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The Riigikogu passed with 72 votes in favour the Act on Amendments to the Electricity Market Act (605 SE), initiated by the Government. The purpose of the Act is to create preconditions for real functioning of the electricity market and launching of the electricity stock exchange in Estonia. The Act provides separation of the transmission system operator from the electricity concern and measures for strengthening the Estonian supply security by 2016 when Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the limitation of emissions of pollutants into the air from large combustion plants will enter into force. At the same time, pursuant to the Act, a producer has the right to receive support from the transmission system operator for electricity if it has been produced from a renewable energy source. The Act helps implement the national development plan for energy sector until 2020, approved by the Riigikogu, and the Estonian electricity sector development plan until 2018, approved by the Government of the Republic. Section 22 of this Act enters into force on 1 April 2010, § 6 enters into force on 1 July 2010 and § 27 enters into force on 3 March 2011. Nobody voted against the Act, 4 members of the Riigikogu abstained.

The Act on Amendments to the Financial Supervision Authority Act, the Investment Funds Act, the Insurance Activities Act, the Credit Institutions Act, the Law of Obligations Act and the Securities Market Act (626 SE), initiated by the Government, was passed with 82 votes in favour. The main purpose of the Act is to extend the opportunities of cross-border provision of financial services as regards banking and investment services as well as insurance activities and intermediation. On the entry into force of the Act, undertakings of the Estonian financial sector will have wider opportunities for cross-border operation in countries that are not Member States of the European Economic Area and undertakings of such countries will, in their turn, have an opportunity for cross-border operation in Estonia. Nobody voted against the Act and nobody abstained.
 
The Act on Amendments to the Medicinal Products Act and the Act on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Precursors thereof (617 SE), initiated by the Government, was passed with 81 votes in favour. One purpose of amendment of the Medicinal Products Act is to eliminate the restriction on the free movement of services and to enable availability of medicinal products in Estonia on the basis of medical prescriptions issued in other European Union Member States and another purpose is to eliminate the restrictions on issue and amendment of the activity licence of general pharmacy. Amending of the Act on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Precursors thereof restricts recognition of medical prescriptions for narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances issued on the basis of other European Union medical prescriptions, in view of the high risk of falsification of medical prescriptions and abuse of medicinal products. Nobody voted against the Act and nobody abstained.
 
The Act on Amendments to the Social Welfare Act (624 SE), initiated by the Government, was passed with 83 votes in favour. This Act creates the social services and benefits data register which will enable to better apply individual approach in assisting people in welfare services. The social services and benefits data register has been established for organisation of social work carried out on the basis of the principle of case management and for documentation and proceeding of social services and benefits and provision of other assistance. The main users of the data register will be local governments as well as county governments and the Ministry of Social Affairs and, in certain cases, also social service providers. In addition to client work, the data register which is established will create opportunities to collect and analyse the information and statistics concerning social services and benefits and provision other assistance which will allow to make local, regional and national welfare policy decisions. In connection with taking into use of the social services and befits data register, the national social register will be eliminated as of 1 April 2011; local governments will enter data concerning social services and benefits into this register until 31 March 2010.
Besides, the child care service provision information system is changed in the Social Welfare Act and it is renamed the information system of places at pre-school child care institutions.
Clauses 1 1), 4), 7), 11)-14), 16) and subsections 46² (1)-(4) set out in clause 17 enter into force on 1 April 2010. Clause 1 10) of the Act enters into force on 1 June 2010. Clauses 1 5) and 15) enter into force on 1 September 2010 and clauses 1 2), 3), 8), 9) and 11) and subsection 46² (5) set out in clause 17 enter into force on 1 April 2011.
Nobody voted against the Act and nobody abstained.
 
On the motion of the Constitutional Committee, the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the European Parliament Election Act (524 SE) and (341 SE), initiated by the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction, the Estonian Reform Party Faction and the Constitutional Committee, was concluded. The purpose of the Bill is transfer to open lists in the European Parliament elections. The Bill was sent to the third reading.
 
On the motion of the Rural Affairs Committee, the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the European Union Common Agricultural Policy Implementation Act (646 SE), initiated by the same Committee, was concluded. The amendments are related to the new implementation Regulation passed by the European Commission laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation as regards cross-compliance, modulation and the integrated administration and control system, under the direct support schemes for farmers provided for that Regulation. In the European Union Common Agricultural Policy Implementation Act, references to the Regulation which was in force are replaced by relevant references to the new Regulation. The Bill was sent to the third reading.
 
 
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