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The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to § 47 of the Riigikogu Rules of Procedure Act (793 SE), initiated by the European Affairs Committee. According to the Bill, the sitting of the European Affairs Committee should also be held on Thursdays, at 4 p.m. The Bill does not eliminate the present sittings – on Monday and Friday. According to the initiators of the Bill, the Friday’s sitting will be held only in case of necessity, so the members of the Committee could use this day like the other members of the Riigikogu.

The Riigikogu Rules of Procedure Act provides that on Fridays the representatives of the people work with electors, perform the tasks given by factions and committees or other obligations of members of the Riigikogu.

The motion made by the Union for the Republic – Res Publica Faction, not to conclude the first reading of the Bill, was not supported. 23 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion, 43 against it and 2 members of the Riigikogu abstained.

The verbatim record of the Riigikogu sitting (in Estonian) can be found at:

http://web.riigikogu.ee/ems/plsql/stenograms.form

The Riigikogu Press Service

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