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14.12.2011 Expert: Discard 'North' Versus 'South' Split in EU Crisis Thinking

ERR - The watershed between two main interest groups in the European debt crisis does not so much run between the archetypical "North" and "South" as between those in favor of cutting costs and those who benefit from inflation, says banker and financial expert Indrek Neivelt.

12.12.2011 Swedbank Dismisses Instability Rumors After Bank Run

ERR - Swedbank said claims circulating in Latvia, asserting that the bank is in financial trouble, are baseless."The bank's stability has been confirmed by financial supervision agencys in each of our markets," spokesman Mart Siilivask told uudised.err.ee. "The most recent European financial stress tests also show that Swedbank's stability and capitalization is strong."

12.12.2011 Trade With Russia Looks Up

ERR - In October, year-on-year exports of goods grew by 23 percent and imports by 26 percent at current prices. Growing trade with Russia was the main contributor to both trends, Statistics Estonia reported.

12.12.2011 Finance Ministry: EU Structural Funds to Estonia Soon to Be Restored

ERR - The Ministry of Finance is expecting the payment of the European Union’s structural funds to Estonia to be restored in the upcoming weeks.

09.12.2011 Rail Line Passes Necessary 'Baltic Cooperation' Stage

ERR - The three Baltic ministers responsible for transport have signed a memorandum of intent to develop Rail Baltic, the high-speed railway project that could one day reconnect Tallinn with Warsaw.

09.12.2011 State Budget Drafted on 3 Percent Growth Scenario Passes

ERR - The 2012 state budget was passed in Parliament today by a vote of 55-44, with a 2.1 percent deficit that will be covered from reserves.

09.12.2011 Business Community Unhappy with Cuts for Vocational Education

ERR - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced it opposes the government's plan for implementing the vocational education development plan because the Cabinet is not allocating enough funding for the programs.

07.12.2011 EC Accepts Lower Free Carbon Credit Level

ERR - The five-year-long dispute with the European Commission regarding allowable greenhouse gas credits has come to an end.

07.12.2011 Monthly Consumer Price Index Levels Out

ERR - According to Statistics Estonia, growth of the consumer price index was 0.1 percent in November compared to October and 4.2 percent compared to a year ago.

07.12.2011 Ligi: Populist S&P Underestimates Estonia

ERR - Finance Minister Jürgen Ligi called out the Standard & Poor's rating agency for taking a populist approach when it yesterday promised - in the event that the euro debt crisis is not quelled - to downgrade credit ratings for basically the whole Eurozone.

06.12.2011 Shrinking Q3 Manufacturing Profit Drags Down Business Sector Growth

ERR - Third quarter net sales, costs and total profit of businesses grew compared to the previous quarter as well as year on year, a fresh report by Statistics Estonia says. But the growth rate is slowing down.

06.12.2011 The growth in business sector is slowing down

BBN - According to Statistics Estonia, in the 3rd quarter of 2011, the net sales, costs and total profit of the business sector increased compared to the previous quarter as well as to the same quarter of the previous year. At the same time the continually improving comparison basis turns the growth rate slower.

06.12.2011 SEB lowers its Baltic growth forecast from 3.7% to 2.5%

BBN - Second largest bank in Estonia, SEB, said yesterday that it has lowered annual economic growth forecast of Baltic economies for 2012 from 3.7% to 2.5%.

06.12.2011 Estonia's Retail Growth Among Highest in EU

ERR - Retail trade volumes in Estonia showed the fourth highest annual growth in the EU, according to Eurostat.

05.12.2011 S&P Raises Grades for Swedbank, SEB

ERR - Credit-ratings company Standard & Poor's yesterday upgraded the ratings of two major Swedish banks dominating the Estonian market, Swedbank and SEB.

05.12.2011 Business Leaders: It's Time to Give Taxes a Rethink

ERR - Two prominent figures in Estonia's business circles have offered their suggestions for changes that, they say, would make the nation's tax structure better suit current economic conditions.

02.12.2011 TeamUp! Provides Would-Be Inventors with Expert Support

ERR - Got an idea lying around? Bring it in and let designers turn it into a prototype. That is the scheme behind the TeamUp! event being held on December 3 at the Tallinn University of Technology.

02.12.2011 Oil Industry Causes R&D Spending Intensity to Surge

ERR - The ratio of Research and Development spending to GDP has reached new heights - 1.63 percent in 2010 compared to 1.43 percent the previous year.

01.12.2011 Renewable Energy Fee to Jump 50%

ERR - According to a forecast released by Elering, next year the renewable energy fee - a component of the price of electricity - will be 0.97 cent per kilowatt hour as opposed to this year's 0.615 cent.

01.12.2011 Minister Engages in Coalition-Building for Reform of EU Agricultural Subsidies

ERR - Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder said Latvian senior officials have expressed support to him for faster convergence of the EU's direct agricultural subsidies.

29.11.2011 OECD Calls for 8% Growth This Year

ERR - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has increased its forecast for Estonian economic growth this year but lowered its projection for next year.

29.11.2011 Universities Bothered by Disconnect With Industry

ERR - Estonia has moved up in innovation rankings, but one of the key weaknesses is lacking cooperation between businesses and universities, reported ETV.

29.11.2011 Finnish-Estonian Series Brings Business Gurus to Town

ERR - A bevy of international names will be on hand for the first installment of a Finnish-Estonian series aimed at startup entrepreneurs this weekend.

28.11.2011 EUROCHAMBRES: Europe's businesses pin hopes on exports for tough 2012

A EUROCHAMBRES survey of nearly 70.000 businesses across 25 European countries highlights export markets as the main source of optimism for 2012, a year that will otherwise be characterised by restricted investment, negligible job creation and constrained domestic sales.

28.11.2011 Regulator Warns Not All Threats to Banking Are Structural

ERR - Financial Supervision Authority board member Kilvar Kessler said the failure of a Lithuanian-owned Latvian bank is symptomatic of a trend of "white-collar crooks" entering the banking sector.

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