Posts tagged as Estonia

Kelly Sildaru US ski and snowboard sportsperson of the month

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Estonian freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru has been named sportsperson of the month in the women’s category, by US Ski & Snowboard (USSA), the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding. The award comes after Sildaru, who turned 17 on Sunday, won gold in her first adult event at the 2019 FIS Freestyle and Freeski World Championships in Utah earlier in the month, as well as bagging three gold medals…

President promotes Estonian defense forces’ chief of staff to brigadier general

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Tuesday promoted Chief of Staff of the Estonian defense forces Col. Veiko-Vello Palm to the rank of brigadier general. The promotion was proposed by the commander of the defense forces, it appears from the website of the president. Palm served as commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade from 2015 to 2018 and after that as deputy chief of staff of the defense forces. As the…

Nordic countries should establish new kind of union

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Estonia is one of the countries of the Nordic region that should establish a union of a new kind and serve as a modern champion of ties in relations with the United States, a report by the Nordic West Office think tank whose compilation was led by former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves suggests. According to the report, the classical Nordic countries, which apart from Scandinavian nations and Iceland would…

Estonia’s Volunteer Cyber Militia

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Interesting — although short and not very detailed — article about Estonia’s volunteer cyber-defense militia. Padar’s militia of amateur IT workers, economists, lawyers, and other white-hat types are grouped in the city of Tartu, about 65 miles from the Russian border, and in the capital, Tallinn, about twice as far from it. The volunteers, who’ve inspired a handful of similar operations around the world, are readying themselves to defend against the kind…

Former high-level EU official of Estonian origin convicted for rape

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

On Monday a court in Brussels sentenced Margus Rahuoja, a 51-year-old former senior EU official from Estonia, to four years in prison. Mr Rahuoja, a former EU director of aviation and international transport affairs, was found guilty of rape. According to Belgian La Dernière Heure, the victim in the case is a lawyer working at the EU’s Mobility and Transport directorate. Though La Dernière Heure didn’t publish Mr Rahuoja’s name,…

Some 500 teachers lacking required language skills

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Language Inspectorate has found that in four major cities of northeastern Estonia, more than 500 school teachers lack sufficient command of the Estonian language. “At the upper secondary school level, where instruction is partially in Estonian, the language skills of teachers are better than in primary schools,” director-general of the Language Inspectorate, Ilmar Tomusk, said. “There has been an improvement since the transition to Estonian as a language of…

Estonia: Number of families in need increasing

Monday, February 18, 2019

Although average wages in Estonia have recently grown at a steady pace, the number of people who depend on charity for food is on the increase as well, ERR’s Aktuaalne kaamera newscast reported on Sunday. People from all over Tallinn come to the Salvation Army’s Paljassaare meal centre—an increasing number of families with children among them. The Salvation Army’s Paljassaare rehabilitation centre is currently housing some 20 people. One of…

High-level election debate to discuss development of digital state

Friday, February 15, 2019

Information technology entrepreneurs are to organize an election debate on Friday in order to receive an overview of reforms concerning the citizens of Estonia as a digital state. At the debate organized by the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, ministers, IT visionaries and entrepreneurs are to discuss, for example, what the implementation of robots means for ordinary people or what does a model of state governance suitable for a…

Finnish, Latvian, Estonian TSOs agree on gas transportation without additional charges

Friday, February 15, 2019

The gas transmission system operators (TSO) of Finland, Latvia and Estonia on Thursday signed an agreement on a compensation mechanism enabling the functioning of a single gas transmission tariff zone in these countries starting in 2020. The agreement has been signed by representatives of Finland’s Gasum, Latvia’s Conexus Baltic Grid and Estonia’s Elering, the Estonian gas transmission system operator’s representatives informed LETA. The agreement unifies the entry point tariffs on…

Small states’ influence grows through cooperation

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In his annual speech to the Riigikogu on foreign policy, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) on Tuesday outlined the challenges facing Estonian policy and highlighted solutions that would help protect and promote rules-based order as well as serve Estonian policy and security interests. “In addition to celebrating the centenary of the birth of the Republic of Estonia, last year we also marked the 100th anniversary of the Ministry…