The Riigikogu passed the Act that changes the spheres of responsibility of four ministries and renames the Ministry of Agriculture as the Ministry of Rural Affairs.
The aim of the Act on Amendments to the Government of the Republic Act and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (36 SE), initiated by the Government, is to reorganise the spheres of responsibility of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Interior, in order to ensure more integrated management of sectors and clearer division of responsibility, and to help reduce duplication and to promote closer cooperation between governmental authorities.
According to the Act, the Ministry of Agriculture will be renamed the Ministry of Rural Affairs, and the organisation of competition supervision will be transferred from the area of government of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications to the area of government of the Ministry of Justice.
The amendment also provides that the tasks relating to local government development, regional administration and the planning and coordination of regional development, and national organisation of spatial planning activities, that currently are in the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior, will be transferred to the area of government of the Ministry of Finance to the sphere of responsibility of the Minister of Public Administration with a view to supporting the preparation and implementation of the administrative reform.
57 Members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Act and 40 voted against, and there was one abstention.
Kalle Laanet, Jüri Adams and Priit Toobal took the floor during the debate.
The Riigikogu passed the Act on Amendments to the Water Act (23 SE), initiated by the Government, which fully transposes the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. It provides for the obligation of Member States to develop marine strategies with the aim of achieving good environmental status in the marine environment. One aim of the marine strategy will be to improve the state of the marine environment.
89 Members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Act and one voted against, and there were three abstentions.
At the beginning of the sitting, the justice of the Supreme Court Paavo Randma took the oath of office.
The verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian): http://stenogrammid.riigikogu.ee/et/201506111000#PKP-17091
Video recordings of the Riigikogu sittings can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu (NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)
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