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Auditor General Mihkel Oviir replied to the interpellation (No. 163) concerning the monitoring report “The activities of the Estonian state agencies in avoiding sugar surplus by the time of accession to the European Union”, submitted on 20 June by Members of the Riigikogu Andres Herkel, Mart Laar, Peeter Tulviste and Tõnis Lukas. Auditor General said that the direct motive for the audit of the State Audit Office was the communication of the Riigikogu State Budget Committee to the State Audit Office. “Proceeding from the Act, we have set as the goal of the audit to find out why the Government did not use or did not consider it to be expedient to make use of efficient measures to avoid the sugar surplus and the expenditure proceeding from it.” Mr. Oviir reminded that according to the present calculations, Estonia has to pay approximately EEK one billion for the surplus reserve, including over EEK 700 million for sugar. “The monitoring report shows that the surplus of the sugar stocks could not be avoided because of the inadequate activities of the Government. The report shows that the whole Cabinet is to blame,” the Auditor General said.

Prime Minister Andrus Ansip replied to the interpellation (No. 170) concerning the immovable property transactions, submitted on 13 September by Members of the Riigikogu Andres Herkel, Mart Laar, Peeter Tulviste and Tõnis Lukas, and to the interpellation (No. 170) concerning the visit of the Minister of Education and Research to Mari El, submitted on 15 September by Member of the Riigikogu Urmas Reinsalu.

President of the Bank of Estonia Andres Lipstok replied to the interpellation (No. 164) concerning the deals arousing suspicion of corruption, submitted on 12 September by Member of the Riigikogu Kadi Pärnits, and to the interpellation (No. 166) concerning the deals related to the former head of the Eesti Ühispank, submitted on 12 September by Members of the Riigikogu Andres Herkel, Tõnis Lukas, Helir-Valdor Seeder, Peeter Tulviste, Mart Laar, Mart Nutt and Trivimi Velliste.

Minister of Culture Raivo Palmaru replied to the interpellation (No. 172) concerning the advertising of the music festival dedicated to the 70th birthday of Arvo Pärt, submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Imre Sooäär, Reet Roos, Avo Üprus and Aivar Õun.

The verbatim record of the Riigikogu sitting (in Estonian) can be found at: http://web.riigikogu.ee/ems/plsql/stenograms.form

The Riigikogu Press Service

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