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Eesti in brief - 2008-12-17

  • 2008-12-17
On the night of Dec. 7, Estonian security police removed the surveillance devices from the Tallinn city government building. Director General Raivo Aeg said that this operation was done at night because the security police prefer to keep a low profile. Public Prosecutor Norman Aas added that it was not possible to remove the surveillance devices publicly because this would have revealed to unauthorized persons their location and appearance. The security police chief stated that the removal of bugs was perfectly legal and took place under a court warrant. The operation is connected to municipal adviser Ivo Parbus, who is suspected of graft and was detained on Dec. 4 by the security police on suspicion of several episodes of bribe-taking. A search of his office yielded a large sum of cash. Parbus was taken into custody on Dec. 6.

In 2016 Estonia will no longer have any shortage of energy capacity, said Einari Kisel, vice secretary general of the Ministry of Economy and Communications responsible for energy. According to the national electricity development plan in 2030, 30 percent of the electricity used in Estonia will come from wind energy and another 30 percent will be generated by burning oil shale. In addition to that, 30 percent of energy will come from stations balancing the ground-based and offshore wind parks, which burn either light fuel oil, oil shale, gas or bio fuel. In order to implement this scenario, Estonia has to carry out a development plan and make investment decisions quickly, added Kisel.