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The Riigikogu passed the following Acts:

The Riigikogu passed with 69 votes in favour the Blood Act (417 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic. The Act regulates the procedure and conditions for handling of blood, and stipulates the quality and safety requirements set for blood components. The Act determines the legal status of donors and ensures the protection of their rights. The Act also stipulates supervision over handling of blood and the liability of blood handlers.

The Riigikogu passed with 64 votes in favour the Securities Market Act, Financial Supervision Authority Act, Estonian Central Register of Securities Act, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act and the Credit Institutions Act Amendment Act (492 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic. The main amendments were made to the Securities Market Act. The Securities Market Act is in force since 2001 and the regulation, stipulated in the Act, had partly become outdated, therefore there was a real need to make amendments to the regulation concerning securities market. Also provisions concerning the supervision activities of the Financial Supervision Authority, were specified to harmonise them with the EU Council Directive coordinating the requirements for the drawn-up scrutiny and distribution of the prospectus, to be published when transferable securities are offered to the public and the Directive on investment services in the securities field.

The Riigikogu passed with 68 votes in favour the Unlawfully Expropriated Property Valuation and Compensation Act Amendment Act (529 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic. The Act brings the evaluation of experts used in determining the value of unlawfully expropriated property and the supervision over their activities in conformity with changes which have taken place in the fields of activities of the ministries.

The Act on the Accession to the Open Skies Treaty (527 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic, was passed with 65 votes in favour. The main objective of the Treaty is to collect information about military forces and activities in the course of observation flights and to contribute to the implementation of other Treaties and Agreements (e.g. Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, Vienna Document) with information. During the observation flights it is possible to collect information about e.g.infrastructure, landscape, about the objects on the landscape and the activities taking place there.

The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of the following Bills:

The Bill on Amendments to the Local Government Organisation Act (407 SE), initiated by the government of the Republic.

The Bill on Amendments to the State Export Guarantees Act (544 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

The Bill on Amendments to the Courts Act and Other Acts for the Merger of Territorial Jurisdictions of Courts (503 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

The Bill on Amendments to § 3 of the Universities Act (505 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

The Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management System Bill (481 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

The Bill on Amendments to the Hunting Act (491 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of the following Bills:

The Bill on Amendments to the Aliens Act (551 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

The Bill on the Ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of Australia relating to Working Holiday Visas (543 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

The Bill on the Accession to the Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants (556 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

The Bill on the Ratification of the Guarantee Agreement between the Republic of Estonia and the Nordic Investment Bank (559 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

The Bill on Amendments to the State Fees Act, Law of Ship Flag and Registers of Ships Act, Traffic Act and to the Maritime Safety Act (553 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.

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During the Question Time Prime Minister Juhan Parts answered the questions of Members of the Riigikogu about maintaining state secrets.

The questions asked at the Question Time and the answers to them as well as the verbatim record of the Riigikogu sitting are available (in Estonian) on the Internet at:

http://web.riigikogu.ee/ems/plsql/stenograms.form

The Riigikogu Press Service

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