Twenty-four Bills and draft Resolutions in total were on the agenda of the Riigikogu, including a number of Bills relating to tax changes. Amendment of the State Budget Act and the ratification of the Rail Baltic Agreement were also discussed. An Act on amendments to Acts relating to foreign service was passed.
The Riigikogu approved with 81 votes in favour the Act on Amendments to the Foreign Service Act and the Civil Service Act (324 SE), initiated by the Government, which increases the flexibility of the regulation of the establishment of the rate for the representation allowance paid for a family member accompanying an official. The Act eliminates the percentage rates for increasing the representation allowance of an official for an accompanying child and a non-working accompanying spouse, and provides for the establishment thereof at the level of a Regulation of the Government of the Republic. At present, these percentages are also established by a Regulation of the Government. The amendment is in accordance with the general salary policy where salaries are no longer regulated by Acts, but at the level of a Regulation.
The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of three Bills
The Bill on Amendments to the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act and the Tobacco Act (380 SE), initiated by the Government, provides for the charging of excise duty on alternative tobacco products with a view to eliminating unequal competition between alternative and classical tobacco products. Alternative tobacco products are for example refill liquid for electronic cigarettes, the liquid used to flavour the steam stones replacing waterpipe tobacco, steam stones used as solid substitute for tobacco, etc.
The excise rate for alternative tobacco products will be 0.2 euro per millilitre of tobacco liquid or 0.2 euro per millilitre if the product is gelled. The excise for one cigarette is approximately 0.1 euro this year and in 2018. About 5.6 cigarettes correspond to one milligram of tobacco liquid. The excise rate for solid substitute for tobacco will be similar to the excise rate for smoking tobacco which will be 76.84 euro per kilogram as of 2018. To mitigate the impacts of possible business at the border, a lower excise will be established for alternative tobacco products than for cigarettes.
Also, similarly to the excise duty rate for cigarettes, the excise duty rate for cigars and cigarillos will become two-component (the current excise duty rate is 211 euro per 1000 cigars or cigarillos). It will consist of a fixed amount per quantity of product and a proportional share depending on product price. Starting from 2018, the excise rate for cigars and cigarillos will be 151 euro per 1000 cigars or cigarillos and 10 per cent of their maximum retail price. In 2018, the excise duty rate for cigarettes will be 69.5 euro per 1000 cigarettes and 30 per cent of their maximum retail price. As a result of the amendment, an additional 0.1 million euro will be accrued to the budget in 2018.
The Bill will reduce the administrative burden for traders involved in payment of excise. Paper-based maintenance of records of tax stamps on tobacco products will be replaced by maintenance of records with the help of an electronic database which will also simplify the work of the tax authority. In the future, traders will no longer need to print the delivery note required for transport from an electronic database. The tax authority will check the existence of a delivery note in the electronic system. The requirement to submit a notarially authenticated document certifying the right to use the territory and buildings of the excise warehouse will be eliminated because the tax authority will obtain the necessary information from the relevant electronic database.
The procedure for payment of excise duty in distance sales will be amended by giving the recipient of excise goods the possibility to pay excise. Under the current procedure, distant sellers located in other Member States must choose a tax representative for the payment of excise duty, but in many cases they fail to do so. According to an amendment, the recipient of excise goods will be liable for excise duty in distance sales, in order to ensure performance of the obligation to pay excise duty. The recipient of excise goods will not be liable to pay excise duty if the distance seller has chosen a tax representative for the payment of excise duty. The Finance Committee was appointed as the lead committee.
The Customs Bill (374 SE), initiated by the Government, will bring the Customs Act into conformity with the new European Union customs legislation. The provisions duplicating European Union legislation will be omitted from the Act, and terminology will be changed.
As of 1 May 2016, the new Customs Code is in force in the European Union which harmonises customs rules within the Union. For undertakings, customs formalities will become simpler and administration will become paper-free
The main aim of the new Code is to establish uniform requirements and to transfer customs clearance into a new uniform electronic environment in all European Union Member States. The electronic environment will be created gradually by 2020, and transitional provisions will be implemented in 2016–2020.
