European Journalism Centre

Seminar Business and Employment

Tallinn, Aug 25-27, 2005


Day One: Business in Estonia
Thurs Aug 25

Venue:   Foreign Ministry Press Hall, Islandi Väljak 1    
09:30   Welcome and introduction.
Course leader Tarmu Tammerk          
09:45   Session 1. Estonia’s record as a new member state of the EU.
Keit Kasemets, EU Secretariat of the Estonian goverment
10:30  Session 2. Estonian economy in the EU: transformation pains or joys?
Signe Ratso, deputy under-secretary for EU and international relations, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
11:45 Coffee break
12:15 Session 3. Investing in Estonia: why, who, how.
Andrus Viirg, Enterprise Estonia 
13:15   Lunch
14:45   Session 4. Getting ready for the euro: is 2007 the right time or should we wait?
Andrus Alber, adviser to the governor of the Bank of Estonia (central bank)
16:00 Session 5. Briefing on business story ideas from Estonia.
Course leader Tarmu Tammerk, Correspondent for AFP in Estonia

19:30 Joint dinner with Estonian journalists.
Restaurant Kuldne Notsu (Golden Pig), Rataskaevu 7 (in the Old Town, off Raekoja plats or Town Hall Square)

Day Two: Employment issues in Estonia
Friday, Aug 26

09:30 Session 6. Estonian employers in the EU economic setting.
Tarmo Kriis, Chairman, Estonian Employers’ Confederation
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 Session 7. EU membership: a boost for unions?
Harri Taliga, Chairman, Confederation of Estonian Trade Unions
13:00 Lunch
14:45 Session 8. How is the Estonian labour market responding to the new EU environment. Brain drain and immigration: concerns and solutions. 
Heleri Hermanson, Estonian Labour Market Board.
16:00 Session 9. Covering business in Estonia: changes since EU membership. Where’s the story?
Anvar Samost, Business News Editor, Baltic News Service news agency
17:00 Conclusions.
Course leader Tarmu Tammerk

Day Three: Reportage
Saturday, Aug 27

Outing to Pärnu, the main resort town of Estonia. Tourism as a major branch of the Estonian economy.

Visit to Tervis Health Centre; overview of Pärnu’s development as a tourist destination.
Ave Reinson, Pärnu City government.

11:00 Arrival in Pärnu, at Uus 4
13:00-14.30 Lunch
17:00 Departure from Pärnu to Tallinn
19:00 Arrival in Tallinn



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