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30.05.2022

Overview of Estonian state officials lobby meetings in 2021

The Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the NGO Transparency International Estonia, summarized the meetings of the state officials with lobbyists in 2021 and it became clear that most meetings were held at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. In total, 23 state agencies published data on more than 700 meetings. State officials meet most with the private sector, which...
04.05.2022

Roundtable Three: Next Steps to Increase the Transparency of Policymaking in Estonia on May 11

The roundtables will convene Members of the Riigikogu, civil society, and international experts to raise awareness about and better understand policies and practices in the areas of lobbying and preventing conflicts of interest in legislative activities, with an aim to develop concrete recommendations as a logical follow-up to the guidelines adopted by the executive sector. Roundtables are co-...
07.04.2022

Watch online! Roundtable Two: A Practical Approach to Lobby Transparency on April 13

The roundtables will convene Members of the Riigikogu, civil society, and international experts to raise awareness about and better understand policies and practices in the areas of lobbying and preventing conflicts of interest in legislative activities, with an aim to develop concrete recommendations as a logical follow-up to the guidelines adopted by the executive sector. Roundtables are co-...
07.03.2022

Policies Governing Lobbying 101: Roundtable on March 9

The roundtables will convene Members of the Riigikogu, civil society, and international experts to raise awareness about and better understand policies and practices in the areas of lobbying and preventing conflicts of interest in legislative activities, with an aim to develop concrete recommendations as a logical follow-up to the guidelines adopted by the executive sector. Roundtables are co-...
25.02.2022

Estonia has lost a point in the Corruption Perception Index

In the 2021 Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International, Estonia lost a point compared to the previous year, now sharing places 13-17 with 74 points together with Canada, Iceland, Ireland and Austria. The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) measures the level of corruption in the public sector and in policy-making, as perceived by external experts and the business community...
10.12.2021
Pressiteade

Recognition of the act of misconduct in football, which has helped to end the culture of silence in sport, was recognized as an act of anti-corruption

On the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9, TI Estonia recognized those brave athletes and coaches who drew attention to misconduct in football. Among the first to talk about it were football clubs Nõmme Kalju ex-footballer Mia Belle Trisna and FC Elva’s former coach *Lauri (name changed in Eesti Ekspress), contributing to the shift in values in other sports as well. “...
24.11.2021

Digital Anti-Corruption Conference on December 7

We invite you to attend the first Digital Anti-Corruption Conference! Is the future of anti-corruption digital? Can digital tools solve any corruption problem? What are the problems we are still looking for solutions and what might they look like? We are trying to find answers to these questions by bringing together representatives of the public and private sectors, civil society, investors and...
22.11.2021

TI Estonia takes part in Giving Tuesday!

On November 30, Giving Tuesday takes place in Estonia for the third time. This is the time when NGOs across Estonia invite people to solve problems in society. TI Estonia takes part in the Giving Tuesday campaign for the second time and invites everyone to participate in the Corruption-free donation campaign! Our new strategic goals for the next three years are ready and You can support us in...
11.10.2021
Pressiteade

TI Estonia compiled an overview of what local government candidates promise to do against corruption

Transparency International Estonia published an overview of all the local election platforms of the participating parties and election coalitions, which deal with anti-corruption measures and increasing transparency and integrity. “There is still a high risk of corruption in local governments, which is why we were interested in what the parties and election coalitions themselves want to do in...
23.09.2021
Pressiteade

We created a playful study material on the topic of whistleblowing for schools

Transparency International Estonia prepared study material for schools to introduce the topic of whistleblowing through Values Games. The study material is intended for Grades 6-12 and it can be downloaded free of charge from TI Estonia’s website in both Estonian and Russian. “In order for young people to understand that we all have a role to play in shaping the environment around us, young...
27.08.2021
Pressiteade

TI Estonia published a handbook on participatory budgeting for schools

During the last academic year, four schools across Estonia conducted participatory budgeting in cooperation with the NGO Transparency International Estonia and The Estonian Cooperation Assembly. By now, guidance material for conducting the process independently has been completed, and schools are expected to join with the project this autumn. Participatory budgeting is an initiative in which a...
15.06.2021
Pressiteade

