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Estonia: Access to Abortions Simplified for Minors

(July 28, 2015) On February 12, 2015, the President of Estonia signed into law amendments to the Act on Termination of Pregnancy and on Sterilization, which entered into force on March 2, 2015. (Act on the Termination of Pregnancy and on Sterilization (as amended on Jan. 29, 2015), RIIGI TEATAJA [Estonia’s official gazette] I, 11/2015, […]

Estonia: Family Relations Extended Beyond Marriage

(Oct. 17, 2014) On October 9, 2014, the Riigikogu (Estonian legislature) passed the Cohabitation Act, which was signed into law by the President of Estonia on the same day. The law will enter into force in 2016, after the required implementing legislation is adopted. (Press Release, Parliament of Estonia, Riigikogu Approves Cohabitation Act (Oct. 9, […]

Estonia: E-Residency May Be Granted to Foreign Investors

(June 6, 2014) On April 24, 2014, the Government of Estonia approved the concept of e-residency, which would allow non-resident foreign investors to use Estonian government online services, open bank accounts, and register businesses in Estonia without visiting the country. (Estonian Government Accepted E-Residency Concept, FINANCE ESTONIA (Apr. 25, 2014).) Profits from the Estonian virtual […]

Estonia: Rules on Taxation of Bitcoin

(Apr. 18, 2014) On March 13, 2014, the Tax and Customs Board of Estonia published on its website a document entitled Taxation of Trade in Bitcoins (Maksustamine Bitcoin’idega Kauplemisel (Mar. 2014)). In this first government statement concerning the official policy in regard to Bitcoin, the Board followed the position of the European Central Bank and […]

Estonia: Smoking or Taking Drugs During Pregnancy May Be Criminalized

(Sept. 20, 2013) Following the example of neighboring Latvia, where damaging children’s health through second-hand smoking was criminalized recently ( see Peter Roudik, Latvia: Smoking Parents Will Be Prosecuted, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (June 5, 2013)), the Estonian Ministry of Justice proposed a bill amending the Penal Code of Estonia to make it illegal for pregnant […]

Estonia: Restrictions on Transit Fine Imposition

(June 2, 2008) On May 12, 2008, the Supreme Court of Estonia decided that the company that runs public transportation in the capital city of Tallinn and inspects whether passengers have paid for their rides has no right to impose fines on passengers for unpaid rides and other violations of the Public Transportation Act. The […]

Estonia: Sale of Alcohol at Night Prohibited

(Apr. 2, 2008) On February 26, 2008, the Parliament of Estonia approved amendments to the nation's Alcohol Act that introduce time restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages. According to the new law, alcohol can be purchased only between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. New restrictions are also introduced in regard to minors. The previous […]

Estonia: New Measures to Stop Money Laundering

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 18, 2007, the Government of Estonia approved a set of measures aimed at preventing the financing of terrorist activities and submitted a legislative proposal on amending existing anti-money laundering legislation. Following the government order, the list of persons subject to financial monitoring was expanded, and it now includes all banks […]