Posts tagged as Estonia

Terrorist content must be taken down within one hour

Friday, December 7, 2018

Even though terrorism threat level remains low in Estonia, terrorist propaganda posts have made their way onto Estonian sites. To combat this kind of content, the European Commission wants to pass regulation that would order administrators to remove potentially dangerous posts within one hour. Estonia voiced support for the initiative last week. The Ministry of Internal Affairs finds that the regulation is sorely needed in Europe as recent studies suggest…

PPA risk analysis: Influx of 3,000 foreigners would cause emergency

Thursday, December 6, 2018

According to the results of a risk analysis drawn up by the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), the situation in Estonia would reach emergency proportions if 3,000 or more foreigners arrived in the country in groups of dozens of people. According to the PPA, an influx at such a scale could cause issues in the continuity of emergency care as a vital service. In such a situation, PPA employees’…

Estonian formin affirms NATO allies’ united support for Ukraine, Georgia

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On the first day of a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, member states of the alliance reaffirmed their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. The NATO foreign ministers talked about the alliance’s cooperation with Georgia and Ukraine and the political situation in the Black Sea region, but also transatlantic security, spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said. According to Mikser, the NATO…

Russian causing tensions because it feels confused

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras believes that the Russian Federation is stirring up tensions because it feels cornered and confused, and that such tensions could continue for the next couple of decades. Speaking to Daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL), Gen. Terras, who is retiring soon, noted that countries bordering the Russian Federation in particular need to exercise vigilance. ”The biggest tensions can be found in Moldova,…

Workers coming from abroad help to ease labour shortages

By Orsolya Soosaar on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Data from Statistics Estonia show that the average gross monthly wage was up 7.5% over the year in the third quarter of 2018. The rate of wage growth in recent quarters has been affected by the income tax reform. Labour shortages are being eased by workers hired from abroad, and this has reduced the upwards pressure on wages. Strong wage growth and the data released yesterday on the operating results…

Estonian parliament adopts statement in support of Ukraine

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Estonian parliament on Monday evening with 79 votes adopted a statement in support of Ukraine in connection with the Kerch Strait incident that took place on Nov. 25. In the statement, the Riigikogu condemns the attack by the Russian Federation on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait and the wounding and capture of Ukrainian seamen. The Riigikogu emphasizes in the statement that Russia must immediately release the Ukrainian ships…

President formally green lights election, advises level-headed voting

Monday, December 3, 2018

President Kersti Kaljulaid signed into action the go ahead for the general election in Estonia, due on 3 March 2019. Whilst the date of 3 March has long been talked about, according to § 78 (3) of the Estonian constitution, the president ”calls regular elections of the Riigikogu..” (official English translation), so the move was necessary to make the date official. The deadline for so doing was Sunday, 2 December. Ms…

President and prime minister top daily list of 2018 influential people in Estonia

Monday, December 3, 2018

Daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) has place Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and President Kersti Kaljulaid in the first and second places of its list of the most influential persons in Estonia for 2018. ”As this time last year, he is prime minister,” the newspaper commented on Mr Ratas selection for the top spot. ”He is master of his party even more so than this time last year,” the newspaper continued,…

Outgoing defence chief Gen. Riho Terras bestowed Cross of Merit, 1st Class

Friday, November 30, 2018

At a ceremony marking the centennial of the start of the Estonian War of Independence on Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence bestowed its highest decoration, the Cross of Merit, 1st Class, on outgoing Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras. Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) at Wednesday’s ceremony conferred the ministry’s decorations on 62 individuals for their contributions to the national defence of Estonia. The…

NATOs biggest cyber exercise starts in Tartu, Estonia

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cyber Coalition, NATO’s biggest and most important cyber defense exercise that is held in the Estonian city Tartu this week, involves more than 700 defense forces personnel, information technology experts, legal specialists and government officials. Now in its eleventh year, Cyber Coalition tests and trains cyber defenders from across the alliance in their ability to defend NATO and national networks. At Cyber Coalition 2018, experts from the allied nations can…