Posts tagged as Estonia

Australia is joining the Tallinn-based NATO cyber defence centre

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Australia has announced it is joining the Tallinn, Estonia-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. The centre said on Twitter that Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, announced the news at the opening of her country’s pop-up embassy in Tallinn. She joined the event from Australia via Skype. “Accession of Australia expands the reach and cooperation of like-minded nations in cyber defence beyond the Euro-Atlantic area, making our cyber defence…

Estonia: Church supports defining traditional marriage in Constitution

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia (EELK) at a council next week is planning to adopt a statement in support of amending the Constitution so that it defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the public broadcaster ERR reports. According to the draft resolution, the council of EELK will decide to support adding a provision to the Constitution, which defines marriage as a union between one…

Estonia: 20 aircraft to take place in military exercise Siil

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Twenty aircraft are to take part in Estonia’s large-scale military exercise Siil 2018 (Hedgehog 2018), which will take place at the beginning of May, including Wildcat and Black Hawk helicopters and fighter jets Mirage and Su-22. Polish attack aircraft Su-22 and French fighter jets Mirage2000 currently stationed at Amari air base will take part in the exercise, military spokespeople in Tallinn said. The exercise will also be attended by four…

NATO Furious Hammer Drills Kick Off in Baltic Region – Estonian Defense Forces

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Convoys of military servicemen from Estonia, as well as the United Kingdom and Denmark, both of which are members of NATO international battalion, will start Wednesday to move toward Latvia in order to take part in the Furious Hammer drills, the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces said. Nearly 1,300 Estonian servicemen will take part in the drills. The military exercises include three phases, the first of which will…

President: Estonia needs uniform e-state policy

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The National Defense Council that convened at the invitation of the president focused on the lessons from the ID-card crisis and issues concerning the future of the e-state, while other topics discussed also included the need for a technological development leap as well as issues related to ethics and security of the e-state, the president’s office said. One of the main issues discussed at the meeting was the need to…

High-level annual forum of European Union Baltic Sea Strategy will be held in Tallinn

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The ninth annual forum of European Union Baltic Sea Strategy will take place on June 4–5 in Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), which will host nearly 700 participants from Estonia and Europe. The main subject of the annual forum is the Baltic Sea region after the year 2020. At the forum, the study „EU Baltic Sea Strategy after 2020“ commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be introduced, which analyses…

€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…