Materials science at Tartu University among most influential in world

According to the ESI (Essential Science Indicators) database, Estonia’s Tartu University is among the top one percent of the world’s most influential materials science centres in the world as of 1 July, the daily Eesti Päevaleht reported.

As there are nearly 60 000 research centres in the database, this means that the Tartu University materials science department is among the 600 best such centres in the world.

Indrek Ots, head of the Tartu University research and development department, said that the influence of research centres is assessed by the number of articles and references in learned papers. Ots said that the university did not receive an immediate monetary gain from the recognition, but it was important that in competition situations they were in a preferred status.

Alvo Aabloo, professor of polymeric materials at the university, said that belonging to the top of the database helps bring scientists to Tartu University and to involve them in international projects. The major projects at Tartu University have been working out artificial muscles and a robot model.

Tartu University also belongs to the most quoted one percent of universities and research institutions in the spheres on clinical medicine, plant and animal studies, and environmental and ecological sciences.

Source: Baltic News Service

Large industries pay a third more for power

Starting from April 2010 when Estonia partly liberalised its electricity market, large Estonian industries that consume a lot of electricity have been paying in average 30 to 40% more for power than before, says Tiit Kolk, chairman of the association that unites large power consumers.

Kolk who is also CEO of Repo Vabrikud, large producer of fibreboard, told ERR that until now the cost increase has come from the pocket of manufacturers. “Large manufacturers are having to pay 700 million kroons a year as the cost of entering the open power market. 

Also Tarmo Noop, CEO of Estonia’s largest beverage producer A. Le Coq, confirmed that the company has been paying 30% more for power since April.

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Less paper work for entrepreneurs

8th of July, the Government of the Republic approved the regulation, which allows Statistics Estonia during a two-year transition period to ask economic units the data already submitted to the Business Register in their annual reports.

“The need for transition period arises from the necessity to develop the information systems and it requires time and money,” stated Ms Tuulikki Sillajõe, the Deputy Director General of Statistics Estonia.

Starting from 1st January 2010 the Business Register launched an electronic data transmission system for submitting annual reports. According to the Accounting Act, the state or local government institution is not entitled starting from 1st January 2010 to require such data of accounting entities which have already been submitted to the Business Register by them in their annual reports. The Government of the Republic is entitled to appoint the state or local government institutions for which the prohibition shall not apply for a period of up to two years.

In order to avoid the duplicate data collection, Statistics Estonia intends to improve its data collection channel eSTAT so, that the data submitted electronically to the register according to the taxonomy of annual report will be pre-filled for the economic units in eSTAT.  The respondent needs to fulfil only the rows not included in the annual report. In order to import the data from the Business Register to Statistics Estonia, to store them and display in eSTAT the development of information systems is necessary. Therefore Statistics Estonia is able to quit the duplicate collection of the data included in annual reports not before the year 2012 when the data for 2011 will be collected.

According to Ms Tuulikki Sillajõe it is important to draw the attention of the economic units to the fact that only small extent of data necessary for business and economic statistics are included in annual report. “Therefore the expectation that economic units would not need to submit any data to Statistics Estonia is not relevant,” stated Ms Sillajõe. “The statistical questionnaires remain after 2012 as well as the economic units’ obligation to submit the data,” she added.

The Regulation of the Government of the Republic Asutused, kelle suhtes ei kohaldata „Raamatupidamise seaduse” § 141 lõikes 4 nimetatud keeldu” (Institutions for which the prohibition mentioned in subsection 141 (4) of the Accounting Act shall not apply (only in Estonian)).

