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by Euro Reporter
2009-11-19 07:52:01
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Estonian businessman charged with market shares manipulation

A prominent businessman in Estonia, Toomas Tool, has been charged with manipulating stock prices, been reported.  The businessman, who owns large tracts of real estate in Tallinn's Old Town, is being charged with manipulating securities in conjunction with former SEB stockbroker Karoly Kirber.

The beauty of free economy Estonia discover the last decades.


Estonian doctor denies aid to Russian patients

A doctor in ex-Soviet Estonia's capital Tallinn denied medical help to two Russian patients because they could not speak Estonian, Estonian television reported. A patient named Dmitry came to see a surgeon in a Tallinn hospital over a jaw injury on Friday, but the doctor demanded he speak Estonian and refused to examine him otherwise.

Dmitry's friend, Yekaterina, who spoke Estonian, wanted to help, but the doctor called both of them "swine" and said they should see a "psychiatrist" instead. At the hospital's registration desk, the young people met with another Russian-speaking patient of that doctor who told them a similar story. The patients said they would go to court if the hospital does not punish the doctor.

In televised comments, the Baltic state's social affairs minister, Hanno Pevkur, said medical aid should not be mixed up with a language exam and pledged to discuss the incidents with hospital officials. This is not the first medical scandal involving Russian speakers in Estonia, where a doctor has been fired from a hospital for chucking the passport of a Russian patient into the dustbin because the teenager couldn't speak Estonian. The story received a lot of media attention. The Baltic state pursues a rather controversial language policy that leads to tensions with a substantial Russian minority, most of who have lived in the republic since it was part of the Soviet Union. Tensions have a historical background as Estonians see their Soviet past as the years of occupation.

This unbelievable prejudice behaviour against the Russians in Estonia will soon bring problems to the country and one of the troubles might be an EU warning and that means serious trouble.


Estonia becomes fifth ESA European Cooperating State

ESA's Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations, Peter Hulsroj, and Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications, Juhan Parts, signed the Cooperation Agreement on 10 November in Tallinn.

Estonia becomes the fifth European country to sign the European Cooperating State Agreement with ESA. The signed agreement strengthens Estonia's relations with ESA and defines the legal basis for developing a Plan for European Cooperating State (PECS) Charter, describing activities, projects and budget for Estonia's cooperation with ESA. Hungary was the first country to gain this status in April 2003, followed by the Czech Republic in November of the same year. Romania and Poland joined in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Estonia's cooperation with ESA started with the signature of a Cooperation Agreement in the field of the peaceful use of outer space on 20 June 2007.

During the coming months, ESA and Estonia will have to complete the list of projects that will be presented for approval to the relevant ESA Committees and Programme Boards. The PECS Charter should be signed before the end of November 2010. Some projects with the Observatory of Tartu, dealing with forest monitoring, will be discussed and envisaged for implementation. Investing in educational projects is also among the priorities expressed by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications.

Estonia, through ESA Member States, already participates in ESA's Planck and Gaia missions and also contributed to a ground receiver antenna for Mars Express based in Perth in Australia.


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