11.05
2012

Ilves: Parliament Must Draft Own Code of Ethics

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said in a meeting with Parliament's special committee on implementation of the Anti-Corruption Act that only the legislature itself can come up with a parliamentary code of ethics.

27.04
2012

Public Perceives Corruption as Low, Government Efforts as Effective

Building permits and public procurements are the areas in which the biggest whiff of corruption hits the nostrils of the public, according to a pan-European Eurobarometer survey.

02.12
2011

NGO Calls for Parliamentary Code of Ethics

The chairman of the board of the Corruption-Free Estonia non-profit Jaanus Tehver has called for a code of ethics for parliamentarians.

Tehver, a lawyer by profession, said on ERR radio on December 2 that he agreed with the position of the Public Prosecutor's Office and IRL secretary general Priit Sibul that the recent scandal of legislators arranging residence permits for foreign businessmen was likely not illegal.

01.12
2011

MPs in Hot Water for Arranging Residence Permits

The chairman of Parliament's Anti-Corruption Committee, Andres Anvelt, has demanded a detailed explanation from IRL MPs Indrek Raudne and Siim Kabrits over their involvement in aiding hundreds of rich Russian businessmen to obtain Estonian residence permits.

14.04
2011

The Economist: Estonia is cleaner than some west European countries

The high-standing economic journal writes that fighting against corruption might be dangerous and the levels of corruption varies widely.

16.02
2011

Shadow of real estate firm over Tallinn City Government

Why sell a business for one kroon that is earning you a million kroons a year for other reason than corruption?

01.06
2010

Anti-bribery act could weigh on corp ratings: Fitch

(Reuters) - Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act could weigh on ratings of U.S. companies, as fines, penalties and investigations absorb cash and distract management, Fitch Ratings said on Tuesday.

In April alone three Fitch-rated companies, Avon Products Inc, Hewlett-Packard Co and BHP Billiton, were in the news because of FCPA-related actions, and enforcement activity is set to increase, Fitch said in a report.

27.01
2010

Speech of President Ilves at the Estonian Newspaper Association Conference

My ladies and gentlemen.

I thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my ideas about the current state of Estonian journalism and democracy with the leaders of media enterprises and other decision-makers.

As an introduction, I want to be specific – these opinions and assessments should be construed as those expressed by a media consumer, slightly more demanding than the average individual, and not so much as those of the president or a public official.

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11.01
2010

Parties pile up debts as businessmen stop donating money

Political parties represented in the parliament owe advertising agencies, printing houses and media companies millions of kroons.

Debts piled up mainly because of high campaign costs of Europarliament and local elections in 2009 and the fact that political donations have almost dried up.

Centre Party and IRL have also outstanding loans that they need to start repaying, while preparations for next year's general elections will require additional outlays.

11.01
2010

Parties pile up debts as businessmen stop donating money

Political parties represented in the parliament owe advertising agencies, printing houses and media companies millions of kroons.

Debts piled up mainly because of high campaign costs of Europarliament and local elections in 2009 and the fact that political donations have almost dried up.

Centre Party and IRL have also outstanding loans that they need to start repaying, while preparations for next year's general elections will require additional outlays.

06.01
2010

State auditors finds widespread corruption in local municipalities

State Audit Office (SAO) says that all 15 local governments that it randomly audited had made potentially corrupt transactions with companies linked to local government members.

According to an audit made by SAO, leaders and officials of Estonian local municipalities are indifferent towards the issue of corruption, reports The Baltic Course with reference to Estonian media.

The audit indicates that in nearly a half of the 15 local municipalities that were audited, parish heads or officials had violated the ban on conducting transactions with companies that are connected to them.

04.01
2010

BW: this year to be most important in Baltics since 1989

2010 will be the most important year since the regime change of 1989 for post-communist Central Europe and the Baltics, writes Business Week.

Economic crisis and a series of elections in Easter Europe may lead to rising nationalism and test the European Union's solidarity.

11.12
2009

Eurobarometer: 82% of Estonians say corruption is a major problem in Estonia

The new Eurobarometre survey published in November says that 82% of respondents in Estonia said that corruption was a major problem in Estonia.

This is 4% more than the findings of a similar survey made in October 2007.

EU average was 78%, up 3% from the previous survey.

The biggest increase in corruption perception was recorded in Finland where 51% of respondents agreed it was a major problem in Finland. In 2007, the ratio had been only 26%.

The highest corruption perception was recorded in Greece (98%) and Bulgaria (97%).

20.11
2009

Ex-minister, businessman and lawyer found guilty

Tallinn Circuit Court ruled today that ex-minister Villu Reiljan was guilty of asking a 1.5 million kroon bribe from businessman Aivo Pärn through his lawyer Tarmo Sild.

According to ERR, this means that the ruling of judge Märt Toming of Harju County Court on May 19 will stay. Under the judgement, Reiljan received a conditional sentence of 2 years 3 months in prison with 3-year probation period, Sild was ordered to pay 102,870 kroons for mediating the fine and Pärn was ordered to pay 143,440 kroons for promising to pay the bribe.

17.11
2009

Estonia's rank in corruption perception index unchanged

Berlin-based thinktank Tranparency International on Tuesday ranked Estonia as the world's 27th least corrupt country.

The first six were New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and Finland.

Estonia was ranked 27th also in last year's corruption perceptions index. Also Estonia's score was unchanged, at 6.6.

Estonia was the highest-ranked East European country.

Somalia, Afghanistan, Burma, Sudan and Iraq languish at the bottom of the ranking, in reverse order.

19.08
2009

Political scientist: Reform Party starts to talk of corruption, Centre Party of crisis

Tõnis Saarts, a political scientist said that Centre Party will likely talk of government’s activities with fighting the crisis, while Reform Party and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) will probably talk of Centre Party’s corruption scandals before local elections, ERR News reports.

“Centre Party tries to focus on the economic crisis (in Tallinn). And here they have very good opportunities since governmental parties can’t show big success,” Saarts said.

“Those parties, which try to ignore economic crisis completely and focus on other subjects are hardly doing well,” he said.

26.06
2009

Whose projects drag?

Approving a detail plan takes sometimes 9 years in Tallinn, while others are approved in less than a year. Such a difference gives favourable ground to corruption and unfair competition, Äripäev reports.

There are two people behind an idea to put plans to ranking – Toomas Luman and Ivo Parbus. Latter of them, a Deputy Mayor, who is responsible for detail plans and an advisor to Taavi Aas, spent 6 months in prison. Allegedly one of his ‘tasks’ was lifting the files, in other words he was the man who speeded up approval of detail plans.

19.02
2009

9 pct of Estonian entrepreneurs think that cartel agreements are common

A survey shows that 9 pct of Estonian entrepreneurs think that cartel agreements are common in their sphere of activities, Rein Lang, the Minister of Justice said, Eesti Päevaleht writes.

Today the Minister introduced the directions of Estonian criminal policy to 2010 to the Parliament.

He said that last year five competition crimes were registered, which is a very small number.

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Cutting down on corruption in the Baltic Sea Region

A recent seminar in Warsaw on relations between corruption, democracy and human rights in the Baltic Sea region, organised by the CBSS Working Group on Democratic Institutions, showed once again that a crucial condition for reducing corruption is the creation of an environment in which corruption has as little living space as possible.

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