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Postimees - Estonia | 26/03/2010

Estonia optimistic about euro

Estonia now fulfils the Maastricht criteria for joining the European monetary union. The daily Postimees has high hopes that it will be able to introduce the euro on January 1, 2011: "The obstacles have been removed, now we just have to wait for the invitation of the old members of the Eurozone. ... But will that invitation come? The Greek crisis is the strongest argument against expanding the Eurozone at present. ... But allowing little Estonia with its 1.4 million inhabitants to join won't have any impact on the Eurozone and this step - so important to us - is not taken so seriously in other European states. ... The only question is whether our statistics are reliable enough. But after having belonged so long to the German cultural zone that shouldn't be a problem. So Greece won't be an obstacle. The future of the Eurozone is more of an issue. But that's the next topic for discussion."

Postimees - Estonia | 01/02/2010

Nuclear power and Estonian energy independence

Estonia has long been debating about whether to build a nuclear power plant in order to ensure its independence in energy policy. The daily paper Postimees sees this as a necessary step: "At least given today's technology, a higher percentage of wind power would be too expensive for the taxpayer. This is because wind cannot be forced. But on the other hand, one can force the owners of large power plants to add renewable energy sources to their list, for example through the simultaneous production of heat and electricity using wood pellets. ... Estonia's politicians have decided that they must be able to cover their country's entire energy needs domestically, and that means we absolutely must have at least one or two large power plants. Wood pellets or wind just won't do the trick. We can still burn oil shale, but for environmental reasons a new coal power station is out of the question. That is why the most realistic solution, economically speaking, is to build our own nuclear power plant."

Postimees - Estonia | 10/11/2008

Lack of competition on Estonia's energy market

The state-run Estonian energy company Eesti Energia has launched a comprehensive investment programme that counts with government financial backing. The daily Postimees writes that this runs counter to the free market: "Within five years Estonia will have to open up its strictly regulated energy sector and prices will no longer be fixed by the Estonian authorities but by the power markets, like for example Nord Pool (the Nordic Power Exchange). And then there's the question of whether more energy providers will enter the Estonian market. Eesti Energia asked the state for help and got it. But why should the money go to this company, of all companies? There can certainly be no talk of free competition here in Estonia. And as long as we don't have competition Finland, for one, won't want to construct a power cable running along the seabed to Estonia."

Postimees - Estonia | 06/02/2007

From Tallinn to Shanghai on a luxury train

The Estonian railway authorities plan to establish a direct rail link with Shanghai. Andrus Karnau approves of the idea, noting that the Estonian railway has the same width as the Russian railway and can therefore travel straight to the Far East. "Given the circumstances, the Estonian railway authorities' decision to construct a rail link for freight trains makes sense as it promises to generate considerable profits. The country's citizens can also hope that in addition to freight trains, there will also be a luxury passenger train between Tallinn and Shanghai. It would form a link between the glamour of old Europe and the growing potential of emerging Asia."

Postimees - Estonia | 02/03/2006

The Baltic countries' nuclear power initiative

The prime ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have agreed to cooperate in the construction of a new nuclear power station in Lithuania. The plant will replace the Ignalina station, which is to be closed down in 2009. Andrus Karnau says the oppostion's protests against the decision are justified because a new nuclear power station would represent a reversal in Estonia's current energy policy, but he points out that "on the other hand, the protests are strange because Eesti Energia's desire to participate in the construction of a new nuclear power station is not new to anyone." However, he says that the country's citizens should be asked to give their approval: "Hasn't the time come to ask Estonians whether they approve of nuclear power, although Chernobyl still lives on in their memories?"

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