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On the motion of the Economic Affairs Committee, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Electricity Market Act and the General Part of the Economic Activities Code Act (83 SE), initiated by the Government, was concluded. The reason for preparing the Bill was to regulate the issues relating to the financing and the organisation of the work of the rescue commando of the Estonian Power Plant of Narva Power Plants Ltd (hereinafter rescue commando). The aim of the Act is to enhance the consistent functioning of vital services through the necessary rescue capacity. Ensuring the consistent functioning of a vital service is so important for the society that, besides the state, providers of vital services also have to take relevant measures in view of the character of their activities. As one measure, the amendment provides that, upon ensuring the consistent functioning of production of electricity as a vital service, the provider of the vital service is required to ensure the obligation to carry out rescue work through a rescue unit located on its territory or in the immediate vicinity thereof. The Bill also establishes the basis for implementation of effective risk managing measures upon emergence of new providers of vital services. The amendment follows the principle that the obligation to support the carrying out of rescue work at different facilities is provided in relevant specific Acts. The Bill was sent to the second reading.

On the motion of the Environmental Committee, the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Waste Act (76 SE), initiated by the Government, was concluded. Specifications arising from European Union directives will be made to the Waste Act. The definitions of the main concepts of waste management are clarified. The Bill also aims to help implement measures regarding waste prevention and to encourage the recovery of waste and the use of recovered materials. The Bill was sent to the third reading.
 
On the motion of the Environmental Committee, the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Radiation Act (80 SE), initiated by the Government, was concluded. The main aim of the Bill is to specify the role of different agencies in ensuring radiation safety and at the same time to specify the procedure for safe inclusion of radioactive substances and waste and reacting to a radiological emergency. The Bill was sent to the third reading.
 
On the motion of the Environmental Committee, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Ambient Air Protection Act and Other Associated Acts (104 SE), initiated by the Government, was concluded. The Bill transposes into Estonian law the requirements laid down in the European Parliament and Council directive regulating the geological storage of carbon dioxide. It is one of the six legal instruments of the European Union climate and energy package or the 20-20-20 package, which sets the targets to be met by 2020: a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, an increase in energy efficiency by 20%, and ensuring that 20% of energy need is covered by renewable energy sources. The objective of the Directive is to establish a legal framework for the technology developed within the framework of climate change mitigation, geological storage of carbon dioxide, and to ensure at the same time environmental security and the protection of human health. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the Constitutional Committee, the Bill on Amendments to the Citizenship Act (68 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction, was rejected at the first reading. 47 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 40 voted against, two members abstained. Thus, the Bill was dropped from the legislative proceeding.
 
On the motion of the Constitutional Committee, the Bill on Amendments to the Income Tax Act and § 3 of the Social Tax Act (67 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction, was rejected at the first reading. 45 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 25 voted against. The Bill was dropped from the legislative proceeding.
 
On the motion of the Finance Committee, the Bill on Amendments to § 15 of the Value Added Tax Act (69 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, was rejected at the first reading. 43 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 26 voted against. The Bill was dropped from the legislative proceeding.
 
On the motion of the Finance Committee, the Bill on Amendments to the Social Tax Act (70 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, was rejected at the first reading. 43 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 26 voted against. The Bill was dropped from the legislative proceeding.
 
 
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