Posts tagged as Estonia

Estonian formin discusses PACE with Georgian counterpart

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and his Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani discussed the recent vote in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Russia’s possible return to the assembly in a phone call on Tuesday evening. Reinsalu expressed Estonia’s unwavering support for Georgia, spokespeople for the Foreign Ministry in Tallinn said. “Estonia stands with you during these kinds of bad decisions. The violations of international law and…

President to open ESTO Global Estonian Cultural Days in Helsinki

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is about to take part in the opening ceremony of ESTO 2019, the 12th Global Estonian Cultural Days, in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Thursday and make a speech at a concert in the Senate Square to mark the occasion. For the first time in the history of ESTO, the festival starts in Finland and the opening events in Helsinki are organized by Finnish-Estonians. A youth seminar…

Kaljulaid on Estonian Victory Day: Natural calamity more likely than warfare

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid has said in a speech on Estonia’s Victory Day remembering the hundred-year-old War of Independence that despite natural calamities being more likely than warfare in the country, everyone should be informed and prepared to help ensure Estonian. Here’s the speech of Sunday, June 23, in full as published on the President’s web site. «Once, I saw a peasant with a big beard standing by the Elva…

Estonian parlt committee chair taking part in security forum on fight against terrorism

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Chairman of the Estonian parliament’s security authorities surveillance select committee Alar Laneman is taking part in the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum, which focuses on the fight against terrorism. Laneman said he expects the forum to examine the situation in anti-terrorist activities. “We will discuss the current situation in the fight against terrorism around the world, and ways to support countries in combating terrorism,” the select committee chair said. Laneman said that…

Police: Alleged Telliskivi shooter commits suicide

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) informed media that the suspect in the shooting of two taxi drivers outside Tallinn’s Telliskivi Creative City early on Friday morning, 30-year-old Raivo Jürimäe, was found and identified at a bus stop in the village of Nabala in the early afternoon. According to Prefect Kristian Jaani, Jürimäe committed suicide when police arrived. Police had been working to identify and apprehend the suspect in…

Estonia signs €40 million anti-tank weaponry procurement

Friday, June 21, 2019

A deal procuring €40 million-worth of long-range anti-tank weaponry has been signed between Estonia and German arms company EuroSpike GmbH. The Centre for Defence Investment (RKIK), the state body responsible for defense procurement on behalf of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) and other organizations, and representatives of EuroSpike signed the framework agreement for the procurement on Thursday, BNS reports. The agreement, signed by Priit Soosaar, head of procurements department at…

Estonian top court: Refusing residence permit to same-sex partner is unconstitutional

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Estonian Supreme Court en banc on Friday deemed unconstitutional and invalid the Aliens Act in the part that rules out granting a temporary residence permit to an Estonian citizen’s registered same-sex partner for leading family life in Estonia. The issue concerning the constitutionality of the Aliens Act that reached the top court sprouted from two court cases in which the complainants appealed the Police and Border Guard Board’s decisions…

Estonian interior minister: Latvian PM’s claim is Latvia’s domestic policy propaganda

Friday, June 21, 2019

While media reported that Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins claimed that, by reducing the excise duty on alcohol, Estonia has broken an agreement previously established with Latvia, Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme said that this claim can only be Latvia’s domestic policy propaganda. Helme said that, by lowering the excise duty, Latvia is behaving wisely, more wisely than the two previous governments of Estonia. But the analysis that became the…

Lithuania not to change alcohol excise yet, while Latvia readies reaction to Estonia’s -25%

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The much-praised unity of the Baltics in the 1990s has fallen through multiple times over the countries’ independent history and the last blow to it came this month from Estonia, which unilaterally made a 25 percent cut on alcohol excise tax in bid to lure alcoholic beverage lovers from neighbouring countries. Latvia said it will be «forced» to respond, «in fact, absolutely against our will», according the head of Latvian…

Finance minister backs Estonian funding of Nolan movie shot in Tallinn

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

According to Finance Minister Martin Helme (EKRE), the shoot in Tallinn for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie “Tenet” will have a broader positive impact on the local economy. For this reason, Helme has now said he is in favor of covering part of the production company’s costs out of Film Estonia’s funds. “Estonia stands to win a lot. On one hand, part of the support paid out will make it back…