EU will defray 75 pct of losses from swine fever

The European Union is prepared to compensate the Baltics and Poland up to 75 percent of the money spent on swine fever prevention and control, said Agriculture Minister Ivari Padar after the meetings o the EU’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council.

“The Baltics and Poland have put together a joint package of actions on how to keep African swine fever under control and keep it from spreading. Pig farms in Estonia, where the disease has not been found, would face heavy losses if the disease spread extensively. So the EU’s message was very supportive for us.”

He said support for compensation was broad across EU members.

Instead of 50 percent, compensation for prevention and control was upped to 75 percent.

If swine fever reached a farm where all pigs would have to be destroyed, farmers would get 100 percent of the destroyed animals and feed reimbursed from the state, of which the European Commission would pay for 75 percent.

Swine fever has now been diagnosed in the remains of 21 wild boars.

Source: ERR News

EU says no to joint Estonian-Finnish LNG terminal project

EU has rejected the proposal to finance the development of joint LNG terminal projects proposed by the Estonian company Alexela Energia and Finland’s Gasum Oy, writes Eesti Päevaleht.

The EU did not agree to cover the extra costs that carrying out the project jointly with Gasum would have entailed and this is why the cooperation plan failed.

However, Alexela said it will go on with LNG terminal plan also without EU support , but this means completion of the terminal will be postponed.

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Estonian President slams Swiss for being sanctions holdout

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves says Switzerland, which refrained from joining most of the rest of Europe in applying punitive sanctions against Russia, has placed its own interests and banking sector ahead of European values.

“Switzerland will have to live with criticism that they have foregone establishing their own sanctions in order to gain a more favored situation in the banking sector,” Ilves told the Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung, published Sunday.

In contrast, he said, Sweden and Ireland have affirmed neutrality yet supported sanctions.

“For me, the idea of neutrality is even more devoid of meaning than ever before,” Ilves said.

Ilves would not say whether the EU planned to pressure Switzerland, uudised.err.ee reported. The Swiss currently are president of the OSCE; critics have seen the country as a haven and business center for wealthy Russians.

Source: ERR News

Government approves 600 mEUR transport reconstruction plan

The Cabinet approved on Thursday a number of transport-related projects, including tackling two traffic bottlenecks in Tallinn by 2017.

Two grandest projects are a road from the Russalka statue between Kadriorg and Pirita in Tallinn to the port, and the reconstruction of the Haabersti roundabout, Estonia’s most dangerous intersection for accidents.

Besides the two projects, which according to Economic Minister Urve Palo, would cut morning and evening traffic jams, the capital’s tram line will be extended to the airport.

Investments will be made into increasing railway line speeds to 120 kilometers per hour on passenger routes. Regional ports and ferries servicing islands will also get an injection.

The 600 million euro package of projects is, in essence, an action plan to use EU funds, and the basis for the creation of the next state budgets in the field of transportation.

Source: ERR News

The European Union Structural Funds 2014-2020

Since Estonia became a member of the European Union in 2004, thousands of projects all over Estonia have been implemented with the support allocated to the country. 

The aim of the supports and subsidies is to harmonise the development of all the member states and enhance the competitiveness as the European Union as an integrated economic area all over the world. In other words, the success of the member states contributes to the general success of the European Union.

Financing available from the Structural Funds or the European financing are allocated in Estonia via three funds: European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund and Cohesion Fund. 

In 2014-2020 budget period, in total, 3.5 billion euros will be channelled to Estonia from the EU Structural Funds; the administrative area of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications will be responsible for the use of 1.3 billion euros, spent on transport, information society, economic development and energy sectors.

Source: Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Government plans to nominate ex-PM as candidate for European commissioner

At May 29, 2014 Cabinet meeting, members approved Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas’s plan to nominate Estonia’s most popular politician as a candidate for European commissioner.

Andrus Ansip, just elected to the European Parliment with the largest number of votes received during Sunday’s election, told ETV that he was geared toward dealing with finances, energy and regional affairs – the fields where Estonia gets most of its EU funding – if he was selected for the executive post.

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Enterprise Estonia may reclaim funding for Kultuurikatel

Estonian state-owned business support agency Enterprise Estonia suspects that Tallinn Creative Hub Kultuurikatel may have forged documentation in applying for renovation funding and has not entered into contracts which have stopped works with the project, writes Eesti Päevaleht.

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