Customs formalities are provided for more extensively in directly applicable Regulations of the European Parliament and of the Council and of the Commission, and the provisions with the same content in the Customs Act need to be repealed: e.g. the procedure for the provision of security for customs duty, the provisions concerning the procedures with economic impact and temporary storage, and the procedure for lodging a customs declaration.
In the future, free zones will no longer be differentiated by type, and free warehouses will be eliminated. As with the consolidation of different ways of processing that belong among special procedures, so in eliminating the free zone types and free warehouses the aim is to make the common customs law more transparent and simple. The terminology of Estonian legislation needs to be consistently brought into conformity with the Customs Code. If all the numerous amendments were incorporated, the Act would become difficult to read. Therefore a new Bill was drafted which at the same time updates provisions that do not need direct amendment on the basis of the Customs Code: the provisions duplicating the Administrative Procedure Act are omitted, the regulation concerning representation is amended, the procedure for calculating the costs of customs service is amended, the Act is amended by adding provisions concerning databases, the provisions concerning goods transferred to state ownership are specified, and the number of elements of a misdemeanour is reduced.
Besides the updating of terminology, the legal bases for the administration of securities related to payment of customs duty and excise duty and the establishment of a tax warehouse will be amended in the Taxation Act, the Value-Added Tax Act and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act. There will be a new basis for calculating the rate of interest on customs duty.
The Bill on Amendments to § 7 of the National Defence Act (438 SE), initiated by the National Defence Committee.
According to the Bill, the National Defence Act is a special Act and it provides for the specifications for conducting proceedings on the development plan of national defence.
The Riigikogu suspended the second reading of a Bill
The Riigikogu suspended the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Public Transport Act, the Traffic Act and the State Fees Act (188 SE), initiated by members of the Riigikogu Einar Vallbaum, Ivari Padar, Vilja Toomast, Andre Sepp, Kalle Palling, Johannes Kert, Remo Holsmer, Jüri Jaanson, Ken-Marti Vaher, Meelis Mälberg, Laine Randjärv, Anne Sulling, Marko Mihkelson, Urve Tiidus, Toomas Kivimägi, Jaanus Marrandi, Deniss Boroditš, Heidy Purga, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Tanel Talve, Eerik-Niiles Kross, Kalle Laanet, Igor Gräzin, Juhan Parts, Kristjan Kõljalg and Martin Kukk.
According to the Bill, the licence requirements provided for taxi service and on-demand ride sourcing will be equal. This means that a taxi licence, a service provider card and a vehicle card will be necessary also for providing on-demand ride sourcing service.
The requirement of a taxi driver training course will be eliminated in the Bill, and every carrier will have to take care of the organisation of the trainings.
As a result of the amendments, a flexible and balanced taxi regulation which takes into account different interests and which at the same time does not make any compromises regarding the rights of passengers will be created in Estonia.
The provision of taxi service will be made flexible and it will be possible to provide the service also “through a platform” via an information society service. If a taxi is ordered and the price is calculated through an information society service, taximeter will not be mandatory upon the provision of such service. In other cases, a taximeter will have to be used, for example if passengers are picked up from the street and taxi stop, or if a taxi is ordered through a call centre.
The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of 17 drafts
The Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Use of the Defence Forces in the Fulfilment of the International Commitments of the Estonian State in the Defence Capacity Building Programme for Iraq Led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization” (451 OE), submitted by the Government, will allow to contribute with up to five active servicemen to the Defence Capacity Building Programme for Iraq led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It is a non-combat programme which is directed against threats to NATO from the south.
The Bill on Amendments to the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act (459 SE), initiated by the Government, will provide for changes to the services of the commercial register. In the future, legal persons will be able to keep the data of their beneficial owners and other persons will be able to view these data electronically through the commercial register. In addition, the transmitting of information on bank and payment accounts to the competent authorities will be regulated. The Bill is a new version of the earlier Act. It was needed in connection with the establishment of new international standards on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism, and the transposition thereof into European Union law.
