Producer price index in November

According to Statistics Estonia, in November 2013, the producer price index of industrial output changed by –0.6% compared to October 2013 and by 3.3% compared to November 2012.

In November, compared to the previous month, the producer price index was more than average influenced by the decrease in prices in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply as well as by the increase in prices in the manufacture of wood and metal products.

Compared to November 2012, the producer price index was more than average influenced by the increase in prices in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, in the manufacture of wood products and in mining as well as by the decrease in prices in the manufacture of electronic equipment.

Change in the producer price index of industrial output by economic activity, November 2013
Economic activity according to EMTAK 2008 November 2013 – October 2013, % November 2013 – November 2012, %
TOTAL -0.6 3.3
Manufacturing 0.3 0.8
Mining 2.2 12.0
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply -8.0 27.6
Water supply; sewerage; waste management and remediation activities 0.0 0.7

In November 2013, the export price index changed by –0.4% compared to October 2013 and by –1.5% compared to November 2012.

In November, compared to the previous month, the prices of electricity, agricultural, rubber and plastic products decreased more than average and the prices of metal, leather and wood products increased more than average.

In November 2013, the import price index changed by 3.6% compared to October 2013 and by 1.2% compared to November 2012.

In November, compared to the previous month, the prices of oil products, wearing apparel and leather products increased more than average and the prices of agricultural, food and chemical products decreased more than average.

Source: Statistics Estonia

Estonian Air takes to Munich

Starting from 21 December 2013, Estonian Air will launch a seasonal air link between Tallinn and Munich. Estonian Air operates the route once a week on Saturdays, departing from Tallinn at 8:00 am and from Munich at 10:20 am local time. The route will be operated until 29 March 2014.

Germany’s third largest city Munich offers convenient connections to Europe and other places. The air link between Tallinn and Munich is especially good starting point for a skiing holiday in Alps.

One-way fares from Tallinn, if purchased from Estonian Air’s website, start from 120.53 EUR and from Munich from 145.83 EUR including all fees and taxes, subject to availability.

Source: http://www.estonian-air.com

News from the Ministry of the Environment

The ending year gave reason to rejoice in the environmental field:  the Minister of Environment launched the formation of Nabala Nature  Reserve, the Hunting Act and the Forest Act entered into force, several  significant areas received a huge capital injection.

“The ending year was good for Estonian nature and people caring about nature. Probably the most influential decision, which was made at the end of the year, was the initiation of the formation of the nature reserve including Tuhala Witches’ Well area in Nabala that was being prepared for three years. This year can be also remembered for the completion of the Hunting Act reform, which made a lot of fuss, and the European Union next year’s budget negotiations with an excellent result for nature conservation,” Minister of Environment Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said when looking back at the previous year.

Three important environmental acts were renewed: the Hunting Act, the Forest Act, and the Nature Conservation Act. The first one brought Estonia’s hunting laws to the 21st century and emphasised the importance of the agreements between the hunters and the land owner’s. The Forest Act, inter alia, created the foundation for the formation of a new modern forest registry, where each interested person can observe the events taking place in the forest and verify the legitimacy of the activities. A marked hiking trail was also established for the forest visitors in the previous year – RMK pleased nature lovers with the completion of a new 627 km long hiking trail through Estonia. The trail runs from Aegviidu in Harjumaa to Ähijärve, the centre of Karula National Park in Võrumaa. The RMK hiking trails were used approximately a total of 1.7 million times.

The Nature Conservation Act, adopted in March, makes the creation of new nature reserves more open and justified. To ensure that the rules for existing protected areas would be also modern and thought-out, the rules of 16 protected areas were updated this year and this process will continue in 2014.

The European Union budget negotiations for the next period brought good news for nature conservation: a total of € 100 million will be invested in Estonian nature conservation from the EU funds in 2014–2020. The focus is primarily placed on species protection, looking after the nature reserves, renovating of habitats, improving the conditions of rivers, purifying and making polluted sites safe.

Street lighting upgrade project of seven cities, financed by Austrian quota deal, was also started in 2013. A total of 11,250 lights will be replaced with new and economical ones in Kuressaare, Valga, Võru, Jõhvi, Haapsalu, Keila, and Paide.

In addition to initiating Nabala Nature Reserve, the end of the year also brought activity plans for the protection of the Osprey, the Golden Eagle, and the White-tailed Sea Eagle. Although the abundance of eagles has stabilised over the recent years, it is required to take systematic measures to ensure even better progress. Additionally, the Minister of Environment decided this year that environmental education should be more contributed to and the development of environmental education was supported with € 1.2 million in the course of the ending year.

Source: Estonian Ministry of the Environment