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The Minister of Justice Rein Lang replied to the interpellation concerning state fees (No 334), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Ain Seppik, Vladimir Velman, Nelli Privalova, Enn Eesmaa and Lembit Kaljuvee on 15 October.
 
Lang explained that one purpose of state fees is compensation for the costs incurred by the state by the person who is interested in the act. “The state fee rates established in the Annex to the State Fees Act which entered into force on 1 January 2009 were intended to make state fee rates in adjudication of civil matters as private law disputes as cost oriented as possible,” noted the Minister of Justice. The legislator has granted an opportunity for the court to consider all different interests and to enable all persons who have justified need therefor to have recourse to the court, by granting procedural assistance. “Persons whose economic situation does not allow paying of the state fee to the extent provided by law can apply for procedural assistance according to the Code of Civil Procedure,” stressed Lang. State fees are paid into the State Treasury and they are inevitably one means of filling the State Treasury. At the same time, the state earns no profit from state fees, explained the Minister of Justice.
 
The Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts replied to the interpellation concerning massive lay-off of miners (No 331), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Lembit Kaljuvee, Eldar Efendijev, Valeri Korb, Tiit Kuusmik, Helle Kalda and Toomas Varek on 14 October, and the interpellation concerning supporting of the Estonian Real Property Owners Central Union from the state budget funds (No 333), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Aivar Riisalu, Kalev Kallo, Kadri Simson, Helle Kalda and Lauri Laasi on 15 October.
 
The Social Democratic Party Faction as the initiator withdrew from the legislative proceeding the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic” (557 OE).
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 
 
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