Ex-PM and businessman Tiit Vahi writes in Aripaev that for the last ten years the government priority has not been economic development, but scaremongering people with Russia, Edgar Savisaar and war.The following are excertps from Vahi’s column published in today’s Aripaev.“I call this burning house tactic. Namely, when a roof is burning, the building’s owners must think about how to put out the fire, instead of thinking whether to buy a fridge or paint for walls.More often than not, the Prime Minister himself was throwing petrol to the burning roof.We also kept hearing from the PM and the government that economic development can be sacrified to national security.
Center Party chairman Juri Ratas who is set to become the next PM said that in his opinion, Estonia could introduce progressive income tax.
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday morning after the Reform Party's board meeting that he will not resign and will fight in defense of his positions.
Advapay OÜ, an integrator of payment systems for business offers in cooperation with a network of partners, full solutions for payment systems from software all the way to consulting. At the end of October, the company has organized an international workshop on "Running Payment Processing Business in Europe," in which different professionals operating in the payment business will share their experiences.
Aripaev writes that there are now various proposals to reduce labour taxes in Estonia, most recent being the law drafted by opposition Free Party to introduce maximum level of social tax.
In an interview to Postimees, Jaan Tors, head of financial stability department of Eesti Pank, says that Swedish banks remain vulnerable and it’s a risk also for Estonia, especially since Sweden is Estonia’s largest trade partner.
Estonian state owned airline Nordica operated 791 flights and carried altogether 271,095 passengers in September.
According to a Baltic survey of CV-Online, satisfaction with wages is up most in Estonia.
Aripaev writes in its editorial that there is no doubt that Finance Minister Sven Sester knew about the plan of the Latvian government to implement special tax regime on startup enterprises.
Aripaev writes that Swedish electronics manufacturer Ericsson that has been struggling with lack of worldwide demand for its telecom equipment plans to lay off 3,000 workers in Sweden, a fifth of its workforce in the country.
According to Swedish media, new taxes planned by the Swedish government could force Scandinavian banks to move up to 16,000 jobs to Baltic states.
Aripaev writes that if the Latvian government goes ahead and starts to tax employees of startup enterprises at a fixed amount of 252 euros a month, it would attract many Estonian startups to re-register in Latvia.
Aripaev writes that Director General of Estonian Tax and Customs Board Marek Helm will be leaving the tax authority.
The Estonian Parliament today elected Kersti Kaljulaid President of Estonia at an additional sitting. She received 81 votes at the secret ballot.
Russia will halt export of oil products via Baltic ports by 2018, according to Nikolay Tokarev, CEO of Russian oil pipeline company Transneft.
The Estonian government is planning to expropriate land from about 600 private landowners for building Rail Baltic railway line.
Estonian economy expanded 0.8% in the second quarter of 2016 year on year, according to the second estimates of Statistics Estonia.
Aripaev writes that the amendments regarding taxation of dividends that are entering into force in November are giving the tax authority new weapons to fight tax dodgers.
Estonia´s oldest marketing conference moves from Pärnu, Estonia to Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Estonian gaming operator Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell to investment firm East Capital its subsidiary that owns the hotel and entertainment complex that houses the Hilton Tallinn Park hotel and OEG's flagship Olympic Park Casino.
Aripaev writes that Estonian-owned GoGroup which had a very strong year in 2015 recently underwent major changes in its ownership when the former majority shareholder Marcel Vichmann stepped aside and Tiit Pruuli who had been a minority shareholders became the majority shareholder.
Aripaev writes that Estonian property investment firm EfTEN Kinnisvarafond II AS and KanAm Grund Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH announced that EfTEN has acquired the Domina Shopping Center from KanAm.
Eesti Ekspress writes that it has received information from anonymous sources claiming that Allar Joks who is bidding to become Estonia's next president is too close to Estonian internal security service KAPO.
Eesti Paevaleht writes that although Kalle Palling, MP for Reform Party and chairman of the parliamentary European Union affairs committee, is undoubtedly qualified to become the next head of the European Commission in Estonia, his recent criticism of European Commission’s president may have cost him the job.
State-owned Port of Tallinn handled 10.7 million tons of freight in six months which is 11 percent less than a year earlier, announced the company.
Technomar & Adrem AS, a family owned dynamic company founded in 1991 and implementing the latest advancements in wood processing technology, is hiring a sales specialist on Oriental.
