Martin Helme

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Martin Helme said : "I believe Jüri would be a great president. He is a real man of the people, but he is also a conciliator that is needed in society at the moment," External link

err-en Friday, February 26, 2021 12:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I have been critical ever since we bought personal protective gear using common tenders. Now, a full year later, these common procurements have gotten nowhere. I said right away that it would be no better with medicines. But that was the decision and this is where we are now," External link

err-en Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The valid law is clearly too lax and fails to deter pedophiles from abusing children. For instance, under current law, a relationship between a 65-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl or boy would be legal. If it is all consensual, it is permissible from the legal perspective" External link

err-en Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It is very difficult to find a balance and it seems very clear to me that the new government here, well.. how to say it.. is absolutely not aware of the seriousness of this situation," External link

err-en Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told : "Saying in hindsight that it would not have been necessary to inflate the budget because everything went well is being guided by the wrong starting point. It went well because we made the right decisions with the budget. Through this alone, we put more than 200 million euros in people's pockets from the reserves of the Unemployment Insurance Fund through labor market measures. It was a big deficit for the budget balance, but it helped keep people in jobs, consumption and both labor tax and VAT receipts. And these are the numbers that kept the economy and tax revenue afloat," External link

BalticTimes Monday, February 15, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "The momentum that we gave in the spring with the supplementary budget, the current government is also still moving along with this momentum," External link

BalticTimes Monday, February 15, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In December of 2019 I presented the plan on how to conduct the revision. I did it again in May of 2019, that was during the coronavirus. Then we summarized the costs that the coronavirus stopped us from doing. That total came out to around €25 million," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are two kinds of costs there. One is buried under a thick layer of culture, things that have been fought for by someone and are now just sitting there. And ministries and agencies use them as a buffer, or just let them be as they are not tight themselves anywhere," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Another option that we offered was to go by specific costs, leave out some actions. A third option that we looked at was a few expensive and large public services that were agreed to politically some time ago but have not justified themselves or were not made by the current government," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Practically every minister behind the table said there is nowhere to make cuts in. On the contrary, they had additional applications instead," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We could say that we will decrease subsidization here and that would be it. We are talking of pieces of a few dozen already. The exact same thing happens with free higher education. This does not mean we could cut €200 million from universities but I am just noting the political choices," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme noted : "There are a few services that noone is actually using. But of course, if we are talking about services that noone uses, there is not a lot of money there," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The question is about the mentality," "If you treat public expenses by saying: 'oh, it is not a lot of money', then there are thousands of decisions made in the country and the sum is large in the end" External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme affirmé : «Ça n’a pas de sens de parler de démocratie ou d’Etat de droit si des élections peuvent être truquées de façon aussi flagrante, aussi grossière et aussi massive» External link

msn-fr Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Both personally and as a leader of a political party, I've always had zero tolerance for corruption. Such serious accusations naturally cause great concern and dismay for me" External link

err-en Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote ( about Kersti Kaljulaid ) : "Last week, I received an invitation to meet with Kersti Kaljulaid to discuss the political year which has now begun" External link

err-en Saturday, January 9, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are three main contracts with LOT and each of them have separate promises and commitments made to each other. There were different commitments criss-cross and requirements put on one another. Potentially, the capacity of our requirements was around €5.5 million, the Poles said they have at least as many against us. It was a matter of principle, which requirements we will consider and how some conditions were calculated," External link

err-en Friday, January 8, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I believe there can be no question in that these election were falsified," "I believe all normal people should speak up against it. There is no sense in talking about democracy or rule of law in a situation where elections can be faked so plainly, boldly and on a massive scale" External link

err-en Thursday, January 7, 2021 6:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The facts are such that more than half of American voters say yes, the election were rigged," External link

err-en Monday, January 4, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The same was attempted in Romania. The pattern is exactly the same" External link

err-en Monday, January 4, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In the coming years, the development of simple and convenient public services must be continued in order to make paying taxes as convenient and simple as possible for the taxpayer. At the same time, effective supervision must be in place," External link

err-en Friday, December 18, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Initially, we are talking about single-digit millions, if we speak of Ida-Viru County. And again, we have to distribute it, one is salaries and the other is fixed costs. And if we are now looking at nationwide restrictions that we have done for hobby education and sports, then we need to proceed with a different mechanism, but we are looking for a so-called evidence-based one here as well" External link

err-en Tuesday, December 15, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are not talking here about compensation for the loss of income with a 'one-size-fits-all' model, but we understand that some kind of support measure is needed for those companies that we have closed with our decision" External link

err-en Thursday, December 10, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We don't have to explain all this to the entire Estonian populace, this is not necessary. For the Estonian public, the idea in a nutshell is contacts must be reduced, and these measures will work to achieve that" External link

err-en Thursday, December 10, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We plan to suspend leisure activities, all public events: cinemas, theaters, concerts, museums, exhibitions" External link

err-en Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "This does not mean that all their lost income or all turnover will be compensated, but some kind of compensation mechanism, similar to the spring, is planned," External link

err-en Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Cultural and sports institutions are, in the same way, differentiated via the argument that yes, there is a risk of infection present, but for reason or another, it is necessary to take this risk for society to function" External link

err-en Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It is true that there was a competition for the position of the head of the FIU. The person selected was not my preference. And I announced a new contest," External link

err-en Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:27:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these elections are rigged,” External link

politico-eu Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "You need a list of registered voters and a ballot paper with a box next to options 'yes' and 'no.' We will hold the vote on paper if necessary. The referendum will not be canceled over a missing plugin," External link

err-en Friday, November 13, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme confirmed : "The referendum is a very simple matter," "You need a list of eligible voters and a ballot paper with a 'yes' box and a 'no' box. If necessary, we'll do it on paper. The functioning of democracy does not depend on whether some new plugin we have is functional" External link

err-en Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:02:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The functioning of democracy does not depend on whether some new plugin we have is functional," "If necessary, we will hold [the plebiscite] on paper" External link

err-en Thursday, November 12, 2020 5:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “There is no question that these elections were falsified,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, November 9, 2020 9:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “there is no question that these elections (in the United States) were falsified” “If this (U.S. election result) goes through, then the Constitution will no longer apply in America,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, November 9, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "No one in the coalition asked us to leave," External link

dailyadvertiser Monday, November 9, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "No one in the coalition asked us to leave," External link

illawarramercury Monday, November 9, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "No one in the coalition asked us to leave," External link

yahoo-au Monday, November 9, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "No-one in the coalition asked us to leave," External link

news24 Monday, November 9, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I believe there can be no question in that this election was falsified," "I believe all normal people should speak up against it. There is no sense in talking about democracy or rule of law in a situation where elections can be faked so plainly, boldly and on a massive scale" External link

err-en Monday, November 9, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme disse : “Não há dúvidas de que estas eleições [nos EUA] foram falsificadas” External link

tvi24 Monday, November 9, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “there is no question that these elections (in the United States) were falsified” “If this (U.S. election result) goes through, then the Constitution will no longer apply in America,” External link

tribtown Monday, November 9, 2020 2:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “there is no question that these elections (in the United States) were falsified” “If this (U.S. election result) goes through, then the Constitution will no longer apply in America,” External link

msn-uk Monday, November 9, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Last night I decided to resign (when) looking at the slander and lies produced by the Estonian media," External link

startribune Monday, November 9, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "there is no question that these elections (in the United States) were falsified" "If this (U.S. election result) goes through, then the Constitution will no longer apply in America," External link

startribune Monday, November 9, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these (U.S.) elections are rigged,” External link

thesun Monday, November 9, 2020 2:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these (U.S.) elections are rigged,” External link

thesun Monday, November 9, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I believe there can be no question that these elections were falsified," External link

afp-en Monday, November 9, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these (US) elections are rigged,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, November 9, 2020 4:24:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these (U.S.) elections are rigged,” External link

thesun Monday, November 9, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This is a question of who has power in Estonia, is it in the hands of the people or in the courts, or elsewhere within an international organization" External link

err-en Monday, November 2, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : "It is the state's business the count the votes and organize the election. I'm sure campaigns will be pursued by parties and interest groups. It cannot be up to the state to tell citizens where they stand," External link

err-en Sunday, October 25, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I continue to be convinced that Kredex should be lending that money, which we allocated under the supplementary budget, faster and on a bigger scale to enliven the Estonian economy. I would have wanted - and I think that this topic is not closed yet - that it should have been possible also for the Patarei naval fortress project, for instance, to borrow money from Kredex," External link

err-en Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We have the text of the draft and the basis of the explanatory memorandum. What is being discussed is whether it will be held on the exact same day as the local elections or whether it makes sense to maneuver a bit on that date," "The coalition agreement states that it will be on the same day as the local elections, and the coalition partners have other proposals. We are discussing this, I believe that we are very close to this solution or agreement and if not this week, then we will hand over the draft next week" External link

err-en Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I wholly dislike the fact that this political dispute is being held in court, and I don't think many judges like it either. Political disputes should take place in parliament," External link

err-en Friday, October 9, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme noted : "We need to be able to use public money … wisely enough to increase the growth potential of the economy. This can be done, among other things, with the support of infrastructure investments," External link

err-en Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are some sins a politician is not forgiven and lying is one of them," External link

err-en Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : "In terms of activities, the reports include both the direct work of consultants and the costs of providing the service (transport, flights). The consultants' work includes various legal activities: submission of inquiries, cooperation activities with authorities in Estonia and the USA, etc.," External link

err-en Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are some sins a politician is not forgiven and lying is one of them," External link

err-en Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The Estonian state has zero tolerance for money laundering as it can severely affect our economy and security. Dirty money laundered through Estonia can be used to attack our interests by financing terrorism or activities that undermine our national interests," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia's reputation has been damaged in past money laundering cases. Institutions of various states have launched investigations into breaches of anti-money laundering requirements at banks that have operated in Estonia or their branches. It is important that these past episodes should be thoroughly investigated," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "We await that the Fund will stimulate the Estonian capital markets, precisely concerning infrastructure projects and obviously will offer additional funding opportunities, to Estonian companies in the fields of transport, energy and digital infrastructure, for realising their potential in the Three Seas countries" External link

baltic-course Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If economic growth is even one percent higher, then in fact the same ten billion debt-to-GDP ratio will be significantly lower in a few years already. And for us, servicing this debt, repaying this debt is much easier," External link

err-en Friday, September 11, 2020 11:02:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In essence, we are talking about having two lost years. We are back at the level of prosperity at the beginning of this year by 2022," External link

err-en Monday, September 7, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Firstly, a person gets something, eating out or going to the spa, and secondly, these companies themselves have to compete for customers," External link

