Danish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce

Newsletter (week 7)February 14, 2012
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Danish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce

a non-profit organization established in 2007. The purpose of the organization is to support economic relations between Denmark and Estonia, facilitate networking and  keep the members up to date with relevant news.



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looking for a job 


"Employed or not employed - that is the question."


In 2002, the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Eesti Töötukassa) started its activities. In addition to paying the unemployment insurance benefits the institution offers a wide selection of other services for employees, but also for employers proposing themselves as a partner in finding and selecting right persons for job vacancies, offer services to reduce the cost or risk of employing, organize payment benefits in case of redundance and insolvency. 

By the end of the last month, the registered number of unemployed persons in Estonia was close to 50.000 people, which is 7,7% of population in working age (data from www.tootukassa.ee). Some of these people we know and they have kindly allowed DECC to publish themselves for potential offers. A meeting with the Minister of Social Affairs and a discussion on employment stimulation program will take place on Wednesday, Feb 22. Read more below or from DECC website.


One way of avoiding long-term staying in between jobs is a wide network of contacts, therefore let me invite you all to a networking event on Wednesday this week, February 15th to get to know people involved with the British, Dutch and Norwegian chambers of commerce in Estonia!


See you on Wednesday!

Merli Lindberg


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Networking mingle with Brits, Dutch, Norwegians and Danes


 Wednesday, February 15


Nordic Forum Hotel


The best way to know your way around, to hear about the new companies, job opportunities, best offers and good deals is to know people and the people who know people :) For that you need to meet them, get to know them and stay in touch with them. It is therefore, we have organized a networking mingle event with the four chambers of commerce: British, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish. 


anu taliDuring the event, in addition to networking, we shall have an excellent opportunity to meet with the famous sisters Tali: Mrs Kadri Tali, a well-known music-manager and producer, the Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and Mrs Anu Tali, a conductor, Music Director of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, learn about wines and news on hotel business.


Excellent wine, snacks and interesting people  - what else to wish for from a lovely Wednesday evening after work?


NB The event is free of charge to all DECC members, though prior registration is neccessay latest by Tuesday, Feb 14 at 15:00. For registration, please sign up here or send a quick e-mail with your name and contact details at info@decc.ee


* Take a look at the photos from last mingle event with the British Chamber of Commerce from our homepage.


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Dinner for the honor of the Estonian Republic's Anniversary


 Tuesday, Feb 21


Restorant Mannerheim


Traditionally, the Nordic chambers of commerce in Estonia are celebrating the Estonian Republic's anniversary together every February. This year, we are inviting our chamber members to take part of a festive, elegant dinner at restaurant Mannerheim on a Shrove Tuesday, February 21. The restaurant's chef de cuisine, Mr Rudolf Visnapuu, an owner of a Cordon Bleu award, one of the chefs putting together the catering for the presidential reception, has compiled a classical, festive menu for this occasion including the Marshal Mannerheim's favourites - Vorscmack with the Marshal's shot.


NB Due to a very limited number of seats, we kindly ask you to register latest Wednesday, February 15th at noon by sending a quick e-mail to info@decc.ee with your name and contact details. Participation and/or no-show fee 35€.


Overview of the Danish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce

(keep yourself posted with the event calendar at www.decc.ee/events/upcoming-events)


February 1, we had a mindmapping-concept introduction by a consultant, mr Kaido Irval at restaurant Neikid and took some photos from the event that we uploaded to our photo gallery. Here's a quick overview text and photos of what was discussed. On February 10, a round table discussion was held at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For overview, please click here.


February is still busy and more events are coming up especially to keep in mind the upcoming networking event with the British-Estonian Chamber of Commerce, the Norwegian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce and the Holland Business Club on February 15th at Nordic Forum Hotel. More information from our homepage.

Coming up:

* Dinner for the celebration of Republic of Estonia's 94th Anniversary (Feb 21)

* Afternoon seminar on employment stimulation programs by Ministry of Social Affairs (Feb 22)

* Annual General Meeting of Foreign Investors' Council in Estonia (Mar 22)

* Annual General Meeting of Danish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce (Apr 12)

* Christmas party on Dec 7, 2012


* Follow the news on the Danish Culture events in Estonia at Facebook - click here.

* Follow the news on the Danish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce at Facebook - click here.

* Follow the financial news from Jyske Bank - click here.

* Direct link to "ISE ja KASulikult" on latest Estonia-related economic and banking news - click here.

News from members / other organizations / media

(keep yourself posted with the event calendar at www.decc.ee/events/upcoming-events)


January - June 2012

Danish presidency of the council of the European Union. More info from here


February 14

Our chamber member organization My Conference is once again organizing a seminar for executive women "The Power of Personal Brand" - most people don't brag well, coming off as self-congratulatory, egocentric or downright annoying. During this seminar we would like to find out which would be the right way to brag leaving people (clients, employees, bosses, etc) wanting to know more about you rather than less... Further information from here.


February 16

Annual General Meeting of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Estonia.


