Circuit court also deems lawful restrictions against Tallinn Old Town bars
The Tallinn circuit court on Thursday upheld a decision made by the administrative court to not allow an appeal submitted by OU Valli, Lab OU, Acacia Trade OU, Taco Express OU, Nimeta Management OU, St. Patrick's OU and Kanteron BVI OU in connection with a decision of the Tallinn city government to impose economic activity restrictions on bars mainly situated on Suur-Karja Street in the Old Town, and changed the decision of the lower-tier court regarding M&A Pubid OU.
Erring doctors deprived of right to work in Finland
During the past three years in Finland, 21 doctors from territory of former Soviet Union have been deprived of right to practice as physicians or subjected to restrictions. Of these, lion's share have passed their medical exams in Estonia.
25.04.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
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
Abused own baby, worked at child care
Despite the law setting restrictions on background for child care worker, employers have lots of room for discretion. As an example of that, a mother worked at a Tallinn child care having previously endangered the life of her own son whom she also severely mistreated.
08.04.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Wind farms to require defence ministry's special building permit
Most of mainland Estonia will turn into national defence area regarding construction where stuff like wind parks are not allowed to be built, should government proceed to approve relevant draft act prepared at defence ministry next week.
05.04.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Burkas possibly banned in schools and hospitals
Justice ministry has put forth a proposal to ban burka and niqab in certain public places of Estonia, primarily in state agencies.
27.11.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonian MP Kross gets special visa to attend UN committee meeting in New York
Estonian MP Eerik-Niiles Kross, who has been barred from entering the United States, received a special visa to take part in a sitting of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York and departed for the US on Thursday.
Old Town bars to sue City of Tallinn over restrictions
Ten bars situated mainly in Suur-Karja Street in Tallinn's Old Town plan to sue the city government over economic activity restrictions which they claim violate their rights.
Estonian capital city imposing restrictions on 10 Old Town bars
Tallinn is to impose economic activity restrictions on 10 bars mainly situated in Suur-Karja Street in the Old Town, and the restrictions include a ban to sell alcohol from Monday to Friday from midnight to 5 a.m. and from Saturday to Sunday from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
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
Estonian minister: Closing Schengen zone talked about in EU
There has been talk in the European Union of closing the Schengen zone due to the flow of immigrants, Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Friday on the Aktuaalne Kaamera newscast of the public broadcaster.
Estonia reports new ASF cases in Voru, Viljandi counties
The Estonian Food and Veterinary Board said on Wednesday it has detected African swine fever (ASF) in domestic pigs on two more farms in southern Estonia.
Tallinn bans velotaxis from Old Town from Saturday
Following a more than decade-long debate, the Tallinn city government has decided to ban three-wheel bikes offering fee-charging passenger carriage service from the Old Town from Aug. 15.
Crimean holidays have consequences
While it is not implicitly forbidden to travel to Crimea annexed by Russia, problems must still be considered after returning from its beaches.
04.08.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
Estonian agency: ASF restriction zone to expand
Discussions with the European Commission over establishing an extensive restriction zone in Estonia in connection with the spread of African swine fever (ASF) will begin soon but it's clear that the zone will expand compared to initial agreements and there will be no holes left in it, director general of the Veterinary and Food Board Ago Partel told BNS on Thursday.
African fever nears big pig farm: hundreds of jobs in jeopardy
In in high likelihood, African swine fever has hit a few kilometers from Ekseko, the largest pig farm in Baltics. With restrictions applied, tens of thousands of swine might be killed and hundreds of staff laid off.
28.07.2015, Karl-Eduard SalumäePM
Minister vows aid to swine farmers damaged by African fever
Rural life minister Urmas Kruuse (Reform) says EU and Estonia will support pig farmers unable to sell pork being part of third restriction area related to African swine fever, but only when price thereof falls by over 30 percent.
24.07.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Swine fever the new normal?
Estonia's initial domestic swine dead by African swine fever this weekend will hardly remain the last, as the virus will lurk the surrounding forests for 5 to 20 years.
22.07.2015, Oliver KundPM
Restrictions on liquor sale in Tallinn to take effect July 1
The alcohol sale restrictions which ban alcohol sales in small stores and near schools will come into effect of July 1, spokespeople for the Tallinn city government said.
Estonian parlt repeals unconstitutional restriction of minors' right to abortion
Estonian lawmakers on Thursday revoked restrictions on minors' right to terminate pregnancy deemed to be unconstitutional by the justice chancellor.
Thousands of officials required to report trips to Russia
Already, thousands of state officials are required to report of intent to unofficially travel to Russia. Rather often, the journey is preceded by a conversation at Security Police (the Kapo), and occasionally followed by another talk once back home again.
07.01.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: Cerberus crouching on data pile high
Compared to other countries, accessibility of public information in Estonia is almost okay. In many a nation of Europe, all kinds of data are much harder to obtain. Even with EU institutions, not always for granted you get what you want. In theory, if written rules be inspected, Estonia might stand out as a kind of example.
