Estonian Government and Politics

30 Jul: Estonia’s Credit Rating Affirmed At A1 By Moody’s

Bond credit raters Moody’s Investor Services have affirmed Estonia’s A1 government bond rating and stable outlook. As reported on this blog, Fitch had already upped Estonia’s rating to A+, so this is more good news. The rating was based on factors including the Estonian government’s budgetary rigour and financial strength during the continuing crises of the 2008-10…

27 Jul: National Conservation Strategy Developed For Estonia

According to a recent report by Robin Ilves on the Estonian Public Broadcasting English language site, the Estonian government has announced plans for a nationwide scheme for nature conservation and protection. The new plan, to be carried out by the Ministry of the Environment, appropriately enough, spans until 2020, the report said. Estimated at a…

20 Jul: Tallinn’s Two Transport Agencies To Be Merged

The two major public transport companies in Tallinn, Estonia, are to be merged, according to a report by Ott Tammik on the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) English language site. The Tallinn Bus Company (TAK) and the Tallinn Tram and Trolley company will be merged into one, making a saving of some 10 million Euros per…

03 Jul: Estonia Hosts Euro U19 Football Championships Starting Today

You could be forgiven for thinking that with Spain’s historic victory in the European Football Championships on Sunday, all those who dislike football could breathe a sigh of relief, for at least a month or so. However this is not the case – the under 19 European Championships are underway, and Estonia is hosting some…

27 Jun: Tallinn Mayor States Orthodox Church Construction On Schedule

Controversial Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar has announced that a Russian Orthodox Church in the Tallinn district of Lasnamäe will be completed in 2013 as per schedule, according to a report by Ingrid Teesalu on the English site of Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR). Mr. Savisaar, 62, leader of the centre-left Keskerakond  (Centre) Party and Mayor of…

23 Jun: Estonian Foreign Minister Speaks On The Environment

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet recently made a speech in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, urging the necessity of wholesale changes in people’s lifestyles, according to a report by Kristopher Rikken on the Estonian Public Broadcasting English site. After noting the importance of citizens living within their means, Mr. Paet, formally Estonian Defence Minister, set out…