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Estonian MPs to attend NATO PA Transatlantic Forum - The Baltic Times.

TALLINN - Marko Mihkelson, the chairman of the Estonian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly , and a member of the delega......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonian minister: Common Agricultural Policy must become simpler - The Baltic Times.

TALLINN – Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm said that Europe's Common Agricultural Policy must become simpler and mo......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonian minister wants to use surveillance to reduce wage gap in state institutions - The Baltic Times.

TALLINN – Estonian Minister of Health and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski has sent a proposal to the government to reduce the gender wage gap in ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Taxify launches in another country to challenge Uber's ride-sharing dominance.

Uber's stronghold in Australia is about to face a challenge. Estonian ride-sharing company Taxify launched in Sydney on Tuesday, with more than 4,000 drivers signed up so far. SEE ALSO: Your next taxi driver might be a robot "Sydney is a huge and vibrant city, and we are excited to launch in the Australian market. We are ...

- Mashable! - US

Russia sentences Estonian to 12 years in prison for 'spying'.

A Russian court on Monday sentenced an Estonian businessman to 12 years in a strict penal colony after convicting him of espionage, Russian news agencies reported."The Moscow city court has found Raivo...

- Expatica - NL

Russia Jails Estonian Businessman For 12 Years For Espionage.

A Russian court has convicted an Estonian businessman of espionage and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Ministers have 'lots of questions' on new CAP plans.

Agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday had "lots of questions" about how a European Commission idea for more flexibility in implementing the EU's common agriculture policy would work, said commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen at a press conference. Estonian agriculture minister Tarmo Tamm, who chaired the ...

- EU Observer - EU

Estonian formin to take part in EU ministers meeting focusing on Mideast - The Baltic Times.

TALLINN – Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser is taking part in a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday that w......

- The Baltic Times - US

S&P affirms Estonia's rating at AA- with stable outlook - The Baltic Times.

TALLINN – The rating agency Standard and Poor's affirmed Estonia's long-term sovereign rating at AA- with a stable outlo......

- The Baltic Times - US

Russian court sends Estonian businessman Raivo Susi to jail for 12 yrs on spying charges - The Baltic Times.

MOSCOW - A court in Moscow has found Estonian aviation technology businessman Raivo Susi guilty of espionage and punished him with a sentence of......

- The Baltic Times - US

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov Will be on a Working Visit to London Today.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will be on a working visit to London at the invitation of British Prime Minister Teresa May on December 11th, reported BGNES. Borisov and May will discuss the possibilities for wider cooperation between the two countries in the field of security and management of migration flows. The potential ...

- Novinite - BG

​Why Indian, Russian tech startups are weighing up a move to tiny Estonia

On top of its ambitious e-residency program, Estonia is using startup visas to attract tech entrepreneurs.

- ZDNet - UK

Latvia still exporting and importing less than Estonia and Lithuania - The Baltic Times

RIGA - During the first nine months of 2017 Latvia still trailed behind its Baltic neighbors Estonia and Lithuania by export and import volumes ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Presidents of Estonia, Latvia to visit Valga, Valka on 10th anniversary of Schengen Area - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Schengen Area on Dec. 21, the twin towns Valga and Valka on the Estonian-Latvian border......

- The Baltic Times - US

Former Estonian president Ilves to receive World Leader in Cybersecurity Award - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - Former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves is to receive the World Leader in Cybersecurity Award next Tuesday at Harvard Universit......

- The Baltic Times - US

EU health ministers agree on accelerating development of e-health services - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - The health ministers of the European Union at a meeting in Brussels on Friday approved the Council's conclusions, which call ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Grandson of Estonia's Communist boss may become head of Putin's election headquarters - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - The election headquarters of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming presidential elections may be headed by Anton Vaino, a R......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonian president, PM, defmin to visit snap military exercise - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Juri Ratas and Defense Minister Juri Luik on Saturday will visit th......

- The Baltic Times - US

Baltic defmins to discuss cooperation - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - The defense ministers of the Baltic countries at a meeting to be held in Liepaja are to discuss defense cooperation and developments i......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonian formin at OSCE meeting calls Russia to fulfil international obligations - The Baltic Times

TALLINN – Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser at a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Pope asks Estonian church leader to pray for success of his visit - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - Pope Francis asked head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Archbishop Urmas Viilma to pray that the pope's visit to Estonia......

- The Baltic Times - US

Two Estonians fined for climbing Freedom Monument in Riga - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - The Riga Municipal Police has fined two Estonian citizens for climbing the Freedom Monument in the city center. ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Is this the oldest eye ever discovered? Scientists unearth 530-million-year-old fossil

Remains of extinct sea creature in Estonia reveal details of structure and function of ancient optical organ that could be the oldest eye ever discovered.

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Estonian minister elected president of UN Environment Assembly - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - Estonian Minister of the Environment Siim Kiisler has been elected president of the United Nations Environment Ass......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonia: Chernobyl nuclear disaster liquidators to start receiving EUR 230 per year - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - The Estonian parliament with 73 votes in favor on Wednesday adopted a bill of amendments to the Act of Persons Repressed by Occupation......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonian formin: NATO's promise to make Georgia member must not remain as rhetoric - The Baltic Times

BRUSSELS - NATO's promise given nine years ago to one day accept Georgia as a member of the alliance must not remain as rhetoric, Eston......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonia's digital solutions to global challenges to be introduced in Brussels - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - A conference is to take place in Brussels on Thursday that will focus on implementing digital solutions for the benefit of the society......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonian ship guards arrive in Tallinn after 4 years in India - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - The Estonian ship guards released from an Indian jail a week ago arrived in Tallinn on a flight from Frankfurt shortly before midnight......