February 16

Business Breakfast at Technopolis Ülemiste on "Thinking models and tools of an effective sales manager". Speakers: Mr Heikki Koski (Trainers House) talking about how to achieve even higher goals with new techniques, and Mr Raul Vatsar (Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences) will talk about why and how to enter foreign markets and whom to hire to represent your product. Event is partly English, partly Estonian, but free of charge for anyone. More information from here


February 17

MAQS Law Firm is inviting to a breakfast seminar (in Estonian) on real estate law. Under discussion: taxing changes, rental payments, court practise. The event takes place from 08:00-10:00 is free of charge, and includes breakfast. For further information click here, for registration please contact: seminar@ee.maqs.com 


February 17

1st women in leadership luncheon by AmCham "Living with Passion, Purpose and Balance". Speakers: Mrs Keit Pentus, Hallie Polt, Veronika Prikrylova. Event takes place at Radisson Olümpia hotel, participation fee 20 €. More information and registration here.


February 17-19

The Estonian travel trade fair Tourest 2012 is taking place. Please download your free of charge invite from here. 


February 24

National holiday in Estonia for the celebration of the Estonia's Republic's 94th anniversary


News from Copenhagen Post

* DSB to close travel agencies and lay-off hundredsState-owned train operator DSB has announced it will shut down its travel agency business on June 1 as part of a massive cost-savings plan that the company hopes will set it back on track. The decision came after year-end reports revealed DSB was running massive deficits; in the first three quarters of 2011, the budget shortfall topped half a billion kroner despite increases in earnings and passengers. However, the business growth has failed to keep pace with spending, largely due to investment losses on the scandal-ridden IC4 train upgrades. Read  more.

* December retail sales disappointThe economic crisis is being blamed for a 0.1 percent drop in retail sales between November and December in the run-up to Christmas. Despite a 0.8 percent rise in the sale of clothes, and a 0.5 percent rise in the sale of other consumer items, a 1.1 percent drop in the sale of staple goods dragged the total retail sales down for the month. Chamber of commerce Dansk Erhverv called the figures, released by Statistics Denmark, disappointing. "The retail turnover index for December 2011 is the lowest December index since 2003," Bo Sandberg, from Dansk Erhverv, said. "Taking the average for the year, we have to go all the way back to 2004 to find a worse year for the retail industry."

And according to Niels Rønholt, from Jyske Bank, there is no indication that this year will be any different. "Turnover remained flat through the second half of 2011 and that picture does not change after today's numbers for December. A flat development is the same as a recession because normally retail sales should increase," Rønholt said, adding that the drop in house prices over the autumn was not an optimistic sign. Read more.

* Government targets illegally operating foreign companiesIn the second half of 2010 the work inspection authority Arbejdstilsynet uncovered and reported 67 cases of foreign firms operating illegally and undercover in Denmark. In the second half of 2011, they discovered 138 cases - double as many. The reason for the doubling, according to Hasse Mortensen, the director of oversight at Arbejdstilsynet Zealand, is that they began using an electronic registration system called RUT which allows investigators to cross-check the foreign companies with other departments like the tax authority Skat and the police. "We have really prioritised RUT registration, because it enables us to carry out inspections and it also lets Skat keep its eye on the companies," Mortensen said.

The digital registrations also enable Arbejdstilsynet to compare the various building companies' claims regarding specific jobs. Discrepancies can point out cases where companies may be trying to cheat the system. Foreign companies with employees working in Denmark are required to register with Arbejdstilsynet. The penalty for not doing so is a 10,000 kroner fine for the foreign company and an equal fine for the person or firm that hired them.  Read more.


2012 trade fair calendar in Denmark:

February 24-March 4 "International Boat Show". More info click here.

February 24-26, 2012 "Ferie for Alle" (Herning). Read more click here.

March 20-22, 2012 "Foodexpo 2012" (Herning). Read more click here.

April 13-15, 2012 "Hunting & Outdoor 2012" (Odense). Read more click here.

April 26-28, 2012 "Scandefa 2012" (Copenhagen) dentalfair. More info click here.

May 22-24, 2012 "Health and Rehab Scandinavia" (Copenhagen). More info click here.

May 30-June 1, 2012 "MonitorExpo 2012" (Copenhagen) fair on professional communication via pictures, sound and light. More information click here.

August, 2012 "Formland Expo 2012" (Herning). For professionals working in the field of decoration, home and office design, furniture, lightening, fabrics, handicraft products, gifts, souvenirs, etc.

September 2012 "Automatik 2012" (Herning). Read more click here.

October 9-11, 2012 "Copenhagen International Clean Energy Fair". Read more click here.

November 2012 "Food Pharma Tech" (Herning). Trade fair for machinery, packaging, and ingredients for food and pharma industry.

November 2012 "Agromek 2012" (Herning). Agricultural trade fair.


2012 trade fair calendar in Estonia:

- Tallinn fair center Eesti Näitused and,

- Tartu fair center Tartu Näitused.


You can find a list of trade fair organizers for both Estonia and Denmark at our website.


* Follow the news on the Danish Culture events in Estonia at Facebook - click here.

* Follow the news on the Danish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce at Facebook - click here.

Chamber's notifications' board:  
  • Next DECC council meeting will take place on March 6. In case anyone would like to suggest a topic or make a proposal to be discussed, please feel free to contact info@decc.ee and inform us about it.

Contact Info
Manager of the Chamber, Merli Lindberg, info@decc.ee Tel: +372 502 4006 Skype: merli.lindberg


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