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The alternate member of the Riigikogu Katrin Karisma-Krumm took the oath of office.
 
The Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts replied to the interpellation concerning Koidula frontier railway station (No 339), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Inara Luigas, Georg Pelisaar, Vladimir Velman, Eldar Efendijev, Nelli Privalova, Jüri Ratas, Toivo Tootsen, Marika Tuus, Valeri Korb, Toomas Varek and Nikolai Põdramägi on 11 November 2009.
 
Parts explained that the decision on the need to construct the new frontier railway station had above all been motivated by the abnormal situation in the carrying out of border and customs control of trains in Orava where, due to the lack of necessary premises, border control had had to be carried out in unreasonable working conditions, and border control is carried out as far as in Tartu, at a distance of about 100 kilometres from the state border. In Parts’s words, the new station which is being constructed will enable more trains to be serviced and, besides, it will be possible to extend the selection of the goods carried, for example, foodstuff, timber, live animals, as possibilities to check conformity of the goods with veterinary and phytosanitary requirements at the border will be created. Parts noted that, when the transport committee of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia and the Ministry of Transport of Russia had met in Tallinn, the government of Russia had also been informed of the progress of the project and the expected completion of Koidula frontier station, in the course of discussion of other issues related to the carriage of goods on railway. Parts added that, since Koidula station is going to operate on a twenty-four hour basis, then every position will need several people for functioning, and an estimation of 130–150 people will be needed in total. After completion of Koidula frontier station, it will be possible to direct Riga–St. Petersburg and Tallinn–Moscow passenger trains through Koidula. In Parts’s words, the respective negotiations have been scheduled for 2010. In the Minister’s opinion, it is very difficult to speak about results, particularly as regards Riga–St. Petersburg passenger railway line. Koidula frontier station in itself as an infrastructure object creates better opportunities for that than those available at present. “Once it will be completed, the impact of the frontier station on transit will in any case be positive in comparison to the situation today,” affirmed the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications.
 
The Minister of Justice Rein Lang replied to the interpellation concerning terms for proceedings in criminal proceedings (No 346), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Kalle Laanet, Lembit Kaljuvee, Tiit Kuusmik, Vladimir Velman, Toivo Tootsen, Nelli Privalova, Jüri Ratas, Enn Eesmaa, Inara Luigas, Helle Kalda, Valeri Korb and Marika Tuus on 14 December 2009.
 
The Minister of Internal Affairs Marko Pomerants replied to the interpellation concerning the change of special pensions system (No 341), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Kalle Laanet, Toivo Tootsen, Aivar Riisalu, Eldar Efendijev, Valeri Korb, Marika Tuus, Lembit Kaljuvee, Helle Kalda, Arvo Sarapuu, Rein Ratas, Toomas Varek, Tiit Kuusmik, Ain Seppik, Enn Eesmaa, Jüri Ratas, Olga Sõtnik, Nikolai Põdramägi, Evelyn Sepp, Kadri Simson and Nelli Privalova on 18 November 2009.
 
The Minister of Social Affairs Hanno Pevkur replied to three interpellations. Those were the interpellation concerning the change of special pensions system (No 340), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Kalle Laanet, Kalev Kallo, Nikolai Põdramägi, Kadri Simson and Ain Seppik on 12 November 2009, the interpellation concerning flu vaccine (No 337) submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Nikolai Põdramägi, Evelyn Sepp, Toivo Tootsen, Kadri Simson, Lauri Laasi, Toomas Varek, Georg Pelisaar and Helle Kalda on 9 November 2009, and the interpellation concerning monitoring of the quality of medical care (No 338), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Toomas Trapido, Marek Strandberg, Aleksei Lotman, Mart Jüssi, Maret Merisaar and Marika Tuus on 10 November 2009.
 
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