On Tuesday of the first working week of the Riigikogu autumn session, the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic” (428 OE), submitted by the Social Democratic Party Faction, failed to receive a sufficient number of votes at the first reading in the plenary assembly. It had been intended to make a proposal to the Government to amend “The Estonian Care Treatment Network Development Plan 2004 – 2015” with the aim of organising care treatment consistently, based on the actual needs of those who need help. 40 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Resolution, seven were against and five abstained. A majority vote of the plenary assembly was needed.
On the motion of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, the Bill on Amendments to the Law of Succession Act, the Notary Fees Act, the Notaries Act and Other Associated Acts (440 SE), initiated by the Government, passed the first reading in the plenary assembly. It includes four kinds of amendments. First, the regulation concerning the maintenance of the succession register is changed; second, notary fees are established for notarial acts for which no fee has been provided for in the current the Notary Fees Act; third, the Law of Succession Act is specified in general; and, fourth, the submission of the annual reports through the notary is regulated. The term for submission of motions to amend is 16 September.
On the motion of the Legal Affairs Committee, the Bill on Amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure (441 SE), initiated by the Government, passed the first reading. The amendments are necessary to transpose a legislative act of the European Union into national law. The aim of the Bill is to provide additional rights to oral and written translation in criminal proceedings with regard to the suspect and the accused and the person who is subjected to a European Arrest Warrant. With the Bill, the rights of the abovementioned persons will be extended and they will be provided with wider opportunities to use the help of an interpreter in criminal proceedings. The term for submission of motions to amend is 16 September.
On the motion of the Constitutional Committee, the Bill on Amendments to the Gender Equality Act (433 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction, was rejected from the legislative proceeding of the plenary assembly at the first reading. It had been intended to establish the Riigikogu Select Committee on Gender Equality. 45 members of the Riigikogu supported the motion of the Constitutional Committee to reject the Bill, 23 were against and nobody abstained.
The verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)
The Riigikogu Press Service
10 September 2013
Martin Vallimäe, 6316356; 53306009
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