For implementation of the special taxation scheme established by the Simplified Taxation of Business Income Bill (454 SE), initiated by the Government, a taxpayer will have to open a special type of account – business account – in a credit institution. If a natural person starts to use such an account, this is deemed to be opting for such a special taxation scheme. The tax liability will be performed by automatic reservation and transfer to the tax authority of the tax amount (in most cases, 20 per cent of the incomes received) from the funds received in the account of the beneficial owner of the income. The administrative burden will be as low as possible – the taxpayer will have no obligation to keep accounts or to submit tax returns. The Bill will facilitate micro-business and improve the tax behaviour of micro-undertakings. To achieve that, the performance of the tax liability arising from the provision of a service and the sale of goods by natural person will be simplified. A special taxation scheme is established where the data necessary for the taxation are submitted and the tax liability is performed in a simplified way.
Krista Aru took the floor during the debate and stressed the need for the Bill.
The Bill on Amendments to the Packaging Excise Duty Act, the Packaging Act and the Environmental Charges Act (460 SE), initiated by the Government, will make the excise duty on packaging two-tier. The placing of packages on the market will be taxed, and the taxation of the packages that have not been recovered to the extent of the recovery targets in force will be continued. The Bill provides for reduction of the quantities of packages placed on the market and encouraging of producers to use packages made from more environmental-friendly material.
Excise duty on placing a packaging on the market will be paid by the person who makes it available in Estonia for the first time, and since it is not connected with the recovery of packages, the relevant exemptions will not apply to it. The period of taxation is a quarter of a year. For calculating the rates applied to packages placed on the market in Estonia, the rates to the extent of which packages have not been recovered will be multiplied by coefficient 0.1. The Bill will change the procedure for submitting the data on placing packages on the market. According to it, packaging undertakings will submit data on packages placed on the market to the packaging register. The requirements for the reporting relating to the recovery of packages and for the submission of data to the packaging register will remain the same for packaging recovery organisations.
To simplify the declaration, the data of the packaging register and e-Tax Board will be exchanged via X-Road. With the new arrangement, undertakings will not have to submit separate packaging excise duty declarations to the Tax and Customs Board, but the tax authority will obtain the data from the packaging register of the Environment Agency, on the basis of which pre-completed excise duty declarations will be created.
Representative of the Free Party Faction Andres Ammas, representative of the Reform Party Faction Aivar Sõerd and representative of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction Martin Helme, who took the floor in the debate, were not happy with the Bill that had been submitted and moved to reject it at the first reading. Representative of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction Priit Sibul considered the continuation of the legislative proceedings on the Bill necessary to bring additional funds into the state budget, and supported the concluding of the first reading. The result of voting on the rejection of the Bill: 37 in favour, 48 against. The motion was not supported. The first reading was concluded.
In the Sugary Drink Tax Bill (457 SE), initiated by the Government, sugary drink with a sugar content of at least 5 grams per 100 millilitres of drink, or with a sweetener added, will be the object of taxation. The degrees of the tax rates will depend on whether and how much a drink contains sugar or sweetener. Sugary drinks that are used for example to produce other drinks, food and medicinal products will be exempt from the tax. The aim of the tax is to tax the drinks upon making them available on the Estonian market for the first time. In order to allow time for producers to change the recipes of their products and for consumers to become used to new tastes, a two-year transition period will be established for the taxation. In the transition period, the tax rates will be the same, but a greater range of sugar content will be taxed with a lower rate.
The Minister of Finance Sven Sester said in justification that the sugary drink tax is a tax that affects health behaviour, the main aim of which is to encourage producers to reduce the quantity of sugar and sweetener in sugary drinks, and to encourage consumers to consume such drinks less. The tax also has a fiscal aim.
The representatives of three factions who took the floor during the debate presented their positions in which they did not support the establishment of this tax. Monika Haukanõmm (Estonian Free Party), Aivar Sõerd (Estonian Reform Party) and Martin Helme (Estonian Conservative People’s Party) moved to reject the Bill at the first reading. Mihhail Stalnuhhin (Estonian Centre Party) supported the Bill. The result of voting: 37 in favour, 50 against. The motion was not supported. The first reading of the Bill was concluded.
The Bill on Amendments to the Income Tax Act, the Value-Added Tax Act and the Traffic Act (458 SE), initiated by the Government, will change the rules for the taxation of share options provided for in the Income Tax Act. The Bill provides for the establishment of an obligation to pay advance payments of income tax for credit institutions which are residents and Estonian branches of non-resident credit institutions. In addition, the Bill will amend the procedure for the taxation of automobiles used for business purposes in the Value-Added Tax Act, and the bases for calculating the price of the fringe benefit for the use of automobile in the Income Tax Act.
Representatives of the factions Andres Ammas (Estonian Free Party), Remo Holsmer (Estonian Reform Party) and Martin Helme (Estonian Conservative People’s Party), who took the floor during the debate, criticized the Bill and referred to the fact that it was a “cluster Bill”, and moved to reject it at the first reading. Kersti Sarapuu (Estonian Centre Party) and Kalvi Kõva (Social Democratic Party) objected that statement and supported continuation of the legislative proceedings. The result of voting: 39 in favour, 53 against. The motion to reject was not supported. The first reading was concluded.
The Bill on Amendments to the State Budget Act (456 SE), initiated by the Government, will provide for increasing the informativeness of the state budget. For that, information concerning the three years following the budgetary year will be submitted to the Riigikogu together with the state budget. The requirements for the information will be specified. Among other things, accrual-based forecasts will be added. Also, bureaucracy will be reduced. For that, the budget strategy and the budgeting processes will be merged, and it will be possible for the Government to direct funds between the areas of government within a budgetary year on the basis of the funds allocated by the Riigikogu for the implementation of programmes in the performance areas. The Bill provides for looking at fiscal policy in a several years’ perspective, for which the rule of budget balance will be observed as an average of several years. The surpluses of earlier years will be enabled to be used to make investments to the extent of up to 0.5 per cent of GDP.
Representatives of the factions Andres Herkel (Estonian Free Party), Jürgen Ligi (Estonian Reform Party) and Jaak Madison (Estonian Conservative People’s Party), who took the floor during the debate, condemned the amendment of the basic Act on the state budget so as to allow for application of funds at the expense of the surpluses of earlier years and deviation from a structurally balanced state budget. The Estonian Free Party Faction and the Estonian Reform Party Faction moved to reject the Bill. The result of voting: 35 in favour, 50 against. The motion was not supported. The first reading was concluded.
The Bill on Amendments to the State Assets Act (455 SE), initiated by the Government, will take the election of members of supervisory boards of state enterprises by an appointment committee to the level of Act. To ensure the stability and greater independence of the work of the appointment committee, a regulation is established that creates the possibility for it to operate as a permanent body. The right of the Minister of Finance to appoint a half of the representatives of the state to the supervisory boards of partially state-owned companies will be repealed. The obligation of the Minister of Finance to regulate the limits of the remunerations paid to members of the supervisory boards of partially state-owned companies will also be eliminated. In the future, a state-owned company will be able to pay subsidies of its area of activity only for research and development activities. Larger state enterprises will begin to follow the rules for disclosing information for publicly traded companies.
Artur Talvik (Estonian Free Party) took the floor during the debate and analysed the current situation in the appointment of board members and expressed his regret over the political influence in the appointment. He noted that, despite the amendment of the Act, an eye must still be kept on the new procedure for the appointment of board members.
The Bill on the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia, the Government of the Republic of Latvia and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on the Development of the Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica Railway Connection (449 SE), initiated by the Government.
The Agreement as a legally binding document establishes the obligations of the countries that are necessary for the construction of the RB railway connection through the Baltic States to Central Europe. The Agreement fixes the general technical parameters, route and construction deadlines of RB. The preliminary conditions for the construction of RB and who has to fulfil them, and the role of Joint Venture RB Rail AS in fulfilling the preconditions and construction of the RB until its complete readiness for use are agreed upon. The Agreement regulates the property issues of the infrastructure and the land under it, and the conditions for financing the construction. Ensuring of access to the RB infrastructure is agreed upon and general guidelines for appointing the railway infrastructure company for the management of RB are given.
Martin Helme (Estonian Conservative People’s Party) and Artur Talvik (Estonian Free Party), who took the floor during the debate, did not support the Bill and on behalf of their factions moved to reject it at the first reading. Toomas Jürgenstein (Social Democratic Party), Andres Metsoja (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union) and Erki Savisaar (Estonian Centre Party), however, supported the Bill and considered the construction of Rail Baltic important. 14 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the rejection of the Bill and 47 were against. The motion was not supported. The first reading was concluded.
The amendments provided for in the Bill on Amendments to the Republic of Estonia Principles of Ownership Reform Act (434 SE), initiated by the Government, will eliminate the legal vacuum in the processing of restitution claims and terminate the acts of restitution and compensation of property for the most part before the structural changes related to administrative reform.
The terms for completion of the acts for restitution of unlawfully expropriated property and awarding compensation, provided for in the Republic of Estonia Principles of Ownership Reform Act, expired last year. However, restitution claims of approximately 400 persons remained outstanding by the end of the year, and in half of the cases local governments cannot set new deadlines for further processing of the claims.
The Bill proposes measures for the continuation and quick termination of the process of restitution of and compensation for unlawfully expropriated property. According to the Bill, local governments will have additional powers to continue the processing of the claims in the case of which it was impossible to complete the processing by the existing due dates for reasons independent of the entitled subjects.
Jüri Adams (Estonian Free Party) took the floor during the debate.
The Bill on Amendments to the Police and Border Guard Act and the Rescue Service Act (416 SE), initiated by the Government.
The Police and Border Guard Act will be amended by adding the legal basis for the establishment of the database of the organisation of the guarding of the state border (KILP). KILP will be a database the main aim of which will be to create the capability for the police to observe the state border in real time to ensure the security of the country. KILP will mediate data and information received from various administrative agencies, sensors, platforms and other sources which will be exchanged within the Police and Border Guard Board and with other administrative agencies through secure data transmission and information channels in order to achieve situation awareness and to support response capability on the external border. KILP will create the capabilities to monitor, detect, identify, observe and understand illegal cross-border activity, to make necessary analyses and to plan resources in order to ensure effective border security and to prevent, detect and deter illegal border-crossings and cross-border crime.
Other amendments will be made to the Act. As an important amendment of service issues, it will be possible to temporarily promote in the service rank a police officer participating in an international organisation or a civil mission. The current procedure does not provide for that. In the case when a police officer wishes to stand as a candidate for a high position in an international organisation, a situation may arise where he or she would have to be promoted so high in the service rank that, upon returning, it would be impossible to offer a position corresponding to his or her service rank to him or her. For example, if a position in an international organisation requires the service rank of police general, then only the position of the Director General of the Police and Border Guard Board and the Internal Security Service corresponds to that. The amendment will allow for a service rank to be promoted temporarily, and the former service rank of the police officer would be returned to him or her upon return to the police service.
The Bill on Amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Code of Criminal Procedure Implementation Act (transposition of the European Investigation Order directive) (442 SE), initiated by the Government, will transpose into Estonian law the European Investigation Order directive. According to the proposed amendments, in the future, legal assistance requests will be submitted between European Union Member States with the help of submission of European Investigation Order which means that the same requirements will apply for the transmission, recognition and execution of legal assistance requests across all EU Member States. The submission of legal assistance requests with the help of European Investigation Order and obtaining replies to them will become faster because all EU Member States will observe uniform deadlines.
The Bill on Amendments to the Nature Conservation Act (implementation of the Nagoya Protocol) (444 SE), initiated by the Government, will amend the Nature Conservation Act in order to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from Their Utilization. Pursuant to the Nagoya Protocol, the aim of the Regulation is to ensure that the genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge used in the EU have been acquired legally from their country of origin.
The relevant Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council, which is directly applicable in Estonia, will set an obligation on the Member States to establish a system for monitoring the users of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources utilised in the country who fulfil the obligations arising from the Regulation. Penalties will be imposed for infringement of the requirements arising from the Regulation. The Bill appoints the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Research as the competent agencies responsible for the implementation of the Regulation. In the Nagoya Protocol, any material of plant, animal, microbial or other origin is regarded as genetic material. Utilisation of genetic resources means to conduct research and development on the genetic and/or biochemical composition.
The Bill on Amendments to the Environmental Monitoring Act (443 SE), initiated by the Government, provides that, in the future, the data collected through national environmental monitoring will be stored and processed in the environmental monitoring database which will be established by the Minister of the Environment. The Bill will save time in pooling and making available monitoring data, and ensure more informed decisions and more reliable assessments of the state of the environment.
Environmental monitoring is meteorological and hydrological monitoring, monitoring of the air, groundwater, inland water bodies, coastal sea, diversity of wildlife, landscapes and forests, integrated monitoring, radiation monitoring, seismic monitoring and soil monitoring.
The Bill on Amendments to the Fishing Act and the Environmental Charges Act (452 SE), initiated by the Government, will enhance the reporting relating to recreational fisheries and specify the Act to implement European Union law which is necessary for better operation of the point system for infringements by masters of fishing vessels. Editorial amendments and amendments arising from practical implementation will also be made to the current Act.
In the future, recreational fishermen fishing on the basis of fishing cards will not be punished under the misdemeanour procedure for failing to submit catch data. Fishing card will be necessary when fishing gear with greater impact, like entangling nets or longlines, are used in recreational fishing, and also when spinning reels are used for fishing in trout and salmon rivers. A rule will be established that, if a recreational fisherman has failed to submit catch data in due time, they will not be issued a fishing card. Up to now, a similar rule has been in force with a precondition that the person has to have been previously punished for the relevant offence. As an assessment is given to the situation of the resources and fishing opportunities are allocated on the basis of catch data, the obtainment of accurate catch data is very important.
The Bill on Amendments to the President of the Republic Official Perquisites Act and the President of the Republic Work Procedure Act (436 SE), initiated by the Constitutional Committee, provides for abandonment of the regulation concerning the vacation of the President of the Republic which is not necessary in actual life and which is incompatible with the status of the head of state. The explanatory memorandum notes that the regulation has been in force for more than 20 years, but not one head of state has taken a vacation during that time. This indicates that the provisions concerning the vacation of the President of the Republic are unnecessary. The Bill will bring the legal acts regulating the activities of the head of state into conformity both with the actual situation and the opportunities of today’s digital world in which the President of the Republic can perform his or her functions at every time and everywhere. Based on the right to self-organisation, it is possible for the President of the Republic to take periods of rest within the limits of the obligations arising from the professional activity of the President of the Republic and the possibilities arising therefrom.
The Bill on Amendments to the European Parliament Election Act and Other Acts (400 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, the Social Democratic Party Faction and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction, provides for making both electronic voting and paper voting more uniform. According to the Bill, the advance voting period will be harmonised in the Acts concerning elections regardless of whether the voting takes place electronically or on ballot papers. Advance voting will be held from the sixth day to the fourth day before election day.
Jüri Adams (Estonian Free Party) took the floor during the debate. He supported extension of the opportunities for electronic voting and in connection with that moved to reject the Bill at the first reading. Jaanus Karilaid (Estonian Centre Party), however, supported the harmonisation of the electronic voting period with the period for paper voting as set out in the Bill. The result of voting: 5 in favour, 48 against. The motion to reject was not supported. The first reading was concluded.
The Riigikogu rejected a draft Resolution at the first reading
The Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic to Suspend Estonia’s Participation in the Refugee Redistribution Plan” (403 OE), submitted by the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction, was not passed in the Riigikogu. It had been intended to make a proposal to the Government to suspend Estonia’s participation in the mechanism for the redistribution of refugees from Greece, Italy and Turkey that had been agreed upon at the European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 22 September 2015. 7 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the passage of the Resolution, 30 were against, and there was one abstention.
Due to the absence of the presenter of the report, the Riigikogu did not deliberate the Bill on Amendments to the European Parliament Election Act and Other Acts (401 SE), initiated by the Estonian Reform Party Faction.
According to the Bill, the possibility for advance electronic voting will be extended from seven days to ten days, that is, electronic voting will be held from the thirteenth day to the fourth day before election day.
The deliberation of the Bill was suspended.
The sitting ended on 18 May at 6.12 a.m.
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