Government to offer free courses to 5 000 adults in fall

The Estonian Education and Research Ministry has drawn up a plan of state-commissioned education for adults during the fall semester of 2009 in which free courses will be offered to 5 109 people.
Those wishing to attend the courses can acquire knowledge at 38 vocational schools and other schools providing vocational education in all counties. The state-commissioned education comprises 363 courses in 30 different study programme groups at a total cost of 17.5 million kroons (EUR 1.1 mln).
There are courses for cooks, welders and electricians, accountants, potters, cleaners, small company managers, secretaries and many other specialities, the ministry informed BNS.
There are also many general ability courses, including specialised language learning and communication courses for service personnel. The emphasis is on specific programmes and follow-up courses, not so much on elementary courses.
The courses are intended above all for working people, but also for mothers on maternity leave, disabled people or adults staying at home for some reason but wishing to return to the labour market.
The courses will be financed by the European Social Fund and an Education and Research Ministry program for adults’ professional training. The ministry finances professional training courses since 2008.
A two-year project of adults’ professional training at vocational education institutions was concluded on June 30 this year, and 23,507 people from all over Estonia were trained or upgraded in them at the total cost of 60 million kroons (EUR 3.8 mln).

Source: Estonian Review

Sale of holiday trips has grown by fifth

The demand for holiday trips grew in the first half of 2009 by more than 20% in comparison with the same period last year, the Estonian travel agency Wris says.
According to the agency, people prefer more favourably priced trips abroad.
The most popular destinations in winter were Egypt and the Canary Islands while during the summer holidaymakers mostly headed to Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy’s Amalfi Coast and Spain.

Source: Estonian Review

British company buys Baltic wood chips

The British company MGT Power wants to buy a million tons of woodchips a year from the Baltic countries starting in 2012 for the needs of a woodchip-fuelled power plant, the daily Postimees reported.
In the next few months the British company is planning to sign long-term contracts for the purchase of woodchips from Estonia.
The capacity of the power plant the company is planning to build is 295 megawatts and it will be built at a cost of 500 million pounds.
The British company’s plans will sharply increase the demand for woodchips and the price of the fuel is likely to rise. This, in turn, may lead to higher prices of electricity and heat, said Tiit Veeber, member of the supervisory board of Fortum Tartu.
Of major Estonian power plants, the Vao Power Plant near Tallinn that was launched this spring and Fortum’s Tartu power plant are fuelled by woodchips. Also the Narva Elektrijaamad (Narva Power Plants) subsidiary of the Eesti Energia power utility and a combination power plant Fortum is building in Pärnu are planning to start using woodchips as their fuel.

Source: Estonian Review

Estonian postal market sales 77 mEUR in 2008

The Estonian Competition Board said that the turnover of the whole postal market totalled 1.2 billion kroons.
It appears from the report of the postal services sphere of the Competition Board that the turnover of universal postal services had the biggest turnover, 40% of the market, followed by courier services with 36% and delivery of periodical publications 123%.
Direct mail, letter post and other postal services of Eesti Post accounted for the remaining 11% of the turnover.
Last year universal postal services were provided only by the state-owned Eesti Post, but besides Eesti Post periodicals were also delivered by the privately owned Express Post.
Letter post was delivered by two companies, direct mail by six companies and courier items by 38 companies.

Source: Estonian Review

Tallinn Airport earns EUR 172 000 profit in 6 months

The Estonian state-owned AS Tallinna Lennujaam (Tallinn Airport Ltd) earned a consolidated net profit of 2.7 million kroons (EUR 172 500) in the first half of 2009.
Tallinna Lennujaam said that the consolidated turnover of the company was 175.6 million kroons in H1. In all, consolidated turnover contracted by 13% against the first six months of 2008.
Rein Loik, board chairman of Tallinna Lennujaam, said that the results of the group were positive despite drastic contraction in the number of passengers and freight volumes. The result was achieved mainly thanks to the optimisation of operations and economy of expenses.
In six months Tallinna Lennujaam served 658 965 passengers. Compared with the same period in 2008 the number of passengers has contracted by 26.5%. Despite such a large fall in the number of passengers, the number of destinations has remained at the same level with 2008, but the frequency of flights has dropped.
In 2008 Tallinna Lennujaam earned 427 million kroons of revenue and received a net profit of 16.7 million kroons.

Source: Estonian Review

Enterprise Estonia supports technology investments with 20 mEUR

The Enterprise Estonia Foundation gave 315 million kroons (EUR 20 mln) of support to the technology investments of 39 industrial companies.
Nearly 170 companies filed applications in the second round of technology investment subsidies, applying for a total subsidy of 900 million kroons.
Enterprise Estonia gave the biggest sum of investments, more than a hundred million kroons, to engineering companies, which accounted for nearly one third of the applications.
Enterprise Estonia invested more than twenty million kroons in printing, wood processing, the food industry, and rubber and plastic products manufacturing.

