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At today’s sitting, the Riigikogu deliberated  the Bill on Amendments to the Food Act (378 SE), initiated by the Government, that will make amendments of a technical nature to the Act.

The Bill will repeal the provision delegating authority regarding the procedure for regulating state supervision of contaminants in food of animal origin because this is regulated by European Union Regulations. Provision is made for the possibility to outsource the service of an accredited laboratory if the laboratory is located in another Member State of the European Union or in a country that is a contracting party to the European Economic Area (EEA).

In addition, application for an authorisation concerning the treatment of foodstuffs with ionising radiation will be specified which will concern one establishment in Estonia. In the European Union it is possible to treat foodstuffs with ionising radiation to a very limited extent. Only dried aromatic herbs and spices and vegetable seasonings are treated in order to reduce the number of pathogenic micro-organisms and to extend the shelf-life of products.

A draft Resolution was dropped from the proceedings

The Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic to abandon the establishment of a car tax and to withdraw the Motor Vehicle Tax Bill from the proceedings of the Riigikogu” (374 OE), submitted by Isamaa Parliamentary Group, was intended to make a proposal to abandon the establishment of a car tax and to withdraw the Motor Vehicle Tax Bill from the proceedings of the Riigikogu.

During the debate, Rene Kokk from the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Group, Anastassia Kovalenko-Kõlvart from the Estonian Centre Party Group and Andres Metsoja from Isamaa Parliamentary Group took the floor.

At the final vote, 28 members of the Riigikogu supported the draft Resolution. A majority of the votes of the membership of the Riigikogu, that is, at least 51 votes in favour, would have been needed for the Resolution to be passed.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

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

Riigikogu Press Service
Merilin Kruuse
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