The Board of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry discussed the recent proposal to tax dividends paid by entrepreneurs with social tax. The Board of the Chamber unanimously found that such change would not consider the general structure and taxation principles of Estonian companies and decided not to support the idea.
Asian Forum II, a forum on Chinese economy is taking place today, on 7 March. The opening speeches will be made by Mr. Marko Mihkelson, member of Estonian Parliament as well as Mr. Markus Lohi, member of the Finnish Parliament and Mrs. Elisabeth Nilsson, Governor of the Östergötland County in Sweden.
The Partnering Event will target furnishing fabrics, curtains and trimmings, namely PROPOSTE exhibitors, home textile manufacturers from Europe and beyond interested in sharing new project ideas and finding collaboration partners.
“Europa Markt 2013” will bring Europe to the people. Sellers from several European countries or regions will offer typical products to consumers.
Baltic Sea Region International Cluster-to-Cluster Matchmaking and Conference…..
….is a conference dedicated to matching clusters (and SME networks) in the Baltic Sea Region with each other, and support them in finding relevant funding for international activities. This two-day event gives both insight into funding schemes dedicated to clusters (such as BSR Innovation Express) and a unique opportunity to establish international collaboration with other clusters.
Neurope.eu - The EU’s Association Agreement with Central America is a comprehensive instrument that addresses political dialogue, free trade and cooperation. These three complementary components are the driving force of this new generation compact, the first region-to-region instrument for both Europe and Central America. It is also the logical next step in the evolution of our long relationship.
Estonian income tax system is not perfect, but its principles are right, finds the recently elected Undersecretary of State of the Finnish Ministry of Finance in the cover story of Finnish paper Kauppalehti on 21.02.2013.
In 2012, nearly 18,600 new companies were established in Estonia, which is 800 more than a year earlier. Increase in the number of new companies is a clear indication of higher entrepreneurial activity among Estonians as well as improved business environment.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is working on Entrepreneurship Growth Strategy 2014-2020. The Ministry’s vision is to integrate innovative and reliable Estonian entrepreneurs to international business environment; and to develop a public sector that supports entrepreneurship and competitiveness.
Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s business delegation of 25 entrepreneurs accompanied Estonian Foreign Minister Mr. Urmas Paet during his visit to India and Sri Lanka. The majority of entrepreneurs participating in the delegation represented logistics companies.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) want to help Estonian companies explore business opportunities in developing markets.
The Ministry of the Interior is planning to amend the Tourism Act, among other changes, the new regulation would establish an obligation for accommodation establishments to forward personal data of guests to the database of law enforcement authorities. By now the Chamber has submitted its opinion on the planned changes to the Ministry, opposing such changes.
ERR - As a part of a global study presented at Davos this week, PWC surveyed Estonian companies and found 70 percent aim to raise salaries roughly five percent this year. Companies' optimism regarding business growth is just below the global average.
Marek Helm: control of companies must become more efficient
Due to the pressure from the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tax and Customs Board of Estonia gave up the plan of permanent control of the daily transactions of companies. The idea to control each and every purchase transaction of companies via a computer system was taken off the table due to opposition of the Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, the head of the Tax Board confirmed that the second idea that aims making the control stricter – the database planned for the fight against black labour force, will be introduced already next year. Entrepreneurs will have to register their employees at the Tax Board already before they start working.
ERR - In terms of share value, the past year was a good one for companies listed on the Tallinn stock exchange, an equity analysis specialist for a leading bank has said.
ERR - The state's tax revenues for last year were better than expected, coming in at 2.3 percent above what was planned in the national budget, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip has said.