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The Riigikogu passed with 85 votes in favour the Act on Amendments to the Penal Code (542 SE), initiated by the Legal Affairs Committee. The amendments tighten punishments for criminal offences against minors and against sexual self-determination of minors, and criminalise violation of the temporary restraining order. The Act provides imprisonment for up to ten years, instead of the current imprisonment for up to five years, for rape of a minor (a person of less than 18 years of age). Involving a person against his or her will in satisfaction of sexual desire in a manner other than sexual intercourse by using force is punishable by up to 5 years’ imprisonment. Violation of a restraining order imposed by a court decision is punishable by a pecuniary punishment or up to one year of imprisonment. Nobody voted against the Act and nobody abstained.

The Riigikogu passed with 84 votes in favour the Act on Amendments to the Alcohol Act (491 SE), initiated by the Government. The amendments simplify, in the first place, application for entering of alcohol in the state register of alcohol. Among other things, it also specifies the definition of an approved laboratory and provides the possibility of introducing alcoholic beverages which have not been entered in the state register of alcohol at exhibitions and fairs organised in Estonia. The requirements for labelling of consumer packaging established by national legislation do not apply with regard to alcoholic beverages produced for export if the labelling of the consumer packaging of the alcoholic beverages complies with the requirements of the non-Community country. The functions of the authorised processor and the chief processor of the state register of alcohol are also specified. Nobody voted against the Act and nobody abstained.
 
On the motion of the Finance Committee as the leading committee, the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the State Budget of 2009 Act (611 SE), initiated by the Government, was concluded. The Bill is intended to introduce amendments to the area of government of the Supreme Court, the Government and ministries. The Bill does not affect the volume of the state budget of 2009. The Bill was sent to the third reading.
 
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
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