Posts tagged as Estonia

Gallery: Renovated Estonian Embassy in Moscow to be reopened Thursday

Thursday, April 18, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid will on Thursday formally reopen the newly renovated Estonian Embassy building in Moscow. Since its beginning in 1921, Estonia’s diplomatic mission in Moscow has operated in the same building. The Estonian Embassy is located in the heart of historic Moscow, sandwiched between Maly Kislovsky Pereulok and Kalashny Pereulok. The Kremlin, the Arbat and the Moscow Conservatory are all right nearby. The building itself, an early art nouveau-style…

Some 100 allied tanks, armoured vehicles expected in Estonia by late April

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Including the Estonian Defence Forces’ own resources as well as allied equipment currently in the area, there are currently some 300 tanks and armoured vehicles in Estonia, the Ministry of Defence told ERR. As a result of measures taken as part of NATO’s enhanced forward presence, there are currently some 300 armoured vehicles in Estonia, including 20 tanks of allied forces, ERR’s Estonian online news wrote on Wednesday. The total…

Riigikogu to have last word on formation of government

By Liia Hänni on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Liia Hänni, one of the authors of the Estonian Constitution, explained that if President Kersti Kaljulaid does not task a candidate for prime minister who enjoys a majority of support in the Riigikogu with the formation of a new government, the Riigikogu can override the president’s decision and form a government on its own. Nonetheless, she believed that the president and the candidate for prime minister would reach an understanding.…

Estonian parliament to vote on granting Reform’s Kallas power to form government

Monday, April 15, 2019

Head of Estonia’s election-winning Reform Party Kaja Kallas is to appear on Monday before the parliament, which will vote on whether or not to grant Kallas the authorization to form a government coalition. The Reform Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDE) made public on Saturday a document regarding the foundations for government formation that describes the principles according to which a government led by Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas would…

Estonian experts to assist Georgia in assessing educational quality

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) of the Archimedes Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service are to work jointly in updating the external evaluation processes in higher, vocational and general education as well as refresher training in Georgia. The project financed by the European Union in the amount of 1.5 million euros is to run for two years, the activities of the project will start this…

Estonian School of Diplomacy to start teaching Finnish top officials

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Estonian School of Diplomacy has won a public procurement organized by the Government Office of Finland, according to which approximately 100 Finnish top officials must be trained before the start of the Finnish presidency of the Council of the European Union beginning on July 1. “We must prepare the top officials of Finland for stressful international negotiations as leaders of working groups,” Ekke Nomm, director of the Estonian School…

New Tallinn Mayor defends right of Russian culture to co-exist in Estonia

Friday, April 12, 2019

Mihhail Kõlvart from the Centre Party has been elected as the Mayor of the Estonian capital and has used the occasion to express his views on Estonian and Russian cultural and language issues in the Baltic country. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that Kõlvart was elected to the post on Thursday, April 11, with 45 votes in favour of his candidacy, with 25 against. Kõlvart replaced his fellow Centre Party…

Politico lists Latvia’s Karins, Estonia’s Kallas among most influential MEPs

Friday, April 12, 2019

The European portal of US Politico has published a list of 40 most influential MEPs, and this list includes Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins and Estonia’s Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas. When drafting the list of 40 MEPs who mattered in 2014-2019, Politico selected those who have had the greatest impact on the most high-profile debates of the past five years: on the rule of law across the bloc; on…

Riigikogu speaker meets with visiting Latvian president

Thursday, April 11, 2019

President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) on Wednesday met with Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis, who is currently on a three-day state visit to Estonia, his last as the Latvian head of state. At their meeting, Mr Põlluaas and Mr Vējonis’ discussion focussed on regional cooperation and the excellent relations between Estonia and Latvia, according to a Riigikogu press release. According to Mr Põlluaas, Estonia and Latvia are good partners…

Registered unemployment 5.1%, unchanged year-on-year

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Registered unemployment in Estonia remained unchanged year-on-year (y-o-y) in March, BNS reports. The total figure for registered unemployed was 33,3976 at the end of March, the same as the end of March 2018, and a 0.1% drop on the previous month. The figure constitutes 5.1% of the workforce aged 16 to retirement age, BNS says, quoting the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa). However, there was some transfer, since 5,205 registered as…