The Riigikogu approved with 69 votes in favour the Act on Amendments to the Names Act (831 SE), initiated by the Government.
The Act provides that the assignment of a new surname or restoration of the previous personal name and assignment of a new given name may be decided by administrative legislation of the minister responsible for the field or a person authorised by the minister. The Act also extends the functions of the Personal Names Committee. At present, only a minister can receive information and recommendations from the Personal Names Committee regarding answers to questions on and resolution of problems relating to the assigning or application of personal names. In the future, this will also extend to the authorised person.
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