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The Bill on Amendments to the State Fees Act and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (298 SE), initiated by the Government and declared to be a matter of confidence in the Government before the second reading, will change the rates for the state fees for environmental protection permits, and the state fees related to the maritime sector and land transport.

The Bill will update the rates of the state fees for the grant of environmental protection permits, and the state fees in the maritime sector, in the land transport sector of the Transport Administration, and for the application for building permits and occupancy permits for similar facilities. The rates for the state fees for the acts of the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority will also be increased, and a new state fee for the submission of a forest notification will be established. According to the amendments made for the second reading, the rates of the state fees for acts performed under the Hunting Act will also be updated and the amount of the fairway dues in the Maritime Safety Act will be reduced in 2024. According to the explanatory memorandum, the amendments are necessary because the state fees no longer cover the actual costs relating to them.

The Bill initiated by the Government had passed the first reading in the Riigikogu on 18 October and 406 motions to amend it had been submitted by the deadline. On 23 November, the Government had decided to declare the passing of the Bill a matter of confidence in the Government before the second reading and had thereby also taken over the duties of the lead committee. Motions to amend a Bill that has been declared to be a matter of confidence in the Government are not put to a vote.

Kersti Sarapuu from the Estonian Centre Party Group and Kert Kingo, Siim Pohlak, Arvo Aller, Alar Laneman, Jaak Valge, Henn Põlluaas, Rain Epler, Evelin Poolamets, Aivar Kokk, Leo Kunnas, Varro Vooglaid, Ants Frosch and Anti Poolamets from the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Group took part in the debate.

Due to the end of the working hours of the sitting, the debate will continue at tomorrow’s plenary sitting.

Two Bills declared to be a matter of confidence in the Government were deferred to the next sitting

Due to the end of the working hours of the sitting, the second reading of two Bills declared to be a matter of confidence in the Government will also continue at tomorrow’s plenary sitting.

The Bill on Amendments to the Environmental Charges Act, the Forest Act and the Industrial Emissions Act (300 SE), initiated by the Government and declared to be a matter of confidence in the Government before the second reading, will raise the rates for the pollution charges in the waste, water and ambient air sectors from 1 July next year. New charge rates will be established for the release of pollutants into ambient air, water bodies, groundwater, and soil, as well as for disposal of hazardous waste and oil shale waste.

The Bill on Amendments to the Nature Conservation Act and the Land Register Act (301 SE), initiated by the Government and declared to be a matter of confidence in the Government before the second reading, will eliminate the right of pre-emption that the state has upon transfer of immovables containing natural objects. Under the current Act, the state has a right of pre-emption upon transfer of an immovable located within the boundaries of a shore building exclusion zone, in a protection site of a species in the protected category I or in the limited management zone of a protected natural monument, in a protected area or in a limited-conservation area.

The sitting ended at 2.01 p.m.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

Video recording will be available to watch later on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.

Riigikogu Press Service
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