Posts tagged as Estonia

€2.4 billion to be allocated to national defense over next four years

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Over the next four years a total of €2.4 billion will be allocated to national defense. According to Defence Minister Jüri Luik (IRL), the state budget strategy as decided on by the government late last week provides a strong base for developing the field. According to the state budget strategy, €2.4 billion will be allocated to national defense over the next four years. This will make it possible to keep…

Ratas accepts Aab’s resignation, no successor announced yet

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas accepted the resignation of Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab on Tuesday. Aab announced that he is stepping down after police caught him speeding and driving while intoxicated. A successor will be picked in the next few weeks, Ratas said. “I’ve accepted Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab’s resignation with a very heavy heart,” Ratas was quoted as saying in a government press release. “Unfortunately there…

Air passengers in Latvia – the most passive in Baltics in terms of complaint submission

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Latvia is behind Estonia and Lithuania when it comes to the number of compensation requests, as reported by Skycop flight compensation processing company. Data compiled by the company shows that there had been a rapid climb of the number of compensations submitted in Baltic States in Q4 2017. «In 2017, Baltic residents became more educated about their rights as airline passengers. As problems with flights become an everyday occurrence, more…

Committee supports more restrictions for military service evaders

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee supported a bill that would make it possible to restrict certain rights and permits of those who evade compulsory military service and training exercises. The new law would allow the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) and the Defence Resources Office to file an action with an administrative court to suspend the validity or the issuing of the right to drive power-driven vehicle, the right to command…

Budget strategy: Government agrees on nominal surplus, structural balance

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The government concluded its budget strategy meetings on Friday with an agreement that the budgets of the next years will aim for structural balance and a nominal surplus. “For the next four years we are planning a nominal surplus and at least a structural balance of the government sector budget. Hence the fiscal policy of Estonia is and will remain responsible. I want to thank all the ministers and officials…

Useless battalions for the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, April 13, 2018

“The presence of NATO multinational battalion-size groups in the Baltic states completely excludes the possibility of repeating a “Crimean scenario” in the region.” This opinion was expressed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Ottawa last week. As we know, NATO member states decided to enhance the Alliance’s presence in the Baltic states and Poland with four multinational battalion-size groups in July 2016. This move was intended…

Estonian Defence League to have four territorial defense districts

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Riigikogu on Wednesday passed with 77 votes a bill of amendments to the Estonian Defence League Act and the Income Tax Act which included the proposal of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu to fom four territorial defense districts beginning in 2019. According to a Riigikogu press release, during the second reading of the bill, several amendments were incorporated on the motion of the National Defence Committee, most…

Estonia planning to cut length of election period to 1 week

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Riigikogu constitutional committee on Tuesday discussed a proposal to amend election related laws so that the length of the period of election would be one week starting in 2021, compared with 11 days now. According to the proposal, voters would be able to cast their ballot at a polling station other than the polling station of their registered place of residence from Monday to Thursday, e-voting would take place…

Estonia’s registered unemployment grew by 2.6% in March

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The number of registered unemployed in Estonia stood at 33,268 at the end of March, marking an increase of 2.6% compared with the same period last year, and made up 5.1 of the total number of workforce from age 16 to retirement age, which is 0.1 percentage points more than in March 2017, informs LETA/BNS. Of the 33,268 registered unemployed, 10,233 people or 19.2% more than in March 2017 were…

Estonia: Jevgeni Ossinovski to resign as minister of health, labor

Monday, April 9, 2018

Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) Jevgeni Ossinovski at a council of the party on Saturday said that ahead of the parliamentary elections in 2019, he will focus fully on the party and thus will resign as minister of health and labor after budget strategy negotiations, the news portal of the public broadcaster ERR reports.