Posts tagged as Estonia

British soldier found dead in Estonia

Thursday, July 9, 2020

A British Army soldier, who served in Estonia, was confirmed dead on Sunday, the United Kingdom‘s Ministry of Defence said. “It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of a soldier from the First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. “Fusilier Sam Brownridge died of a non-battle injury while deployed on Operation Cabrit in Estonia,” UK’s Defence Ministry wrote on the government  website  .…

Estonian SMEs: State has excluded small businesses from crisis plans

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Estonian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (EVEA) said it finds it unacceptable that discussions on recovery measures are currently planned without small businesses, which play a key role in the economy and on which it depends how quickly the economy recovers from the crisis, reported LETA/BNS. A number of current and former large business leaders, economists and experts are represented in the expert committee set up by the…

Govt to allocate EUR 1.5 mln for organization of WRC stage in Estonia

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Estonian government at a sitting on Thursday approved the allocation of 1.5 mln euros to the Ministry of Culture for the organization of a World Rally Championship (WRC) stage in Estonia. The government is allocating the funds from the government’s reserve fund at the proposal of Finance Minister Martin Helme. Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in mid-June that the Cabinet had discussed the proposal by the Ministry of Culture…

Estonia criticises Lithuania’s position on Belarus nuclear imports – ‘worst time to show our differences’

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

An Estonian official has criticised Lithuania for alleged incoherence, saying “it’s hard to keep up” with Vilnius’ changing positions on energy imports from Belarus. In a statement  published by ERR News on Saturday, Estonian Deputy Secretary General for Energy Timo Tatar said that “a few years ago” Lithuania “was trying to convince Estonia and Latvia that maintaining a priority trade corridor (200 MW) between Belarus and Lithuania was absolutely necessary to…

Estonia: Crisis reserve shaping up

Friday, June 26, 2020

The crisis reserve bill has been sent out for coordination by other ministries. Administrative needs and political will coincided very fortunately in this case, said Viola Murd, deputy secretary general in charge of rescue, emergency response and crisis regulation for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. What is the idea and goal of the crisis reserve? The aim of the crisis reserve is to allow the state to act quickly and…

Estonia’s Crucial Role in Tackling Growing Cyber Threats

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Estonia’s presidency of the UN Security Council refreshes the debate on global cyber security just as the coronavirus pandemic exposes the consequences of failing to protect critical digital infrastructures. Recent targeted cyberattacks exploiting the increased demand placed on the healthcare sector during the pandemic led to many calls of condemnation as well as a renewed focus on the connection between cyberspace and the UN’s role in maintaining peace and security.…

Female Directors from Estonia, Georgia, Montenegro, Romania and Slovenia Selected for CIRCLE Women’s Docs Accelerator

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Female directors from Estonia, Georgia, Montenegro, Romania and Slovenia are participating in the 2020 CIRCLE – Women’s Docs Accelerator. The third edition of the event was launched on 15 June and runs through 3 July. More than 100 applicants vied for the ten slots in the workshop and showcase event. The CEE participants are Aet Laigu (Estonia), Lini Vdovii (Romania), Maja Prelog (Slovenia), Maka Gogaladze (Georgia) and Sara Stijovic (Montenegro). In…

Why do Estonians celebrate midsummer on 23 June?

By Adam Rang on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

From dodging meteorite strikes on Saaremaa to defying Soviet rule, Adam Rang explains why midsummer’s night or Jaanilaupäev (literally, Midsummer Eve) reflects the complicated story of the Estonian people over thousands of years. A friend from England recently asked a seemingly simple question: Why do Estonians celebrate midsummer two days later than the actual midsummer? 21 June is often said to be the day of the summer solstice, the astronomical midpoint of…

Estonia to become associate member of CERN

Friday, June 19, 2020

Estonia is officially to become an associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), a European research organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, which operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) signed the agreement Friday, BNS reports. Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Raul Siem (EKRE) said CERN cooperation will open  doors to Estonian businesses elsewhere in the world, will significantly strengthen…

Lithuania ‘extremely slow’ in making data public

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Lithuania ranks at the bottom among members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in terms of data openness, the country’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Wednesday. The Special Investigation Service (STT) said there’s “an obvious gap between Lithuania and other OECD member countries” in how they implement open data policy. The country ranks last, 32nd, in the OECD’s Open, Useful and Re-usable Data (OURdata) Index 2019 released earlier…