Transparency International Global Corruption Barometer: business executives are considered the most corrupt in Estonia

According to the Transparency International Global Corruption Barometer, Estonian residents are most likely to consider business executives (24%) to be corrupt, followed by members of parliament (17%) and bankers (17%). Slightly less than half of the respondents (46%) think the government is run by a few big interests votes. Compared to the situation five years ago, the dishonest behaviour of...
17.05.2021

TI Estonia: reports had raised broader questions on the use of public funds by the ex-prime minister Jüri Ratas

Riigikogu speaker Jüri Ratas (Center) appeared on ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) Friday night, denying he had misused public funds during his time as prime minister. Speaking to AK, Ratas said he had: "Only used these funds to cover public and prime ministerial work." The interview followed an article in investigative weekly Eesti Ekspress earlier this week, that claimed that a four-day...
28.01.2021
Pressiteade

TI Estonia: Estonia’s stagnant score on Corruption Perceptions Index requires long-term plan to root out political corruption

Estonia has improved its result by only one point in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020, placing it on the 17th place with 75 points. The Corruption Perceptions Index analyses the extent of corruption in the public sector and policymaking, as perceived by external experts and the business community. The findings are interpreted on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0...
25.01.2021

TI Estonia: the fact that within 24 hours the corruption scandal of Keskerakond was forgotten and got invited to form a coalition, shows that we are not exactly where we're supposed to be in terms of political culture

Watch "AK. Nädal": Is the new government normalizing corruption? on ERR. The Reform Party started coalition negotiation with the Center Party a day after the party resigned due to corruption allegations. ETV's weekly current affairs show "AK. Nädal" looked at whether the Reform Party is normalizing corruption when forming the new government and what it will mean for the new government. Elmar Sepp...
11.08.2020

Join the discussion! „Snitchers, Tattletales, and Whistleblowers“ at Arvamusfestival on August 14 at 16-17:30

Whistleblowing is not seen as a favoured phenomenon in Estonia. People who dare to speak up against injustice or fraud are usually beaten down by the criticism from the society, or even worse: their colleagues, friends and family. Nevertheless, the lack of legislative support to whistleblowers is ought to change by the end of 2021 when the EU directive on the protection of people reporting abuses...
06.04.2020

Coalition to Make Whistleblowing Safe During COVID-19 and Beyond

The signatories to this letter call on all public authorities and institutions to protect those who report or expose the harms, abuses and serious wrongdoing that arise during this period of crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also encourage all citizens and workers to participate in ensuring our governments, corporate institutions and markets remain accountable, and in defending the human...
28.02.2020
Pressiteade

Estonian-Latvian joint proposal chosen to the top 8 of global IMF Anti-Corruption Challenge

In a powerful recognition to the Baltic anti-corruption movement, the joint proposal by Transparency International (TI) chapters in Estonia and Latvia, Ministry of Justice of Estonia, School of Data in Latvia and Open Knowledge Estonia, aiming to harvest open data for early detection of conflicts of interest in public procurement, makes it to the final of International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Anti-...
21.02.2020

Politicians and PR managers trying to lay down lobbying rules

Read the article on ERR . Politicians and Transparency International Estonia are discussing how to organize lobbying in Estonia. The field is not regulated today, while introducing a set of rules would render society more transparent, Transparency International finds. Executive manager of the nonprofit Carina Paju said that lobbying needs to be defined and regulated in Estonia because legislative...
13.02.2020

Proposal from TI Estonia and partners to the International Monetary Fund Anti-Corruption Challenge was shortlisted

Exciting news - our proposal to the International Monetary Fund Anti-Corruption Challenge has been shortlisted! Together with partners from Open Knowledge Estonia, Justiitsministeerium, DELNA - Sabiedrība par atklātību and Datu skola we submitted an idea that would harvest open data for early detection of conflicts of interest in public procurement. Crossing Estonian and Latvian datasets from the...

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