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28.04.2016|Ministry of the Interior

Draft legislation allows to open a bank account without going to a bank branch

The Government of Estonia has approved and will forward to the parliament a draft legislation that will allow Estonian residents and e-residents to open bank accounts without visiting a bank branch. “We would like to keep up with the times and make opening a bank account simpler and faster,...
Siseministeeriumi kantsler Lauri Lugna ja INVL Technology AB direktor Kazimieras Tonkunas.
20.04.2016|Ministry of the Interior

Andmevara AS shares were sold to Lithuanian IT services company

100% Estonian state owned company Andmevara AS shares were sold to INVL Technology AB. The final price for 100% shares amounted to 664 637 euros. „We are pleased that Andmevara has new respectable owners and we wish them all the best,” said Riho Kuppart, deputy secretary general of Ministry of...
17.03.2016|Ministry of the Interior

The Government approved the border strip elements of the land border

Today the Government adopted the Regulation, which establishes the design of the land border strip of the Schengen area external land border, guarded by Estonia. The border strip will feature, inter alia, a modern electronic security system, which serves to detect illegal border crossings and cross...
18.02.2016|Ministry of the Interior

Hanno Pevkur: Estonia has become more secure in the last seven years

Speech by Hanno Pevkur, Minister of the Interior, in the Riigikogu Dear Chairman of the Riigikogu, members of the Riigikogu and Excellencies. The main guidelines of the national security policy up to 2015 established in 2008 have reached the phase in which we are to draw conclusions and move...
Participants of the course on Saturday. Photo: Terje Lepp.
12.10.2015|Ministry of the Interior

Trainings within the framework of the welcoming programme for newly arrived immigrants began

Training courses aimed at newly arrived immigrants have commenced. They will help foreigners who have recently migrated to Estonia settle in quickly and easily obtain primary knowledge and skills necessary for successful adaptation to the life in Estonia. The welcoming programme consists of...
27.03.2015|Ministry of the Interior

Commemoration of the March Deportations 1949

On 25 March, a day of remembrance of the March Deportations will be held at the base of the War of Independence Victory Column in Tallinn. Thousands of candles will be lit all over Estonia in memory of those deported, and memorial events are also being held by Estonian communities in different...
27.03.2015|Ministry of the Interior

Minister of the Interior, Hanno Pevkur: “Focusing on Internet activity is gaining importance in the fight against terrorism.”

The Minister of the Interior, Hanno Pevkur, emphasised today at the European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting that combatting pro‑extremist messages spread on the Internet, particularly in social media, is gaining importance in the fight against terrorism. According to the Minister,...
27.03.2015|Ministry of the Interior

The Ministry of the Interior supports counselling on merging local governments and regional planning

With help from the European Social Fund, the Ministry of the Interior supports training programmes aimed at stepping up planning and public services in county and local government development. Counsellors are also offering guidance to local governments who are considering merger. Support from...
27.03.2015|Ministry of the Interior

Katri Raik to become Rector of the Academy of Security Sciences

Today, the Minister of the Interior, Hanno Pevkur decided to appoint Katri Raik, current Director of the University of Tartu Narva College, as the new Rector of the Academy of Security Sciences. Raik will assume the position in June, when the current Rector, Lauri Tabur, will have completed his...
27.03.2015|Ministry of the Interior

Internal security volunteers and their supporters honoured at the Ministry of the Interior



Today, the Minister of the Interior, Hanno Pevkur, honoured last year’s outstanding assistant police officers, volunteer rescuers and volunteer marine rescuers and expressed his gratitude to the organisations and people who had supported volunteer efforts. “Volunteers stand alongside...

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