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At the beginning of the sitting of the Riigikogu Members of the Riigikogu ElmarJohannes Truu and Mart Meri took the oath of office. Minister of the Environment Rein Randver also took the oath of office. 

The Riigikogu passed five Acts: 

The Riigikogu passed with 87 votes in favour the Code of Civil Procedure, Code of Administrative Court Procedure, State Liability Act, Code of Misdemeanour Procedure and the Code of Criminal Procedure Act Amendment Act (545 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic. The Act is necessary for the overall implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. The Act provides the persons who turn to the Court of Strasbourg with security that in case the European Court of Human Rights establishes a violation of the Convention by the state of Estonia, the plaintiff has the right to apply also for his/her rehabilitation on the national level.  

The Riigikogu passed with 57 votes in favour (28 against) the Local Government Council Election Act Amendment Act (891 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic. The Act eliminates the restriction according to which an alien who has a permanent residence permit in Estonia must have lived in the territory of a local government at least five years before the election day in order to have the right to vote. Pursuant to the Act, only a permanent residence permit in Estonia is needed for voting. 

The Riigikogu passed with 72 votes in favour (1 abstention) the Political Parties Act and Associated Acts Amendment Act (875 SE), initiated by the Isamaaliit Faction. The Act repeals the provisions of the Act which would allow, since 2008, the membership in the political parties for prosecutors, police officers, Chancellor of Justice, officials of security authorities, Auditor General and judges.  

The Riigikogu passed with 59 votes in favour the Act on the Ratification of the Agreement for the Establishment of the International Organisation for the Development of Fisheries in Eastern & Central Europe (EUROFISH) (958 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic. Pursuant to the Act, Estonia becomes a member of the EUROFISH. The purpose of the Act is to develop fishing proceeding from the present and future demand of the market in the region, to help the enterprises of Member States and to instruct them in drafting business plans and projects, to support the modernizing and technical perfection of fishery in the region and to enhance technical and economic cooperation of the members in the fishing sector. 

The Riigikogu passed with 55 votes in favour (1 against, 1 abstention) the Act on the Ratification of the Convention (No. 138) of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment (953 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic. The Convention obligates the Member States of the ILO, who have ratified it, to carry out the policy planned for efficient liquidating of child labour, and to gradually raise the minimum employment age to the level corresponding perfectly to physical and mental development of young people. In Estonia this minimum age is 15 years. Pursuant to the Employment Contracts Act, an employer must not employ or require to work a minor of less than 15 years of age or of compulsory school attendance age unless otherwise provided by law. 

The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Education Allowances and Students Loans Act (957 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic. 

The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of six Bills

The Bill on Amendments to the State Family Benefits Act and Social Welfare Act (977 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic; 

The Bill on Amendments to the Estonian Central Register of Securities Act and Commercial Code (951 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic; 

The Bill on the Ratification of the Agreement on Amendments to the Treaty between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the United States of America on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (970 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic;                       

The Bill on the Ratification of the Extradition Treaty between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Finland (971 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic;                       

The Bill on Amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure and State Fees Act (966 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic;                       

The Bill on Amendments to the Weapons Act, State Fees Act and Strategic Goods Act (967 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic.                       

At Question Time Prime Minister Andrus Ansip answered the questions about politics and ethics, sugar fines, the adoption of Euro and non-fee paying basic education. Minister Paul-Eerik Rummo answered the question about the financing of childcare. 

The questions asked at the Question Time and the answers to them as well as the verbatim record of the Riigikogu sitting are available (in Estonian) on the Internet at: http://web.riigikogu.ee/ems/plsql/stenograms.form  

The Riigikogu Press Service

 

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