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Additional Sitting Review 15 November 2013

Riigikogu concluded second reading of State Budget of 2014 Bill

The additional sitting of the Riigikogu began at 10 a.m. and ended at 9.56 p.m.

The Riigikogu passed an Act:

The Act on Amendments to the Health Care Services Organisation Act and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (481 SE), initiated by the Government, was passed with 43 votes in favour and one vote against.

The Act establishes the bases for persons with health insurance in Estonia to receive reimbursement, to the extent determined at the national level, for healthcare consumed, medicinal products subject to prescription dispensed and medical devices sold on the basis of a medical device card in other European Union Member States. The Act also establishes possibilities of restricting the receiving of reimbursement and the provision of health care services. In addition, the regulation concerning participation in the provision of health care services is extended to the provision of pharmacy services upon the issuing of medicinal products subject to prescription and to the selling of medical devices on the basis of a medical device card.

A national contact point for cross-border healthcare will be established for informing of the changes involved in the transposition of the Directive. The Act also establishes the basis for reimbursement of health care services provided outside the waiting list, as the Minister of Social Affairs may establish by a Regulation, on proposal of the supervisory board of the health insurance fund, the list of health care services and the procedure for reimbursement of the costs of such health care services as a contractual partner of the health insurance fund who is operating in Estonia has provided to an insured person outside the waiting list.

The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of four drafts:

The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of the State Budget of 2014 Bill (490 SE). At the additional sitting, at first, the 121st motion to amend the Bill was voted on. There were 402 motions in total. None of the motions that were voted on was supported at the sitting.

The term for submission of motions to amend for the third reading is 21 November at 5 p.m.

The Bill proposes the revenues of the coming year’s budget to amount to 8 billion euro which will exceed the amount planned for this year by 349.1 million euro, that is, by 4.6 per cent. The state budget expenditures will increase by 377 million euro, that is, by 4.9 per cent, amounting to 8.06 billion euro.

The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Investment Funds Act and the Funded Pensions Act (501 SE), initiated by the Government, which extends the term of validity of the maximum rates of the management fees of mandatory pension funds and amends the procedure for succession of the units of mandatory pension funds.

The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to § 3331 of the State Fees Act (494 SE), initiated by the Government. The Bill organises the state fee rates so that they would be justified and cost-based and conform to the relevant principle of the State Fees Act. The principle of solvency has also been taken into account because in many cases the archival notice is needed for granting a pension.

The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of the draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Approval of the Estonian National Tourism Development Plan for 2014-2020” (461 OE), initiated by the Government. The Estonian national tourism development plan for the coming seven years sets as an objective to increase the tourism sector by approximately one third. The tourism export volume should grow from the 1.2 billion euro of 2012 to 1.6 billion euro by 2020. The number of overnight stays by tourists should grow from the 3.82 billion of 2012 to five billion overnight stays by 2020.

The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of four Bills:

The Bill on Amendments to the Creative Persons and Artistic Associations Act and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (522 SE), initiated by the Government. The amendments introduced by the Bill mitigate the problems relating to the health and pension insurance of freelance creative persons in connection with the particularity of their activities and receipt of the income received from creative activity.

The Bill on Amendments to the Status of Member of Riigikogu Act and Other Acts (396 SE), initiated by the Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu. The Bill regulates the content of the immunity of members of the Riigikogu and, accordingly, the specifications of the proceedings under criminal law and the issues relating to the immunity of members of the Riigikogu, as well as the security check.

The Bill on Amendments to the Labour Market Services and Benefits Act, the Unemployment Insurance Act and the State Family Benefits Act (517 SE), initiated by the Social Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu. The Bill eliminates the deficiency which has arisen with the entry into force of the Vocational Educational Institutions Act which deprives students in the full-time study of vocational training of the opportunity to register as unemployed. The Bill will restore the situation where the students in vocational training whose main activity is studying can be registered as unemployed in certain cases. The Bill also specifies the procedure for payment of family benefits in the case when a child graduates from school.

The Bill on Amendments to the Traffic Act (479 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction. The Bill provides that the right to park without charge for 15 minutes, which currently is applied to paid public parking areas belonging to local governments, would be extended to all fee-charging parking places intended for public use, regardless of the form of ownership. The Bill is also intended to grant a physically disabled driver and a driver of a vehicle servicing a physically disabled or blind person the right to park the car at his or her disposal without charge in such car-parks. The Bill provides that local governments are granted an opportunity to establish, where necessary, additional requirements also to private car-parks when organising paid parking in their territory.

All items on the agenda having been deliberated, no additional sittings will be held on 16 and 17 November.

The verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

The Riigikogu Press Service

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