Today, the Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) discussed holding the sittings of the committees of the Riigikogu in the form of teleworking during the emergency situation. The Committee decided by consensus that the Riigikogu Rules of Procedure and Internal Rules Act allowed the committees of the Riigikogu to telework.
“We reached a consensus that the current legislation may be interpreted so that teleworking is allowed if all relevant conditions for participating in the sitting, like making remarks, asking questions and voting, are ensured,” Chairman of the Constitutional Committee Paul Puustusmaa said.
“Considering the emergency situation, it is important that the work of the committees is not interrupted and can continue in the form of teleworking,” substitute member of the Committee Kaja Kallas expressed the joint position of the Committee. “There is no hurry to change the rules of procedure, but we think that when the emergency situation is over, we should analyse the rules of procedure and make the necessary amendments to achieve better legal clarity.”
Puustusmaa added that the Constitutional Committee would send a letter to the factions of the Riigikogu, asking them to evaluate whether it was necessary to amend the Riigikogu Rules of Procedure and Internal Rules Act in the interests of clarity. “We have to review the issue of attending and participation,” Puustusmaa said. “For legal clarity, we have to define the situations where electronic participation in committee sittings can be implemented.”
Puustusmaa emphasised that amendments to the Riigikogu Rules of Procedure and Internal Rules Act were always made by consensus.
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