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At the beginning of the sitting, the President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen made a speech before the Riigikogu. Together with her, the President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas-Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip stayed at the Riigikogu.
 
The Riigikogu passed two Acts:
 
The Rescue Act (514 SE), initiated by the Government, which regulates the functions and organisation of rescue service agencies and the rights and obligations of assistant rescuers, local governments, non-profit associations, foundations or undertakings who participate in rescue activities on a voluntary basis, was passed with 87 votes in favour. A separate chapter discusses the measures which specify restricting of the fundamental rights and freedoms of persons in the performance of the functions of rescue service agencies and in ensuring the safety of persons.
 
The Fire Safety Act (513 SE), initiated by the Government, which regulates the obligations, rights and liability of natural persons and legal persons and state and local government authorities and bodies in ensuring fire safety, was passed with 86 votes in favour. It also regulates the exercise of state supervision.
 
The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of three Bills:
 
The purpose of the Bill on Amendments to the Electronic Communications Act and the Information Society Services Act (727 SE), initiated by the Government, is to improve the protection of persons from messages intended for direct marketing (spam). It specifies under which conditions it is allowed to send such messages.
 
The purpose of the Bill on Amendments to Acts relating to Ownership Reform (715 SE), initiated by the Government, is to solve the legal problems relating to the return of the property which was in the ownership of citizens of foreign states, enabling local governments to terminate the relevant proceedings for the return of property and compensation proceedings.
 
The purpose of the Bill on Amendments to the Ambient Air Protection Act (726 SE), initiated by the Government, is to amend the legal regulation of the emissions trading permitted for states under Article 17 of the Kyoto Protocol and implementation of the Green Investment Scheme.
 
At Question Time, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip answered the question about taking Eesti Energia to the stock exchange, submitted by Mai Treial. The Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi answered the question about the budget strategy of the state, submitted by Kadri Simson. The Minister of the Environment Jaanus Tamkivi answered the question about the maximum rates of oil shale mining, submitted by Mart Jüssi, the question about the future of coastal fishermen, submitted by Mark Soosaar, and the question about biological diversity and climate change, submitted by Aleksei Lotman.
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 
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