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The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of two Bills: 

The purpose of the Bill on Amendments to the Public Health Act and the State Fees Act (436 SE), initiated by the Government, is to ensure implementation of the European Union (EU) Cosmetic Products Regulation in order to ensure the functioning of the internal market and protection of human health. The Bill specifies the tasks of the competent authority carrying out surveillance and the rules for organising surveillance. In Estonia, the Health Board is the competent authority. The Bill also provides the liability for violation of the requirements upon manufacturing of cosmetic products and the handling thereof. The amendments are directed in particular at institutions carrying out surveillance and manufacturers and importers of cosmetic products, as well as consumers of cosmetic products. 

The Bill on Amendments to the Liquid Fuel Stocks Act (472 SE), initiated by the Government, adds new terms into the Act and determines the composition of the liquid fuel stocks. The Bill provides new bases for the stockholding obligation and calculation of the existing stocks. It also provides the rules for constituting specific stocks and new rules for holding stocks in another Member State or the stocks held in Estonia by a person of another Member State. The Bill specifies the requirements for acting in the event of supply difficulties and for provision of data. With the Bill, the regulation concerning the activities of the supervisory board of the stock manager is brought into conformity with the State Assets Act. 

Liquid fuel stocks are the quantity of energy products at the disposal or under the control of the state, determined by this Act. They are constituted to ensure a high level of security of supply for the state, national security and fulfilment of the obligations assumed under international agreements and the subsistence of the population. Reliable and transparent mechanisms based on solidarity between international organisations and Member States are used. 

The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Railways Act, the Emergency Act and the State Fees Act (482 SE), initiated by the Government. The Bill brings the wording of the Railways Act into conformity with the relevant EU directives. The terminology of the Railways Act is specified. Instead of the safety certificate of the safety management system and the operational safety certificate, a safety authorisation will be granted to railway infrastructure managers, and a safety certificate will be granted to railway undertakings, and operational safety certificates will be granted in the case of a non-public railway. In replacement of “railway collisions”, “railway incidents” and “accidents”, the terminology of directives is implemented: accidents, serious accidents and incidents. At the same time, the duties and rights of the Technical Surveillance Authority and the Safety Investigation Bureau within the framework of supervision proceedings are specified. The Bill also discusses the aspects related to the use of the rolling stock vehicle numbering systems in the European Union and in the CIS countries. The Bill also amends the provisions of the Act in connection with the development of the Rail Baltic project. A smaller width of the railway protection zone is established. 

On the motion of the Cultural Affairs Committee, the Riigikogu rejected at the first reading the Bill on Amendments to § 27 of the Pre-School Child Care Institutions Act (448 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction. The result of voting: 48 votes in favour, 33 against. The Bill was dropped from the legislative proceeding. 

The Riigikogu Press Service