Posts tagged as Estonia

UK to deploy Typhoon jets to Estonia for Baltic air policing mission in 2019

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Royal Air Force will be returning to Estonia in 2019 to conduct the NATO Baltic air policing mission, Baltic air policing’s Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on Friday. In addition the RAF will also conduct NATO air policing in Iceland for the first time during 2019. These new U.K. deployments acknowledge the important alliance to Europe’s defense, stability and security, Williamson said at the NATO defense ministerial in Brussels.…

Estonian, allied combat engineers demonstrate their skills at central training ground

Monday, June 11, 2018

Combat engineers from the Estonian Scouts Battalion, the allied battle group and the Finnish defense forces displayed their skills in overcoming and clearing different obstacles during a demonstration event held at the Estonian defense forces’ central training ground as part of the Saber Strike exercise on Friday. “The presence of Finns here is very positive because their actions are very similar to the actions of our combat engineer units, especially…

Estonia’s ex-president Toomas Hendrik Ilves among those blacklisted by Russia

Friday, June 8, 2018

Former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves is one of the citizens of Estonia blacklisted by Russia earlier this week in response to the “unfriendly actions” taken by Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which have denied entry to Russian citizens on the so-called Magnitsky list, journalists at the Russian language edition of Postimees have learned. The other Estonian nationals who have revealed that their name is on list of persons banned from…

Free bus transport available in ten Estonian counties starting 1 July

Friday, June 8, 2018

While not all counties in Estonia have agreed to begin offering free public bus transport, the Estonian Road Administration has officially set the price of bus tickets in ten requesting counties to €0 beginning 1 July. As of 1 July, public bus transport will be free in Valga, Võru, Põlva, Järva, Jõgeva, Tartu, Ida-Viru, Hiiu and Saare Counties as well as on routes operated by the nonprofit Põhja-Eesti Ühistranspordikeskus in…

Nearly 400 reservists who failed to report for Siil to be punished

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) are investigating the cases of nearly 400 reservists who failed to report for the large-scale defence exercise Siil or the snap exercise Okas this spring. Shortly after the exercise, the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces told ERR that a total of 1,700 summoned individuals did not participate in the exerise, 700 of whom were excused by their unit commanders. Procedures were launched for the…

Russia implements entry ban on Estonians it considers hostile

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Russia on Wednesday enforced an entry ban on Estonian citizens who Moscow considers to be hostile toward itself. “The Estonian ambassador was handed a list today with the names of people prohibited from entering Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will notify all the citizens on that list. We will not disclose the list,” spokesperson for the ministry Sandra Kamilova told BNS on Wednesday afternoon. Artyom Kozhin, deputy director of…

Estonian prosecutor general: Priorities are children, economy, security

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The priorities of the Estonian Prosecutor’s Office are still children, the economy, security and international cooperation, Prosecutor General Lavly Perling said on Tuesday when giving an overview of the office’s last year’s activities at the parliamentary constitutional committee. Chairman of the committee Marko Pomerants said that while at present the prosecutor general only reports to the constitutional committee, it would be better if the annual overview would be given to…

Baltic Sea region could become example of digital governance

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

To enhance their competitiveness and improve the day-to-day lives of their citizens, the countries of the Baltic Sea region need to make as good as possible use of the opportunities offered by digitalization, and the region could serve as an example of digital governance, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on Monday. “Aside from the Baltic Sea, our people could be connected also by data flows moving quickly between government institutions,…

Estonia celebrates Flag Day – short history

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Estonian Students’ Society adopted blue, black and white as the colours of their student fraternity on 4 June 1884; the date is now celebrated as the Flag Day in Estonia.* The origins of the Estonian flag lie within the national movement – the Estonian Students’ Society adopted blue, black and white as the colours of their student fraternity on 4 June 1884. In 1918 the flag officially became the…

International law is of vital importance to small states

Monday, June 4, 2018

International law is of vital importance to small countries, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said on Sunday at the Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn. “Therefore sometimes you have to make this choice in your heart to go against your allies and they accept this argumentation. This creates a new layer of security,” Kaljulaid said. If Estonia becomes a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, it does not plan to deal…