Nortal Group shareholders bought back 50% of Group shares from Enterprise Investors and LHV Pension Funds, regaining full ownership of the company. Simultaneously Nortal is expanding its shareholder base among employees.
Tallinn Bekker Port last week opened a new warehouse complex for bulk goods that includes a 6,000 square metre enclosure and 40,000 square metres of open-air storage area.
Aripaev writes in its editorial that the good news from last week was that the parliament adopted amendments which should make e-residency more accessible to foreigners.
Responding to claims made by Estonian alcohol producers and importers association, representatives of the government hint that retailers are too greedy and are driving up the price of strong alcohol.
Estonian state could lose tens of millions of euros because today Estonian trucking companies can save over a 100 euros per tank simply by filling up in Latvia and not in Estonia, according to the Estonian Confederation of Employers.
Aripaev writes in its editorial that it's ironic that at the time when the biggest worry for Estonians is whether the summer is sunny and does not distort Midsummer festivities, Europe is bracing itself for its biggest ever risk, ie Brexit.
Latvian airline airBaltic said it is the largest airline in Tallinn
Aripaev writes in its editorial that Nordica's announcement that it will report is financial results only next year is nothing else but another sign that the airline is already now doing poorly.
Lithuania again came out on top of Estonia and Latvia in the rankings of the 2015 World Competitiveness Yearbook of the Lausanne-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD).
Aripaev writes in its editorial that last week's big news in business was that Cherry Media, a big Estonian e-store that offered discounts, went bankrupt and has stopped operations in Estonia and abroad.
Estonian state airline Nordica said that it will publish its first comprehensive financial results in 2017 because it is still a “startup” and there is no obligation to report the results of the first few months.
According to Statistics Estonia, in Q1 the average monthly gross wages were 1,091 euros and the average hourly gross wages were 6.86 euros.
Aripaev writes in its editorial that the report of the National Audit Office that was unveiled this week which criticised the government for poor judgement with Estonian Air raises the question how is the new state airline Nordica any different.
Latvia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2016 is projected at 2.7 percent and Lithuania's at 2.8 percent, while Estonia's GDP is forecast to grow only 2 percent, said SEB at the presentation of Nordic Outlook.
Commenting the report of the National Audit Office which claimed that the government rushed its decisions on national carrier Estonian Air, former PM and current vice president of the European Commission Andrus Ansip said that he is convinced that the government did the right thing at the time when it decided to aid Estonian Air.
Aripaev writes that the hope of the Estonian government is to collect more money into budget by increasing fuel excise duties is backfiring because more and more vehicle owners are filling up in Latvia.
Priit Perens, head of Baltic banking at Swedbank, says that whether we want it or not, but it's more likely that foreign banks operating in the Baltic states will leave the region, than new banks would open up.
Superbus, a low-cost bus operator owned by Scottish tycoon Brian Souter
Because of delays in the pilot training program of Nordica, Estonian national carrier, the airline has been forced to continue outsourcing the service.
It's notable that the two presidential hopefuls Siim Kallas and Marina Kaljurand were speakers at the pre-event for the opinion festival that was held in Narva on Saturday.
Immigration exceeds emigration in Estonia for first time since reindependence last year, reported Statistisc Estonia.
Katri Paas-Mohando, Senior Associate at Law Firm VARUL writes that
Raul Kirjanen, owner of Graanul Invest, writes in Aripaev that he wants to praise the government for not rushing to borrow cheaply.
Aripaev writes that more and more Latvians are choosing Estonia and in particular Southern Estonia as place of employment, mainly because of higher wages.
Aripaev writes in its editorial that Estonia should support the initiative of the Euroepan Commission on battling tax evasion.
Four illegal immigrants who claim to be from Guinea were recently released from the detention centre because the court-sanctioned 18-month term of preparing their deportation expired.
Aripaev writes that the proposals made by Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu on amending the commercial code in a way that would ease requirements on e-residents may turn Estonia into another offshore country just like Panama.
Latvian airline airBaltic has launched a new route between Tallinn and Vilnius starting from April 18.
Siim Kallas did well in his opening speech on Saturday when he announced his intention to run for president, but failed to make it memorable.
Raul Toomsalu told Arileht that it is time to differentiate rail infrastructure usage fee, because it’s a thing of the past.
Aripaev writes that Finance Minister Sven Sester has drafted amendments that will change taxation of company cars.
Aripaev writes that Inna Ossinovskaja, wife of one of Estonia’s richest businessmen Oleg Ossinovski is not happy with the divorce settlement proposed by his husband and has gone to court.
