The Bill aiming to establish 1 October as the Local Government Day, initiated by six factions, passed the first reading at the Riigikogu plenary sitting.
The new day of national importance is intended to value more the role of local governments in the establishment, restoration and development of the Estonian state. The day of national importance will also provide an opportunity to introduce more the activities of local governments, and to better involve society in the resolution of the challenges facing local governments.
Representative of the initiators of the Bill Kersti Sarapuu pointed out that 1 October had been chosen to celebrate the local government day because the first Act of public administration had entered into force on that date in 1866. She noted that, when the state had been re-established, local governments had also been associated namely with the date when Muhu rural municipality and the city of Kuressaare had been the first to be granted the local government status in 1990.
Chairman of the Constitutional Committee Marko Pomerants gave an overview of the committee sitting.
During the debate, Aivar Kokk from the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction and Urve Tiidus from the Reform Party Faction took the floor.
The Bill on Amendments to the Public Holidays and Days of National Importance Act (591 SE) was initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, the Estonian Reform Party Faction, the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction, the Social Democratic Party Faction, the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction and the Estonian Free Party Faction of the Riigikogu.
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu
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