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The Riigikogu repassed in unamended form with 58 votes in favour the Temporary Administration of Salary of Member of Riigikogu Act, refused to be proclaimed by the President of the Republic on 24 November. The Riigikogu passed the specified Act for the first time with 53 votes in favour on 19 November. The President of the Republic refused to proclaim the Act; the Riigikogu renewed deliberation on the basis of the Riigikogu Rules of Procedure and Internal Rules Act. The Act regulates the payment of salary to Members of the Riigikogu until 28 February 2010. According to the Act, the average wages in the fourth quarter of 2007 in Estonia will remain the ceiling in the calculation of the salary. The Act does not change the system of the salary of Members of the Riigikogu: the salary of a Member of the Riigikogu will remain related to the average wages in Estonia. The Act provides the maximum permitted amount of the salary in the specified period. If the average wages fall, the amount of the salary will decrease respectively. One member of the Riigikogu voted against the Act, nobody abstained.

The Riigikogu passed with 54 votes in favour the Resolution “Appointment of an Auditor for Supervising the Activities of the State Audit Office in 2008” (391 OE), initiated by the Finance Committee. Pursuant to the Resolution, Veiko Hintsov, Auditor of Deloitte Audit Eesti Ltd., is going to supervise the activities of the State Audit Office in 2008. Nobody voted against the Resolution and nobody abstained.
 
On the motion of the National Defence Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Draft Resolution “Extension of the Time Limit of the Use of the Estonian Defence Forces in Performance of International Duties of the Estonian State under the International Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (386 OE), submitted by the Government, was concluded. According to the Bill, as of 1 January 2009, the time limit of the use of the Estonian Defence Forces in the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, led by the European Union Force, would be extended until 31 December 2009. The Draft was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the National Defence Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Draft Resolution “Extension of the Time Limit of the Use of the Estonian Defence Forces in Performance of International Duties of the Estonian State under the International Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo” (387 OE), submitted by the Government, was concluded. According to the Bill, as of 1 January 2009, the time limit of the use of the Estonian Defence Forces in the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, led by NATO, would be extended until 31 December 2009. The Draft was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the Constitutional Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Bill on Repeal of § 751 of the European Parliament Election Act (363 SE), initiated by the same Committee, was concluded. The amendment is motivated by the Statute for Members of the European Parliament which provides that, starting from the following composition of the European Parliament, the salary of Members of the European Parliament is going to be paid from the budget of the European Union. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the Cultural Affairs Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to § 3 of the Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act (357 SE), initiated by the Estonian Green Party Faction, was concluded. The purpose of the amendment is to replace the concept “religious education” by the concept “religions education”. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
On the motion of the Constitutional Committee as the leading committee, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Local Government Council Election Act (392 SE), initiated by the same Committee, was concluded. The Bill is intended for repealing subsection 9 (2) of the specified Act which provides that, in Tallinn, at least half of the mandates shall be divided equally among the districts with the remaining mandates being divided according to the number of voters in the city district. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
 
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 
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