Delfi writes that Finance Minister Sven Sester (IRL) will tomorrow submit to the government a plan of tax changes although the proposals have not been consulted with interest groups and are being rushed through.
Aripaev writes that the Estonian government is considering a plan to change the system of taxation of company cars as of 2018.
Ave Lauren, expert of the European Migration Network, says that one of the most important changes that Estonia made in its migration policy was the introduction of so-called startup visas that are aimed at making hiring of foreign talentse easier.
Estonian’s EU presidency that will start in July 2017 is likely to push up hotel room rates.
It’s been four years since Aripaev wrote about suspicions that Rain Rosimannus, the chief ideologist of the Reform Party may have been closely involved in the sale of the attractive Arsenal property in North Tallinn district by the then coalition of Reform Party and IRL.
Estonian’s EU presidency that will start in July 2017 is likely to push up hotel room rates, reported ERR.
Estonia rose one place to 33rd in the fresh list of the world's 50 most innovative economies compiled by Bloomberg.
Erik Laidvee, CEO of Transiidikeskus that operates a container terminal in Port of Muuga says that Rail Baltic will be an important freight connection although it is not yet clear where freight to be carried by it will come.
Dutch design and marketing expert Peter Kentie who developed his own brand identity justestonishing.com for Estonia writes that the new brand identity toolbox prepared by Enterprise Estonia lacks fun and warmth and is hard to remember.
According to the initial estimates of Statistics Estonia, the population of Estonia as at 1 January 2017 was 1,317,800, which is 1,850 persons more than a year ago.
Baltic prime ministers will sign the Rail Baltic agreemnt between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on January 31.
Reform Party's new chairman Hanno Pevkur has started to strengthen his base in the party’s head office by some strong staff changes.
On Friday, Enterprise Estonia unveiled the new national brand identity that has already deeply divided the nation.
Aripaev writes that 2016 was a record year for the Estonian mergers & acquisitions market, with Estonia accounting for half of top ten M&A transactions in the Baltic states.
Estonian Health Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski (Social Democrats) believes that the European Union needs a new alcohol strategy that focuses on cross-border trade and change taxation of alchol excise duty.
Starship Technologies, Estonian startup that developed and is manufacturing package delivery robots has attracted the biggest one-off foreign investment in the history of Estonian startups.
Estonian Minister of Health Jevgeni Ossinovski (Social Democrat) wants to lower amounts of alcohol that can be brought over EU's internal borders.
Prime Minister Juri Ratas writes in Postimees that the government is determined to breathe new life into the economy and bring the economy out of current stagnation.
Investigative TV report Pealtnägija/Eyewitness said yesterday that in comparison with other foreign countries, Russia has more property in Estonia and other countries.
According to information provided in a private intelligence report that was published in Newseek this week, Estonian Information Board (EIB or Teabeamet), the country’s foreign intelligence service, has become a valued partner for the Western intelligence community.
Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of ALDE, the liberals in the European Parliament that includes both Reform Party and Center Party from Estonia, has rejeced a planned alliance with anti-euro and anti-migrant Five Star Movement (M5S), Italy's most popular party.
Aripaev writes that a group of Estonian investors and forest businessmen are planning to build a wood refining plant in Estonia by 2022 worth one billion euros.
Newsweek writes today that in July 2016 the Estonian Information Board (EIB), the foreign intelligence service of Estonia, conducted surveillance of a meeting between a Donald Trump associate and a pro-Putin member of Russian parliament at a building in Eastern Europe maintained by Rossotrudnichestvo, an agency under the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is charged with administering language, education and support programs for civilians.
According to the Estonian Foreign Ministry, media reports from this week saying that UN has reclassified the Baltic states Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia as part of Northern Europe and no longer as part of Eastern Europe are neither new nor accurate.
In November, the unemployment rate in the euro area increased the most in Estonia, by 1.1 percent, according to data released by Eurostat on Monday.
In November 2016, Estonian exports increased by 6% and imports by 7% compared to November 2015.
The United Nations has changed the status of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from Eastern European countries to the states of Northern Europe, according to the UN Statistics Division.
Aripaev writes that employees of the Estonian branch of Nordea Bank were picketing in front of the Swedish office of Nordea on Saturday, demanding equal treatment and continuation of collective bargaining in Estonia.
The fact several large construction companies in Estonia are having problems is no proof that the local construction market is in crisis, says Eero Viik, head of the construction division of Swedbank, Estonia’s biggest lender.
Reform Party has elected Hanno Pevkur to be the party's new chairman.
Gerd Muller, board chairman of the Estonian brach of Nordea, wrote a letter to the bank's employees, in response to the demands made by the trade union.
Investment company BaltCap has signed an agreement to buy Baltic business operations of European vending and coffee services company Selecta Group.
75% of the Estonian people disapprove of the use of wild animals in circuses and 69% of the Estonian people do not support raising and killing animals on farms for fur, as was found in the latest survey by Kantar Emor.
US president-elect Donald Trump who is about to take office is unlikely to aggravate tensions between Russia and the Baltic States when he moves into the White House, Estonian MP Marko Mihkelson said in an interview to Sky News.
Estonia's former prime minister and presidential candidate Siim Kallas underwent a heart surgery on Wednesday.
Estonian national carrier Nordica that is likely to end its 15-month year with a loss of 15 million euros gave all its 160 employees a Christmas bonus.
Both candidates for the Reform Party's top position, Kristen Michal and Hanno Pevkur, say that their goal for the party is to win the 2019 parliamentary elections.
Aripaev writes that about twenty trade union members of the Estonian branch of the Scandinavian banking group Nordea will picket the Nordea headquarters in Stockholm on Saturday.
According to the report published in The Shetland Times, the Scottish government has offered Estonia support during the upcoming EU presidency in conducting fisheries negotiations.
The Riga International Airport served 5.403 million passengers in 2016, while Tallinn Airport handled 2.2 million, according to the two airports.
Estonian state owned airline Nordica has formally asked the regulator for permission to hand over 49% of its stake in its subsidiary Regional Jet to its strategic partner, Polish carrier LOT.
Estonian new car market expanded 10.2 percent last year, according to AMTEL, association of Estonian car dealers and service companies.
Estonian industrial output in November 2016 was 9 percent higher than a year earlier, Statistics Estonia said.
Multiple flights have been diverted or delayed in Riga Airport because of the blizzard and strong crosswinds this morning.
This week the state seized a ferry St Ola from Vjatšeslav Leedo whose companies Saaremaa Laevakompanii (SLK) and Väinamere Liinid owe state-owned ports operator Saarte Liinid nearly one million euros in port dues.
According to Estonian Confederation of Employers, foreign workers employed in Estonia are unhappy that under current law they have no access to family doctors.
Raul Kirjanen, CEO and owner of Graanul Invest, says in an interview to Aripaev that lack of economic growth in Estonia is forcing foreign investors to leave the market.
Vygintas Šapokas, CEO of Maxima Estonia, says in an interview in Aripaev that Maxima’s biggest challenge for the upcoming year is again related to the scarcity of personnel as the issues with labor force will never cease to exist.
On behalf of everyone here in BBN and Äripäev, I would like to wish to all of you a Merry Christmas.
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.