err-en Friday, September 4, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told : "I don't think it's wise to answer your questions," External link

err-en Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:27:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If the Supreme Court comes out with a decision that would essentially thwart the reform, the next step politically is to liquidate the entire second [employer/employee contributions] pillar. There would not be anything voluntary about that. In one move, we would move all second pillar money to the first [state pension] pillar and that is that" External link

err-en Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If the Supreme Court comes out with a decision that would essentially thwart the reform, the next step politically is to liquidate the entire second [employer/employee contributions] pillar. There would not be anything voluntary about that. In one move, we would move all second pillar money to the first [state pension] pillar and that is that" External link

err-en Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I wholly dislike the fact that this political dispute is being held in court, and I don't think many judges like it either. Political disputes should take place in parliament," External link

err-en Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Some, who we turned to, turned us down saying they are not interested in the case. Of that entire process, three or four companies remained and after government approval, we made offers to three. " External link

err-en Monday, August 3, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said ( about Louis Freeh ) : "Freeh, on the contrary, said that he does not have said business interests and that there is no conflict of interests," External link

err-en Wednesday, July 29, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Today's government and my activities in the fight against money laundering are likely antagonistic to many who have ever been involved," External link

err-en Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I see no reason to terminate this agreement, on the contrary, that this idea is brought to the table at all rather gives me confirmation that we are on the right track," External link

err-en Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "In one of today's editorials, the developments in Isamaa were called Isamaa 3.0. I also read this text [the association's manifesto] and the names of the signatories thereto and I must say, it feels more like the Free Party 2.0. And, looking at the initiators, also like Res Publica 2.0," External link

err-en Sunday, July 26, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We must act vigorously to raise the international competitiveness of our companies. I'm glad to note that we have taken the first steps already, but I'm definitely planning to present new proposals to the government already in the fall," External link

baltic-course Friday, July 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It is usual to have such a mess with EU affairs. We all have our opinions on everything - we do not agree on everything. Even though we are supporting the same views, sometimes we disagree on a few things. I think, if we take a look from the perspective of the Estonian state, I believe the decision we made is positive" External link

err-en Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia's official positions state unequivocally that we do not support any additional own resources. The plastic tax which we do not support will be a larger argument. It is a matter of principle" External link

err-en Saturday, July 18, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We have decided that we will spend money on NGOs who claim they promote equality but in actuality come to Toompea with placards to bring down government. Why we are funding this, I do not know" External link

err-en Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are significantly limiting the possibility for foreign students to get to Estonia, the possibility for their family members to get to Estonia. If they drop out of school in Estonia, they cannot stay in Estonia - this is a very important point for [our party]," External link

err-en Monday, July 6, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I think that by doing so, we will remove the health risk concerns we had. At the same time, we will provide relief to those companies that have not been able to solve their labor problem in any other way," External link

err-en Monday, July 6, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This depends on what is being done, picking berries or something else," External link

err-en Monday, July 6, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "Government is still discussing how to position all of this," External link

err-en Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The first concern being that if the proposal is in accordance with all of the EU's previous treaties, we see it as a budget deficit which is forbidden by the treaties. It is technically funded activity conducted by the European Central Bank (ECB) which is alos forbidden," "The second being a question of mandate. We can see how the proposal will change the balance of power between EU member states and the center, but also between the member states themselves," External link

err-en Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I will not run against the current party chairman," External link

err-en Monday, June 8, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said ( about Mart Helme ) : "Despite the criticism against him, over his past seven years as chairman, Mart has taken the party from 0 percent to nearly 20 percent support," External link

err-en Monday, June 8, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "We increased the amount partly because RMK had an extremly profitable year and they exceeded income," External link

err-en Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "At a time when Estonia has to borrow money from the market, it is not reasonable to have large sums of money sitting in state-owned institutions. RMK is a very liquid institution. Figuratively we will slice off half of their balance," External link

err-en Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "A closer scrutiny has revealed that when it comes to the cash injection into Nordica, we need to get to know first whether it is state aid or not," External link

err-en Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The Estonian state will issue long-term bonds for the first time after an 18-year break. Our public finances are in good condition, the volume of Estonia's public debt is one of the smallest in the European Union. " External link

err-en Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “If other countries have over decades accelerated their economic growth this way, among other things by bringing investments forward through borrowing, I think we shouldn’t be ruling out this option due to some inflexible ideological denial,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, June 1, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The risk margin of the ten-year government bonds will be a reference base, or benchmark, for all Estonian companies and banks that plan to issue bonds of their own. Having a risk margin on government bonds will also make pricing of these bonds simpler," External link

BalticTimes Friday, May 29, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told ( about Commission ) : "The EU Commission, very much along the lines of French-German proposals, has presented a big step towards United States of Europe," External link

wsau Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:06:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The risk margin of the ten-year government bonds will be a reference base, or benchmark, for all Estonian companies and banks that plan to issue bonds of their own. Having a risk margin on government bonds will also make pricing of these bonds simpler," External link

baltic-course Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This means either increased contributions to the EU budget which is clearly unacceptable for a number of states, or decreased disbursements to current net recipients which is something we cannot support," External link

err-en Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The question is not whether we want to help the Southern European countries that have been severely affected by the coronavirus crisis. The question is how it will be possible to achieve this so that countries and their constitutions are not steamrolled by them taking over old debts," External link

err-en Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : “Due to the economic downturn, both people’s incomes and the revenue of companies are declining, but daily household expenses such as electricity or gas bills still need to be paid. To better cope with them, we are reducing excise duty rates on gas and electricity for two years,” External link

theafronews Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:44:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Rail Baltica is doing things that are already beneficial to the economy. The money that was spent, it also went to the construction of viaducts and a tram line in Tallinn. Even if the remainder of Rail Baltica is never realized, this tram line to the airport is a good idea, in my opinion. As a slogan, one could say that money was spent on Rail Baltica, but you need to look at the details. We try to stand for our expenses, which are important and useful, but not to help the construction of the railway," External link

opednews Saturday, May 23, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme answered : "Why do you presume we will adopt another supplementary budget this year?" External link

err-en Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I say this with great reservations, because an outbreak might occur in Estonia or something might happen with the banks or with the external environment. Right now I see no need for a new supplementary budget," External link

err-en Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I believe we will be ready to discuss this in government in a week," External link

err-en Wednesday, May 6, 2020 4:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Rail Baltic is producing things that will benefit our economy one way or another. Where have Rail Baltic funds been spent so far? Overpasses and a tram line in Tallinn. If the rest of Rail Baltic never happens, a tram going to the airport – I think it will be a good thing to have. It has been constructed using Rail Baltic funding. There is no Rail Baltic railroad, construction has not been launched. While it's good to say that Rail Baltic money has been used for something, if we go into detail and see where it has been spent… We try to promote building things that benefit us and are not helping to build the railroad," External link

err-en Sunday, May 3, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "Electricity serves as an important and high input price for exporting and producing companies, including in agriculture, and reducing it will help us to be more competitive," External link

err-en Friday, May 1, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained ( about Tallink Grupp ) : "Tallink has made an application through KredEx. Today, Thursday, KredEx's answer came out. I have read the terms and conditions, they are reasonable. The loan has guarantees but I cannot publish them until we have sent them to Tallink. Next, we will come to the round of negotiations, where Tallink says what they want to add or remove. I believe that in a week we will be ready to discuss it in the government, " External link

err-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "These were specific things on the menu that we discussed in the cabinet for the first time today, but which we will look closely at next week," External link

err-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained ( about Tallink Grupp ) : "Tallink has made an application through KredEx. Today, Thursday, KredEx's answer came out. I have read the terms and conditions, they are reasonable. The loan has guarantees, but I cannot publish them until we have sent them to Tallink. Next we will come to the round of negotiations, where Tallink says what they want to add or remove. I believe that in a week we will be ready to discuss it in the government, " External link

err-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "An extension must likewise be granted to health certificates as appointments with family doctors or medical professionals have at this time been reduced to a minimum," External link

err-en Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "We also agreed that media support cannot be limited to newspapers, but must be looked at more broadly, because advertising revenue has also fallen away from radio, for example," External link

err-en Friday, April 17, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "Considering climate neutrality targets and the concomitant needs in the energy sector, the modernization of transport infrastructure, including via public-private partnership (PPP), and plans to support the development of digital infrastructure and the export of digital solutions, there is certainly a need for raising capital," External link

err-en Friday, April 17, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In a situation where our picture is not clear and ignorance is great, we must err on the side of caution," External link

err-en Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "At the moment, we are clearly talking about a loan. That is what they have been asking for," External link

err-en Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I am giving a completely clear signal: we will not end the emergency situation on April 30," External link

err-en Monday, April 13, 2020 11:33:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The impending recession will lead to a massive decline in tax revenues, affecting all sectors and levels," External link

err-en Thursday, April 2, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The latest forecast has been updated with the impact of the economic environment and restrictions of movement, but does not include government measures. " External link

err-en Thursday, April 2, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "The construction of the new oil plant is in line with national strategy documents such as the Energy Development Plan, the Oil Shale Development Plan and also basic principles of climate policy. In the current economic climate, it is important to make major infrastructure investments, which is all the more reason to expect that construction will become cheaper in the near future," "With the new oil plant construction, CO2 emissions and oil shale use by the Estonian oil shale sector will not increase, but decrease" External link

err-en Friday, March 27, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Now is the time to go into the minus of the budget to keep the economy running. That is the logic which makes up the cornerstone of the current [emergency] package," External link

err-en Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This is the logic with which we put together the economic recovery package, plus a number of additional proposals to breathe life into the economy," External link

err-en Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I think it is wise to create a strong cash buffer right now, as the financial markets are in an unpredictable situation and the availability and cost of the funds needed may be less favorable later," External link

err-en Monday, March 16, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We're not talking about any sort of overreaction in any case," External link

err-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If this is on the same scale as the regular flu, then there will be up to 70,000 cases," "If the mortality rate is around the same as in other European countries, or approximately 3 percent, then we're talking about more than 2,000 deaths in Estonia. If what Angela Merkel or the British National Health Service (NHS) is saying is true, that the infection rate could reach up to 70 percent of the total population, then we're talking about 900,000 cases and 27,000 deaths in Estonia" External link

err-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It's difficult to predict right now how long the virus will last and what its eventual scale will be, but it is already negatively affecting the global economy and the economy of Estonia," External link

