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The Resolution on Amendments to the Resolution on the Formation of the Estonian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (547 OE), initiated by the Foreign Affairs Committee, was passed with 83 votes in favour. According to the Resolution, Member of the Riigikogu Silver Meikar is appointed member of the Estonian Delegation to PACE instead of Kristiina Ojuland who was elected to the European Parliament.Nobody voted against the Resolution and nobody abstained.

On the motion of the Environmental Committee as the leading committee, the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Radiation Act (485 SE), initiated by the Government, was concluded. The main aim of the Bill is to bring the Radiation Act into conformity with the requirements provided in the Euratom Directive of the Council of the European Union concerning the supervision and control of import, export and transit of radioactive waste. The major amendment, in view of the Act which is currently in force, is the introduction of the term of spent fuel. All the requirements which earlier applied only to radioactive waste will extend to shipments of spent fuel. The Bill was sent to the third reading.
 
On the motion of the Constitutional Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Political Parties Act (516 SE), initiated by the same Committee, was concluded. The purpose of the amendments is to ensure that persons belong to only one political party registered in Estonia at a time and to allow an actual overview of the lists of members of political parties. According to the Bill, resignation from a political party will be simplified: a person may submit the application of resignation directly to the registration department of the court. Also, political parties will have to submit the complete list of the political party to the registration department of the court more frequently than so far in the cases when the lists have been amended. After making of the amendments, a political party will have to send the new actual list to the registry by the fifth day of the following month. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the Cultural Affairs Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Sports Act (479 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, was concluded. The purpose of the amendment is to restore the provision in the Sports Act which sets out the obligation of rural municipalities and cities to support the work of the sports organisations located in their administrative territory. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the Finance Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Income Tax Act (468 SE), initiated by the Estonian Green Party Faction, was concluded. The purpose of the Bill is to enable refunding of income tax in the case of loans which are granted by other financial institutions, besides banks. The initiator asserted that the specified incentive did not apply to loans issued by associations and foundations engaging in crediting. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the Legal Affairs Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Penal Code (542 SE), initiated by the same Committee, was concluded. The purpose of the Bill is to provide stricter punishments for sexual crimes against minors. According to the amendment, involving a person of less than 18 years of age in satisfaction of sexual desire by violence will be punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment. A person who sexually entices a person of less than 14 years of age (e.g. hands over, displays or makes otherwise knowingly available pornographic works or reproductions thereof to such person) can be punished by up to three years’ imprisonment. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the Legal Affairs Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Family Law Bill (543 SE), initiated by the same committee, was concluded. The purpose of the new Family Law Act is to create an adequate, sufficiently relative normative framework for contemporary family relations. The new Act provides several private law bases of claims which will allow persons to better apply for judicial protection of their interests and rights. These concern, in particular, the spheres of the regulation of proprietary rights, maintenance obligations and exercise of parental rights. The issues relating e.g. to adoption have been amended significantly. With the new Act, prospective spouses will be provided the opportunity to choose which proprietary relationship they wish to be applied – joint property, accretion set-off or separate property. Another need for amending the Family Law Act is motivated by the reform of the general part of civil law. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 

 

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