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The Riigikogu passed with 77 votes in favour the Resolution “Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic” (44 OE), submitted by the Social Democratic Faction. A proposal was made to the Government of the Republic to draft an action plan for reducing the wage gap between men and women. Three Members of the Riigikogu abstained.

The first reading of the Bill on Ratification of the Cooperation Agreement on Pension Insurance between the Republic of Estonia and the Russian Federation (85 SE), initiated by the Government, was concluded. The aim of the Agreement which is ratified is to develop the cooperation between the two states in the field of pension insurance. The Agreement will help to realise the pension rights of the citizens of the parties to the Agreement and stateless persons, who have lived in the Republic of Estonia and in the Russian Federation and earned their pension qualifying period on the territory of those states. The Agreement will replace “The Cooperation Agreement on Pension Insurance between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Russian Federation”, signed in 1993, which will be in force until 16 October 2011, and “The Protocol Amending the Cooperation Agreement on Pension Insurance between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Russian Federation”, signed in 2002. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
The first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act (13 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction, was concluded. The Bill provides resumption of the compensation of study loans to persons who began their studies at a university or an institution of higher education before 1 July 2009 and who assume employment or have assumed employment in the public sector. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the Social Affairs Committee, the Persons Sent to Area of Nuclear Disaster Bill (29 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, was rejected at the first reading. 48 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 33 voted against, two members abstained. Thus, the Bill was dropped from the legislative proceeding.
 
Due to the end of the working hours of the sitting of the plenary assembly, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act (33 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, was adjourned and it will be resumed on Wednesday, 21 September, at the sitting beginning at 2 p.m.
 
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 
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