Estonians to offer mobile parking in US

NOW! Innovations will kick up a mobile parking service in US city named Decatur on October 20, weekly Eesti Ekspress writes.

In cooperation with US company Streetsmart Technology the company offers an option which is unique in the world.

It’s possible to pay with cell phone by calling and following automatic orders. Information about payment will immediately get to parking meter, which will start just as if you were paying with coins. In asphalt under parking places are detectors, which are linked with parking meter and all parking place guards will receive that information in real time to control whether you have paid for parking.

 Decatur is a small city in Georgia state, number in inhabitants in comparable to Rakvere (which has about 17 000 residents). At first nearly 100 parking places are in the system.

Source: BBN


European Council: thorough analysis of EU-Russia relations to be completed by beginning of November

The foreign policy leaders of the European Union discussed the situation in Georgia and further developments in EU-Russia relations within the framework of the European Council. The European Council acknowledged that Russian forces have partially withdrawn from the zones around South Ossetia and Abkhazia in accordance with the agreements of 12 August and 8 September, and also declared that it’s one step taken by Russia towards fulfilling international responsibilities.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that currently Russia has only met one small part of its obligation by partially removing its troops from the areas around South Ossetia and Abkhazia. “The region of Akhalgori, which has not been a conflict region, and Kodor Valley are still occupied by Russian forces,” said Foreign Minister Paet. “We can’t say anything regarding the complete removal of Russian troops and the fulfilment of the cease-fire agreement,” Paet emphasised.
In relation to the European Union-Russia summit being held in November, the Council is calling upon both the Council of Europe and the European Commission to continue their in-depth analysis of relations between the European Union and Russia, which will be used to consider the possible continuation of negotiations for the EU-Russia framework agreement.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed that the European Council condemned Russia’s decision to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on 1 September, while it supports the implementation of the cease-fire agreement of 12 August. “Talks about the partnership agreement between the European Union and Russia, which are frozen in accordance with an extraordinary Council decision until Russian forces return to their pre-7 August positions, cannot resume yet,” said Paet. “It’s necessary to wait for the audit of European Union and Russian relations, which should be ready by the November meeting of European Union foreign ministers,” stated Foreign Minister Paet.
In its conclusions, the Council reaffirmed the need to strengthen the European Neighbourhood Policy’s Eastern Dimension, calling for stronger relations with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Urmas Paet stated that the European Neighbourhood Policy is a values-based policy that is an important course for our partners implementing reforms.
The Council endorsed the composition of the European Union Reflection Group that will begin working in January of next year, in accordance with the 2007 decision of Council, with the goal of analysing the challenges standing before the European Union in the years 2020-2030. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet believes it is essential for the so-called ‘group of wise men’ to consider probable developments within Europe and outside of Europe, analysing first and foremost how to ensure the stability and development of both the Union and the wider region in the long run.
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen gave the Council an initial overview of developments since the failure of the Lisbon Treaty referendum in Ireland in June of this year.

Source: Estonian Review