Source: Estonian Review

Six applications for asylum lodged in July

According to data provided by the Citizenship and Migration Board, 16 people have sought asylum in Estonia during this year, with six applications filed in July.
Asylum applications have been lodged by citizens of Belarus, DR Congo, Georgia, Iraq, Mongolia, Russia, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine and the United States, and by stateless persons, spokespeople for the citizenship authority said.
None of the applications filed this year has been satisfied so far.
Figures of the European Union’s statistics agency Eurostat show that around 240 000 people sought asylum in member countries of the bloc last year, including 15 in Estonia, 55 in Latvia and 520 in Lithuania.
Mostly Belarusian and Russian nationals have applied for asylum in Estonia, with mostly residents of Georgia, Afghanistan and Russia in Latvia and Afghans and Belarusians in Lithuania.

Source: Estonian Review

Short car rent with driver is illegal

 There are drivers in Tallinn, who claim to offer short car rental with a driver, city’s Transportation Board said it’s new form of illegal taxi service, ERR News reports.

When client buys car rental service, then the parties should sign a rental contract and these shouldn’t have a taximeter.

Municipal police discovered to CAN car rental cars in Õllesummer. They had taximeters, which is official attribute of taxi and they didn’t have licence card, which is official attribute of a rental car. One of the drives has been fined, the second one will be fined as soon as he/she has been caught.

Source: BBN

Retail sales was 5 bEEK in June

According to Statistics Estonia, in June the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises were 5 billion kroons, which was 11% smaller at constant prices compared to June of the previous year. The decline in retail sales which had stood within the limits of 14–16% during the recent months slowed down to some extent in June.

The decrease in retail sales, which had begun in spring 2008 compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, fell to the lowest level this February, decreasing 19% during the year. From March till May, retail sales decreased 14–16% compared to the same time a year ago. In June the decrease in retail sales slowed down to some extent.
In June, decrease in the retail sales of goods was mostly influenced by the stores selling manufactured goods, where retail sales decreased 16% compared to June 2008. The decrease in stores selling manufactured goods has essentially slowed down compared to recent months. Retail sales have remarkably recovered in stores selling household goods and appliances, hardware and building materials. In June the retail sales of these stores decreased 11% compared to the same time a year ago. In May, the decrease was still 25%.

Retail sales in grocery stores decreased 8% compared to June of the previous year. Although the prices in grocery stores have fallen a bit, the sales volumes have not notably increased. Consumers are continuously hesitant about the future and restrict their expenditure on food ever more due to that.

Compared to the previous month, the retail sales of goods in retail trade enterprises increased 5% at constant prices. The retail sales in stores selling manufactured goods increased 5% and in grocery stores 4%.

In June the revenues from sales of retail trade enterprises were almost 6 billion kroons, out of which retail sales of goods accounted for 85%. Compared to June of the previous year, the revenues from sales decreased 16% at current prices. Compared to the previous month, this indicator increased 5%.

Retail sales volume index of retail trade enterprises and its trend,
January 2002 – June 2009 (the corresponding month of the previous year = 100)




Source: Statistics Estonia

Decrease in industrial production

According to Statistics Estonia, in June 2009 compared to June of the previous year, the production of industrial enterprises decreased 30%. The steep decline in industrial production that had started at the end of the previous year continued in June.

The decrease in production was 22% in December 2008 and 26% in January 2009, but since February the decrease in production has been within the limits of 30% compared to the same month of the previous year.

In June, the situation in manufacturing was more or less the same as in previous months — the production fell steadily about one third compared to the same month of the previous year. The main reason causing the decline was insufficient demand both in domestic and external markets.

The production decreased in all branches of manufacturing except the manufacture of other transport (shipbuilding), where the production grew 44%. Due to a small share of this branch, the growth in shipbuilding did not affect the production of all manufacturing. Compared to June of the previous year, the manufacture of metals and metal products fell more than a half. The manufacture of building materials, chemical products, paper, machinery and equipment and motor vehicles decreased more than 40%. The manufacture of electronic products, wearing apparel, furniture and refined petroleum products fell more than 30%. The decline was the smallest (6%) in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and in the branch holding the largest share, i.e. the production of food products which is predominantly oriented to the internal market consumption — in this branch the decline in production was 8%.

In June compared to June of the previous year, the production of electricity increased 21% mainly due to the increase of exports. Most of electricity was exported to Latvia. The production of heat decreased 13%.

In June compared to May, industrial production did not changed significantly according to the seasonally adjusted data. Growth in the production of electricity helped to maintain the level of previous month, whereas the production of manufacturing decreased about 1% during the month. From January to April, the decrease in industrial production remained within 4% compared to the previous month, in May production increased 2%.

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing,
January 2000 – June 2009
(2005 = 100)

Read more here: Statistics Estonia


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