Estonian president to decorate 113 persons on Independence Day eve
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has signed the decision to decorate 113 persons for services to Estonia on the eve of the country's 99th Independence Day celebration.
Taavi Roivas was PM 974 days
As the new government led by Juri Ratas is to be sworn in on Wednesday, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas will have been in office for two years and eight months or 974 days.
Heads of 5 Estonian parlt groups invite PM to resign by 2 p.m. on Wednesday
Chairmen of five Estonian parliamentary groups after a meeting on Tuesday afternoon invited Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, the chairman of the Reform Party, to resign as head of government by Wednesday at 2 p.m. or otherwise all five parties will express no confidence in him.
Estonian govt decides to peg retirement age to life expectancy from 2027
The Estonian government decided on Thursday to peg the retirement age to life expectancy from 2027 and allow the people themselves to choose the time of retiring.
Roivas: Going before electoral college with 2 candidates not thinkable
Although the decision of the Reform Party board to support Siim Kallas as the party's presidential candidate may have caused pain to Marina Kaljurand, it was the only option for the board because the party cannot go before the electoral college with two presidential candidates, the leader of Reform, Taavi Roivas, said on Wednesday.
Kaljurand says would give serious consideration to proposal to run
Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand, whom the Reform Party stripped of its support in the electoral college round of the election of the next Estonian president, said on Wednesday that should a serious proposal be made to her to run in the electoral body she will give serious consideration to it.
Germany to take over Baltic air policing out of Estonian Amari air base
A German contingent using five Eurofighter Typhoon jets will take over the NATO Baltic air policing mission from the Royal Air Force at a ceremony at the Estonian Amari air base at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Roivas calls for combining strengths of Estonia, Germany to make up Europe's engine
Estonia's IT ingenuity and Germany's industrial might must be transformed into an engine that will give a new impetus to the economy of all of Europe, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said at a meeting with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.
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.
Estonian PM against decision-making by vote in govt
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Thursday he is not in favor of decision-making by vote in the government as this would not be fair toward the smaller coalition partners.
PM lays wreath at independence monument on 96th anniversary of Tartu Peace Treaty
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas on Tuesday morning placed a wreath at the War of Independence Victory Monument in Tallinn in commemoration of the 96th anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty.
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.
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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.
Estonia to continue on same course - PM
Estonia needs to achieve permanent allied presence in the area to ensure its security and carry on previous economic policy to increase prosperity, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas says in a programmatic article in Tuesday's issue of Postimees.
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SDE secretary general says 'red line' has been reached
The appointment of former prime minister Juhan Parts as candidate for the Estonian representative in the European Court of Auditors (ECA) despite public opposition by the Social Democratic Party (SDE) is taking relations between partners in the ruling coalition to a critical point, the secretary general of SDE, Inara Luigas, said.
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.
Estonian PM says refugee crisis main topic for EU this year and in 2016
The main issue facing the European Union this year and apparently also in 2016, and an existential issue in several respects is how to solve the refugee crisis that has received a new impetus from the civil war in Syria, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said in his speech on the topic of the EU in parliament on Tuesday.
Russia's aggression must not be overlooked - Estonian PM
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas voiced gratitude to U.S. troops stationed in this Baltic state at his meeting with the head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on Monday and at the same time stressed that Russia's aggressive actions must be kept under constant attention.
PM says Estonia agrees with number of refugees offered by Commission
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas confirmed that Estonia agrees with the number of refugees to be relocated to Estonia according to a plan adopted by the European Commission on Wednesday.
Prime Minister: Dividing refugees proportionally in EU is important step
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas the deal according to which refugees will be divided between European Union member states proportionally is an important step forward.
US F-22 jets arrive in Estonia
Two F-22 Raptor tactical stealth fighters of the U.S. Air Force arrived in Estonia on Friday.
Estonian PM visits refugee center at Vao
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas visited the accommodation center for asylum seekers at Vao on Thursday, following an arson attack committed against a building of the accommodation center in the early morning.
Estonian, Finnish PMs visiting Lebanon together
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas and his Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila have started a two-day visit to Lebanon to recognize members of the defense forces of Estonia and Finland serving together on the United Nations UNIFIL peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.
Reform Party board gives nod to Kaljurand as Estonia's new foreign minister
The board of the ruling Reform Party on Friday backed chairman and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas' proposal to nominate career diplomat Marina Kaljurand for Estonia's next foreign minister.
Estonian prime minister stands up to no-confidence vote
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas survived a vote of no confidence in parliament on Monday, sidestepping the second serious challenge to him and his two-month-old coalition government related to the package of tax changes that the coalition wants to push through to secure sources of financing for its government program.
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.
