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Energy Policy in Estonia

A comparative view on party positions

In the light of the German Energiewende, i.e. phasing out of nuclear energy and the implementation of binding limitations on CO2 emissions, debates on resource sustainability is not limited to institutions of the European Union (EU). In fact, resource sustainability is discussed all over Europe. Estonia is a small national economy with a certain limit of domestic energy resources. But where is Estonia heading to? The most important facts and issues of Estonian energy policy, the current debate and the common and different positions on energy policy of political parties are shown. more…

Thomas Schneider | Country Reports | January 20, 2013

Demographic Trends in Estonia

Primary Results and Interpretation

In 2012, the Eleventh Population and Housing Census (PHC 2011) was conducted in Estonia. It illustrated the overall population decline in Estonia that was generally expected to be higher. The working paper shows the mayor numbers of the PHC 2011 and interpretates its origin and impact for the future of the Estonian society. more…

Thomas Schneider | Country Reports | January 15, 2013

The future of Estonias `society of opportunities´

Interview at the IV. future forum Estonia (in German)

Margus Tsahkna MP, chairman of the social affairs committee of the Estonian Riigikogu, answers on current questions of Social policy. more…

Thomas Schneider | Event Reports | December 6, 2012

The Media Landscape of Estonia

The paper deals with the developments of the media in the Republic of Estonia. The author analyses the current market condition and considers also the recent past. more…

Country Reports | December 1, 2011

"Estonian energy policy"

An Overview

When it comes to energy policy, Estonia is a quite rare country in Europe and in the whole world. Estonia does not have high valued energy sources like oil, gas or even coal, but does have oil shale. This natural resource is mostly not even used because recourses with higher value are preferred. But since Estonia does not have anything else, the oil shale industry has been developed from 1940. But beside oil shale, other indicators are important to describe when describing the Estonian energy policy. more…

Country Reports | November 23, 2011