Source: Estonian Review

Government supports entrepreneurship with 147 mEUR

The government on Thursday approved the report for 2009 of the enactment plan of Estonia’s enterprise policy for 2007-2013, according to which the state’s financial input into the development of enterprise last year amounted to over 2.3 billion kroons (EUR 147 mln). Of that sum, direct payments to entrepreneurs amounted to 775 million kroons, the Ministry of Economy and Communications said.
The number of businesses per 1 000 residents grew from 42.5 to 43.6 in Estonia last year. During the year 11 182 new companies were established, almost 1 200 more than in 2008. The productivity level of Estonian companies remained on the level of 2008 while the survival rate dropped 4.2%.
Significant contributions, in the amount of more than 100 million kroons, were made last year to developing know-how and skills, with training in areas such as export, creative economy, management, and base training for starting entrepreneurs occupying an important place.
The volume of exports guaranteed by Kredex was 426 million kroons, with money also paid for export marketing, participation in trade fairs and other similar activities. Support for technology investments amounted to 345 million kroons.
An important change took place in the legal environment from the beginning of 2010, when an electronic environment was launched for drawing up and submitting the annual reports of companies and NGOs. During 2009 the necessary preparation works were conducted.

Source: Estonian Review

Estonian Air to add Tallinn-St. Petersburg flights

Estonian Air will increase the frequency of Tallinn-St. Petersburg flights from 3 August; it will start flying five times weekly from 3 August and six times weekly from September. Estonian Air will add Tuesday’s flights from 3 August, departing from Tallinn at 13:00 and from St. Petersburg at 15:40 and from 2 September on Thursdays, departing from Tallinn at 11:30 and from St. Petersburg at 14:10 local time.
The flights between Tallinn and St. Petersburg are taking place on the basis of code-sharing in co-operation with Rossiya-Russian Airlines; the duration of the flight is one hour and ten minutes.
“St. Petersburg is an important destination among Estonian businessmen and holiday-makers, and Estonia continues to be a thrilling and attractive destination for residents of St. Petersburg,” said Rauno Parras, vice-president of Estonian Air for commerce. He said the developments on the Tallinn-St-Petersburg route had so far been positive.
At present Estonian Air flies to St. Petersburg four times weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Source: Estonian Review

Tallinn – Athens flight route launched for summer

Starting from 5 July, Estonian Air will be operating a seasonal air link between Tallinn and Athens. Flights will take place once a week on Mondays, with the departure from Tallinn at 12:10 and from Athens at 16:40 local time. The route will be operated until 16 August 2010, Estonian Air said.

Source: Estonian Review

H1 tax revenue inflow 48 pct of target

The Estonian Tax and Customs Board said that 29.9 billion kroons (EUR 1.9 b) of tax revenue was paid into the state budget by the end of June, 48.4% of the annual target. In June the inflow was 5.4 billion kroons, the Finance Ministry said.
Because of the tax returns, traditionally less taxes are paid into the budget in the first six months than in the second part of the year. As of the end of last June 29.6 billion kroons, 46.6% of the annual target, was paid into the state budget, the ministry said.
The inflow of social tax was 13.1 billion kroons by the end of June, 48.7% of the annual target. Of this, 2.2 billion was paid into the state budget in June, 6.2% less than in 2009. June inflow was on the expected level.
The revenue from individual income tax paid into the state budget was 376.5 million kroons in June and 528.4 million kroons in six months. In the same period in 2009 tax returns were about 150 million kroons higher than inflows. In June, the return of income tax continued at the rate of 17.9 million kroons, and in 2010 the state returned nearly 1.7 billion kroons to taxpayers. Local governments received 761.7 million kroons from individual income tax.
Inflow of corporate income tax totalled 1.1 billion kroons during the six months, 43.4 percent of the target and of this 213.7 million kroons flew in June. Compared with 2009 the June inflow was 31.1% lower. Significant growth in inflow is expected in June when most of the dividends will be paid out.
Intake of value-added tax added up to 9.6 billion kroons since the beginning of the year and accounted for 50.5% of the annual target. Of this sum 1.7 billion kroons was paid in June, 4.9% more than in 2009. VAT returns contracted by nearly 50 million kroons in June against May, and the declared turnovers slightly increased.
Inflow of the alcohol excise into the state budget totalled 1.2 billion kroons, 51.6% of the target, by the end of June, of tobacco excise 920.1 million kroons (50.3% of the target), and the motor fuel excise 2.8 billion kroons (57.5% of the target).

Source: Estonian Review