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by Euro Reporter
2008-09-05 08:43:20
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Tallinn Moscow

A war of words between Estonia and Russia escalated further on July 2 amid Moscow’s accusing Tallinn of undermining Russian sovereignty in a controversial speech by Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. In the aftermath of the speech at the Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, Moscow accused Estonia of undermining its sovereignty, but Tallinn said Ilves’ remarks were misinterpreted.

A member of the Russian parliament Konstantin Kosachev accused Estonia of encouraging Russia’s Finno-Ugric peoples to call for independence from Russia and mistreating Estonia’s own national minorities, mostly local Russians. Ilves - along with the rest of the Estonian delegation - walked out in protest on June 28 after being harangued by Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Russian State Duma.

“Konstantin Kosachev’s address was impolite and extremely inappropriate, and the facts in the speech were also incorrect. Therefore, the Estonian delegation had no other option but to leave the hall as a sign of protest,” Ilves said in a statement emailed to Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) on July 2.

Georgia showed the way and Estonia is following?


EU and oil sales

EU might shortly move to the European Court of Justice if Estonia would fail to take immediate actions to reconstruct oil shale ash landfill system. For the last five years Estonia has been burdened with the obligation but failed to act hitherto. The one used now just means that the ash is washed away from before the ovens to a depository with a strong flow of water. A couple of years ago it was imagined that the process could take place differently.

A recent study noted that the only way-out would be to reduce the amount of water in the system and make sure the polluted water doesn’t flow into nature from the depository. Estonia took the obligation to reconstruct the ash-transit system before the EU. Everyone still remembers the sorrowful sugar fine. According to local media reports, now there’s a possibility that Estonia would also be facing an ash fine.

Something is leaking in Estonia!


SMS your vote

Estonians could vote by mobile phones for the next Euro-parliament elections and local government elections in 2009 if MPs adopt respective legislation. This would make Estonia the world’s first country where people are allowed to vote by mobile phone. The draft legislation that is being promoted by the Reform Party also allows using electronic ID cards for voting and extends the period for electronic voting from three days to ten days. The owner of the country’s largest mobile operator EMT, recently said that the EMT was already technically capable to handle the event.

Mobiles connecting …votes!

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