Estonia will on no account agree to obligatory refugee quotas - govt
The government on Tuesday took the position that Estonia does not approve obligatory quotas for taking in refugees but Prime Minister Taavi Roivas declined to name a concrete figure that could suit Estonia.
Interior min: Estonia not agreeing with Commission's refugee quota proposal
Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Wednesday that Estonia understands the solidarity principle when helping refugees and supports the need to solve the refugee crisis in countries on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, but does not support quotas for resettling and relocating refugees and considers the refugee number proposed to Estonia disproportionate.
Kairi Uustulnd assumes job of chief of Estonian prime minister's office
Kairi Uustulnd started performing the duties of head of the office of the prime minister of Estonia on Monday, taking over from Liina Kersna who won a seat in parliament in the March 1 general election.
Latvia, Estonia to coordinate military procurements
Estonia and Latvia plan to make coordinated military procurements in the future, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said at a joint press conference with Estonian counterpart Taavi Roivas.
Estonia's new government takes oath of office
Ministers of Estonia's new government of the Reform Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) on Thursday took their oaths of office before the parliament.
Mikser, Reinsalu to become Estonian PM's substitutes
Estonian Defense Minister Sven Mikser from the Social Democratic Party (SDE) is to be appointed as the substitute of Prime Minister Taavi Roivas during his absences and Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu from the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) as his second substitute.
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.
Three Estonian parties sign coalition deal
The Reform Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) on Wednesday signed an agreement to form a coalition government to govern Estonia during the four years until next elections.
Reform to get 7 govt seats, SDE and IRL 4 each
The Reform Party will be responsible for seven areas in the new Estonian government and its coalition partners Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) for four areas each, the leaders of the three parties decided Monday.
Roivas: Estonia's coalition agreement would cost more than EUR 300 mln
Coalition agreement of the three Estonian parties at present engaged in coalition-building talks is more than 300 million euros, chairman of the Reform Party, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, said and also mentioned excise duty hikes as sources for covering costs.
Estonian parties reach agreement re administrative reform at coalition talks
The three Estonian parties engaged in coalition-building talks on Friday reached a principled agreement regarding the administrative and state reforms.
Estonian coalition hopefuls opt for thematic workgroups
The Reform Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), which are holding talks to form a coalition government, decided on Monday to set up thematic workgroups to increase the effectiveness of their consultations.
Free Party, Social Democrats want coalition talks stopped in present form
The Free Party has proposed that the four Estonian parties holding talks to form a government coalition break off the talks in their current form and the Social Democratic Party (SDE) supports the proposal.
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.
Estonia to invest additionally EUR 40 mln to host allies
Estonia is set to invest more than 40 million euros to increase the presence of allies in the country, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said in a meeting on Friday with NATO's top commander in Europe, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove.
Garibashvili says Estonia a model state for Georgia
Estonia serves as an example and a model state for Georgia, Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said at a press conference after a meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas in Tbilisi on Monday.
Estonian president, PM offer condolences over terrorist attack in Paris
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas have extended condolences to France over the massacre in the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.
President of European Council to visit Estonia
President of the European Council Donald Tusk is scheduled to pay a one-day visit to Estonia on Friday.
Estonian PM: Russia must follow provisions of Minsk Protocol
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas it is important that Russia follows provisions of the Minsk Protocol, including the promise to take its forces and weaponry out of Ukraine.
Estonia's first honorary consulate in Serbia inaugurated
Prime Minister Taavi Roivas on Wednesday opened Estonia's first honorary consulate in Serbia in the capital Belgrade.
US vice president Biden acknowledges Estonia for good allied relations
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas on Wednesday discussed the security situation in Europe at the White House with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden who said that allied relations with Estonia are an example to other NATO member states.
Stoltenberg in Estonia: Russian air activity in Europe is unjustified
The new secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, during his meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas expressed concern over activity of Russian air forces over Europe and called it unjustified.
Reform Party names Maris Lauri candidate for finance minister
The Reform Party, senior half of Estonia's ruling coalition, has decided to nominate Maris Lauri for the post of minister of finance.
Estonia wants EU to support desynchronization of power systems
Estonia wants that during the European Council meeting this week developments of the European domestic energy market and desynchronization of the Baltic countries' power systems from Russian and Belarusian networks would be supported.
Estonian health workers refuse to sign cooperation agreement with ministry
Estonian health workers are not ready to accept the continuation of the previous health policy as a result of which the availability of medical aid has deteriorated and refuse to sign a cooperation agreement prepared by the Social Affairs Ministry.
Estonian minister against equal excise rates for strong, light alcohol
Social Affairs Minister Taavi Roivas has said he is not in favor of a proposal of Estonian producers of strong alcohol to equalize the excise duty rates for strong alcoholic beverages and low-alcohol beverages.