Border Guard Board, Elmar Vaher.
Multiple gun ban backfires
Gun owners are indignant. A fresh bill would limit firearms for self defence to one forcing 2,645 people to sell the rest. Shooting sportsmen would suffer. So the working group led by interior minister yesterday decided the plan is binned.
08.01.2016, Oliver KundPM
4 Estonian officials off to Greece to help register asylum seekers
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board on Wednesday dispatched four officials to Greece to help the authorities of that country with the registration of refugees.
Defence League guys unwilling to hand over private guns
While interior ministry prepares a law amendment to have everyone with more than one gun for self defence to give the extra ones up, Defence League (Kaitseliit) members intend to shift such weapons into Defence Forces register.
29.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Estonian police may send liaison officer to Lithuania to combat car theft
Since groups of thieves from Lithuania have set their sights on luxury cars in Estonia, the Estonian police is considering sending a liaison officer to Lithuania to more effectively combat such crimes.
Ministry wants to allow one gun only for self defence
Till this day, Estonia features no limits on owning guns to protect oneself and assets. Now, interior ministry is preparing a bill prescribing one firearm only for personal safety – a pistol or revolver.
28.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Estonia to buy water vehicles for border guard for EUR 9 mln
Estonian Ministry of the Interior is to buy with help from the European Union's Internal Security Fund multifunctional water vehicles worth nearly nine million euros for the Police and Border Guard Board which would help to react faster to border breaches on bodies of water situated on the border.
Estonian newspaper association picks most, least press-friendly public figures
Chief editors and publishers of member newspapers of the Estonian Newspaper Association (EALL) have named head of the Police and Border Guard Board Elmar Vaher friend of the press and businessman Rein Kilk foe of the press of the year of 2015.
Initial refugees to reach Estonia in January
In interview, Police and Border Guard Board communication officer Priit Põdra sent to Italy on November 2nd to prepare relocation of refugees to Estonia confirms that the initial eight people are arriving in January.
08.12.2015, Piret LaksonPM
Asylum in Estonia does not come easy
Estonia has hundreds of entries a year from third countries. Illegal entrants with no documents and likely to just «transit» through are put into Harku Detention Centre by Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). Those applying for asylum may usually lodge at liberty, at the shelter in Vao Village.
26.11.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Registered Partnership Act discussion postponed till today
At Riigikogu session yesterday, the last item on agenda was supposed to be Registered Partnership Act implementing provisions draft legislation, but as Conservative Party (EKRE) deputies already undertook to delay the session during the initial topics to be discussed, the working day ran out and discussions of the provisions will be tackled only today.
25.11.2015, Karin KangroPM
Incoming foreign intelligence chief says Russia is playing itself into international picture
A long-time chancellor at defence ministry, come New Year Mikk Marran (37) will assume leadership of Estonia's foreign intelligence, the Information Board. Drawing on his current job at the ministry while peeking into the future, he admits to be troubled by Russia's deepening aggressiveness and closeness.
18.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Cup of corruption running over
The latest cases of corruption on topmost political level raise the issue of how rotten is the state of Estonian political and economic elite, and how adequate are the investigative bodies to find it out.
10.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Former Guantánamo inmate integrating into Estonia
After ten years innocently jailed on the Cuban isle of Guantánamo, then released and sent to Estonia this January, the Yemeni Ahmed Abdul Qader is still in Estonia and trying actively to get settled says social ministry.
06.11.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: The Fall of Corruption
This fall, hardly a week goes by with no corruption case popping into public limelight. The former Port of Tallinn bosses. The Mayor of Tallinn suspected in accepting bribes. The incidents at local governments… The latest? Driving licence tests bribery suspicions at Road Administration, and a «passport mafia» network built on Police and Border Guard Board people.
Estonia may miss refugees for Christmas
This coming Monday, Police and Border Guard Board communications officer Priit Põdra (29) goes to Italy to prepare how Estonia will be picking refugees from camps and bringing them here.
29.10.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
«Passport mafia» led by babushka
Investigators have reasons to believe that the criminal scheme published yesterday may have been a lot broader and lasted a lot longer than herewith officially shown.
29.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
All e-residents got faulty cards
Deficiency in Estonian ID card certificates discovered by checks performed by Google concerns close to 250,000 ID-card holders including all of the about 5,000 e-residents.
02.10.2015, Aivar PauPM
Ministries swell with fresh vigour
Analysis by Chamber of Commerce and Industry says Estonia's public officialdom is resistant to thinning and if the numbers do come down at all, then on account of police patrols and firefighters. Meanwhile, the ministries keep on ballooning.
07.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Narva checkpoint gets new pedestrian, vehicle terminal
Finance Minister Sven Sester on Monday inaugurated the new pedestrian and vehicle terminal of the Narva-1 checkpoint on the Estonian-Russian border that will make crossing of the border faster and more convenient and contribute to the development of tourism and business.
From Abkhazia to Alatskivi: arrive, then survive ...
