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Estonia’s naval commander takes responsibility for contraband on mine-hunter

Estonian Naval Forces commander has stepped down from office following a scandal of undeclared alcohol and cigarettes found on a navy ship.

Ratas receives Estonian parliamentary support to become new PM

Estonian parliament on November 21 gave its backing to centre-left Centre Party leader Jüri Ratas as the country’s new Prime Minister with 53 of 101 votes in favour. Ratas is set to head a coalition made up by Center Party, social-democrats and the centre-right IRL party.

Parties building Estonian cabinet to raise teacher salaries and excise duty to beer

The three parties involved in Estonia’s coalition talks have unveiled on November 15 that they would work to increase the minimum pay of teachers to 120% of Estonia’s national average salary. Politicians were also of the same opinion to increase the excise duty on beverages containing up to 22% of alcohol.

Majority of Estonians expect Rail Baltica to have positive effect, survey finds

In a survey performed this autumn in Estonia, it has been bound that 68% of Estonians expect the building of international Rail Baltica railway line will bring positive results. In a survey commissioned by OÜ Rail Baltic and carried out by conducting online interviews with 1,000 people across Estonia, 17% of respondents assumed the project would have a negative impact, but 16% said they could not judge.

UK plans deploying missiles to Estonia

The UK is planning to start deployment of high-precision missiles to Estonia in 2017.

Parties building Estonian government pledge not to change relations with EU, NATO

Following public and international concern about the swift ousting of the previous Estonian government and its implications, the parties negotiating the agreement of the next coalition have pledged not to change Estonia’s strategic membership ties with the European Union and NATO.

Italian journalist sues Estonia to European Court of Human Rights

An Italian journalist and politician, who has been denied entering Estonia and who has lost court proceedings against the country in Estonian courts in 2016, has filed an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Giulietto Chiesa was dissatisfied with the Estonian Ministry of the Interior’s order which banned him from entering Estonia in 2014 and 2015, where he arrived in Estonia and was detained by police and ordered to leave the country.

Estonian parcel machine producer cooperates with U.S. largest retailer

Estonian automated parcel machine producer Cleveron has installed its first device at a Walmart supermarket as the retail giant plans to have a total of 15,000 of these machines.

Hashish worth 1.2 million euros confiscated in Estonia, near Latvia

In the Estonian town of Valga, situated next to the border with Latvia, 77 kilograms of hashish have been confiscated worth some 1.2 million euros in street value.

EP approves million-euro assistance to Estonian laid-off industry workers

The European Parliament has backed the allocation of 1.1 million euros to assist people in north-eastern Estonia, who lost their jobs in mass lay-offs in shale oil production and chemical industry.

Estonia not willing to ban fur animal keeping and skinning

Reacting to a call from animal rights activists, Estonian environment and rural affairs ministries have found that there is no reason to prohibit fur farming in the country.

Estonia increases tax revenue by 6.8%

Estonia’s tax collector has in the first nine months of 2016 received 6,8% more revenue that in the same period in 2015.

Maxima in Estonia also attracts Latvians tackling shortage of workers

With many retailers in Estonia struggling to find workers for modestly-paid jobs, Lithuanian retail giant Maxima is attracting Estonians for afar and even Latvians to fill the vacant places.

Kallas criticises divisions in Estonia’s long-ruling Reform Party

Political heavyweight and presidential candidate in Estonia’s recent presidential election voiced criticism about how Estonia’s leading Reform Party co-founded by him in 1994 is organised and did not exclude forming a new party.

5G internet in Tallinn planned for 2018, firm says

Swedish telecommunications company Telia has on October 17 announced plans to introduce fifth generation mobile data network in Tallinn and Stockholm in 2018.

Estonia: Purchase of infantry fighting vehicles has been planned strategically

Estonian Defence Forces have received the first batch of a purchase of 44 infantry fighting vehicles and its Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso commented that the region's military threat profile has been taken into account in the long-prepared purchase.

Kaljulaid: Strong civil society is key to Estonia’s security

Estonia’s new president Kersti Kaljulaid in the first speech after taking office has emphasised the need to strengthen civil society and asked fellow politicians to encourage Estonians to dream and to be by their side, when dreams have turned into failure.

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