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...

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...

Estonia: time to increase transparency in policy-making

This article was originally published on Transparency International's blog Voices. See here . Estonia, a small country of only 1.3 million people, has made a brand for itself through setting up e-governance systems like nowhere else in the world. Losing that contact point between a citizen and a civil servant, or rather moving it to the digital world, has been one of the main reasons why the...

Anti-Corruption Act 2019 to be given to newspaper Postimees and investigative journalists Martin Laine and Oliver Kund for consistent work on whistleblower protection

During the conference "Fish Rots from the Head Down: Tone at the Top in the Private Sector" held on International Anti-Corruption Day, Transparency International Estonia announced the Anti-Corruption Act of 2019. The award was given to the Estonian daily Postimees and investigative reporters Martin Laine and Oliver Kund for consistent work on the issue of whistleblower protection while reporting on alleged fraud of EU funds in Tallinn Technical University.

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,"...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...