EU Planning Free Market of Emission Quantities as of 2013

The European Union’s executive Commission has unveiled plans for combating climate change, according to which national energy sector pollution quotas would be eliminated as of 2013 and companies would have to start buying quantities of greenhouse gases on the EU’s common market.

“Regarding (emissions) trade, the new plan does not embrace our sore point, oil shale, and since around 90 percent of the pollution in Estonia is generated in the energy sector it puts us in a very difficult position,” deputy secretary general of the Environment Ministry Allan Gromov said.

In his words, energy companies would under the European Commission’s present plan have to buy pollution quantities from the bloc’s common pot from 2013 onwards.

Gromov said the ceiling of emission quantities in Estonia could be raised in agriculture and transport. “However, it will certainly take another two to three years before these proposals materialize as concrete decisions and directives,” Gromov added.

The Commission’s proposals have to be approved both by EU member states and by the European Parliament before coming into effect.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Number of Births Increased Significantly in 2007

kaisa-and-vika.jpgThe decrease in the size of Estonia’s population slowed down last year as a result of an increase in the number of births, the Statistical Office said.

Estonia’s population numbered 1,340,600 as of Jan. 1, 2008, according to a preliminary estimate by the office.

The difference between the number of registered deaths and births in 2007 was roughly 1,800 and the size of the population decreased by 0.13 percent due to negative natural growth, compared with a reduction of 0.2 percent in 2006.

Natural increase remained negative, that is, the number of deaths still exceeded the number of births.

However, 864 more births were registered in 2007 than in 2006. A total of 15,741 live births were registered at registry offices in Estonia last year. The number of deaths was 17,548 and their number increased by 232 compared to the previous year.

In the course of the year 7,057 marriages were contracted, which is about 100 marriages more than in the previous year. The number of divorces was 3,810 and their number remained on the same level as the previous year.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs