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At Question Time of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia), Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur answered the question of Martin Helme about the immigration quotas.

According to the Minister, the Government today supports voluntary approach, and quota forms a very small part of it. “Actually we have to deal with the country of origin, we have to help those people in the place they have troubles,” Pevkur said. “This will solve the problem much more effectively than simply starting to redistribute people.”

Pevkur himself has also never supported forced and obligatory dividing of immigrants between countries. He assured that if the European Commission suggests more forceful measures than before, and also quotas, in regard to refugees, the Government will discuss it and bring it to the Riigikogu.

The Minister of the Interior noted that even now the number of refugees arriving in Estonia has increased ten times in ten years, and at the moment there are 82 people in Vao Accommodation Centre, which has 35 places. Pevkur added that, as of yesterday, Estonia has received 81 applications; 34 of them have come from Ukraine, ten from Syria, eight from the occupied territories of Palestine and eight from Sudan.

Minister of the Interior Pevkur also answered the question of Kadri Simson about Paikuse Police School, and the question of Artur Talvik about the protection of privacy and encrypting of the ID-card.

Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas answered the question of Jaak Madison about Estonia’s participation in the joint operations in the Mediterranean, the question of Mart Helme about the receiving of tanks allegedly offered by Switzerland, and the question of Jüri Adams on money from fines as a category of budget revenues.

Minister of Entrepreneurship Urve Palo answered Olga Ivanova‘s question on housing stock and Martin Repinski‘s question about the impact of Latvian tax amendments on the activities of Estonian micro-enterprises.

The verbatim record of Question Time.

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