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At today’s plenary sitting, the Riigikogu concluded the first reading of the Bill, initiated by the Legal Affairs Committee, which aims to increase independence and transparency in making enquiries for communications data collected within the framework of criminal proceedings.

Under the Bill on Amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure (392 SE), in the future, courts, at the request of prosecutors, will grant permissions for enquiries for communications data collected within the framework of criminal proceedings. Besides unavoidable necessity, under the Bill, the gravity and nature of the criminal offence and the infringement of personality rights involved in the enquiry will also have to be taken into account when granting permissions.

The Committee had been motivated to initiate the Bill in view of the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 2 March which had found that the prosecutor’s office could not be considered an independent body to grant permissions for communications data enquiries insofar as the prosecutor’s office directed the criminal pre-trial procedure and brought the public prosecution in subsequent proceedings.

Prime Minister Kaja Kallas replied to the interpellations concerning the use of disproportionate force against peaceful demonstrators (No. 66), the ratification of the border treaty between Estonia and Russia (No. 69), the vaccination priorities and adherence thereto (No. 70) and the White Paper and discrimination (No. 72), and Minister of Foreign Affairs Eva-Maria Liimets replied to the interpellation concerning the restriction of human rights of Tibetans by the People’s Republic of China (No. 71), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu.

The sitting ended at 9.33 p.m.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

The video recording of the sitting will be available on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.
(Please note that the recording will be uploaded with a delay.)

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