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Additional funds to reach every ministry

01.10.2020, 11:33

The government on Wednesday handed the Riigikogu next year’s state budget bill. The Ministry of Social Affairs tops the list of beneficiaries, with a plan in place to cut the state’s operating expenses by €10 million.

Everyone gets theirs in 2021 state budget

30.09.2020, 12:33

The government on Tuesday approved the 2021 state budget bill and the 2021-2024 fiscal strategy. The new budget suggests that all coalition partners have managed to include their election promises in what will be a local government council elections year. Cuts...

Head of expert committee: Coverup without end

29.09.2020, 12:38

Former head of the Estonia disaster expert committee Margus Kurm says that it is likely MS Estonia sank after colliding with a Swedish submarine that was guarding military equipment on board the Estlink passenger ferry. Kurm worked with the team of a new...

Documentary crew finds big hole in M/S Estonia ferry wreck

28.09.2020, 11:58

A film crew that made a documentary about the 1994 M/S Estonia ferry disaster for the Discovery television channel while diving near the wreck found a four-meter-long hole in the hull of the ship, which had previously been partially covered by the seabed.

«I am not a mediator between Freeh and Estonia»

28.09.2020, 11:51

It was revealed during Riigikogu Question Time last week that Louis Freeh’s law firm was first contacted on the Estonian state’s behalf by London-based investment banker Ragnar Meitern. The situation is made more curious by the fact that Meitern is now a...

New series on Estonia shipwreck promises major revelation

25.09.2020, 2:17

The Discovery Channel that will air a new five-part documentary series on the MS Estonia shipwreck in the Nordic region on Monday promises that “a find that will change everything” will be revealed. The series will analyze the circumstances of the tragedy,...

Helme no confidence motion fails

24.09.2020, 5:19

The Wednesday attempt to express no confidence in Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) was the first of the political year. The opposition filed four motions of no confidence against government ministers over eight months last year. The coalition held firm...

Every fifth coronavirus patient ends up in hospital

22.09.2020, 10:32

The Ida-Viru Central Hospital is working close to capacity and the situation might escalate elsewhere, Mait Altmets, head of the infection control service of the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH), says.

Social minister: Coronavirus vaccine to be distributed free of charge

21.09.2020, 10:51

The government on Thursday approved allocating €1.5 million as Estonia’s down payment for European Union COVID-19 vaccine pre-purchase contracts. Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) says the plan is to inoculate risk groups and front-line...

Peterson: Unemployment Insurance Fund would support tourism with €25 million

17.09.2020, 11:26

Rapid public sector cuts and lower salaries would unleash a domino effect, chairman of the supervisory board of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, head of trade unions Peep Peterson told the “Otse Postimehest” webcast on Wednesday.

Defense minister: Ministry asking for bare minimum

16.09.2020, 12:02

Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) criticized Minister of the Interior Mart Helme’s (EKRE) claim from Sunday according to which national defense is lacking on the “Otse Postimehest” webcast on Tuesday.

Political season kicks off on a strong note

15.09.2020, 4:34

President Kersti Kaljulaid urged MPs to trust local governments in organizing local affairs and criticized the coalition agreement’s marriage referendum scheduled to take place around the same time as local elections next year. At least four members of the...

«One cannot be too much of an artist or a businessman»

14.09.2020, 11:57

Long-time head of the Estonia Piano Factory and pianist Indrek Laul tries to strike a balance between business and art, while he always goes for the latter if forced to choose. “We are not after profit at all costs as we cannot compete with Asian...

Tallinn takes new coronavirus preventive measures

10.09.2020, 9:13

Tallinn city government will be taking the first measures in the so-called yellow pandemic scenario that mainly cover precautions in schools.

Tehver: A lawyer depends on their legal environment

09.09.2020, 11:18

The situation in Belarus recently merited a reaction from the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) that has sent two letters to President Aleksandr Lukashenko expressing concern over harassment of colleagues in Belarus.

Helme: We are seriously considering an extraordinary pensions hike

08.09.2020, 11:09

The Ministry of Finance presented its fall economic forecast on Monday that serves as the basis for the 2021 state budget. Minister of Finance Martin Helme told Postimees about the government’s plans.

Head of Wolt Estonia: We offer a service no one needs

07.09.2020, 11:30

The architect of food delivery service Wolt’s Baltic businesses Liis Ristal tells Postimees in an interview about her first big mistake as an executive, whether Wolt Estonia has its own style and why no one really needs the service it offers.

HOIA app downloaded over 80,000 times

04.09.2020, 2:47

The HOIA coronavirus warning application that was completed by the time of the anniversary of Estonian independence came about in cooperation of the state and 12 software companies. Postimees asked its creators about their process as well as how the app is...

Tallink cuts could hit every third employee

03.09.2020, 4:02

Baltic Sea shipping giant Tallink has launched major reorganization, with layoffs, unpaid leave and other cost-cutting measures to hit up to 2,500 employees in countries where the company operates.

Competition Board to weigh Apollo-Forum Cinemas merger

02.09.2020, 10:54

Apollo Group’s intent to acquire Forum Cinemas requires thorough analysis in terms of whether to allow the transaction to go ahead, Director of the Competition Board Märt Ots told the “Otse Postimehest” webcast.

Principal of the Tallinn Art School: Instructions came too late

01.09.2020, 3:36

Heads of schools were making preparations long before the Ministry of Education and Research finished its instructions a mere week before the start of the school year, Principal of the Tallinn Art School Märt Sults told the “Otse Postimehest” webcast.

EU security depends on Africa

31.08.2020, 2:05

The already tense situation in Mali, that has long been a pocket of instability in sub-Saharan Africa, became even more complicated following the August 18 military coup that after seven years removed from power President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, with a...

Student organisation and activists to debate over the foreign students issue

30.08.2020, 8:45

Policy makers in the Estonian government want to keep non-EU students out, student organisations and activists want to keep international students in Estonia. An independent NGO, Estonishing Evenings, and the Federation of Estonian Student Unions will on 31...

Käpp: Tourism needs 90 million

28.08.2020, 12:21

Chairman of the board of the Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association Ain Käpp told the “Otse Postimehest” webcast that the state should make a sector-based exception for the hospitality industry. “We need roughly 65-90 million euros, but that would be...

Indrek Neivelt: Loans taken today do not have to be repaid

27.08.2020, 10:36

Entrepreneur and former head of Hansapank Indrek Neivelt explains why banks are greedy in Estonia, why he believes the state will never have to repay loans taken today and why the second pillar of pension is unnecessary.