Posts tagged as Estonia

Estonia, Serbia seeking cooperation in education

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Estonian minister of education and research, Mailis Reps, and the Serbian minister of education, science and technological development, Mladen Sarcevic, will meet in Tallinn on Thursday to discuss cooperation possibilities in education and research between the two countries. The Estonian minister described the meeting, the first ever meeting between the education ministers of Estonia and Serbia, as the next important step towards bilateral cooperation in education. “I expect to share…

Estonia: Ministry’s food audit results delayed by safety claims

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Completion of a food safety audit ordered by the rural affairs ministry has been postponed following criticisms of food safety issued by the National Audit Office (Riigikontroll), Baltic News Service reports. The audit, requested by rural affairs minister Mart Järvik (EKRE) in mid-June, has been put back from its original deadline of Aug. 20, to Oct. 1, according to daily Postimees. The delay follows a damning report by the audit…

Tallinna TV in likely layoffs, may close in 2020

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tallinna TV (TTV), a Tallinn city government-owned TV channel, is to make redundancies and may even close in 2020, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports, citing daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL). TTV supervisory board member, and deputy Tallinn mayor, Aivar Riisalu told EPL that reorganization was on the cards, possibly in conjunction with one of the major media groups in Estonia, but the channel would continue to function. The development follows…

Estonia urges changes for employment of foreigners; businessmen worried

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Businessmen in Estonia are prepared to support Interior Minister Mart Helme’s proposed changes for attraction of foreign workforce. However, it is noted that proposals will not achieve anything. Amendments were proposed to reduce illegal employment and they provide for delegating the task of proving legal employment to businessmen. Estonian Employers’ Confederation and Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry are confident that changes to the law are needed to reduce the…

Prime minister meets the men of the Kings Royal Hussars at Tapa

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas paid a visit to the Tapa military base, east of Tallinn, Tuesday, chatting with British soldiers based there as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup. The Kings Royal Hussars (KRH), a cavalry regiment has formed the current core of the battlegroup for much of this year, and Ratas got acquainted with both men and kit, most notably the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs)…

EUR 639 mln paid out in pensions, family allowances in Estonia in Q2

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Estonian Social Insurance Board paid out over 639 million euros in pensions, disability allowances and family allowances in the second quarter of 2019. A total of 481 million euros was paid out in pensions to over 343,600 pensioners, while family allowances totaled over 141.6 million euros and recipients numbered more than 162,300. Disability related social benefits totaled 15.1 million euros, paid out to some 158,000 people, the Social Insurance…

Urissaare country festival celebrating 5th anniversary

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

This Friday and Saturday, country music festival Urissaare Kantri is opening its gates to country fans everywhere and celebrating its fifth anniversary at Urissaare Rantšo in Viljandi County’s Mulgi Municipality. Urissaare boasts its own herd of cattle, and has invited horses, sheep, chickens and goats in addition to Estonian country music legends to the festival. Following the conclusion of live performances each evening, DJed country music will keep the dance…

Estonian startup Make Commerce launching operations in Lithuania

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Make Commerce, an electronic business payments processing startup owned by Estonia’s Inbank and the Omniva Group, is launching operations in Lithuania, informed LETA/BNS. The company says it will focus on serving small and medium-sized e-businesses in Lithuania. “We saw that that there is practically only one big market player in Lithuania, not counting banks, and having many years of experience, we are well aware of the needs of e-businesses; so we will…

New Lithuanian agricultural minister promises to cooperate with Latvia, Estonia, Poland in fight for higher direct payments in EU

Monday, August 12, 2019

New Lithuanian Agricultural Minister Andrius Palionis has promised to cooperate with Latvia, Estonia and Poland in the fight for higher direct payments to farmers in the EU. “The minister and the ministry should gather everyone around one table – unite the forces of the Baltics and Poland to achieve higher direct payments,” he said, adding that if Lithuania is fighting for this alone, it will not win the battle. As…

Estonia, 5 other Western countries urge Russia to withdraw from Georgia

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The United States and five European countries, including Estonia, on Thursday marked the 11th anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia with an appeal to Moscow to implement agreements reached in 2008 to withdraw its military forces to positions held before hostilities began. After closed UN Security Council consultations, the ambassadors of Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland, Britain and the United States issued a statement supporting Georgia’s independence, sovereignty…