The Riigikogu voted on the motions to amend the Bill amending this year’s state budget but did not support any of the motions.
On its Thursday sitting, the Riigikogu continued the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the State Budget for 2023 Act (303 SE), initiated by the Government, which had been adjourned at the Wednesday sitting due to the end of the working hours. The Bill would amend the distribution of expenditure by activities included in programmes and the distribution of funds between expenditure and investments. According to the State Budget Act, the Government may initiate an amendment of the State Budget Act without amending the total amount of funds not later than two months before the end of the budgetary year.
The Riigikogu continued reviewing the motions to amend the Bill. Parliamentary groups and members of the Riigikogu had submitted a total of 88 motions to amend the Bill for its second reading. In addition, the Finance Committee had submitted a motion to amend consisting of several amendments, mostly specifying expenditure.
As during the previous sitting, the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Group asked that all the motions to amend be voted on successively by the plenary and took a ten-minute recess before each voting. By the end of the Wednesday sitting, the parliament had reviewed 41 motions to amend out of the 89, today’s sitting concluded with the vote on the 61st motion to amend. No amendment proposed by the opposition has been supported. Voting on motions to amend continues at the Monday sitting.
Deliberation of 15 Bills is deferred
The deliberation of five Bills initiated by the Government is deferred from the agenda of the Wednesday sitting due to the end of the working hours. The first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Building Code and Other Acts (acceleration of the deployment of renewable energy) (308 SE), the Bill on Amendments to the Information Society Services Act and the Penal Code (224 SE), the Bill on Amendments to the Imprisonment Act, the Penal Code, the Probation Supervision Act and the Code of Enforcement Procedure (updating of the Imprisonment Act and the deployment of digital solutions) (227 SE), the Bill on the Protection of Persons Who Report Work-related Breaches of Union Law (257 SE) and the Bill on the Ratification of the Amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (226 SE) is deferred.
In addition, the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Nature Conservation Act (78 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Rain Epler, Martin Helme and Helle-Moonika Helme, the Bill on Amendments to the Income Tax Act (73 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Kert Kingo, Arvo Aller and Martin Helme, the Bill on Amendments to the Value-Added Tax Act (79 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Arvo Aller and Rain Epler, the Bill on Amendments to the Penal Code (29 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Kalle Grünthal and Leo Kunnas, the Bill on Amendments to the Penal Code (72 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Anti Poolamets and Ants Frosch, and the Bill on Amendments to the Penal Code (76 SE), initiated by Member of the Riigikogu Varro Vooglaid, is deferred due to the end of the working hours.
Because of the end of the working hours of the Thursday sitting, four drafts initiated by the Isamaa Parliamentary Group is also deferred. These are the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a proposal to the Government of the Republic to abandon the plan to give local governments the right to establish new taxes, and to find alternative options to strengthen the revenue base of local governments” (135 OE), Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a proposal to the Government of the Republic to initiate a Bill on Amendments to the Family Benefits Act to start indexing child allowances” (138 OE), Bill on Amendments to § 13 of the Citizenship Act (329 SE), and Bill on Amendments to the Local Government Organisation Act (137 SE).
Video recording will be available to watch later on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.