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Estonian newspaper to take ruling on hard evidence in editorials to human rights court

In a ruling with possible implications to editorials and opinion pieces in Estonian press, the Baltic country's Supreme Court has upheld court decisions against Estonian business newspaper Äripäev ordering it to take back statements expressed in an editorial, where the integrity of people allegedly linked to an MP have been questioned.

Estonia opens in South Korea special centre for collecting e-residency permits

As Estonia seeks to broaden the international access to its e-residence permits until now only available if an approved receiver collects the digital ID card at an Estonian embassy, the country's Police and Border Guard Board has set up its first e-Residency Collection Centre in South Korea.

Income of electric car maker Tesla measured in billions

The income of the American electric car maker Tesla have in the last quarter of 2017 been above three billion U.S. dollars, while losses have also been large.

European Commission predicts Latvia the most rapid growth among Baltic States

The latest economic outlook by the European Commission estimates that Latvia’s GDP may grow 3.5% in 2018, which is the most rapid growth rate among Baltic States.

EU safeguards for Brexit transition period called «silly threats» in UK

In the Bexit talks it has surfaced that the European Union is seeking to set forth for the transition period a chance to restrict the UK's access to the single market in case the UK does not fulfils its commitments before the final arrangements come into effect.

Deal on German federal government reached suggesting key concessions made by Merkel's bloc

The German conservative parties led by long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed on a coalition deal with Social Democrats, which – if backed by the SPD members – could result in a strong federal government that Germany has lacked since September last year.

CFCA emphasizes importance of financial planning in EU fund projects

The Central Finance and Contracting Agency (CFCA) has prepared documents for a schedule for submission of requests for planned payments from European Union funds.

SEB: average 2nd level pension member’s savings come close to EUR 3,000

Last year, capital of SEB Bank’s managed 2nd pension level members grew 17% - to EUR 790.5 million. The average amount of savings per participant is EUR 2,740, which is 410 euros or 18% more when compared with the end of 2016, BNN was informed by the bank.

Consumer prices in Estonia up 0.4% in month

The consumer price index in Estonia has risen in the period from December 2017 to January 2018 by 0.4% and by 3.5% on year since the beginning of 2017, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

Van with six people breaks through Baltic Sea ice

A van carrying six people has broken through Baltic Sea ice off the coast of south-western Estonia. Two people have been rescued and three bodies have been recovered by the morning of Wednesday, February 7.

Latvian government supports open data development

In order to effectively introduce a concept of data-based society and encourage state institutions to open up data under their jurisdiction, Latvian government has approved Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s prepared proposals, as confirmed by the institution.

European Parliament adopts law to reduce industrial CO2 emissions

The European Parliament has adopted a law with which it is planned to reduce the volume of industrial CO2 emissions, as BNN was told by EP Information Office in Latvia.

Factory workers in Germany gain chance to adjust working hours to looking after family

Factory employees in Germany's south-west have negotiated the right to work less hours to adjust their work to the needs of family members, moreover the agreement with employers could be extended to several million other workers in Germany.

Online stores will not be allowed to geo-block buyers from other EU member states

Online buyers will have more freedom in purchasing goods, book rooms in hotels, and purchase tickets for music festivals, BNN was informed by European Parliament.

Corruption watchdog spots prohibited donations in Latvian political parties’ expenditures

After checking declarations and pre-election campaigns of political parties in Latvia, authorities have found no records regarding EUR 80,592 in election expenditures and EUR 37,857 in restricted donations, according to data from the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB).

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