- The Baltic Times - US

Council of the EU to join lobby transparency register

The Council of the EU, which represents national governments, will join the EU's transparency register of lobbyists, it announced on Wednesday. "Increased transparency in EU decision-making is a must if we want to remain credible to our citizens," said Estonian deputy minister for EU affairs Matti Maasikas on behalf of the ...

- EU Observer - EU

Estonian ministry has completed pension reform bill - The Baltic Times

TALLINN – A pension reform bill that has exited the Ministry of Social Affairs would change the pension equation, peg the retirement ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonian formin: Impressive development in NATO-EU cooperation within 1 year - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - Impressive development has taken place in cooperation between NATO and the European Union within one year, Estonian Foreign ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonian formin thanks Tillerson for US' contribution to Europe's defense - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on Tuesday thanked U.S. Secretary of State......

- The Baltic Times - US

Estonian police say breakthrough has been achieved in combating fentanyl trade - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - Estonia's Central Criminal Police believe that they have reached a breakthrough in the fight against the fentanyl epidemic that ha......

- The Baltic Times - US

Embassies of 8 countries, EU delegation ask to provide humanitarian access to all in need in Donbas

The embassies of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Estonia, France, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, and the EU Delegation to Ukraine have expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Donbas and urged the conflicting sides to provide unhampered humanitarian access to all people in need. “The ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Europe is not fighting hard enough to keep out coal subsidies

To prevent coal subsidies, the European Commission proposed a CO2 threshold for power plants to receive public subsidies. However, due to last minute edits from current EU President, Estonia, the door will be open for existing high-carbon power plants to receive public money to stay online, writes Kathrin Gutmann.

- EurActive - UK

Estonia calls off 'trench war' talks on EU building law

EU Presidency holder Estonia called off negotiations over the recast energy performance of buildings directive on Tuesday after a late night session described as a trench war' by one official.

- EurActive - UK

Remarks by Vice-President Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 5 December 2017 Thank you, Toomas. I would like to thank you and your team for all the work that you have done during the past six months. The Estonian Presidency has managed to make progress on many challenging files and...

- EU - EU

Estonia to incorporate offensive capabilities into its future cyber command

Estonia's military is preparing to launch its own cyber command with a remit including cyber offensive response to an adversary's offensive attacks, said Ministry of Defence sources. Its new command will mirror those in a handful of other NATO countries, and reflects a growing

- Jane’s - US

Leaders to avoid Estonian asylum plan at EU summit

The Estonian EU presidency plan for a 'Dublin' reform appears hard-pressed to gain traction given it will not be discussed by EU leaders at a December summit - and that the EU parliament has described it as a non-starter.

- EU Observer - EU

EU negotiators reach deal on drones and aviation agency

EU negotiators reached a provisional deal on a new mandate for the European Aviation Safety Agency in the early hours of Thursday. Negotiations, between MEPs and the Council of the EU – representing member states – were "tough" according to Estonian diplomat Clyde Kull, and reportedly wrapped up at 5:45AM. The new ...

- EU Observer - EU

EU adopts 2018 budget

The EU formally adopted its budget for 2018 on Thursday. Member states and the European Parliament both approved a deal reached earlier this month. Commitments are set at €160.1 billion, a 0.2 percent increase compared to 2017, while total payments are set at €144.7 billion, a 14.1 percent increase. This will help ...

- EU Observer - EU

Estonian presidency proposes scrapping migration quotas

EU countries would only have to take migrants from each other if the frontline state and the host country agree on it, according to a proposal by Estonia, which holds the EU's rotating presidency. The aim is to break the impasse on the EU's asylum reform, where east European member states strongly oppose taking people in ...

- EU Observer - EU

NATO's flagship cyber exercise begins in Estonia

Cyber Coalition, NATO's biggest and most important cyber defence exercise, is taking place this week. The exercise involves more than 700 participants from 25 Allies, as well as NATO partner countries, the European Union, industry and academia.


Cash still most used payment form in euro area

Cash remains the most commonly payment method in the eurozone, according to a European Central Bank study. It found 79 percent of all payments in 2016 were made with cash, 19 percent with cards and two percent with other payment instruments. Cash was most used in the southern eurozone countries, as well as in Germany, ...

- EU Observer - EU

Negotiators will meet on a Sunday to reach deal on waste

EU negotiators from the three institutions met on Monday to find a compromise deal on new rules governing waste. According to Estonian diplomat Clyde Kull "considerable progress" was made but "another strong push" was needed. The next meeting is on 17 December, a Sunday, indicating that the Estonian presidency of the ...

- EU Observer - EU

Visit to NATO by the President of the Republic of Estonia

On Thursday 23 November 2017, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the President of the Republic of Estonia, H.E. Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid at NATO Headquarters


NATO Secretary General praises Estonia's strong commitment to NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid to NATO Headquarters on Thursday . The two leaders met to discuss NATO's continuing adaptation to the security situation in Europe. The Secretary General praised Estonia's contributions to NATO missions, its leadership on defence spending, ...


NATO trains Serbian civil servants in cyber defence

Civil servants from the Office of the National Security Council and Classified Information Protection of the government of Serbia were trained to deal with information systems security in real life situations. The training took place in Belgrade and Tallinn from 30 October until 10 November 2017 as part of NATO's Science ...