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Today, the Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu sent a legal amendment to the first reading; the purpose of the amendment is to allow citizens of other European Union Member States to stand as candidates for the European Parliament in Estonia without having to prove their right to do so. 

After the amendment has entered into force, it will be sufficient for a European Union citizen who stands as a candidate in Estonia to attach to their candidacy documents a declaration stating that they have not been deprived of their right to stand as a candidate in their country of origin. The verification of their right to stand as a candidate is then organised by the competent authority in Estonia – the National Electoral Committee. 

Under the European Parliament Election Act, all European Union citizens who are at least 21 years of age, reside permanently in Estonia according to the Population Register and have not been deprived of their right to stand as a candidate have the right to stand as a candidate for the European Parliament in Estonia. 

The same rules allow Estonian citizens to stand as candidates for the European Parliament in other EU Member States. 

The majority vote of the members of the Riigikogu is required to pass the Bill. 

At the proposal of the Constitutional Committee, the first reading of the Bill will be held on 20 November, and the term for motions to amend is 29 November. 

The Riigikogu Press Service

12 November 2013

Aivar Pau, 6316352; 53424804

aivar.pau@riigikogu.ee

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