Estonia: Elron ticket revenue up in September 2017

The state-owned passenger train operator Elron sold tickets for EUR 1.1 million in September, up by 8% YoY. At 650,000 passengers, the number of people that used Elron’s connections increased by 9% as well, or by some 50,000 people. The company’s busiest routes in September this year were Tallinn-Paldiski with 116,000, Tallinn-Riisipere with 102,000, Tallinn-Aegviidu…

Estonia: alcohol tax revenue to drop in 2018

Alcohol excise duty will bring in some EUR 80 million less than estimated by the Ministry of Finance to Estonian state coffers next year, says the Estonian Institute of Economic Research (EKI), according to which this year’s revenues from the duty are smaller in absolute terms despite a steep rate hike. “The price difference with…

Estonia: September 2017 consumer price index up

According to the information released by Statistics Estonia, the consumer price index in September decreased by 0.1% compared to the previous month and increased by 3.7% YoY. Compared to September 2016, goods were 3.7% and services 3.5% more expensive. Regulated prices of goods and services have risen by 7.4% and non-regulated prices by 2.7% compared…

Estonia: completion of eastern border delayed

While Estonia’s modern eastern border with Russia was initially planned to be completed by 2018 or 2019 at the latest, currently even test sections of the border have not yet been finished. Last November, then-Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur (Reform) said that the Estonian government had set the ambitious goal of building the new…

Estonia: Coop Pank launches operations

The former Krediidipank is officially launching operations under the new Coop Pank brand. All Krediidipank subsidiaries will likewise be switching to the new name. Coop Pank’s major stakeholder is Coop Eesti, a retail group consisting of 19 regional consumer cooperatives. According to Coop Pank board chairman Margus Rink, 14 bank branches across Estonia have been…

Estonia: August 2017 industrial production up

According to information released by Statistics Estonia, the production of industrial enterprises increased by 5% YoY in August, with production increasing in mining and quarrying, but decreasing in the energy sector. In August, manufacturing production was 6% higher than the same month last year. Production growth was broad-based – last month, production surpassed August 2016…

Estonia: Latvenergo enters gas market

Latvenergo’s energy trading company in Estonia – Elektrum Eesti – has commenced selling natural gas to business clients, as confirmed by the company. Elektrum Eesti is the second largest electrical energy trader in Estonia. Now it will also start selling natural gas in addition to electricity, expanding the company’s services. The company will offer gas…

Estonia: government approves 2018 state budget

The Estonian government at an extraordinary meeting on September 27 approved the 2018 state budget bill, which set out the first ever Estonian state budget to exceed EUR 10 billion. This marks the first full-length budget of the coalition government that took office in November 2016. The activities financed from the budget support the four…