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The Act on Amendments to the Chemicals Act (388 SE), initiated by the Government, was passed with 77 votes in favour. The Act creates conditions for the implementation of the new European Union chemicals policy in Estonia. As a result, the chemicals safety will increase and the risks to human health, environment and property will decrease. Also the general safety level will increase in regions where ammonium nitrate is transported and handled, first of all in ports and on the railroad. The Act obliges to pay more attention than before to the prevention of major accidents already within the framework of planning and construction activities. The Act will also improve informing the public of the danger of a major accident and give people the possibility to take part in shaping the safety of their environment. Clause 1 4) of this Act enters into force on 1 June 2009. Nobody voted against the Act and nobody abstained.

The Riigikogu passed with 80 votes in favour the Act on Amendments to the Non-profit Associations Act, the Foundations Act, the Commercial Associations Act and the Commercial Code and Other Associated Acts (271 SE), initiated by the Government. The main objective of the Act is to make amendments to the Apartment Associations Act, the Non-profit Associations Act, the Foundations Act and the Commercial Associations Act, on the example of the amendments to the Commercial Code which entered into force in the beginning of 2006. The Act specifies the competence and thereby also the liability of management bodies of legal persons and members thereof, and the issues relating to nullity and repeal of the resolutions of a body of a legal person. Rules relating to merger and division of foundations and non-profit associations have been softened which should simplify and speed up those processes. The Act eliminates the formalities which have proven unnecessary in practice, for example, the obligation to submit a specimen signature of a member of the management board and the restrictions on members in the appointment of representatives to the general meeting. At the same time, some issues relating to legal persons (for example, issues concerning the general meeting of a non-profit association) are regulated in a greater detail in order to ensure protection of all parties and to prevent disputes. This Act enters into force on 1 July 2009; clause 4 29) enters into force on 1 January 2010. Nobody voted against the Act and nobody abstained.
 
 
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