BalticTimes Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "At present, it is hard to predict how long the virus is going to last and what its extent will become, but the situation today is it will have a negative impact on both global and Estonian economies," External link

err-en Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Against the backdrop of the fight against money laundering, we have unfortunately reached the point where it has become excessively common to not open accounts, to close accounts, and to not make transfers — this has already begun to obstruct Estonia's business environment, and urgently needs to be addressed," External link

err-en Thursday, March 5, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Our proposal is not to lay down a special VAT rate for e-publications," External link

err-en Monday, March 2, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There aren't very many people who have the €300,000 or €200,000 handy, and banks aren't very eager to provide these loans, and so we are left with the current owners, who are essentially saying — just as estate owners told peasants in the 19th century — to earn it through their work," External link

err-en Thursday, February 27, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This reform was made to help low-wage earners. And if the concern now is that we don't have low-wage earners because people's income has grown, we should not describe the reform as having failed. In fact, people's lives have improved" External link

err-en Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Not collecting €250 million just to get the wealthier a bargain is not very sensible to me," External link

err-en Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : "Our main issue is that Estonia is almost the only EU country that is calculating the amount of plastic, for all others, it's some kind of a theoretical calculation," External link

err-en Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "With the next [budgetary] period, the bidding rate on the table presently stands at 35 percent," External link

err-en Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "A budget amenable to all is probably never going to appear, but from an Estonian perspective, some sections are more important than others," External link

err-en Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The first consideration is that our agricultural sector should be treated as in line with western Europe in terms of subsidies as is possible," External link

err-en Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "Net contributors were in the most combative mood as of this time; emotions were through the roof. We now have the first moment of reflection; a more equal treatment for our farmers [is requried], and we definitely want to see Rail Baltic clearly fixed," External link

err-en Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "It was briefly mentioned on the news last week that the government intends to complete a land appraisal that has gone undone for over 20 years," External link

err-en Monday, February 10, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Today, unfortunately, there are frequent cases in certain sectors where workers from a foreign agency are working at an Estonian company, but the agency is not paying taxes on them and is thereby offering its services at a cheaper rate" External link

err-en Thursday, February 6, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Well I believe that those votes in favor have not decreased significantly in number," "Now the question is whether the number of votes against have decreased, and whether there are any new impartial votes. We know that these divisions and differences run within parliamentary groups as well, and our request or suggestion for other parliamentary groups is, in that case, allow a free vote" External link

err-en Friday, January 31, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Wholesalers would remain in control of the market, but 120-150 pharmacies across Estonia are threatened with closure," "We don't agree with the accessibility of drugs and the quality of pharmacy services being reduced following the reform. The goal of our proposed amendments is to put a stop to pharmacies' dependence on Estonian wholesalers and generate free competition on the pharmaceutical market" External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme concluded : "By implementing these changes, we would achieve a pharmacy reform that reduces pharmaceutical wholesalers' grip, improves drug accessibility and that ultimately has a positive effect on ensuring public health," External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It has to be investigated by the investigative authorities to determine whether the transaction was the result of someone's illegal activity. The management of Eesti Loto is fully cooperating with them," External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "While there have been concerns about this reform, that not all its components may be constitutional, I do not agree," External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme added : "We have proposed a balanced solution during the past six months, that will make today's rigid system much more flexible for people, while maintaining the necessary restrictions for social purposes. These restrictions, in my opinion, are proportionate and necessary, also sound within the consitutional context," External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told : "The bill is being drafted. It's neither long nor intricate. There's half a page of legal text and a letter of explanation. Our aim is to submit it to the Riigikogu on Thursday," External link

err-en Tuesday, January 28, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "What is new about this bill in addition to eliminating the present limitations, that is the ownership restriction and the aim to separate the wholesale and retail [of medicinal products], is that it would allow health establishments to have their own pharmacies, which means they would be able to sell their stocks directly. Additionally, pharmacies would be able to buy medicinal products without involving Estonian wholesalers, which would also solve the problem of many pharmaceuticals being in short supply in Estonia because wholesalers have not been able to secure good enough deals with the manufacturers," External link

err-en Tuesday, January 28, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia has also joined the European Union's goal of climate neutrality, but to achieve that, the different starting positions of the member states must be taken into account and member states should also have the flexibility to decide on emission reduction," External link

BalticTimes Friday, January 24, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia does not agree to abandon tax sovereignty and cannot support the creation of a global corporate tax, the terms and rates of which are not ours to set. Taxation is an opportunity for every country to find the best way to promote its economy and find its advantages in international competition, it must be up to each country to decide," External link

BalticTimes Friday, January 24, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I plan to meet with the board and council of Eesti Loto AS to get an idea of ​​the details of renting a building to a state-owned company. Then I can decide whether the case needs special scrutiny," External link

err-en Friday, January 24, 2020 6:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We have taken into consideration the possibility that various European institutions will not participate in this loan," "We in the government have a very clear political will to move forward with this. If necessary, we'll do it through government bonds; if needed, we'll do it by raising money on the stock market. We won't be stopped by this" External link

err-en Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I plan to meet with the Eesti Loto AS management board to get an overview of building rental details for the state-owned company," External link

err-en Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It could freely happen, and in fact did - not during this administration but the previous one - that the management of a company would say 'we absolutely don't care about what you (i.e. the government-ed.) think. We have a supervisory board here that has been appointed by the appointments committee. Talk to them if you want to change something, otherwise we will not do a thing'," External link

err-en Friday, January 17, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow with Eesti Energia senior management, in which I will likely receive a more detailed overview of the accusation. I know that the management of Eesti Energia has cooperated with the investigative authorities, and the fact that Eesti Energia has taken rapid action and recalled him [from the management board] was the right thing to do," External link

BalticTimes Friday, January 17, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Together with the state budget strategy, a slew of tax cut matters will also be on the table — diesel, natural gas excise, electricity excise," "We have also received proposals to reduce taxes on e-books" External link

err-en Monday, January 6, 2020 12:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "I will head into state budget strategy negotiations insisting that we also carry out a reduction in the excise duty on diesel," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "The answer to the question of where the finance minister plans to get the money is very simple. He will go to other ministers and say that they need to find it by cutting back elsewhere," External link

err-en Saturday, December 21, 2019 2:18:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "As I said in the morning, it's a storm in a tea cup. In Finland, it caused some discussion, in Estonia a bit more. But still storm in a tea cup," External link

err-en Monday, December 16, 2019 9:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme asked : "Knowing that we have a decision to build a [new] radar; knowing that this new radar will do away with any claim that wind turbines will interfere with national defense, now try to explain to me what, other than for some trifle, might be the reason that these wind turbines have to be demolished, instead of taking on board that in a few years they might be legally used? " External link

err-en Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Well, cheers. They are actually engaging in bullying an entrepreneur, as there is no logic in enforcing this law, plus I am not sure they are actually enforcing the law. This is malice," External link

err-en Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "They say everything is a state secret. One of the state secrets I've heard is that the Kellavere radar just doesn't work," External link

err-en Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "a large portion of the crusade against wind energy is sitting behind one deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Defense, behind [Meelis] Oidsalu. He is the one who here - if we talk about exceeding one's power competence - is one deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Defense who is issuing orders to various institutions across the ministry with no kind of hesitation and nobody has a problem with it" External link

err-en Wednesday, December 4, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Essentially, [their] business is being driven towards bankruptcy," External link

err-en Wednesday, December 4, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The bigger problem lies elsewhere. It is unacceptable to me, this idea that has prevailed in Estonia during previous administrations and is widespread among officials today, too, that entrepreneurs are thugs per se, and must be pestered," External link

err-en Wednesday, December 4, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Urmas was the kind of man who to my mind has never worked in a fashion where his taxes would be paid and who takes absolutely no interest in what becomes of his pension," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 3, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "For us it is important that fresh blood will come to the prosecutor's office from outside. And that a justice with a good background has been found is excellent," External link

err-en Monday, December 2, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "We are looking for more money, I believe we will be able to increase the top-up in next year's budget," External link

err-en Monday, December 2, 2019 5:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme asking : "Who do you think you are? Putting an end to this kind of administration is why we are in the government" External link

err-en Monday, December 2, 2019 5:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "One thing that we are not satisfied with is the fact that Swedbank didn't tell the truth to the Financial Supervision Authority. They either withheld information or provided misleading information. I cannot say whether they did it because they refused to believe it or it was a conscientious choice. Fact is that Swedbank was not honest with the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority in the era of the previous management, and this is a serious problem," External link

BalticTimes Friday, November 15, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "To be frank, many of them were oligarchs with a suspicious background, some of whom were allegedly under international sanctions," External link

BalticTimes Friday, November 15, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are two sorts of money that come from Russia. One is stolen money that wants to escape Russia," External link

voanews-sw Friday, November 15, 2019 1:21:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are two sorts of money that come from Russia. One is stolen money that wants to escape Russia," External link

voanews Friday, November 15, 2019 12:19:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We presume that financial institutions are interested in it and will make an effort on their own to ensure it becomes operational along with the reform as quickly as possible," External link

err-en Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are two sorts of money that come from Russia. One is stolen money that wants to escape Russia," External link

wsau Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "One thing that we are not satisfied with is the fact that Swedbank didn't tell the truth to the Financial Supervision Authority. They either withheld information or provided misleading information. I cannot say whether they did it because they refused to believe it or it was a conscientious choice. Fact is that Swedbank was not honest with the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority in the era of the previous management, and this is a serious problem," External link

err-en Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "To be frank, many of them were oligarchs with a suspicious background, some of whom were allegedly under international sanctions," External link

err-en Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are seeing a very clearly coordinated information operation and an attack on the Minister of Rural Affairs, Mart Järvik, for very clear reasons. First, the reason is that Mart Järvik has been working very hard in his field and has taken on food safety all over," External link

err-en Friday, November 8, 2019 6:57:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This has undoubtedly upset the ineffective Veterinary and Food Board (VTA), who are accustomed to living in a safe space where they are used to doing whatever business they like or dislike. And now that the minister has intervened and demanded food safety all over, it has seriously rocked the boat with officials who used to live in this comfort zone, " External link

err-en Friday, November 8, 2019 6:57:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "If [Järvik's] advisers have given him bad advice, then their suitability needs to be discussed, but the minister will not be shaken," External link

err-en Friday, November 8, 2019 6:57:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "In fact, I still have not decided," External link

err-en Friday, November 8, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "We have a different perspective on the matter," External link

err-en Monday, November 4, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "On the contrary, public support for this reform has increased over time rather than diminished. That said, during the election campaign, there was quite a bit of confusion over the second pillar. These were later subsumed over the summer and autumn, ad we are certainly going through all these discussions again at the Riigikogu," External link

err-en Monday, November 4, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "These are the places where the outward view gives us the courage to pursue government policy," External link

err-en Monday, November 4, 2019 2:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I also assured the IMF that we would listen very carefully to their recommendations on how to manage risks, because it affects a lot of people, but we have no political opportunity to withdraw from making the second pillar membership voluntary," External link

err-en Monday, November 4, 2019 2:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "nothing is ever done about money laundering in Estonia, and even if something is done, it always comes to nothing" External link

err-en Tuesday, October 29, 2019 7:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "People and journalists in general believe that all politicians are crooks, thieves and liars. But actually this is not true. Generally speaking, if we look at what will end a politician's career very quickly and resolutely, it's being caught in a very unambiguous act of lying to the public" External link

err-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "She came to the party's aid, she has been receiving the highest amount of criticism from day one, speaking of all ministers, not only those of the present government. The pressure that she has been under has been extraordinary," External link

err-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Lying is wrong. What opinion can there be," External link

err-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "On my way back from America I stopped over in London and spoke about Estonia at an event of a British conservative group. In the evening, I met anti-money laundering activist Bill Browder, who is also well known in Estonia," External link

