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The Minister of Internal Affairs Ken-Marti Vaher replied to the interpellation concerning the internal security situation (No 11), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Andres Anvelt, Heljo Pikhof, Neeme Suur, Rein Randver, Kajar Lember, Kalvi Kõva, Sven Mikser, Eiki Nestor, Jaak Allik, Jevgeni Ossinovski, Jaan Õunapuu, Rannar Vassiljev, Karel Rüütli, Marianne Mikko, Kalev Kotkas and Peeter Kreitzberg on 9 May.
 
Andres Anvelt who spoke on behalf of the interpellators wished to know how the internal security work was going to be reorganised so that everybody could feel more secure.
 
Vaher explained that internal security authorities are contributing their maximum every day to ensure that everybody would be safe in Estonia. In his opinion, security has increased significantly in the society during the last ten years and, looking at the statistics, the situation is by far not bad. In Vaher’s words, quite a number of structural changes have been made in the field of internal security. He referred to the fact that, already some time ago, the parliament had given its approval to the establishment of the Police and Border Guard Administration which has about seven thousand employees. Vaher admitted that, naturally, it will take time for this organisation to achieve the cofunctioning of the different functions merged in this authority. At the same time, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has set up an information technology development centre which merges all information technology competence and resources in order that the whole activity would be more transparent and less costly for taxpayers so that resource use would be optimised.
 
Vaher noted that the aim was not only that the police be visible and present. One important aim is also to increase the community’s participation in ensuring security. In his opinion, all developed countries in Europe have acted in this way and Estonia is also adopting this conduct. Vaher highlighted the activities of voluntary rescuers who had enhanced their competence through the Rescue Act that had been passed the previous year. He explained that an institute of the rescuer with independent competence had been established. If, up to that time, voluntary rescuers had had the possibility to participate in rescue work in the presence of or together with a rescue official, then now they can do that independently.
 
In the course of the discussion, Vaher answered numerous questions of the Members of the Riigikogu about different aspects of ensuring internal security.
 
Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder replied to the interpellation concerning the constitutionality of electronic voting (No 22), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Priit Toobal, Vladimir Velman, Viktor Vassiljev, Yana Toom, Mailis Reps, Aadu Must, Lauri Laasi, Marika Tuus, Valeri Korb, Enn Eesmaa and Tarmo Tamm on 19 May.
 
Priit Toobal who spoke on behalf of the interpellators presented the arguments concerning the risks involved in electronic voting and asked for the opinion of the Chancellor of Justice.
 
Teder analysed the problems that had been highlighted in connection with electronic voting and referred to the relevant positions of the Supreme Court when assessing them. He noted that e-voting is not essentially different from voting in the voting booth. A voter simply has an opportunity to choose which technical solution to use for expressing his or her will. “Problems of technical solution which need to be resolved do not automatically mean that the idea of e-voting is not feasible at all under the Constitution,” said the Chancellor of Justice. He referred to the fact that the Supreme Court had examined e-voting repeatedly and had found it to be constitutional in principle. “In every field there may be problems and everything can be developed further – it is natural,” noted Teder.
 
The Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts replied to two interpellations. They were the following: the interpellation concerning the expediency of the Climate and Energy Agency (No 7), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Inara Luigas, Priit Toobal, Olga Sõtnik, Mihhail Stalnuhhin, Kalle Laanet, Tarmo Tamm, Valeri Korb, Deniss Boroditsh, Lembit Kaljuvee, Viktor Vassiljev, Peeter Võsa, Vladimir Velman, Kalev Kallo and Kadri Simson on 2 May, and the interpellation concerning the expenses of the universal services of Eesti Post (No 8), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Kalev Kotkas, Peeter Kreitzberg, Andres Anvelt, Jaak Allik, Neeme Suur, Jaan Õunapuu, Urve Palo, Rannar Vassiljev, Sven Mikser, Helmen Kütt, Kajar Lember, Marianne Mikko, Heljo Pikhof, Indrek Saar and Rein Randver on 4 May.
 
The Minister of the Environment Keit Pentus replied to two interpellations. They were the following: the interpellation concerning maintenance of protected areas (No 13), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Rainer Vakra, Peeter Võsa, Tarmo Tamm, Valeri Korb, Ester Tuiksoo, Deniss Boroditsh, Vladimir Velman, Lauri Laasi and Olga Sõtnik on 12 May, and the interpellation concerning waste management (No 16), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Valeri Korb, Eldar Efendijev, Priit Toobal, Tarmo Tamm, Lauri Laasi, Lembit Kaljuvee, Mihhail Stalnuhhin and Vladimir Velman on 17 May.
 
The Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi replied to two interpellations. They were the following: the interpellation concerning the salaries of teachers, police officers, border guards and rescue workers (No 9), submitted by Members of Riigikogu Mailis Reps, Ester Tuiksoo, Kadri Simson, Aivar Riisalu, Priit Toobal, Marika Tuus, Mihhail Stalnuhhin, Valeri Korb, Deniss Boroditsh, Lauri Laasi, Peeter Võsa, Inara Luigas, Enn Eesmaa, Tarmo Tamm, Aadu Must, Jüri Ratas, Yana Toom, Kalev Kallo and Kalle Laanet on 4 May, and the interpellation concerning the restriction on tax incentives on the fuel marked with a fiscal marker (No 12), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Ester Tuiksoo, Valeri Korb, Kadri Simson, Deniss Boroditsh, Peeter Võsa, Lauri Laasi, Kalle Laanet and Lembit Kaljuvee on 10 May.
 
On the motion of the Social Democratic Party Faction, the Riigikogu removed from the agenda for the working week the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act (13 SE), initiated by the same Faction. On the motion of the Economic Affairs Committee, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Utility Models Act, the Patents Act, the Principles of Legal Regulation of Industrial Property Act and the State Fees Act (5 SE), initiated by the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction and the Estonian Reform Party Faction, was removed from the agenda for the working week.
 
During the open microphone, Mihhail Stalnuhhin and Heimar Lenk took the floor.
 
The sitting ended at 7.30 p.m.
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 
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