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  • Ministers of Agriculture and Heads of Veterinary Boards of the Baltic States discussed urgent measures to prevent the spread of African swine fever | SDE
    of the spread of African swine fever in the region It was decided to prepare a joint action plan for the prevention of the disease and to apply to the European Commission for full compensation of the costs related to stamping out pigs Regarding the spread of African swine fever Baltic countries and Poland are a buffer for the whole European Union this is why it is justified to apply to the European Commission for additional funds This money will be used to apply preventive measures to stop the spread of African swine fever and to support farmers in their transition from pig farming to other fields of animal breeding Minister of Agriculture Ivari Padar explained As a result of the meeting a working group of the chief veterinarians of the four countries will be established with a view to prepare preventive measures to stop the spread of African swine fever due 15 August Development of common positions on control of wild boars population and cooperation with researchers were also discussed At the meeting Minister of Agriculture was accompanied by Director General of the Veterinary and Food Board Ago Pärtel Head of the Food Safety Department of the Ministry Martin Minjajev and Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Ministry Ruve Šank In July several African swine fever cases were diagnosed in Latvia Lithuania and Poland So far there haven t been any disease cases in Estonia but a buffer zone extending 40 km from Latvian border was established Pig holdings and farms located within the zone are under veterinary control and it is prohibited to take animals in or out of the zone without permit of inspection body Buffer zone comprises all rural municipalities of Valgamaa Antsla Mõniste Urvaste and Varstu rural municipalities in Võrumaa and Karksi rural

    Original URL path: http://www.sotsdem.ee/en/ministers-of-agriculture-and-heads-of-veterinary-boards-of-the-baltic-states-discussed-urgent-measures-to-prevent-the-spread-of-african-swine-fever/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Estonia submitted proposals on application of direct payments to the European Commission | SDE
    public good in the sector as a prerequisite for support payments This means that support payments must reach active farmers and contribute to job creation in rural areas Minister of Agriculture Ivari Padar said Strong agriculture sector and populated rural areas will serve as the basis for food security and sustainable rural life in Estonia From next year Estonia plans the following To make applying for area support available only to active farmers To pay additional support for young farmers To apply a simple scheme for small farmers To target support at agricultural sectors which undergo certain difficulties for growing dairy cows beef cattle ewes and goats and fruit and vegetables Besides to get direct payments the agricultural practices meeting the environmental and climate or the so called greening standards must be followed from 2015 Estonia had to submit its choices on application of direct payments in 2015 2020 to the European Commission by 1 August The more detailed conditions will be established by Regulations of the Minister of Agriculture in case of coupled support support for the sectors which undergo certain difficulties those conditions must be approved by the European Commission within 4 4 months In 2014 2020 more

    Original URL path: http://www.sotsdem.ee/en/estonia-submitted-proposals-on-application-of-direct-payments-to-the-european-commission/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Coalition, Special Needs Groups Hash Out Amendments to Work Ability Reform | SDE
    hear the concerns of people with special needs One proposal suggested by the disabled people s lobby and included in the amendments was that cuts in disability allowance above a certain income level could start to kick in at a higher level than in the original draft Originally only people who made 641 euros a month before taxes would not full benefits Now the benefits would be untouched up to an income level of 960 euros the national average wage For the opposition the deputy chairman of the Social Affairs Committee Margus Tsahkna IRL who has been one of the major detractors of both the original draft law and Monday s amendments admitted that it was a positive change But he said other changes were more for show All organizations for people with special needs have been stressing that they currently have a lack of real services that would help them go to work to participate in society The part of reform concerning local government services disability aids and rehabilitation is still yet to be done and more red tape and burden continues to be created for people with special needs Tsahkna said Pikhof has responded saying IRL has been nonconstructive and that unlike the other opposition party Center did not put in a single amendment Several other new amendments also are significant such as the separate subsidy for transport to work that would cover costs if the person s needs were not met by public transport said Minister of Social Affairs Urmas Kruuse Another amendment clarifies the process of evaluating a person s capacity for work In this case though Tsahkna said it gives the disabled a runaround between different systems not just evaluation of the disability itself but also a person s capacity for work If such a

    Original URL path: http://www.sotsdem.ee/en/coalition-special-needs-groups-hash-out-amendments-to-work-ability-reform/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Minister of agriculture Padar calls on bankers and traders to help producers | SDE
    the plight of agriculture and the food industry Let me encourage our clients if needed we stand ready to offer them repayment holidays and alterations in schedules as well as extra loans for circulating capital said Swedbank s agriculture department head Meelis Annus We are in contact with Rural Development Foundation who has expressed readiness to help us with their guarantees he added Even though Swedbank predicts the crisis to be over within a year it warns farmers against spending light heartedly We advise that the farmers carefully consider if acquiring farming land at high costs will be financially expedient or whether the price of any investment be better guided by productivity said Mr Annus and added We advise to avoid the situations where a farmer on the one hand wants a repayment holiday due to low liquidity while on the other hand he makes investments of no urgent nature We are indeed facing a drop in food prices but pretty soon the prices will be back at current levels Russia is not capable of producing 40 percent of foods locally and there simply isn t a place where such a volume can be purchased just like that explained Mr Annus Today the world functions like connected vessels if a volume flows out from somewhere it will be replaced from a place of abundance added Mr Annus The Estonian capital based Selver retail chain underlined that they have always stood for the Estonian food having a prefer Estonian food campaign also underway at the moment The local producers are definitely welcome to meet with us and definitely we are also interested in the goods that have so far been for exports only and have never even reached the counters of Estonia said Selver CEO Kristi Lomp Our decisions and choices

