Reform, Centre, EKRE, SDE, Richness, all fail to answer corruption survey

Transparency International Estonia (TI) has sent a questionnaire surveying parties' willingness to engage in anti-corruption activities to10 political parties running in this year's parliamentary elections, receiving responses from four so far: the Free Party, the Greens, Estonia 200 and Isamaa.
"It is pleasing that four parties showed that they care about the mitigation of corruption risks," Carina Paju, development coordinator at TI, said in a press release. "More thought through were the answers sent in by the Greens, Estonia 200 and the Free Party," she added.


III Roundtable of Political Parties

On 16th of February, the third roundtabel of political parties took place. The discussion focused on the assembly process of the state budget and how parliamentarians may affect the process. In regards to the parliamentary poltical parties, only the representative of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia was absent.


Estonia's standstill in the CPI has been cemented

Transparency International Estonia has published the 2016 results of the Corruption Perceptions Index. Estonia has, for the second year in a row, achieved 70 points, and is placed on the 22nd place among 176 countries.


Annual meeting and TIE 15 celebrations

On June 29th, 2015 the representatives of the board and the membership gathered at hotel Euroopa in order to sign off the 2014 annual report and celebrate 15 years of Transprency International Estonia.

TIE members Tarmu Tammerk, Agu Laius and Asso Prii recollected the early years of TIE, how the society has changed during the years and what TIE has achieved so far.

TIE thanks its members for the continuing cooperations, good thoughts and recommendations!


TIE study: hidden lobby reduces democracy

Transparency International Estonia (TIE) has in cooperation with Transparency International carried our the first study concerning lobbying activities in Estonia. 19 European states participated in the study and the comparative report will be published in the beginning of 2015. The results for Estonia were published today in Tallinn.


Corruption perception index 2013

TIE published the results for the 2013 corruption perception index (CPI) today. Estonia has achieved 68 points, which is 4 points more than in the previous year. In general, Estonia has reached 28th place among 177 countries; Estonia was placed 32nd among 176 countries last year.

"The slight improvement in the index is positive," said Jaanus Tehver, Chair of the Board of TIE. "Howevwer, it must be noted that positive assessments were granted to Estonia largely for creating rules and regulations, not for adhering to those rules."


National Integrity System Assessment in Estonia

Institutions in Estonia are not taking up their role in the fight agaist corrruption, says study published by Transparency International Estonia.


To improve in corruption perceptions index political interest should be considerably higher in Estonia


The value of the 2011 CPI index for Estonia is 6.4 placing us 29th in the overall country ranking table. The score has virtually remained the same since 2005 when Estonia scored 6.4 as well.

Transparency International Estonia (TIE) feels that the main reason for the relative stagnation is the lack of political will to deal with adequate development of corruption prevention measures and potential corruption issues higher up. Instead the main focus has been solely on small scale corruption.


INVITATION to Anti-Corruption workshop

(Vajutage siia EESTIKEELSE kuulutuse lugemiseks)

Dear Sir/Madam!

Transparency International Estonia is pleased to invite you to participate at the Anti-Corruption workshop focused on corruption challenges that businesses face in their day-to-day operations and how to establish comprehensive program to tackle them. Workshop will take place on the 15th of April from 9.30 to 13.00 at Tallinn, Hotel Olümpia Conference Centre, Liivalaia 33.


Workshop facilitators


International Conference “Corruption risks in private sector”

Transparency International (TI) Estonia invites business sector representatives to attend international conference “Corruption risks in private sector” held in Tallinn on the 8th of September 2010


Civil society organizations must acknowledge the risks of conflict of interest

This was the key finding the conference “Corruption, civil society and transparency” held in Tallinn by Transparency International Estonia. Participants discussed what conditions should a civil society organization comply with to be transparent and accountable and what measures can be taken by them to encourage the dissemination of ethical principles in society. “In addition to being transparent, an NGO must also appear to be transparent, “said Kristina Mänd, Council Member of Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations.


Underlying codes of ethics were offered to number of business sectors at the business ethics conference

Possible ways to enhance the fight against corruption with codes of business ethics were discussed at the 2nd Baltic-Nordic conference on business ethics "Promoting Business Ethics: Baltic Challenges, Nordic Experience" organized by TI Estonia on the 24th of April. TI Estonia presented its own version of sectoral codes of ethics for Estonian pharmacy, construction and real estate sectors in order to fix good business practices for different branches of economy.


TI-Estonia reviewed public procurements and corruption in local governments

TI-Estonia reviewed public procurement in local government bodies at a round table late last month, aimed at raising awareness of corruption risks. The biggest potential for corruption lies in the procurements in the IT sector and in construction, according to Tom Annikve, member of the board of Public Procurements Centre NGO. "Municipalities in Estonia have different experience in organizing procurements," said Annikve.


TI-Estonia completes first phase of court monitoring study

The general attitude towards the Estonian court system is relatively positive, but the need for an independent oversight mechanism is perceived. This is the conclusion TI-Estonia made when summarizing the results of the first phase of its court monitoring project. Since the spring of 2008, TI-Estonia has attended 244 court hearings all over in Estonia – anonymously and with no prior notice - as part of the first phase of the project “Courts of Justice in Estonia – part of the power structure worth observing”.


TI-Estonia launched a project „Establishment of anti-corruption network of NGOs”

Transparency International-Estonia as an independent organisation has evolved into a substantive competence centre and linking institution in anti-corruption activities in Estonia. This is a result of consistent and socially active engagements. One of the priorities set in the courses of action for 2008 is the development of a network of non-governmental organisations (NGO) to activate and enhance the fight against corruption. It is necessary to have widespread and competent organisation in Estonia to coordinate anti-corruption actions.


Persistently high corruption in low-income countries amounts to an “ongoing humanitarian disaster”

With countries such as Somalia and Iraq among those showing the highest levels of perceived corruption, Transparency International’s (TI) 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), launched today, highlights the fatal link between poverty, failed institutions and graft.


Estonia improved in CPI

Estonia improved slightly in CPI and was ranked 27. among 180 countries, appears in the international study introduced today by TI-Estonia. Information given by Transparency International says that Corruption Perception Index in Estonia is 6,6. In 2007 index was 6,5 and Estonia was ranked 28. Country scoring 10 points is corruption-free and the one scoring 0 is totally corrupt. Sweden, Denmark and New Zealand scored the best at 9,3.


TI-Estonia held general meeting

General meeting of TI-Estonia held on the 29th of April confirmed the annual report of 2007, determined the courses of action for 2008 and elected the new board. In 2008 TI-Estonia is going to concentrate on business ethics and financing of political parties. As a new course, projects aimed at young people will be initiated. General Manager of organization gave an overview of the project: „Courts in Estonia – the part of authority that deserves observation“ with duration of 18 months.


TI-Estonia to push for sectoral codes of business ethics


TI-Estonia will be seeking ways to help develop codes of business ethics on a sectoral basis. This was a key finding at the Baltic-Nordic conference “Against corruption with business ethics“, organised by TI-Estonia in co-operation with partners from the region’s TI chapters.


Business ethics conference to take place in Tallinn

The Estonian chapter of Transparency International (Korruptsioonivaba Eesti) organises Baltic-Nordic conference on business ethics in Tallinn called "Promoting Business Ethics: Baltic Challenges, Nordic Experience". The conference will take place in the Estonian capital on April 8, 2008 at the Olümpia Conference Centre (Liivalaia 33) from 9.30 to 17. The conference is aimed at entrepreneurs, trade associations, politicians and officials based in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Finland.