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Yearbook 1998

Estonia. Estonia was the only Baltic republic selected by the EU for further membership negotiations, and the adaptation to the Western structure greatly influenced the country's political life. But during the year, the first significant opposition to EU membership also arose. No one is against the EU's demands for combating crime, more efficient border control, better environment through less emissions, adapted laws and regulations, etc., but more and more worry that the small industry and agriculture will not cope with the fierce competition. Already today, free trade creates problems because Estonia's imports are considerably larger than exports.

1998 Estonia

According to Countryaah, the country's economic success is still evident, although it slowed somewhat during the year, and inflation is relatively high. Former Central Bank Governor of Estonia Siim Kallas was indicted for involvement in irregularities that brought the bank Põhja-Eesti Pank to bankruptcy.

The Parliament (Riigikogu) has 101 members, and a minority government governs the country. A law banning election alliances was passed before the next parliamentary elections held in March 1999. Prime Minister Mart Siimann was laid off for stress, as was Norway's Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, who was on sick leave for depression. Few ministerial changes took place during the year. The most important was the appointment of 46-year-old diplomat Raul Mälk as new foreign minister. Milk focuses more than its predecessors on relations with Russia without sacrificing the main foreign policy goals: EU membership and NATO, respectively.

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