State developing bill to protect whistleblowers

The Ministry of Justice is preparing to develop a bill to protect whistleblowers. By the end of 2021, Estonia must transfer the EU's Directive on the Protection of Whistleblowers into law.

Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg (Isamaa) said: "A number of recent cases clearly show that whistleblowing can have unintended consequences. Creating information channels and providing legal protection contributes to the development of a transparent and open society, and it is certainly important for companies to solve their problems quickly and adequately."


Why Danske Bank Estonia appears in so many money-laundering scandals

Last year, a series of investigations across Europe led by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) uncovered the Azerbaijani Laundromat — a network of illicit financial payments that used reputable banks and secret companies to funnel payments from a US$2.9 billion slush fund to buy political influence and launder Azerbaijan’s international image.

In this scheme, most of the funds were deposited into bank accounts that four UK-registered shell companies held in the Estonian branch of Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest bank.


Seli calls for inspection of Estonian Air and Eesti Energia

Reform Party member and former Port of Tallinn supervisory board head, Neinar Seli said after corruption allegations against Port of Tallinn's board members surfaced, that other state-owned companies should also be closely examined, such as Eesti Energia and Estonian Air.


3 arrested in Jõhvi municipality corruption case

KaPo, the Internal Security Service, has arrested a Jõhvi councilman, a former local politician and a businessman accused of rigging state procurements, bribery and influence peddling.


€10 Bribe Ends Up €700 Fine

Viru County Court handed a 35-year-old Lithuanian man a 700-euro fine for attempting to bribe an Estonian customs official with 500 rubles (10.5 euros).


Siim Kallas: Why The West will never understand Russia

Moscow will look for every way to circumvent the sanctions and encourage divisions within the European Union before the question of economic sanctions returns, writes Siim Kallas.


OECD Concerned About Estonian Anti-Bribery Efforts

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has criticized Estonia's efforts to tamp down bribery from foreign sources, saying in a new report that the country may not have an adequate legal framework yet to handle it.


Border Guard Rocked by Bribery and Fraud Cases

Four employees of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) were apprehended in September for a case of bribery amounting to 50,000 euros and a separate embezzlement case.


Slowing the Revolving Door Between Public and Private Jobs

It has been called “corrupt,” “corrosive” and “hazardous to our health.” Yet, Washington’s revolving door spins on.


Corruption Low, Most Bribes Paid Toward Medical Services

A fresh survey reconfirms Estonia's low level of corruption. Of the 6 percent of respondents who did admit to paying a bribe in the last year, most said they did so in exchange for medical services.


New Anti-Corruption Strategy Focuses on Government Offices

The Ministry of Justice has completed a new strategy paper to combat corruption, centering on increasing transparency in state institutions by making a number of databases accessible to all.


Ilves Extols Transparency, Open Data at UK Google Conference

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said in remarks at a prestigious Google conference that IT solutions helped make Estonia bigger than its geographic borders.


A Fifth of Baltic Business Willing to Pay Bribes, Study Finds

A recent survey by Ernst & Young shows that as many as 19 percent of businesses in the Baltic states are prepared to offer bribes to enliven their business activities, a drastic increase from only 4 percent a year ago.


Opposition's Motion to Restrict Surveillance Will Tie Hands of Law Enforcement, Says Minister

Interior Minister Ken-Marti Vaher has said that, if passed, a bill submitted to Parliament by the Center Party aiming to limit the use of surveillance tactics by authorities would hamper the work of law enforcement agencies.


Interior Minister Opposes Changes to Security Agency Statute

Justice Minister Hanno Pevkur recently ventured an opinion that the Internal Security Service (KaPo) could be a purely counterintelligence organization, leaving corruption investigation to the police, but Cabinet colleagues beg to differ.


GRECO Report: Estonia Needs Improvement in Corruption Prevention

A report published today by the Council of Europe has pointed to several holes in the corruption prevention practices being implemented in Estonia's legislature and court system.


Estonia Still in Best 20% of Corruption Index Amidst Little Practical Progress

Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index places Estonia 32nd of 174 countries, a slight drop from last year. Estonia’s score was affected most by a risk of political corruption.


Audit: Enterprise Estonia Encouraged Ericsson to Invest Before Applying for Grants

More accusations have hit Enterprise Estonia after a Finance Ministry audit suggested that Ericsson's Estonian operation was encouraged by the state business support agency to break EU funding rules.


Narva Trans Hit by Betting Suspicions Again

The second criminal case in two days has rocked the Estonian football world.
Results of games played by Narva Trans in the premier league, Meistriliiga, are being scrutinized and six players are under suspicion of reaping monetary gains from betting on the outcomes of games, said Prosecutor General spokesperson Katrin Lunt.


Prosecutors: Clouds of Suspicion Hang Over Reform Party Scandal

Prosecutors' documents paint an unflattering picture of the Reform Party as a syndicate or ruling family and say a presumption of dirty dealing hovers over the case even though the evidence did not stick.