Estonian and Swedish private capital is investing 12,5 million euros in health care, building an innovative medical and wellness centre at Veerenni Street in Tallinn.
Port of Tallinn served over 741,000 passengers in March which is 13.3 percent more than a year earlier.
Postimees wrote today that Estonian investment banker Kalle Norberg who some years ago managed the assets of some of Estonia’s wealthiest people, but is now bankrupt, is one of the Estonians whose name is featured in so-called Panama Papers.
With the help of Latvian colleagues, Estonian business paper Aripaev was able to access so-called PanamaPapers, ie leaked documents from Panama.
Aripaev writes with reference to several independent sources that Scandinavian banking giant Nordea Bank has decided to sell its Baltic branch and was looking for a buyer.
Estonian Civil Aviation Administration has suspended the air operator's certificate (AOC) of the bankrupt carrier Avies.
Estonian state airline Nordica has canceled all its flights between Tallinn and Brussels until April 15.
Aripaev writes that Estonian military company Threod Systems plans to enter the lucrative world of military drones.
Estonian state-owned airline Nordic Aviation Group yesterday officially adopted the Nordica trademark and a new visual brand identity, the focal point of which is the logo depicting a dragonfly.
Aripaev writes in its editorial that at the time when Latvians are working hard to make their economy grow faster, Estonia’s leaders are perfectly happy with what Estonia has achieved and see no need to change anything.
Aripaev writes that the actual costs that Estonia is spending on its e-residency poject and benefits are hard to estimated.
The Supervisory Board of Technopolis Ülemiste AS that is developing the Ülemiste City campus has decided to extend the term of office of the current Chairman of the Management Board Gert Jostov and member of the Management Board Martin Seppälä for another three years.
Political scientist Rein Taagepera writes in Eesti Paevaleht that Estonia could encourage immigration from Vietnam, but add conditions to it.
According to Statistics Estonia, in February 2016, industrial producer prices were 2.2 percent lower than in February 2015.
SORAINEN has been named the "European Law Firm of the Year" at The Lawyer European Awards
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas will make an appearance in the popular The Daily Show during his US visit.
Aripaev writes that Estonian construction group Merko Ehitus announced yesterday that it has acquired majority holding in Nowegian construction company Peritus Entreprenor.
Aripaev writes that in the last year, Estonian entrepreneurs have bought out several foreign shareholders in their Estonian enterprises.
Attorney at law Leon Glikman writes in Aripaev that Estonian entrepreneurs are thankful for anything that makes business in Estonia more attractive, especially for investors.
Estonia’s former Finance Minister and current MP Maris Lauri (Reform Party), writes that the Estonian tax system does not need major changes.
EfTEN Real Estate Fund II announced today that it had acquired the shopping centre Magistral in Tallinn for 24 million euros.
Jaan Puusaag, prominent Estonian industrialist and owner of Krimelte, a major Estonian exporter of construction foam, says that the government should stop talking about Estonia having Europe’s lowest taxes and admit that it is impossible.
The long-time chief executive of Tallinn Airport, Rein Loik, has tendered his resignationand the supervisory board of the state-owned company will gather on February 29 toconsider it.
According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2016, the producer price index of industrial output changed was down 0.1% compared to January 2015.
While three years ago, 15 students from Bangladesh applied for a study place in Estonia, the figure last year was 79 and 56 were granted residence permits.
According to Statistics Estonia, 12.5% of people aged 15 to 29 did not work or study last year. Nearly a third of them were unemployed, and two thirds otherwise inactive.
Maaleht writes that according to Oliver Kruuda, owner of Tere dairy group, Tere’s current financial problems are caused by the unwillingness of financiers to extend loan repayment date for Tere.
ERR reports that the trade union representing pilots of regular flights ELA has gone to court seeking to overturn the decision to setup a bankruptcy estate for Estonian Air.
Adria Airways which operates flights for Estonia's national airline Nordic Aviation plans to open direct routes from Tallinn to Ukrainian cities Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk.
Estonian state-owned airline Nordic Aviation is hiring pilots from abroad because Estonia’s own pilots find the terms and wages offered by airline insufficient.
Janek Mäggi, owner of a public relations agency, writes in Aripaev that one way to make sure that Estonia is successful is to make Estonians happier.
Postimees writes that tax authority’s server crashed on Sunday under the load from taxpayers checking their pre-filled tax reports for last year and submitting them so that they can apply for early refunding.