Part of public info routinely hidden as «official»
In practice, Estonia often imposes for-official-use-only limits on information that ought to be freely accessible by public pursuant to law.
17.11.2014, 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
Sanctions no big damage to EU
European Commission Deputy Secretary-General Henrik Hololei says repercussions from Russian sanctions do show most in EU agriculture, but financial indicators reveal technology to be worst affected.
11.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Cbank: Russian sanctions have little impact on Estonian consumer prices so far
The Russian import restrictions have made things harder for Estonian food producers and the impact of this has reached producer prices by now, yet it has had only a limited effect on consumer prices so far, the Bank of Estonia said in its comments on inflation data for October.
Tallinn stops small shops spirits sales
Today, Tallinn city government council deliberates bill by council which, among other restrictions, prescribes that shops selling alcohol are to have area of 150 square metres or more.
05.11.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Editorial: when foreign policy turns domestic
Russia’s neighbours are getting the feeling of living at the foot of a volcano. Firstly, one is forced to learn all about volcanoes. Also, preparedness is needed for earthquakes shaking the occasional fence.
Drinking freedom applied as duty
Justice minister Andres Anvelt is asking everybody to send their suggestions on how to tame those tippling in public space.
29.08.2014, Tuuli KochPM
During Obama visit, the wise will walk
Better not take a car to Tallinn city centre next Wednesday.
28.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Farmers on edge: pig plague feared to roam the forests
Two men clad in all-white exposure suits are seated on the sofa at Kuusalu’s «Küüni» pig farm office. Facing them, the owner Toomas Liivik seems somewhat tense while trying to keep his cool.
22.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
Editorial: the state vs the lawyer – a battle of principle
By its directive yesterday, justice ministry fired a resounding opening shot in its battle with Bar Association. The issue: how much must taxpayer pay to BA for it to provide legal assistance to people who can’t afford a lawyer?
Editorial: a shot in own foot
Not too long ago, in 2010, then President of Russian Federation Dmitri Medvedev paid a visit to USA. With colleague Barack Obama they rode into a hamburger stand in Virginia where the Russian head of state heartily bit into the symbol of American life: a fat white bread double-decker with steak, Cheddar cheese, onion, jalapeno-paprika and mushrooms. To say nothing about the inseparable Coca-Cola.
Blanket ban a cold shower for Estonian producers
Yesterday morning, as requested by president Vladimir Putin, Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev imposed import ban on Western beef, pork, fruits and vegetables, poultry, fish, milk and milk products.
08.08.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Tallinn sweats, jolts and groans in traffic havoc
Job neglected by builder makes Tallinn city centre traffic worse than feared.
05.08.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
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
Editorial: the multi-edged sword of sanctions
When in the 1980ies the Reagan administration imposed trade-sanctions on the Soviet Union because of events in Poland, the Kremlin propaganda called these meaningless and assured the USA it would just buy what it needed from other nations in the West. Even in the days of Jimmy Carter, there were restrictions because of Afghanistan – to no avail.
Tallinn traffic to get tight
Starting next week, all tram traffic will cease in Tallinn. In city centre, the bottlenecks will narrow up.
30.07.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Editorial: hogs worth fighting for
Pity the pig farmers: in the heat of the summer, chilly winds are howling from the south. Last week already, a dread epidemic – the African pig plague – had made it to Northern Latvia, nearing Estonian borderline. Alas, despite all measures taken and planned there’s small chance we will escape untouched.
Pig plague threatened Estonia with emptiness of meat counters
Luckily for the stores, Veterinary Board decision to ban import of pork from Lithuania was overturned yesterday.
29.07.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
African pig killer spreading at 300 km/year
Starting this week, Estonian Food and Veterinary Office is limiting exportation of live pigs from Valga region – the plague is encroaching.
28.07.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: the West must get her act together
«As Europe, we did far less than minimally needed to alter activities by Russia in each phase of this crisis,» said Poland’s foreign minister Radek Sikorski in a recent interview. According to him, Europe ought to have shown solidarity with Ukraine in 2013 already – then, maybe, the escalation could have been avoided.
Editorial: kill bench, kill problem?
Not long ago, Postimees got a phone-call by the troubled reader who told a story of apple trees on a lot next to an apartment-block in town. The apple-trees, she said, are old and nice, but whenever it rains drunks gather underneath the braches for shelter. «What to do?» there followed the traditional query. «Do I ask the town government to cut the threes down? I pity the trees, but how do we turn this around?»
Cities limit tippling
July saw entry into force of Law and Order Act provision allowing alcohol to be consumed at many a public spot – as long as others aren’t bothered. At that, local government hands were left untied to set aside areas for minors or promotion of health where booze isn’t okay.
10.07.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Ministry minded to restrict electricity market
Entrepreneur suggests Finnish-linked price ceiling for electricity exchange, ministry of economy cautious.
03.07.2013, Andrus KarnauPM
Estonia for liberalization of economic ties between Europe, Latin America
Estonia sees liberalization of Europe's economic relations with countries of Latin America and the Caribbean as important for promoting economic growth, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said at a foreign ministers meeting of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).