BalticTimes Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In the morning I discussed at one international law office how to make sure that inquiries started by the US authorities concerning money laundering breaches by our banks, which in great probability will end in enormous fines, take place in a manner where we are involved in the process all the time and the overwhelming portion of the fine reaches the Estonian state budget in the end," External link

BalticTimes Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “We are talking about hundreds of millions at least, possibly about billions,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are talking about hundreds of millions at least, possibly about billions," External link

WortLuxembourg-en Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In the morning I discussed at one international law office how to make sure that inquiries started by the US authorities concerning money laundering breaches by our banks, which in great probability will end in enormous fines, take place in a manner where we are involved in the process all the time and the overwhelming portion of the fine reaches the Estonian state budget in the end," External link

baltic-course Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:48:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Preparing for the international evaluation of money laundering risks is very important for Estonia, as based on it many parties will be making conclusions about our state and its business environment," External link

err-en Friday, October 4, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Let's try to take money from foreigners, not from Estonians," External link

err-en Friday, September 20, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "Our forecast is that the money leaving will be around 25-30%. This will not all happen at once, but the larger wave will likely happen when we open the opportunity," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Next year the amount will top 5 billion euros," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The places for saving are very different. All the ministries have done their homework on this. There's forgoing of actual expenses as well as deferrals of expenses, adjourning of certain activities, there's relocation of euro monies. There's a broad arsenal for how to achieve the goals of the state budget," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:16:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "The ministers all went their ways with the task to think and once again review the different possibilities, that is it possible for us to create an additional buffer in order to still be able to finance some additional costs next year which are political priorities for us. Of course we are talking here about pensions, rescuers, teachers, cultural workers -- that is our next ambition. But it's still too early to give out any optimistic message on this," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:16:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : "Finding this money, or finding potential places for savings and new revenue sources, has taken a long time," External link

err-en Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:04:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We won't agree to [Perling's reappointment], and that won't change," External link

err-en Sunday, September 15, 2019 3:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “We will essentially be buying back that service, which isn’t as favorable as repaying a loan because a loan would obviously be the most sensible in the current environment of negative interest rates,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:42:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We hope that pension funds will become more efficient as a result, i.e. banks will make more of an effort" External link

err-en Sunday, September 8, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The purpose of our visit was to get acquainted with the experience of other states and major builders to determine whether an approach like this could suit Estonia," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The purpose of our visit was to get acquainted with the experience of other states and major builders to determine whether an approach like this could suit Estonia," External link

err-en Thursday, August 29, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In order to be competitive as en electricity producer in the long term and to simultaneously reduce the burden on the environment, modernizing the production of oil shale energy, diversifying the production portfolio and increasing the capacities of renewable energy is inevitable," External link

err-en Sunday, August 25, 2019 4:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "Naturally the political 'sky' is not as cloudless as our summer evening here eating coffee and cake, but at the same time the dark storm clouds the media seems to think exist, are not quite there either," External link

err-en Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme noted : "We have to keep in mind that as a result of major changes related to the exit from fossil fuel energy, several large-scale power outages have taken place in Europe of late. We must not permit a situation like that in Estonia," External link

err-en Friday, August 16, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme noted : "We have to keep in mind that as a result of major changes related to the exit from fossil fuel energy, several large-scale power outages have taken place in Europe of late. We must not permit a situation like that in Estonia," External link

err-en Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:38:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Professionals might want to move more cautiously thatn our political dictates," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Our common position is that we need to do this all at once as people need to understand what the conditions the reforms were made, when making choices. Otherwise, they could run the risk of taking a leap into the unknown with their decisions," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We talked through the schedule. We didn't quite set dates, but depending on how we plan to reform the second pillar, it can provide us with a framework for when or how we can move forward with retirement growth," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "The question is not just how many people are leaving, but also who is leaving, higher paid people, lower paid people, or the average," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "As we can see, excise duty receipts were below the levels projected in the estimated budget as well as in the spring economic forecast in January, March, May and June," External link

err-en Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The numbers aren't big, but it is worth noting that border crossing is measured in the movement of cars, not in how much goods they have purchased in Latvia," External link

err-en Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "If we aren't happy with it, in my view, we should reform things; replace some people or change the law," External link

BalticTimes Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia is slated for a new Moneyval evaluation at the beginning of 2021. This time it will be evaluated how we are implementing different laws and regulations in practice and what is the capability of our institutions to actually engage in combating money laundering. We must make an effort as a state because the present situation may not be good enough to pass the evaluation successfully," External link

BalticTimes Monday, July 1, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "At the meeting of the committee we discussed the responses received to date, and work towards that definitely will continue," External link

BalticTimes Monday, July 1, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told : "Estonia stands to win a lot. On one hand, part of the support paid out will make it back into the state's coffers as taxes, and on the other there is work and revenue for different sectors, from the film industry right down to the caterers," External link

err-en Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The European Union and the euro area have already created a number of defenses in the form of regulation, supervision as well as a resolution fund collected from the payments of banks themselves. This means that banking must be able to solve its crises without injections of taxpayers' money," External link

baltic-course Friday, June 14, 2019 8:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If we want to make good decisions, then we have to think much further ahead than the current four-year investment planning cycle. Investments into infrastructure and buildings have an impact on our living environment and space, and these aspects need to be taken more into account when evaluating investments. We need to start thinking more about investments' future life expectancy expenses and their savings, not as much about the cheap investment amount," External link

baltic-course Wednesday, June 5, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are first and foremost talking about a number of very expensive public sector government buildings. Another thing we are talking about, after all, is the construction of the border, planned with all bells and whistles, where a much more rational plan must be introduced, and there are also a number of smaller things," External link

err-en Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The border needs to be done for cheaper," External link

err-en Thursday, May 23, 2019 3:27:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "We will go on based on the existing State Budget Act. We are searching for places where money can be saved and possibilities to achieve more with the same amount of money," External link

baltic-course Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : “No one will tell us what words we can say or what signs we can make,” External link

politico-eu Monday, May 13, 2019 1:02:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : “No one will tell us what words we can say or what signs we can make,” External link

thehill Friday, May 3, 2019 5:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : “No one will tell us what words we can say or what signs we can make,” External link

nytimes Thursday, May 2, 2019 3:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : “No one will tell us what words we can say or what signs we can make,” External link

nytimes Wednesday, May 1, 2019 8:45:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I'd like to draw attention to the fact that the Estonian Public Broadcasting Act includes three or two paragraphs with at least seven subparagraphs, all of which call for the ensuring of societal coherence, call for balance, call for professionalism," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT



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Aivar Soerd wrote ( about Martin Helme ) : "Former finance minister Martin Helme has already started to boast that the right decisions of the previous government are behind the good tax receipts," External link

BalticTimes Monday, February 15, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "I am increasingly convinced that the former Minister of Finance Martin Helme has not given the previous Prime Minister a good overview of the state budget. The state budget is not in a good position, therefore this proposal is not appropriate at the moment," External link

err-en Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:02:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas added ( about Martin Helme ) : "Estonia has already suffered a great deal of damage and, unfortunately, will continue to do so while EKRE is in government. Martin Helme participated in the same radio program and claimed that there had been falsification in the U.S. elections and agreed with what was said," External link

err-en Monday, November 9, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Indrek Saar said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Minister Martin Helme's lies and deeds show that favoring his own and ignoring transparent governance is a recurring pattern" External link

err-en Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "It is important for us that Martin Helme, who in our opinion is causing great damage to the Estonian state, should stop causing said damage; thus we are doing it at the earliest opportunity," External link

err-en Monday, September 21, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Martin Helme himself has said, / --- / that being caught lying would end a politician's career quickly. Now we expect the Minister of Finance to act on his words, because he has obviously been caught lying [about the lack of warning over the law firm]," External link

err-en Thursday, September 3, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Jurgen Ligi told ( about Martin Helme ) : "We are not expecting Helme on Monday, he would only disrupt the sitting," External link

err-en Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Jurgen Ligi said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Many questions have piled up regarding that contract, and the public comments by Martin Helme concerning them have been so provocative that the Riigikogu can no longer wait until regular sessions, but must summon the minister extraordinarily," External link

err-en Monday, August 3, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas wrote ( about Martin Helme ) : "I listened to Martin Helme's Vikerraadio interview relating to the EPL article and was amazed by his arrogance," External link

err-en Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Indrek Saar said ( about Martin Helme ) : "EKRE ministers have been hostile towards and threatened farmers and strawberry growers with the tax office (referring to statements made in late May by finance minister Martin Helme that strawberry farmers often engage in tax evasion – ed.), but the tax office itself cannot pick strawberries. If no decisive action is taken, the crisis will unfortunately spread to other agricultural sectors in the near future. The damage to agriculture will be great and affect the entire Estonian economy," External link

err-en Thursday, July 2, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Finance Minister Martin Helme does not even conceal that this is the government's goal, because he believes the government must have political control over the activities of state-owned companies," External link

err-en Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:32:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Looking at all the statements that [EKRE leaders] Mart and Martin Helme have taken towards Jüri Ratas, if he can work with them, he will eventually be able to survive my musings. Having said that I have considered the acts, and never have I wanted to attack him personally," External link

err-en Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Andres Kasekamp said ( about Martin Helme ) : “Martin Helme, to my mind, is the dangerous fanatic of the family,” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, May 13, 2019 1:02:00 AM EAT

Cas Mudde said ( about Martin Helme ) : “In many ways, Martin Helme reflects classic Estonian nationalism,” “He’s added remarkably open racism to it” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, May 13, 2019 1:02:00 AM EAT

