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The Bill on Amendments to the Waste Act, initiated by the Government, passed the second reading in the Riigikogu today. It is intended to encourage local governments to engage more in the development of collection of waste by type and sorting of waste. Support from the state budget will also be provided for that.

Ten motions to amend the Bill (257 SE) had been submitted. For example, before the second reading, the Environment Committee had made a proposal to increase the flexibility of the system for payment of the state budget supports allocated for waste management in larger cities. Upon payment of the support, a decision will be made separately for every transport area. For that, a procedure for submission of data has been laid down which will be the basis in the payment of the support. Effective functioning of the system of waste collected by type and sorted will be the criterion.

It is the task of the local governments to ensure that waste holders have a clear obligation to sort waste and to collect waste by type, and residents have an opportunity to also dispose of waste by type, in the territory of the local government. For that, local governments will be given support from the state budget to partially cover the waste management costs.

To encourage local governments to develop collection of waste by type and sorting of waste, 2.2 million euro are planned to be allocated to them in next year’s state budget. Of that, 640 000 euro will be for supporting the development of the system of collection of waste by type and sorting of waste in Tallinn, and 150 000 euro for Tartu. According to the general objective, use of the waste collection station service as conveniently as possible must be ensured to residents in all local governments.

Collection of waste by type allows to promote recycling of waste. It prevents mixing of waste. In the event of the implementation of the system, there is no need to later separate the waste collected by type to recycle it. For that, it is necessary that local governments and the state implement relevant measures and make rearrangements in the activities of waste holders.

All amendments planned with the Bill proceed from the EU target to recycle at least 50 per cent of household waste by 2020.

The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of two Bills:

The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Rescue Act and the Police and Border Guard Act (309 SE), initiated by the Government. In replacement of the current rescue information system, a rescue information system will be established for the performance of the functions of the Rescue Board, and a database for processing emergency notices will be established for the performance of the functions of the Emergency Response Centre. As of 1 November 2014, the Emergency Response Centre receives all emergency notices to the emergency care, the rescue service and the police by the number 112, but they are processed in different information systems. An information system where emergency notices to the emergency care, the rescue service and the police will be processed will be established at the Emergency Response Centre. All response resources will be managed in a single information system. This will ensure that vital medical care reaches faster those in need. Separately from that, the rescue information system, which the Rescue Board will use for more effective performance of its functions in the future, will remain in place. The Rescue Board will be able to collect also the data of persons injured at rescue events, in addition to the data of the deceased. Information on fire safety advising and fire prevention will also be entered into the rescue information system.

The Riigikogu also concluded the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Alcohol Act and the Advertising Act (265 SE), initiated by the Centre Party Faction. The Bill will amend the provisions of the Alcohol Act regulating the sale of alcohol, presentations of alcoholic products, and the ascertainment of the age of the buyer upon sale of alcohol. The Act will be amended by adding provisions that will enable to enhance the exercise of state supervision and to verify compliance with the requirements of the Act with a transaction for the purpose of monitoring compliance, in order to ensure better observance of the requirement of prohibition of the sale of alcohol to minors. The Bill will amend the provisions of the Advertising Act restricting the content of alcohol advertisements, amend the list of places where alcohol advertisements will be prohibited, and specify the provisions that restrict the advertising of alcoholic beverages with a favourable price, and the advertising requirements for health warnings.

The Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic” (289 OE), submitted by the Centre Party Faction, was not supported by the Riigikogu. It was intended to make a proposal to the Government to solve the situation where some owners or possessors of an apartment ownership fail to carry the costs arising from management of the common ownership, and this causes a situation where heating supply is not ensured in the winter period for persons who have fulfilled their obligations according to the requirements. This causes deterioration of the situation of the apartment owners who have paid their bills. 32 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Resolution, nobody was against and there were no abstentions. A majority vote of the members of the Riigikogu, that is, 51 votes, would have been required for the Resolution to be passed. Thus the draft Resolution was dropped from the proceedings of the Riigikogu.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian).

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