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

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