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Martin Helme said : "I believe Jüri would be a great president. He is a real man of the people, but he is also a conciliator that is needed in society at the moment," External link

err-en Friday, February 26, 2021 12:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I have been critical ever since we bought personal protective gear using common tenders. Now, a full year later, these common procurements have gotten nowhere. I said right away that it would be no better with medicines. But that was the decision and this is where we are now," External link

err-en Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The valid law is clearly too lax and fails to deter pedophiles from abusing children. For instance, under current law, a relationship between a 65-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl or boy would be legal. If it is all consensual, it is permissible from the legal perspective" External link

err-en Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It is very difficult to find a balance and it seems very clear to me that the new government here, well.. how to say it.. is absolutely not aware of the seriousness of this situation," External link

err-en Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told : "Saying in hindsight that it would not have been necessary to inflate the budget because everything went well is being guided by the wrong starting point. It went well because we made the right decisions with the budget. Through this alone, we put more than 200 million euros in people's pockets from the reserves of the Unemployment Insurance Fund through labor market measures. It was a big deficit for the budget balance, but it helped keep people in jobs, consumption and both labor tax and VAT receipts. And these are the numbers that kept the economy and tax revenue afloat," External link

BalticTimes Monday, February 15, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "The momentum that we gave in the spring with the supplementary budget, the current government is also still moving along with this momentum," External link

BalticTimes Monday, February 15, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In December of 2019 I presented the plan on how to conduct the revision. I did it again in May of 2019, that was during the coronavirus. Then we summarized the costs that the coronavirus stopped us from doing. That total came out to around €25 million," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are two kinds of costs there. One is buried under a thick layer of culture, things that have been fought for by someone and are now just sitting there. And ministries and agencies use them as a buffer, or just let them be as they are not tight themselves anywhere," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Another option that we offered was to go by specific costs, leave out some actions. A third option that we looked at was a few expensive and large public services that were agreed to politically some time ago but have not justified themselves or were not made by the current government," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Practically every minister behind the table said there is nowhere to make cuts in. On the contrary, they had additional applications instead," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We could say that we will decrease subsidization here and that would be it. We are talking of pieces of a few dozen already. The exact same thing happens with free higher education. This does not mean we could cut €200 million from universities but I am just noting the political choices," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme noted : "There are a few services that noone is actually using. But of course, if we are talking about services that noone uses, there is not a lot of money there," External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The question is about the mentality," "If you treat public expenses by saying: 'oh, it is not a lot of money', then there are thousands of decisions made in the country and the sum is large in the end" External link

err-en Monday, January 18, 2021 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme affirmé : «Ça n’a pas de sens de parler de démocratie ou d’Etat de droit si des élections peuvent être truquées de façon aussi flagrante, aussi grossière et aussi massive» External link

msn-fr Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Both personally and as a leader of a political party, I've always had zero tolerance for corruption. Such serious accusations naturally cause great concern and dismay for me" External link

err-en Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote ( about Kersti Kaljulaid ) : "Last week, I received an invitation to meet with Kersti Kaljulaid to discuss the political year which has now begun" External link

err-en Saturday, January 9, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are three main contracts with LOT and each of them have separate promises and commitments made to each other. There were different commitments criss-cross and requirements put on one another. Potentially, the capacity of our requirements was around €5.5 million, the Poles said they have at least as many against us. It was a matter of principle, which requirements we will consider and how some conditions were calculated," External link

err-en Friday, January 8, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I believe there can be no question in that these election were falsified," "I believe all normal people should speak up against it. There is no sense in talking about democracy or rule of law in a situation where elections can be faked so plainly, boldly and on a massive scale" External link

err-en Thursday, January 7, 2021 6:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The facts are such that more than half of American voters say yes, the election were rigged," External link

err-en Monday, January 4, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The same was attempted in Romania. The pattern is exactly the same" External link

err-en Monday, January 4, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In the coming years, the development of simple and convenient public services must be continued in order to make paying taxes as convenient and simple as possible for the taxpayer. At the same time, effective supervision must be in place," External link

err-en Friday, December 18, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Initially, we are talking about single-digit millions, if we speak of Ida-Viru County. And again, we have to distribute it, one is salaries and the other is fixed costs. And if we are now looking at nationwide restrictions that we have done for hobby education and sports, then we need to proceed with a different mechanism, but we are looking for a so-called evidence-based one here as well" External link

err-en Tuesday, December 15, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are not talking here about compensation for the loss of income with a 'one-size-fits-all' model, but we understand that some kind of support measure is needed for those companies that we have closed with our decision" External link

err-en Thursday, December 10, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We don't have to explain all this to the entire Estonian populace, this is not necessary. For the Estonian public, the idea in a nutshell is contacts must be reduced, and these measures will work to achieve that" External link

err-en Thursday, December 10, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We plan to suspend leisure activities, all public events: cinemas, theaters, concerts, museums, exhibitions" External link

err-en Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "This does not mean that all their lost income or all turnover will be compensated, but some kind of compensation mechanism, similar to the spring, is planned," External link

err-en Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Cultural and sports institutions are, in the same way, differentiated via the argument that yes, there is a risk of infection present, but for reason or another, it is necessary to take this risk for society to function" External link

err-en Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It is true that there was a competition for the position of the head of the FIU. The person selected was not my preference. And I announced a new contest," External link

err-en Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:27:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these elections are rigged,” External link

politico-eu Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "You need a list of registered voters and a ballot paper with a box next to options 'yes' and 'no.' We will hold the vote on paper if necessary. The referendum will not be canceled over a missing plugin," External link

err-en Friday, November 13, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme confirmed : "The referendum is a very simple matter," "You need a list of eligible voters and a ballot paper with a 'yes' box and a 'no' box. If necessary, we'll do it on paper. The functioning of democracy does not depend on whether some new plugin we have is functional" External link

err-en Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:02:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The functioning of democracy does not depend on whether some new plugin we have is functional," "If necessary, we will hold [the plebiscite] on paper" External link

err-en Thursday, November 12, 2020 5:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “There is no question that these elections were falsified,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, November 9, 2020 9:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “there is no question that these elections (in the United States) were falsified” “If this (U.S. election result) goes through, then the Constitution will no longer apply in America,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, November 9, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "No one in the coalition asked us to leave," External link

dailyadvertiser Monday, November 9, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "No one in the coalition asked us to leave," External link

illawarramercury Monday, November 9, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "No one in the coalition asked us to leave," External link

yahoo-au Monday, November 9, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "No-one in the coalition asked us to leave," External link

news24 Monday, November 9, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I believe there can be no question in that this election was falsified," "I believe all normal people should speak up against it. There is no sense in talking about democracy or rule of law in a situation where elections can be faked so plainly, boldly and on a massive scale" External link

err-en Monday, November 9, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme disse : “Não há dúvidas de que estas eleições [nos EUA] foram falsificadas” External link

tvi24 Monday, November 9, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “there is no question that these elections (in the United States) were falsified” “If this (U.S. election result) goes through, then the Constitution will no longer apply in America,” External link

tribtown Monday, November 9, 2020 2:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “there is no question that these elections (in the United States) were falsified” “If this (U.S. election result) goes through, then the Constitution will no longer apply in America,” External link

msn-uk Monday, November 9, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Last night I decided to resign (when) looking at the slander and lies produced by the Estonian media," External link

startribune Monday, November 9, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "there is no question that these elections (in the United States) were falsified" "If this (U.S. election result) goes through, then the Constitution will no longer apply in America," External link

startribune Monday, November 9, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these (U.S.) elections are rigged,” External link

thesun Monday, November 9, 2020 2:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these (U.S.) elections are rigged,” External link

thesun Monday, November 9, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I believe there can be no question that these elections were falsified," External link

afp-en Monday, November 9, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these (US) elections are rigged,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, November 9, 2020 4:24:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : “In my opinion, there is no question at all that these (U.S.) elections are rigged,” External link

thesun Monday, November 9, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This is a question of who has power in Estonia, is it in the hands of the people or in the courts, or elsewhere within an international organization" External link

err-en Monday, November 2, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : "It is the state's business the count the votes and organize the election. I'm sure campaigns will be pursued by parties and interest groups. It cannot be up to the state to tell citizens where they stand," External link

err-en Sunday, October 25, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I continue to be convinced that Kredex should be lending that money, which we allocated under the supplementary budget, faster and on a bigger scale to enliven the Estonian economy. I would have wanted - and I think that this topic is not closed yet - that it should have been possible also for the Patarei naval fortress project, for instance, to borrow money from Kredex," External link

err-en Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We have the text of the draft and the basis of the explanatory memorandum. What is being discussed is whether it will be held on the exact same day as the local elections or whether it makes sense to maneuver a bit on that date," "The coalition agreement states that it will be on the same day as the local elections, and the coalition partners have other proposals. We are discussing this, I believe that we are very close to this solution or agreement and if not this week, then we will hand over the draft next week" External link

err-en Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I wholly dislike the fact that this political dispute is being held in court, and I don't think many judges like it either. Political disputes should take place in parliament," External link

err-en Friday, October 9, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme noted : "We need to be able to use public money … wisely enough to increase the growth potential of the economy. This can be done, among other things, with the support of infrastructure investments," External link

err-en Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are some sins a politician is not forgiven and lying is one of them," External link

err-en Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : "In terms of activities, the reports include both the direct work of consultants and the costs of providing the service (transport, flights). The consultants' work includes various legal activities: submission of inquiries, cooperation activities with authorities in Estonia and the USA, etc.," External link

err-en Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are some sins a politician is not forgiven and lying is one of them," External link

err-en Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The Estonian state has zero tolerance for money laundering as it can severely affect our economy and security. Dirty money laundered through Estonia can be used to attack our interests by financing terrorism or activities that undermine our national interests," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia's reputation has been damaged in past money laundering cases. Institutions of various states have launched investigations into breaches of anti-money laundering requirements at banks that have operated in Estonia or their branches. It is important that these past episodes should be thoroughly investigated," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "We await that the Fund will stimulate the Estonian capital markets, precisely concerning infrastructure projects and obviously will offer additional funding opportunities, to Estonian companies in the fields of transport, energy and digital infrastructure, for realising their potential in the Three Seas countries" External link

baltic-course Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If economic growth is even one percent higher, then in fact the same ten billion debt-to-GDP ratio will be significantly lower in a few years already. And for us, servicing this debt, repaying this debt is much easier," External link

err-en Friday, September 11, 2020 11:02:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In essence, we are talking about having two lost years. We are back at the level of prosperity at the beginning of this year by 2022," External link

err-en Monday, September 7, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Firstly, a person gets something, eating out or going to the spa, and secondly, these companies themselves have to compete for customers," External link

err-en Friday, September 4, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told : "I don't think it's wise to answer your questions," External link

