No. 29




No. 29, June 2014

This issue focuses on the use of the European Union Structural Funds in 2014–2020, and analyses the sustainability and the competitiveness of the Estonian economy. A panel of representatives of the Riigikogu factions discusses the use of the so called soft power in the new security situation.

Summaries of articles are in English.

Full articles in Estonian

Editor-in-Chief’s Column

  • Estonia’s Decade of Possibilities

    In 2018, Estonia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. We have witnessed the Presidency period of Lithuania, which has earned international praise behind the scenes. Lithuania as the presiding country showed itself to be an efficient diplomat and administrator who is able to join national and Pan-European interests. The activities of President Dalia Grybauskaitė greatly contributed to it.

RiTo conversation circle



  • The Beauty and Pain of European Money

    The article deals with the role of foreign support in the state budget of Estonia and more broadly in the development of economy during the last decade.

  • Smart Sustainable Estonia

    The role of universities in society is to create new knowledge through research and development, and to teach educated people so that they would be able in the future to cope successfully in the changing world and develop the economy and science of Estonia. Research and higher education are directly linked and require common integrated approach at the state level.

  • How to Implement Successful Austerity Policy without Negative Reactions from Voters: Estonian Experience 2008–2011

    In Europe, austerity policy was considered the ideal model for the stabilisation of states with payment difficulties during the global financial crisis which began in 2008. However, in spite of their economic reasonableness austerity measures were seldom applied in the Member States of the European Union because of the social pressure and political risks that accompany them. The main justified fear of the governments not implementing these measures was not that the austerity measures would not work, but rather the opinion that austerity policy would bring along the displeasure of the voters and that would result in losing the elections.

  • Immigration to Estonia 2008–2013

    Employers have pointed to the need to facilitate the immigration of top specialists, and to the shortage of skilled workers. Universities and research groups of centres of excellence have spoken about the facilitation of the immigration of foreign students and researchers. Different views on immigration have been expressed, but detailed information about immigrants is seldom given.

Constitutional institutions


Culture and Education

Civil society and state authority

Literature and Databases

Art gallery