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Alternate member Jaanus Karilaid, who assumed office in connection with resignation of member of the Riigikogu Kalev Kallo, took the oath of office before the Riigikogu.

The Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse replied to the interpellation concerning the obligation to keep pigs imposed on Kehtna municipality (No 1), submitted by members of the Riigikogu Külliki Kübarsepp, Andres Herkel, Monika Haukanõmm, Krista Aru, Andres Ammas, Artur Talvik and Ain Lutsepp on 13 April.

The interpellators wished to know what steps the Minister was taking to support Kehtna municipality in its application to receive support from the Government reserve or from another source for covering the costs related to substitutive enforcement.

Kruuse said that, as far as it is known, this is the first time in Estonia when after the appointment of an interim trustee in bankruptcy, the interim trustee in bankruptcy is not capable of keeping the animals of the undertaking, and the Veterinary and Food Board is facing a situation where the life and health of the animals are in danger. It is certain that, in such a situation, the local government can respond the most quickly as it knows the situation of the local government best.

“Since it is the first time that such a case has happened in Estonia and therefore there is no relevant practice, we are actually considering a legislative amendment in the light of the ‘OÜ Rey Seakasvatus’ case,” Kruuse said.

“When we speak of a legislative amendment, then we will have to cooperate also with other ministries because part of this concerns also the Commercial Code.” Kruuse added that, if we add bankruptcy proceedings to everything, then it is clear that we should bring Acts into conformity with each other in the future in order to avoid such cases.

Kruuse is of the opinion that the money that has been spent will have to be reimbursed to the local government. “As minister, until today I have been of the position that, before it is one hundred percent clear that the potential new owner – or the new owner emerging in the course of the bankruptcy proceedings – will carry the responsibility and this money will be received in the course of the follow-up process, I will make a proposal to the Government that the amount spent be paid from the reserve fund,“ Kruuse explained.

During the open microphone, Mihhail Stalnuhhin took the floor.


The Riigikogu Press Service

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