err-en Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:27:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If the Supreme Court comes out with a decision that would essentially thwart the reform, the next step politically is to liquidate the entire second [employer/employee contributions] pillar. There would not be anything voluntary about that. In one move, we would move all second pillar money to the first [state pension] pillar and that is that" External link

err-en Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If the Supreme Court comes out with a decision that would essentially thwart the reform, the next step politically is to liquidate the entire second [employer/employee contributions] pillar. There would not be anything voluntary about that. In one move, we would move all second pillar money to the first [state pension] pillar and that is that" External link

err-en Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I wholly dislike the fact that this political dispute is being held in court, and I don't think many judges like it either. Political disputes should take place in parliament," External link

err-en Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Some, who we turned to, turned us down saying they are not interested in the case. Of that entire process, three or four companies remained and after government approval, we made offers to three. " External link

err-en Monday, August 3, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said ( about Louis Freeh ) : "Freeh, on the contrary, said that he does not have said business interests and that there is no conflict of interests," External link

err-en Wednesday, July 29, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Today's government and my activities in the fight against money laundering are likely antagonistic to many who have ever been involved," External link

err-en Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I see no reason to terminate this agreement, on the contrary, that this idea is brought to the table at all rather gives me confirmation that we are on the right track," External link

err-en Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "In one of today's editorials, the developments in Isamaa were called Isamaa 3.0. I also read this text [the association's manifesto] and the names of the signatories thereto and I must say, it feels more like the Free Party 2.0. And, looking at the initiators, also like Res Publica 2.0," External link

err-en Sunday, July 26, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We must act vigorously to raise the international competitiveness of our companies. I'm glad to note that we have taken the first steps already, but I'm definitely planning to present new proposals to the government already in the fall," External link

baltic-course Friday, July 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It is usual to have such a mess with EU affairs. We all have our opinions on everything - we do not agree on everything. Even though we are supporting the same views, sometimes we disagree on a few things. I think, if we take a look from the perspective of the Estonian state, I believe the decision we made is positive" External link

err-en Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia's official positions state unequivocally that we do not support any additional own resources. The plastic tax which we do not support will be a larger argument. It is a matter of principle" External link

err-en Saturday, July 18, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We have decided that we will spend money on NGOs who claim they promote equality but in actuality come to Toompea with placards to bring down government. Why we are funding this, I do not know" External link

err-en Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are significantly limiting the possibility for foreign students to get to Estonia, the possibility for their family members to get to Estonia. If they drop out of school in Estonia, they cannot stay in Estonia - this is a very important point for [our party]," External link

err-en Monday, July 6, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I think that by doing so, we will remove the health risk concerns we had. At the same time, we will provide relief to those companies that have not been able to solve their labor problem in any other way," External link

err-en Monday, July 6, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This depends on what is being done, picking berries or something else," External link

err-en Monday, July 6, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "Government is still discussing how to position all of this," External link

err-en Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The first concern being that if the proposal is in accordance with all of the EU's previous treaties, we see it as a budget deficit which is forbidden by the treaties. It is technically funded activity conducted by the European Central Bank (ECB) which is alos forbidden," "The second being a question of mandate. We can see how the proposal will change the balance of power between EU member states and the center, but also between the member states themselves," External link

err-en Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I will not run against the current party chairman," External link

err-en Monday, June 8, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said ( about Mart Helme ) : "Despite the criticism against him, over his past seven years as chairman, Mart has taken the party from 0 percent to nearly 20 percent support," External link

err-en Monday, June 8, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "We increased the amount partly because RMK had an extremly profitable year and they exceeded income," External link

err-en Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "At a time when Estonia has to borrow money from the market, it is not reasonable to have large sums of money sitting in state-owned institutions. RMK is a very liquid institution. Figuratively we will slice off half of their balance," External link

err-en Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "A closer scrutiny has revealed that when it comes to the cash injection into Nordica, we need to get to know first whether it is state aid or not," External link

err-en Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The Estonian state will issue long-term bonds for the first time after an 18-year break. Our public finances are in good condition, the volume of Estonia's public debt is one of the smallest in the European Union. " External link

err-en Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “If other countries have over decades accelerated their economic growth this way, among other things by bringing investments forward through borrowing, I think we shouldn’t be ruling out this option due to some inflexible ideological denial,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, June 1, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The risk margin of the ten-year government bonds will be a reference base, or benchmark, for all Estonian companies and banks that plan to issue bonds of their own. Having a risk margin on government bonds will also make pricing of these bonds simpler," External link

BalticTimes Friday, May 29, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told ( about Commission ) : "The EU Commission, very much along the lines of French-German proposals, has presented a big step towards United States of Europe," External link

wsau Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:06:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The risk margin of the ten-year government bonds will be a reference base, or benchmark, for all Estonian companies and banks that plan to issue bonds of their own. Having a risk margin on government bonds will also make pricing of these bonds simpler," External link

baltic-course Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This means either increased contributions to the EU budget which is clearly unacceptable for a number of states, or decreased disbursements to current net recipients which is something we cannot support," External link

err-en Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The question is not whether we want to help the Southern European countries that have been severely affected by the coronavirus crisis. The question is how it will be possible to achieve this so that countries and their constitutions are not steamrolled by them taking over old debts," External link

err-en Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : “Due to the economic downturn, both people’s incomes and the revenue of companies are declining, but daily household expenses such as electricity or gas bills still need to be paid. To better cope with them, we are reducing excise duty rates on gas and electricity for two years,” External link

theafronews Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:44:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Rail Baltica is doing things that are already beneficial to the economy. The money that was spent, it also went to the construction of viaducts and a tram line in Tallinn. Even if the remainder of Rail Baltica is never realized, this tram line to the airport is a good idea, in my opinion. As a slogan, one could say that money was spent on Rail Baltica, but you need to look at the details. We try to stand for our expenses, which are important and useful, but not to help the construction of the railway," External link

opednews Saturday, May 23, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme answered : "Why do you presume we will adopt another supplementary budget this year?" External link

err-en Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I say this with great reservations, because an outbreak might occur in Estonia or something might happen with the banks or with the external environment. Right now I see no need for a new supplementary budget," External link

err-en Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I believe we will be ready to discuss this in government in a week," External link

err-en Wednesday, May 6, 2020 4:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Rail Baltic is producing things that will benefit our economy one way or another. Where have Rail Baltic funds been spent so far? Overpasses and a tram line in Tallinn. If the rest of Rail Baltic never happens, a tram going to the airport – I think it will be a good thing to have. It has been constructed using Rail Baltic funding. There is no Rail Baltic railroad, construction has not been launched. While it's good to say that Rail Baltic money has been used for something, if we go into detail and see where it has been spent… We try to promote building things that benefit us and are not helping to build the railroad," External link

err-en Sunday, May 3, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "Electricity serves as an important and high input price for exporting and producing companies, including in agriculture, and reducing it will help us to be more competitive," External link

err-en Friday, May 1, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained ( about Tallink Grupp ) : "Tallink has made an application through KredEx. Today, Thursday, KredEx's answer came out. I have read the terms and conditions, they are reasonable. The loan has guarantees but I cannot publish them until we have sent them to Tallink. Next, we will come to the round of negotiations, where Tallink says what they want to add or remove. I believe that in a week we will be ready to discuss it in the government, " External link

err-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "These were specific things on the menu that we discussed in the cabinet for the first time today, but which we will look closely at next week," External link

err-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained ( about Tallink Grupp ) : "Tallink has made an application through KredEx. Today, Thursday, KredEx's answer came out. I have read the terms and conditions, they are reasonable. The loan has guarantees, but I cannot publish them until we have sent them to Tallink. Next we will come to the round of negotiations, where Tallink says what they want to add or remove. I believe that in a week we will be ready to discuss it in the government, " External link

err-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "An extension must likewise be granted to health certificates as appointments with family doctors or medical professionals have at this time been reduced to a minimum," External link

err-en Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "We also agreed that media support cannot be limited to newspapers, but must be looked at more broadly, because advertising revenue has also fallen away from radio, for example," External link

err-en Friday, April 17, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "Considering climate neutrality targets and the concomitant needs in the energy sector, the modernization of transport infrastructure, including via public-private partnership (PPP), and plans to support the development of digital infrastructure and the export of digital solutions, there is certainly a need for raising capital," External link

err-en Friday, April 17, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In a situation where our picture is not clear and ignorance is great, we must err on the side of caution," External link

err-en Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "At the moment, we are clearly talking about a loan. That is what they have been asking for," External link

err-en Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I am giving a completely clear signal: we will not end the emergency situation on April 30," External link

err-en Monday, April 13, 2020 11:33:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The impending recession will lead to a massive decline in tax revenues, affecting all sectors and levels," External link

err-en Thursday, April 2, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The latest forecast has been updated with the impact of the economic environment and restrictions of movement, but does not include government measures. " External link

err-en Thursday, April 2, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "The construction of the new oil plant is in line with national strategy documents such as the Energy Development Plan, the Oil Shale Development Plan and also basic principles of climate policy. In the current economic climate, it is important to make major infrastructure investments, which is all the more reason to expect that construction will become cheaper in the near future," "With the new oil plant construction, CO2 emissions and oil shale use by the Estonian oil shale sector will not increase, but decrease" External link

err-en Friday, March 27, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Now is the time to go into the minus of the budget to keep the economy running. That is the logic which makes up the cornerstone of the current [emergency] package," External link

err-en Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This is the logic with which we put together the economic recovery package, plus a number of additional proposals to breathe life into the economy," External link

err-en Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I think it is wise to create a strong cash buffer right now, as the financial markets are in an unpredictable situation and the availability and cost of the funds needed may be less favorable later," External link

err-en Monday, March 16, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We're not talking about any sort of overreaction in any case," External link

err-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If this is on the same scale as the regular flu, then there will be up to 70,000 cases," "If the mortality rate is around the same as in other European countries, or approximately 3 percent, then we're talking about more than 2,000 deaths in Estonia. If what Angela Merkel or the British National Health Service (NHS) is saying is true, that the infection rate could reach up to 70 percent of the total population, then we're talking about 900,000 cases and 27,000 deaths in Estonia" External link

err-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It's difficult to predict right now how long the virus will last and what its eventual scale will be, but it is already negatively affecting the global economy and the economy of Estonia," External link