A couple weeks ago, a father with two sons from the mountains of Abkhazia settled in Alatskivi Parish, Tartu County flatlands. According to passports recently received, the men are Estonian citizens. The conversation underneath displays a dilemma of Estonianhood defined.
10.07.2015, Nils NiitraPM
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.
Estonia in ditch with official cars
Public sector possesses poor overview of its vehicle fleet; procurements to buy official cars are performed one at a time; the autos are used in a manner ineffective. Yearly, related direct costs could be cut by 28.3 percent i.e. €19.3m – would we be willing to amend the law and seek economies of scale.
09.06.2015, Oliver KundPM
Nigerians have discovered Estonian universities
These days, admissions desks at Estonians universities are on overload answering questions from Africa. Though just a tiny percentage ends up studying here, and those that do will have passed a gruesome gauntlet of red tape, the numbers of Nigerian students have performed a tenfold leap in just a few years.
07.05.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Tarmo Miilits named EUPOL deputy chief in Afghanistan
Tarmo Miilits, so far head of the police component of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan) has been appointed deputy head of EUPOL Afghanistan.
Official advises: get divorced or bride deprived of documents
The marriage of two foreign students in Tallinn took a tragi-comic twist as vital statistics office staff, having proclaimed them husband and wife, a week later proceeded to advice that they file for divorce.
06.04.2015, Oliver KundPM
«You’ve done everything right and then the state turns its back on you»
The headline is quoting a foreign investor and entrepreneur after €37,000 were stolen from his company by an executive. Though the theft is evidenced by video materials and falsification of company accounts, this was not reason enough for police to investigate. At least not until Postimees took a journalistic interest.
20.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Unemployment fund head: employers should boost attractiveness
For several years running, disarray is order of the day at Estonian labour market – on the one hand, entrepreneurs converged in Tallinn and Harju County lack labourers; on the other, in several rural regions joblessness remains an issue.
19.03.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Grim Reaper kept busy by ignorance and negligence
As compared to rest of Europe, Estonia loses way too many lives due to injuries. Having studied the causes, Government Office strategy bureau adviser Maris Leimann says the state should deal with changing people’s attitudes – thus, many deaths would not be.
26.02.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Snowtubing claims life in South-Estonia
At Ansomäe ski centre near Otepää, a day of winter fun for company staff finished in tragedy as two «train» tubes broke off and flung into tall pines lining a steep slalom slope.
28.01.2015, Jaan OlmaruPM
Glamorous crook acted as citizen of Estonia
A jurist posing as Estonian citizen while organising a grand extortion scheme with help by Moscow law enforcement in high likelihood used a fake Estonian passport.
22.01.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Sweden’s asylum seekers are hopping to Estonia for shopping
In Police and Border Guard Board internal mailing list, Northern prefect thereof Kristian Jaani painted an overview of last year highlighting the rising trend of people waiting for asylum in Sweden travelling to Estonia to buy cheap alcohol though not permitted to leave the kingdom.
22.01.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Former Guantanamo inmate granted flat and helper in Estonia
Wednesday night saw arrival into Estonia of Ahmed Abdul Qader (31) released from detention in Guantanamo for over 12 years.
16.01.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
A man legally nonexistent for years
Born in Estonia, a man is in his eighth year of life without any documents, residence permit or outlook to get legalised.
05.01.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
225 applications for e-residency filed
Altogether 225 people from 33 countries have filed an application so far to become an e-resident of Estonia.
Security specialist: info outdated in half year
As shown by Russian security service FSB’s timing with disclosure of alleged Tallinn traitor, Estonian counterpart Kapo has painfully stepped on their toes. For those at helm of Estonian state, however, this ought to spell need of swift change, thinks one-time head of Riigikogu security authorities surveillance select committee Jaanus Rahumägi (Reform Party).
17.12.2014, Oliver KundPM
Human experiments with unknown substances
Since September, nine youth in Rakvere have been hospitalised having smoked the so-called synthetic cannabis aka spice. By now, Estonian Forensic Science Institute (EKEI) has established the psychoactive substance.
26.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
A controlled Estonian leap into the future
In government’s hopes, the e-residency soon offered to foreigners will act as new economic engine. Meanwhile, to control the system, it will tightly clasp all reins.
24.11.2014, Oliver KundPM
Name change helps paedophiles keep going
Every year up to ten criminals change their names, the law no longer a limit.
13.11.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Police find 120,000 illegal cigarettes in car in SE Estonia
Police in Polva County in southeastern Estonia found 120,000 illegal cigarettes in a car that turned into a side road after the driver had noticed a patrol Monday afternoon.
Vahur calm after killing teacher
While firing shots at his teacher, Vahur – a 9th grader at Paalalinna School in Viljandi – was calm and composed. Felled by the bullets from a revolver belonging to boy’s father, Ene Sarap who used to teach German died before the blackboard.
28.10.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: quit the PR and guard the border!
Not bad basically when politicians/officials in charge get busy publicly prioritising problems of their domain. And we do realise: the times they are a-changing, asking for altered approach.
