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Estonia's Ansip ends record nine year stint as PM

Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip tendered his resignation on Tuesday, ending a nine-year stint as the longest serving head of government in the European Union in a bid to boost his party's chances for re-election. The 57-year-old announced last month that he would step down after revealing plans to switch jobs with Estonia's EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas. Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has two weeks to designate a new premier to run the government of the small ex-Soviet Baltic state, population 1.3 million.

Estonia's PM says will step down next month

Estonia's centre-right prime minister, Andrus Ansip, said Sunday he will step down on March 4 to clear the way for candidates to succeed him in elections next year. His resignation had been expected after he said in 2012 that he would not try for another mandate. He has run the government of the small ex-Soviet Baltic country, population 1.3 million, for the past nine years. Ansip made the announcement in a speech on the eve of Estonia's Independence Day celebrations. "I said two years ago that this government would be the last I would lead," he said.

Estonia's PM says will step down next month

Estonia's centre-right prime minister, Andrus Ansip, said Sunday he will step down on March 4 to clear the way for candidates to succeed him in elections next year. His resignation had been expected after he said in 2012 that he would not try for another mandate. He has run the government of the small ex-Soviet Baltic country, population 1.3 million, for the past nine years. Ansip made the announcement in a speech on the eve of Estonia's Independence Day celebrations. "I said two years ago that this government would be the last I would lead," he said.

Ansip and Medvedev attempted to warm up relations

Estonian prime minister Andrus Ansip and his Russian colleague Dmitri Medvedev focused on the possibilities of warming up relations instead of criticism at their meeting on Friday in St Petersburg Public Broadcasting reports.This was the first planned meeting of Estonian and Russian heads of governments in more than eight years.The officials cause for the meeting was the Baltic Sea States Council meeting in St Petersburg. Already before the start of the bilateral meeting, Medvedev said that he has a positive attitude towards the meeting.

Ansip praised the Estonian electric cars programme in St Petersburg

Estonian prime minister Andrus Ansip praised at the meeting of heads of states of the Council of the Baltic Sea States the Estonian electric cars programme, Public Broadcasting reports.Ansip said that protection of the Baltic Sea and its region is a common aim and obligation of countries and listed the spheres in which Estonia's achievements are remarkable.Ansip pointed out the development of renewable energy in Estonia and in the sphere of saving energy, he pointed out as an example the use of funds, earned from selling excess pollution quota, for renovation of more than 800
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