According to the Act, athlete’s grant may be paid tax-free to an athlete to a total extent of up to 12 times the minimum monthly wage in a calendar year. The limit organises the current procedure for the payment of grants, because in practice tax-free grants are also paid to athletes in the case of an employment relationship. In such cases, state taxes are not paid and the athletes have no social guarantees either. Athlete’s allowance may be paid tax-free to an athlete to the extent of up to two times the minimum monthly wage in a month, provided that a contract of employment or another contract under the law of obligations has been entered into with him or her. No grant may be paid in such a case.
The Act amends the provision concerning doping crimes in the Penal Code. Prescribing a substance or a method, inducing a person to use a substance or a method and assisting in the use of a substance or a method, and carriage of substances across a state border or manufacturing, producing, marketing, mediating or trafficking thereof are deemed to be criminal offences. Under the current procedure, a punishment can be imposed only in the case of inducing a person to use a medicinal product as doping. With a view to fighting against the manipulation of sports competitions, the Act provides for the establishment of a contact point to train and inform the relevant organisations in regard to the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions. The Estonian Anti-Doping and Sports Ethics Foundation will implement these tasks.
The amendments include among the elements of the Estonian sports register a sub-database to consolidate the sports results achieved in Estonian and international title events. The database will be an important tool in distributing public funds and making sports policy decisions. The results of amateur sports and exercise competitions will not be gathered into the database.
During the debate, Kristina Šmigun-Vähi (Reform Party) and Indrek Saar (Social Democratic Party) took the floor.
82 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Act on Amendments to the Sport Act and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (105 SE), initiated by the Government.
During the open microphone, Kalle Grünthal, Peeter Ernits and Helmen Kütt took the floor.
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Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee Jaanus Karilaid explained that the Committee had decided to merge a bill initiated by the Government and a bill initiated by the Committee, and had made two major amendments to the consolidated Bill. “When this Bill is passed, it will stimulate the whole economic environment, and not only the start-up sector,” Karilaid said.
According to Karilaid, during the substantial discussion of the Bill, the Committee reached a consensus that in order to facilitate investing into start-ups, transfer of shares had to be made simpler. “The Committee proposed as an amendment to the statutes to reduce the amount of share capital contribution from originally planned 25,000 euro to 10,000 euro, and at the same time supported the proposal to establish the requirement of actual monetary contribution. This will also apply to pledging of shares,” Karilaid added. “However, in the future, it will no longer be necessary to go to a notary upon transfer of shares, but the transaction will have to be concluded in writing.”
Deputy Chairman of the Committee Toomas Kivimägi thinks that today the transfer of shares of start-ups is complicated for foreign investors. “The states are competing for attracting these companies and the revenue from their taxes,” Kivimägi said. “At the same time I admit that simplification of transfer of shares may endanger legal certainty to some extent, because there will not be a filter of notarial activities.”
The second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Commercial Code (transfer of share) (148 SE), which consolidates the two bills, is planned for 16 February, and if the second reading is concluded, the third reading of the Bill, or the final vote, will take place on 10 March.
If the Act is passed, it will enter into force on 1 August.
Agenda for the 5th Working Week (17 February 2020–20 February 2020) of the 3rd Session of the Riigikogu Plenary Assembly
Monday, 17 February
1. Bill on Amendments to the Sport Act and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (105 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic
Tuesday, 18 February
1. Bill on Amendments to the Law of Ship Flag and Registers of Ships Act and Amendments to the Income Tax Act and Other Associated Acts, and Other Acts (100 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic
2. Bill on Amendments to the Electronic Communications Act (138 SE), initiated by the National Defence Committee
Report by Johannes Kert, member of the National Defence Committee
Report by Siim Pohlak, Member of the Economic Affairs Committee
Wednesday, 19 February
1. Draft Statement of the Riigikogu “On Historical Memory and Falsification of History” (140 AE), submitted by members of the Riigikogu Anti Poolamets, Enn Eesmaa, Jaak Juske, Marko Mihkelson, Urve Tiidus, Urmas Reitelmann, Peeter Ernits, Urmas Espenberg, Urmas Kruuse, Merry Aart, Uno Kaskpeit, Madis Milling, Yoko Alender, Siim Kallas, Signe Kivi, Kai Rimmel, Kalle Grünthal, Eerik-Niiles Kross, Heiki Hepner, Kert Kingo, Lauri Läänemets, Kaja Kallas, Heiki Kranich, Erkki Keldo, Mihhail Lotman, Andrus Seeme, Taavi Rõivas, Vilja Toomast, Kristina Šmigun-Vähi, Riho Breivel, Raivo Tamm, Heidy Purga, Jüri Jaanson, Toomas Kivimägi, Liina Kersna, Maris Lauri, Tiit Kala, Ruuben Kaalep, Annely Akkermann, Katri Raik, Üllar Saaremäe, Tarmo Kruusimäe, Andres Sutt, Indrek Saar, Kalvi Kõva, Jevgeni Ossinovski, Riina Sikkut, Ivari Padar, Raimond Kaljulaid, Valdo Randpere, Ants Laaneots, Hanno Pevkur, Signe Riisalo, Jürgen Ligi, Kristen Michal, Helir-Valdor Seeder, Johannes Kert, Mart Võrklaev, Aivar Kokk, Aivar Sõerd, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Henn Põlluaas, Jaak Valge, Leo Kunnas, Heljo Pikhof, Alar Laneman, Helmen Kütt, Kersti Sarapuu, Jaanus Karilaid, Marko Šorin, Anneli Ott, Priit Sibul and Tõnis Mölder
Report by Marko Mihkelson, Member of the Riigikogu
Report by Anti Poolamets, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee
2. Bill on Amendments to the Auditors Activities Act, the Financial Crisis Prevention and Resolution Act and Other Acts (reform of punishments for misdemeanours in the financial sector, sanctions arising from EU law) (111 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic
Report by Martin Helme, Minister of Finance
Report by Kert Kingo, member of the Legal Affairs Committee
3. Bill on Amendments to the Rural Development and Agricultural Market Regulation Act and the Labour Market Services and Benefits Act (124 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic
Report by Arvo Aller, Minister of Rural Affairs
Report by Ivari Padar, member of the Rural Affairs Committee
4. Bill on Amendments to the Liquid Fuel Stocks Act (133 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic
Report by Taavi Aas, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure
Report by Kai Rimmel, member of the Economic Affairs Committee
5. Bill on Amendments to the Courts Act and the Prosecutor’s Office Act (134 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic
Report by Raivo Aeg, Minister of Justice
Report by Urve Tiidus, member of the Legal Affairs Committee
Thursday, 20 February
1. Deliberation of the matter of significant national importance “Forest under conditions of changing climate”, initiated by the Environment Committee
Report by Erki Savisaar, Chairman of the Environment Committee
Report by Taivo Denks, Head of Forest Department, Environment Agency
Report by Rein Drenkhan, Associate Professor of Forest Pathology, Estonian University of Life Sciences
Report by Aveliina Helm, Senior Research Fellow in Botany, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tartu
On Monday, 17 February, after all items on the agenda have been discussed, the time for unscheduled statements begins, to continue until no further requests for the floor are made, but not longer than until 12 midnight.
On Wednesday, 19 February, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Question Time takes place.