The Bill under which the change in the cost of living would be taken into account in the payment of state support to winners of the Olympic Games passed the second reading in the Riigikogu.
Under the Bill on Amendments to the Sport Act (426 SE), initiated by members of the Riigikogu Jüri Jaanson, Hanno Pevkur, Kalle Palling, Meelis Mälberg, Lauri Luik, Andres Ammas, Monika Haukanõmm, Deniss Boroditš, Yoko Alender, Laine Randjärv, Heidy Purga, Arto Aas, Kalle Laanet, Remo Holsmer, Aivar Sõerd and Valdo Randpere, the coefficient for the state support for winners of the Olympic Games will be linked to the average wage. The amount of the support will be the average gross monthly wage in the third quarter of the previous calendar year published by Statistics Estonia. At the same time, the new amount of the support may not be lower than the amount of the previous year’s support.
The explanatory memorandum notes that, since the passing of the Sport Act, the rate for the support for winner of the Olympic Games has remained at the same level. When the support was established, the amount of the state support for winner of the Olympic Games was approximately 1.5 times the average monthly wage in Estonia. By today, the rate of the support has fallen significantly below the average monthly wage in Estonia. The purpose of the state support for winner of the Olympic Games is to create an additional social guarantee to the people who have brought renown to Estonia and lots of positive emotions to the society with their great achievements in sports.
Laine Randjärv, who took the floor on behalf of the lead committee, said that the emotions that the Olympic Games as a whole brought to the society were so extraordinary that it was inappropriate to bargain about how much support the winners of the Olympic Games should receive.
During the debate, Jüri Jaanson, Monika Haukanõmm, Helmen Kütt and Jürgen Ligi took the floor and brought out their arguments.
One Bill was rejected at the first reading
The Bill on Amendments to the Restrictions on Acquisition of Immovables Act (486 SE), initiated by the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction, was rejected at the first reading on the motion of the Rural Affairs Committee. 53 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 9 voted against.
The Bill will restrict the acquisition of land and forest in Estonia for aliens, and prohibit the acquisition of land and forest for persons of third countries.
During the debate, Igor Gräzin, Mihhail Stalnuhhin, Jürgen Ligi, Mart Helme, Jaanus Marrandi and Andres Ammas took the floor on behalf of the factions and presented their positions.
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu
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