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Several hundred Estonian reserve soldiers summoned to unexpected drills

The cabinet of ministers of Estonia ordered on December 1 to hold snap military drills to test the ability of reserve troops to reach combat readiness in 24 hours.

Estonia’s coalition distances itself from charges against ruling party

The coalition partners of Estonia’s Centre Party, which is headed by the Estonian Prime Minister, have this week distanced themselves from charges brought against the ruling party for allegedly receiving illegal political donations.

Estonia invites Brits to remain in EU for 100 euros per person

Estonian institutions have launched a promotional campaign to attract young Britons «to stay in EU», by acquiring the e-residency permit of Estonia for 100 euros a person.

Defence minister: Estonia and NATO partners able to stave off Russia’s likely adventures

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser has noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin could make attempts to test NATO’s red line; however, Estonia and its NATO allies can collectively prevent such attempts from Russia.

Taxify starts renting taxis to drivers in Estonia

Estonian taxi-calling platform Taxify has started renting taxis to drivers in Tallinn.

Cargo turnover continues to decline in Estonian ports

In Estonia’s ports 1.4 million tons of freight have been handled, which is a fall by 776 thousand tons since October 2015. The number of passengers served has, however, reached a record last month, Estonia’s state-owned port administrator Port of Tallinn has estimated.

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.

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