BalticTimes Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "At present, it is hard to predict how long the virus is going to last and what its extent will become, but the situation today is it will have a negative impact on both global and Estonian economies," External link

err-en Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Against the backdrop of the fight against money laundering, we have unfortunately reached the point where it has become excessively common to not open accounts, to close accounts, and to not make transfers — this has already begun to obstruct Estonia's business environment, and urgently needs to be addressed," External link

err-en Thursday, March 5, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Our proposal is not to lay down a special VAT rate for e-publications," External link

err-en Monday, March 2, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There aren't very many people who have the €300,000 or €200,000 handy, and banks aren't very eager to provide these loans, and so we are left with the current owners, who are essentially saying — just as estate owners told peasants in the 19th century — to earn it through their work," External link

err-en Thursday, February 27, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This reform was made to help low-wage earners. And if the concern now is that we don't have low-wage earners because people's income has grown, we should not describe the reform as having failed. In fact, people's lives have improved" External link

err-en Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Not collecting €250 million just to get the wealthier a bargain is not very sensible to me," External link

err-en Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : "Our main issue is that Estonia is almost the only EU country that is calculating the amount of plastic, for all others, it's some kind of a theoretical calculation," External link

err-en Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "With the next [budgetary] period, the bidding rate on the table presently stands at 35 percent," External link

err-en Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "A budget amenable to all is probably never going to appear, but from an Estonian perspective, some sections are more important than others," External link

err-en Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The first consideration is that our agricultural sector should be treated as in line with western Europe in terms of subsidies as is possible," External link

err-en Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "Net contributors were in the most combative mood as of this time; emotions were through the roof. We now have the first moment of reflection; a more equal treatment for our farmers [is requried], and we definitely want to see Rail Baltic clearly fixed," External link

err-en Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "It was briefly mentioned on the news last week that the government intends to complete a land appraisal that has gone undone for over 20 years," External link

err-en Monday, February 10, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Today, unfortunately, there are frequent cases in certain sectors where workers from a foreign agency are working at an Estonian company, but the agency is not paying taxes on them and is thereby offering its services at a cheaper rate" External link

err-en Thursday, February 6, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Well I believe that those votes in favor have not decreased significantly in number," "Now the question is whether the number of votes against have decreased, and whether there are any new impartial votes. We know that these divisions and differences run within parliamentary groups as well, and our request or suggestion for other parliamentary groups is, in that case, allow a free vote" External link

err-en Friday, January 31, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Wholesalers would remain in control of the market, but 120-150 pharmacies across Estonia are threatened with closure," "We don't agree with the accessibility of drugs and the quality of pharmacy services being reduced following the reform. The goal of our proposed amendments is to put a stop to pharmacies' dependence on Estonian wholesalers and generate free competition on the pharmaceutical market" External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme concluded : "By implementing these changes, we would achieve a pharmacy reform that reduces pharmaceutical wholesalers' grip, improves drug accessibility and that ultimately has a positive effect on ensuring public health," External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It has to be investigated by the investigative authorities to determine whether the transaction was the result of someone's illegal activity. The management of Eesti Loto is fully cooperating with them," External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "While there have been concerns about this reform, that not all its components may be constitutional, I do not agree," External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme added : "We have proposed a balanced solution during the past six months, that will make today's rigid system much more flexible for people, while maintaining the necessary restrictions for social purposes. These restrictions, in my opinion, are proportionate and necessary, also sound within the consitutional context," External link

err-en Thursday, January 30, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told : "The bill is being drafted. It's neither long nor intricate. There's half a page of legal text and a letter of explanation. Our aim is to submit it to the Riigikogu on Thursday," External link

err-en Tuesday, January 28, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "What is new about this bill in addition to eliminating the present limitations, that is the ownership restriction and the aim to separate the wholesale and retail [of medicinal products], is that it would allow health establishments to have their own pharmacies, which means they would be able to sell their stocks directly. Additionally, pharmacies would be able to buy medicinal products without involving Estonian wholesalers, which would also solve the problem of many pharmaceuticals being in short supply in Estonia because wholesalers have not been able to secure good enough deals with the manufacturers," External link

err-en Tuesday, January 28, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia has also joined the European Union's goal of climate neutrality, but to achieve that, the different starting positions of the member states must be taken into account and member states should also have the flexibility to decide on emission reduction," External link

BalticTimes Friday, January 24, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia does not agree to abandon tax sovereignty and cannot support the creation of a global corporate tax, the terms and rates of which are not ours to set. Taxation is an opportunity for every country to find the best way to promote its economy and find its advantages in international competition, it must be up to each country to decide," External link

BalticTimes Friday, January 24, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I plan to meet with the board and council of Eesti Loto AS to get an idea of ​​the details of renting a building to a state-owned company. Then I can decide whether the case needs special scrutiny," External link

err-en Friday, January 24, 2020 6:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We have taken into consideration the possibility that various European institutions will not participate in this loan," "We in the government have a very clear political will to move forward with this. If necessary, we'll do it through government bonds; if needed, we'll do it by raising money on the stock market. We won't be stopped by this" External link

err-en Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I plan to meet with the Eesti Loto AS management board to get an overview of building rental details for the state-owned company," External link

err-en Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "It could freely happen, and in fact did - not during this administration but the previous one - that the management of a company would say 'we absolutely don't care about what you (i.e. the government-ed.) think. We have a supervisory board here that has been appointed by the appointments committee. Talk to them if you want to change something, otherwise we will not do a thing'," External link

err-en Friday, January 17, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow with Eesti Energia senior management, in which I will likely receive a more detailed overview of the accusation. I know that the management of Eesti Energia has cooperated with the investigative authorities, and the fact that Eesti Energia has taken rapid action and recalled him [from the management board] was the right thing to do," External link

BalticTimes Friday, January 17, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Together with the state budget strategy, a slew of tax cut matters will also be on the table — diesel, natural gas excise, electricity excise," "We have also received proposals to reduce taxes on e-books" External link

err-en Monday, January 6, 2020 12:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "I will head into state budget strategy negotiations insisting that we also carry out a reduction in the excise duty on diesel," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "The answer to the question of where the finance minister plans to get the money is very simple. He will go to other ministers and say that they need to find it by cutting back elsewhere," External link

err-en Saturday, December 21, 2019 2:18:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "As I said in the morning, it's a storm in a tea cup. In Finland, it caused some discussion, in Estonia a bit more. But still storm in a tea cup," External link

err-en Monday, December 16, 2019 9:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme asked : "Knowing that we have a decision to build a [new] radar; knowing that this new radar will do away with any claim that wind turbines will interfere with national defense, now try to explain to me what, other than for some trifle, might be the reason that these wind turbines have to be demolished, instead of taking on board that in a few years they might be legally used? " External link

err-en Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Well, cheers. They are actually engaging in bullying an entrepreneur, as there is no logic in enforcing this law, plus I am not sure they are actually enforcing the law. This is malice," External link

err-en Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "They say everything is a state secret. One of the state secrets I've heard is that the Kellavere radar just doesn't work," External link

err-en Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "a large portion of the crusade against wind energy is sitting behind one deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Defense, behind [Meelis] Oidsalu. He is the one who here - if we talk about exceeding one's power competence - is one deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Defense who is issuing orders to various institutions across the ministry with no kind of hesitation and nobody has a problem with it" External link

err-en Wednesday, December 4, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Essentially, [their] business is being driven towards bankruptcy," External link

err-en Wednesday, December 4, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The bigger problem lies elsewhere. It is unacceptable to me, this idea that has prevailed in Estonia during previous administrations and is widespread among officials today, too, that entrepreneurs are thugs per se, and must be pestered," External link

err-en Wednesday, December 4, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Urmas was the kind of man who to my mind has never worked in a fashion where his taxes would be paid and who takes absolutely no interest in what becomes of his pension," External link

err-en Tuesday, December 3, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "For us it is important that fresh blood will come to the prosecutor's office from outside. And that a justice with a good background has been found is excellent," External link

err-en Monday, December 2, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "We are looking for more money, I believe we will be able to increase the top-up in next year's budget," External link

err-en Monday, December 2, 2019 5:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme asking : "Who do you think you are? Putting an end to this kind of administration is why we are in the government" External link

err-en Monday, December 2, 2019 5:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "One thing that we are not satisfied with is the fact that Swedbank didn't tell the truth to the Financial Supervision Authority. They either withheld information or provided misleading information. I cannot say whether they did it because they refused to believe it or it was a conscientious choice. Fact is that Swedbank was not honest with the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority in the era of the previous management, and this is a serious problem," External link

BalticTimes Friday, November 15, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "To be frank, many of them were oligarchs with a suspicious background, some of whom were allegedly under international sanctions," External link

BalticTimes Friday, November 15, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are two sorts of money that come from Russia. One is stolen money that wants to escape Russia," External link

voanews-sw Friday, November 15, 2019 1:21:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are two sorts of money that come from Russia. One is stolen money that wants to escape Russia," External link

voanews Friday, November 15, 2019 12:19:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We presume that financial institutions are interested in it and will make an effort on their own to ensure it becomes operational along with the reform as quickly as possible," External link

err-en Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "There are two sorts of money that come from Russia. One is stolen money that wants to escape Russia," External link

wsau Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "One thing that we are not satisfied with is the fact that Swedbank didn't tell the truth to the Financial Supervision Authority. They either withheld information or provided misleading information. I cannot say whether they did it because they refused to believe it or it was a conscientious choice. Fact is that Swedbank was not honest with the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority in the era of the previous management, and this is a serious problem," External link

err-en Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "To be frank, many of them were oligarchs with a suspicious background, some of whom were allegedly under international sanctions," External link

err-en Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are seeing a very clearly coordinated information operation and an attack on the Minister of Rural Affairs, Mart Järvik, for very clear reasons. First, the reason is that Mart Järvik has been working very hard in his field and has taken on food safety all over," External link

err-en Friday, November 8, 2019 6:57:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "This has undoubtedly upset the ineffective Veterinary and Food Board (VTA), who are accustomed to living in a safe space where they are used to doing whatever business they like or dislike. And now that the minister has intervened and demanded food safety all over, it has seriously rocked the boat with officials who used to live in this comfort zone, " External link

err-en Friday, November 8, 2019 6:57:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "If [Järvik's] advisers have given him bad advice, then their suitability needs to be discussed, but the minister will not be shaken," External link

err-en Friday, November 8, 2019 6:57:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "In fact, I still have not decided," External link

err-en Friday, November 8, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "We have a different perspective on the matter," External link

err-en Monday, November 4, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "On the contrary, public support for this reform has increased over time rather than diminished. That said, during the election campaign, there was quite a bit of confusion over the second pillar. These were later subsumed over the summer and autumn, ad we are certainly going through all these discussions again at the Riigikogu," External link

err-en Monday, November 4, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "These are the places where the outward view gives us the courage to pursue government policy," External link

err-en Monday, November 4, 2019 2:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I also assured the IMF that we would listen very carefully to their recommendations on how to manage risks, because it affects a lot of people, but we have no political opportunity to withdraw from making the second pillar membership voluntary," External link

err-en Monday, November 4, 2019 2:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "nothing is ever done about money laundering in Estonia, and even if something is done, it always comes to nothing" External link

err-en Tuesday, October 29, 2019 7:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "People and journalists in general believe that all politicians are crooks, thieves and liars. But actually this is not true. Generally speaking, if we look at what will end a politician's career very quickly and resolutely, it's being caught in a very unambiguous act of lying to the public" External link

err-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "She came to the party's aid, she has been receiving the highest amount of criticism from day one, speaking of all ministers, not only those of the present government. The pressure that she has been under has been extraordinary," External link

err-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Lying is wrong. What opinion can there be," External link

err-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "On my way back from America I stopped over in London and spoke about Estonia at an event of a British conservative group. In the evening, I met anti-money laundering activist Bill Browder, who is also well known in Estonia," External link

