Litigation to become cheaper for large claims

Amendments to the civil court proceedings act that significantly increased state fees payable in claiming smaller amounts also lowered the state fees for claims in excess of EEK 10 million.

Äripäev writes that, according to the amendments that took effect on January 1, a company that files a claim for more than 10 million kroons will have to pay only 3 percent of the amount or up to 300,000 kroons. Until now, the fee was 3.5 percent of the claim or 350,000 kroons.

Another amendment concerned that the maximum amount of state fee can be 1.5 million kroons in case of very big claims.

On the downside, the state fee for filing a claim of up to 50,000 kroons will be 7,500 kroons, up from 3,500 kroons. Claims of 600,000 kroons are subject to a state fee of 55,000 kroons, up from 30,000 kroons and million-kroon-claims carry a state fee of 75,000 kroons, up from 46,000 kroons.

Ironically, the amended law that was adopted by the Parliament on December 10 and proclaimed by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on December 22 was published in State Gazette only on December 31 or one day before it took effect.

Source: BBN

Estonia ranks fourth among EU27 by birth rate

Estonia ranks fourth among member states of the European Union in terms of births per 1,000 population, it appears from the data released by Eurostat.
According to the initial demographic estimates published by Eurostat, Ireland has the highest birth rate in 2008 at 18.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. Next come Britain with 13, France with 12.9, Estonia with 12.2, Sweden with 11.9 and Denmark with an estimated 11.8 births per 1,000 population.
Germany (8.3), Malta and Austria (both 9.2), Bulgaria (9.4) and Italy and Portugal (both 9.6) have the lowest rates.
The Eurostat estimate puts the average birth rate for the EU at 10.8 per inhabitants.

Source: Estonian Review

Number of emigrés returning to Estonia tripled in 2007

The number of people returning to Estonia from foreign countries who applied for a subsidy from the Estonian Migration Fund more than tripled in 2007 compared with 2006.
The Estonian Migration Fund paid out 2,005,000 kroons overall to 144 applicants, or on the average 13,924 kroons (EUR 890) per returning person.
The people returning to Estonia mostly came from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, numbering respectively 59, 15 and 10.
The number of people coming back from Western countries also increased last year. Of the applications, 14 came from Finland, nine each from the United States and Germany, and six from Sweden. Among the recipients of the subsidy, there were people who left behind their life in Argentina, Cyprus, and Thailand.
Sixty percent of the people returning to Estonia in 2007 were of working age, 30 percent were children and 10 percent people of retirement age.
The subsidy to help people finance their return is paid to ethnic Estonians and Estonian citizens who emigrated from Estonia at least 10 years ago.

Source: Estonian Review