As U-turn from cuts, Estonia bolsters border guard
Come New Year, Estonian state will launch border guard strike teams to be based at Narva and Piusa cordons. «In high likelihood, a third location will be Tallinn; also in high likelihood, maritime capacity will emerge,» added interior minister Hanno Pevkur.
03.10.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Era of drone freedom is over
Today, Estonian Civil Aviation Administration enforced rules regarding where and how high unmanned aircraft may be flown over our land. The rules are aimed at avoiding accidents. In times that lie ahead, done pilots may come under police surveillance.
02.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
Pevkur pledges proper cameras to watch borders
Interior minister Hanno Pevkur, you met the people working on the border – what about their morale and will to work after the capture of Eston Kohver, and the criticism that followed regarding how the border holds?
24.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Rõivas: well let’s get started right away!
Having hiked the Estonia-Russia boundary line, yesterday, with interior minister Hanno Pevkur, Police and Border Guard Board chief Elmar Vaher and other police and border guard officials, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas announced the erecting and completion of border starts this very instant.
24.09.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Estonia increasingly sought as shelter from war
Russian aggression in Ukraine has markedly raised numbers of asylum-seeking refugees.
23.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Criminal Police performs «informant pay» reform
Cutting the chances of policemen pocketing the cash instead of awarding informant, and becoming subjects to blackmail.
28.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Foreign Visitors Survey began at border crossing points
On 1 August, Statistics Estonia launched the Foreign Visitors Survey at the border crossing points of Estonia. The survey will be held until the middle of September and aims to determine the expenditures incurred by foreign visitors in Estonia, their travel motivation and behaviour, and satisfaction.
Road Administration testing new type of speed camera
Not mass produced yet, the speed camera is based on current laser-based measuring technology.
05.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Police «victim» a likely provocateur
Passerby’s eye is not always right – to summarise a mid-July conflict at a Tallinn event Cultural Dust (Kultuuritolm).
05.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: a reform better unnoticed by citizens
With state organisations reorganising their staff and activities, to the man in the street the true reasons for it will often remain hazy – for the simple reason, mostly, that they have no direct contact with the domain. Some, of course, will always emotionally say that officialdom needs thinning; others will worry about the service – the state being thin as it is.
Estonia has over hundred useless pet registers
Cats and dogs entered into workbooks not found when lost.
15.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Parents too permissive towards drinking
In Estonia, moms and dads are too lenient with kids consuming alcohol: majority of them thinks the initial schnapps should happen ere the child becomes an adult, and that offering alcohol at home helps cut curiosity developed towards it.
13.06.2014, Marina LohkPM
Half of criminal policemen to lose status
Come October, whoever retains criminal policeman status will be under central prefecture service. Proceeders will answer to local police department heads.
11.06.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Police and Border Guard Board to dismiss half of top management
By year’s end, Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB) director-general Elmar Vaher will lay off half of his deputies.
06.06.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: popularity pops a problem
Risk behaviour study ordered by Police and Border Guard Board highlights a few issues regarding touch-points between school kids and drugs, and what affects their attitudes.
Third of 12th graders on drugs
According to study ordered by Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB), every last-grader in Estonian gymnasiums has taken drugs – cannabis, mostly.
04.06.2014, Marian MänniPM
Dreary traffic data demands change of penalties
Traffic is slipping. How to get a grip – by counselling drunk drivers or turning up heat upon those at wheel without licence? Time will tell which works best.
13.05.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Border Guard committee cuts numbers of refugees in Estonia
As revealed by human rights report published yesterday, conditions for refugees in Estonia have improved. Meanwhile, their numbers are in decline. As a reason for that, Estonian Human Rights Centre (EIK) legal expert Anni Säär cites a committee formed by Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB), a year ago.
06.05.2014, Marian MänniPM
Pay of Police and Border Guard chief performs powerful leap
Among director-generals of other state agencies, Elmar Vaher at helm of Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB) sees biggest twelve month wage rise and performance pay.
02.05.2014, Katariina KrjutškovaPM
Study: Better availability of information will help foreigners to adapt quicker
In order to facilitate the adaptation of foreigners staying in Estonia it is necessary to ensure better availability of information and existence of an effective adaptation program, finds the study on foreigner adaption to Estonian society.
Elmar Vaher: I’m a policeman, one of many others
Yesterday, interior minister Ken-Marti Vaher decided to propose Elmar Vaher, current Northern Prefecture head, for director general of Police and Border Guard Board. According to minister, Mr Vaher has shown himself a strong leader.
09.04.2013, Mikk Salu, PostimeesPM
Interior minister to nominate head of North prefecture for police chief
Estonia's Interior Minister Ken-Marti Vaher will nominate Elmar Vaher who currently heads the North prefecture of the police for director general of the Police and Border Guard Board.
Estonian PM, econmin unhappy about police chief candidates' names becoming public
Estonia's Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts said on Thursday it was regrettable that the names of candidates for the position of director general of the Police and Border Guard Board became public which they said could have an adverse effect on similar future competitions.