BalticTimes Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In the morning I discussed at one international law office how to make sure that inquiries started by the US authorities concerning money laundering breaches by our banks, which in great probability will end in enormous fines, take place in a manner where we are involved in the process all the time and the overwhelming portion of the fine reaches the Estonian state budget in the end," External link

BalticTimes Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “We are talking about hundreds of millions at least, possibly about billions,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are talking about hundreds of millions at least, possibly about billions," External link

WortLuxembourg-en Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In the morning I discussed at one international law office how to make sure that inquiries started by the US authorities concerning money laundering breaches by our banks, which in great probability will end in enormous fines, take place in a manner where we are involved in the process all the time and the overwhelming portion of the fine reaches the Estonian state budget in the end," External link

baltic-course Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:48:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Preparing for the international evaluation of money laundering risks is very important for Estonia, as based on it many parties will be making conclusions about our state and its business environment," External link

err-en Friday, October 4, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Let's try to take money from foreigners, not from Estonians," External link

err-en Friday, September 20, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "Our forecast is that the money leaving will be around 25-30%. This will not all happen at once, but the larger wave will likely happen when we open the opportunity," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Next year the amount will top 5 billion euros," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The places for saving are very different. All the ministries have done their homework on this. There's forgoing of actual expenses as well as deferrals of expenses, adjourning of certain activities, there's relocation of euro monies. There's a broad arsenal for how to achieve the goals of the state budget," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:16:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "The ministers all went their ways with the task to think and once again review the different possibilities, that is it possible for us to create an additional buffer in order to still be able to finance some additional costs next year which are political priorities for us. Of course we are talking here about pensions, rescuers, teachers, cultural workers -- that is our next ambition. But it's still too early to give out any optimistic message on this," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:16:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme explained : "Finding this money, or finding potential places for savings and new revenue sources, has taken a long time," External link

err-en Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:04:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We won't agree to [Perling's reappointment], and that won't change," External link

err-en Sunday, September 15, 2019 3:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : “We will essentially be buying back that service, which isn’t as favorable as repaying a loan because a loan would obviously be the most sensible in the current environment of negative interest rates,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:42:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We hope that pension funds will become more efficient as a result, i.e. banks will make more of an effort" External link

err-en Sunday, September 8, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The purpose of our visit was to get acquainted with the experience of other states and major builders to determine whether an approach like this could suit Estonia," External link

BalticTimes Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The purpose of our visit was to get acquainted with the experience of other states and major builders to determine whether an approach like this could suit Estonia," External link

err-en Thursday, August 29, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "In order to be competitive as en electricity producer in the long term and to simultaneously reduce the burden on the environment, modernizing the production of oil shale energy, diversifying the production portfolio and increasing the capacities of renewable energy is inevitable," External link

err-en Sunday, August 25, 2019 4:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "Naturally the political 'sky' is not as cloudless as our summer evening here eating coffee and cake, but at the same time the dark storm clouds the media seems to think exist, are not quite there either," External link

err-en Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme noted : "We have to keep in mind that as a result of major changes related to the exit from fossil fuel energy, several large-scale power outages have taken place in Europe of late. We must not permit a situation like that in Estonia," External link

err-en Friday, August 16, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme noted : "We have to keep in mind that as a result of major changes related to the exit from fossil fuel energy, several large-scale power outages have taken place in Europe of late. We must not permit a situation like that in Estonia," External link

err-en Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:38:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Professionals might want to move more cautiously thatn our political dictates," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Our common position is that we need to do this all at once as people need to understand what the conditions the reforms were made, when making choices. Otherwise, they could run the risk of taking a leap into the unknown with their decisions," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We talked through the schedule. We didn't quite set dates, but depending on how we plan to reform the second pillar, it can provide us with a framework for when or how we can move forward with retirement growth," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme added : "The question is not just how many people are leaving, but also who is leaving, higher paid people, lower paid people, or the average," External link

err-en Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme wrote : "As we can see, excise duty receipts were below the levels projected in the estimated budget as well as in the spring economic forecast in January, March, May and June," External link

err-en Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The numbers aren't big, but it is worth noting that border crossing is measured in the movement of cars, not in how much goods they have purchased in Latvia," External link

err-en Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "If we aren't happy with it, in my view, we should reform things; replace some people or change the law," External link

BalticTimes Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "Estonia is slated for a new Moneyval evaluation at the beginning of 2021. This time it will be evaluated how we are implementing different laws and regulations in practice and what is the capability of our institutions to actually engage in combating money laundering. We must make an effort as a state because the present situation may not be good enough to pass the evaluation successfully," External link

BalticTimes Monday, July 1, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "At the meeting of the committee we discussed the responses received to date, and work towards that definitely will continue," External link

BalticTimes Monday, July 1, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme told : "Estonia stands to win a lot. On one hand, part of the support paid out will make it back into the state's coffers as taxes, and on the other there is work and revenue for different sectors, from the film industry right down to the caterers," External link

err-en Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The European Union and the euro area have already created a number of defenses in the form of regulation, supervision as well as a resolution fund collected from the payments of banks themselves. This means that banking must be able to solve its crises without injections of taxpayers' money," External link

baltic-course Friday, June 14, 2019 8:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "If we want to make good decisions, then we have to think much further ahead than the current four-year investment planning cycle. Investments into infrastructure and buildings have an impact on our living environment and space, and these aspects need to be taken more into account when evaluating investments. We need to start thinking more about investments' future life expectancy expenses and their savings, not as much about the cheap investment amount," External link

baltic-course Wednesday, June 5, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "We are first and foremost talking about a number of very expensive public sector government buildings. Another thing we are talking about, after all, is the construction of the border, planned with all bells and whistles, where a much more rational plan must be introduced, and there are also a number of smaller things," External link

err-en Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "The border needs to be done for cheaper," External link

err-en Thursday, May 23, 2019 3:27:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : "We will go on based on the existing State Budget Act. We are searching for places where money can be saved and possibilities to achieve more with the same amount of money," External link

baltic-course Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : “No one will tell us what words we can say or what signs we can make,” External link

politico-eu Monday, May 13, 2019 1:02:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : “No one will tell us what words we can say or what signs we can make,” External link

thehill Friday, May 3, 2019 5:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : “No one will tell us what words we can say or what signs we can make,” External link

nytimes Thursday, May 2, 2019 3:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme told : “No one will tell us what words we can say or what signs we can make,” External link

nytimes Wednesday, May 1, 2019 8:45:00 PM EAT

Martin Helme said : "I'd like to draw attention to the fact that the Estonian Public Broadcasting Act includes three or two paragraphs with at least seven subparagraphs, all of which call for the ensuring of societal coherence, call for balance, call for professionalism," External link

err-en Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT



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Aivar Soerd wrote ( about Martin Helme ) : "Former finance minister Martin Helme has already started to boast that the right decisions of the previous government are behind the good tax receipts," External link

BalticTimes Monday, February 15, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "I am increasingly convinced that the former Minister of Finance Martin Helme has not given the previous Prime Minister a good overview of the state budget. The state budget is not in a good position, therefore this proposal is not appropriate at the moment," External link

err-en Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:02:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas added ( about Martin Helme ) : "Estonia has already suffered a great deal of damage and, unfortunately, will continue to do so while EKRE is in government. Martin Helme participated in the same radio program and claimed that there had been falsification in the U.S. elections and agreed with what was said," External link

err-en Monday, November 9, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Indrek Saar said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Minister Martin Helme's lies and deeds show that favoring his own and ignoring transparent governance is a recurring pattern" External link

err-en Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "It is important for us that Martin Helme, who in our opinion is causing great damage to the Estonian state, should stop causing said damage; thus we are doing it at the earliest opportunity," External link

err-en Monday, September 21, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Martin Helme himself has said, / --- / that being caught lying would end a politician's career quickly. Now we expect the Minister of Finance to act on his words, because he has obviously been caught lying [about the lack of warning over the law firm]," External link

err-en Thursday, September 3, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Jurgen Ligi told ( about Martin Helme ) : "We are not expecting Helme on Monday, he would only disrupt the sitting," External link

err-en Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Jurgen Ligi said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Many questions have piled up regarding that contract, and the public comments by Martin Helme concerning them have been so provocative that the Riigikogu can no longer wait until regular sessions, but must summon the minister extraordinarily," External link

err-en Monday, August 3, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas wrote ( about Martin Helme ) : "I listened to Martin Helme's Vikerraadio interview relating to the EPL article and was amazed by his arrogance," External link

err-en Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Indrek Saar said ( about Martin Helme ) : "EKRE ministers have been hostile towards and threatened farmers and strawberry growers with the tax office (referring to statements made in late May by finance minister Martin Helme that strawberry farmers often engage in tax evasion – ed.), but the tax office itself cannot pick strawberries. If no decisive action is taken, the crisis will unfortunately spread to other agricultural sectors in the near future. The damage to agriculture will be great and affect the entire Estonian economy," External link

err-en Thursday, July 2, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Finance Minister Martin Helme does not even conceal that this is the government's goal, because he believes the government must have political control over the activities of state-owned companies," External link

err-en Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:32:00 PM EAT

Kaja Kallas said ( about Martin Helme ) : "Looking at all the statements that [EKRE leaders] Mart and Martin Helme have taken towards Jüri Ratas, if he can work with them, he will eventually be able to survive my musings. Having said that I have considered the acts, and never have I wanted to attack him personally," External link

err-en Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Andres Kasekamp said ( about Martin Helme ) : “Martin Helme, to my mind, is the dangerous fanatic of the family,” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, May 13, 2019 1:02:00 AM EAT

Cas Mudde said ( about Martin Helme ) : “In many ways, Martin Helme reflects classic Estonian nationalism,” “He’s added remarkably open racism to it” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, May 13, 2019 1:02:00 AM EAT