    Original URL path: http://www.sotsdem.ee/en/minister-of-agriculture-padar-calls-on-bankers-and-traders-to-help-producers/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Estonian minister of agriculture: pig plague is here | SDE
    No the virus is here If this has happened with two wild swine ten kilometres from the Estonian border then this means it is here We are in a new situation said the minister Mr Padar assured all the ministry is constantly monitoring the situation and stands ready to react at once as the issue arises Veterinary and Food Board director general Ago Pärtel said they have been doing preventive informational work towards pig farmers for almost a year and are planning to further intensify the effort Teet Soorm CEO of Rakvere Lihakombinaat Meat processing Plant and Rakvere Farmid said the government was late in reacting to the pig plague The decisions should have been taken earlier When in the winter we addressed agriculture ministry and environment ministry on behalf of pig raisers already then the honourable politicians ought to have reacted and taken serious thought because already then it was clear to the pig farmers how fast the virus was travelling said Mr Soorm In Latvia Lithuania and Poland several African pig plague cases were diagnosed during July Up to now no cases have been diagnosed in Estonia but a 40 kilometre buffer zone has been declared at the

    Original URL path: http://www.sotsdem.ee/en/estonian-minister-of-agriculture-pig-plague-is-here/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Mikser: Putin Only Understands Brute Force | SDE
    member states have put into the integrity of the alliance The United Kingdom s Defense Committee of the House Commons stated in its report that NATO is ill equipped to react to Russia s unconventional methods of war against an alliance member MPs of the UK s House of Commons recommended to NATO to dispatch permanent troops and military equipment to the Baltic states NATO Article Five the collective defense clause was deemed insufficient taking into account recent developments in Ukraine obligation of immediate help to alliance members in case of insurgents and cyber warfare was proposed In addition members of parliament pointed out that NATO should focus more on rapid deployment units by organizing large scale military exercises which would include every alliance member Mikser said that although international relations in Europe are currently strained there is no panic in Estonia not on the streets nor among politicians We have invested significant amounts of funds into our defense and security capabilities over the years as well as contributed to strengthening relations between alliance members in Europe and in the Americas said Mikser although he expressed concern in the fact that Russia has recently been converging its armed forces in the eastern region of its territory Mikser said the Baltic states do need a better defense plan particularly in bettering their situational awareness and reaction time He stressed that collectively NATO is far more superior in warfare although Putin s regime seems to think they have an upper hand in this matter There is time Russia has heavily been focusing on rapid deployment of troops In essence Putin is able to lead his armies from home he said ERR Tweet Viimased uudised Kaitseminister Hanso odinlastest ma ei pea õigeks kaitseväelaste ja kaitseliitlaste kuulumist ebaselgete eesmärkidega seltskonda 15 2016 В Эстонии

    Original URL path: http://www.sotsdem.ee/en/mikser-putin-only-understands-brute-force/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Mikser: Redeployment of Russian Fighter Planes Close to Lithuanian Border ‘No Surprise’ | SDE
    of Sukhoi SU 27SM3 planes to Baranovich and Lida airfields 35 km from the border Mikser said that Russia had been interested in modernizing its military and increasing reaction time for years but that a new aspect seen in recent months was that the political administration Putin was prepared to use the heightened capabilities against Russia s neighbors Still it wouldn t be wise to be too alarmist Even though Russia s defense budget has increased each year and it has achieved certain success in modernizing its forces NATO is still collectively the more militarily powerful organization Mikser said Mikser Pulling Out of African Mission Month Early Not the Right Response to Mistral Deal He also commented on calls mainly from parts of society unrepresented in parliament that Estonia should pull its troops from the France led Central African Republic CAR mission because of France s refusal to walk away from an arms deal with Russia Mikser said that in meetings with French diplomats and officials he had reiterated the position that the sale of the Mistral vessels to Russia would be harmful to security in the region as well as others calling it unacceptable France is aware of our positions he said But the connection to the operations in the CAR is not one to one Pressed as to whether it would nonetheless not be effective PR and fodder for international headlines if Estonia very publicly pulled out of the EU mission Mikser said If your sweetheart cheats on you you can kick your partner out But there s no reason to throw out the dog that your girlfriend once gave to you out of your home as well I believe Estonia must stick to its international obligation right to its conclusion he said adding that he himself had

    Original URL path: http://www.sotsdem.ee/en/mikser-redeployment-of-russian-fighter-planes-close-to-lithuanian-border-no-surprise/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Arhiiv | SDE
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    Original URL path: http://www.sotsdem.ee/uut-ja-olulist/kalender/arhiiv/?cid=22 (2016-02-16)
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