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Estonian port corruption investigation involves Polish shipyard

Corruption investigation against the former management of Estonian state port company Port of Tallinn has spread involving a search at Polish shipyard Remontowa in Gdansk. According to ERR, this is the shipyard that won a tender to build two new ferries for the Port of Tallinn.

Weekend destination: Estonia’s artificial caves and water with salts of the Dead Sea

The history of Estonia’s SPA and resorts dates back 200 years. Every year, people wanting to relax in SPA-centres and undergo rehabilitation are offered more and more services. Furthermore, massive renovations have been carried out in two of the largest spa centres in Pärnu this year.

Finnish pensioners opt for retirement in Estonia

Spending retirement in Estonia has been the choice of an increasing number of pensioners from Finland, who emphasise cheaper prices and comfortable living as the reasons behind the decision.

20% of Estonians stay in workforce after retirement

In Estonia, more than a fifth of workers having reached the retirement age - 62-63 years – stay in workforce.

Tax hike on amber from 22 to 280 euros per kg suggested in Lithuania

The Lithuanian Ministry of Environment has proposed a natural resource tax hike on amber from 22.22 to 280 euros per kg of amber pieces smaller than 40 mm.

Estonian parliament approves eurozone bailout programme to Greece

Members of Riigikogu on August 18 expressed parliamentary support to the third Greek bailout package by 50 votes in favour and 37 against.

Cruise ship «stuck» in Tallinn port with several hundred passengers

The Norwegian-registered cruise ship Viking Star has been forced to stay at Tallinn port for several days with several hundred passengers. «The ship lost power in its engines three days ago and allegedly is waiting for a spare part,» an anonymous source told Postimees daily on August 2, adding that the cruise ship is likely to continue its journey on August 4.

Estonian Chancellor of Justice deems planned prison smoking ban unconstitutional

Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs has unveiled plans to ban smoking in prisons, while the country's Chancellor of Justice evaluates that the right to smoke is constitutionally protected.

Estonia's new Foreign Minister approved by Ilves

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia on July 15 officially approved in office Estonia's new Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand – a non-partisan career diplomat.

Estonian opposition parties opposed to potential new Greek bailout

Estonian opposition parties have announced this week that they are against guaranteeing the potential third bailout package for Greece, as they consider the repayment unrealistic.

Swedbank takes EUR 400 million in dividends from its Estonian sub-group

Swedish banking group Swedbank has this week announced plan to take out 400 million euros in extra dividends from its sub-group in Estonia.

Bouncy castle party turns tragic in Estonia

In Estonia, two children have died and three have been injured in a tragic accident with a bouncy castle over the weekend.

Estonia might resettle up to 200 refugees, Rõivas says

During the next two years Estonia could admit 150 to 200 Mediterranean refugees, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas has stated this week.

Estonia drawing up plan to erect thousand boundry markers on control line with Russia

Estonian ministries are drawing up a plan to put up on the temporary control line with Russia 760 border posts and 412 floating border markers. The draft decision is part of a 79-million-euro-worth programme for modernising the Estonian-Russian border, even though the bilateral border treaty has not been ratified yet.

Cuts on VAT returns for company cars criticised in Estonia

Estonian Tax and Customs Board has on June 9 stated that the cut on VAT returns for company car purchases that entered into force in 2015 has not given the expected result.

Estonian trade unions and businesses disagree on raising minimum wage

The Estonian Employers' Confederation on Monday, June 8, has disagreed with an offer from the Trade Union Confederation to increase the minimum wage in two years to 448 euros per month, gross. The plan is currently being pushed in the Parliament.

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