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The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of two Bills: 

The purpose of the Bill on Amendments to the Sustainable Development Act (358 SE), initiated by the Estonian Reform Party Faction, is to amend the Sustainable Development Act by adding provisions which ensure the legal sphere necessary for biosphere reserves. According to the Bill, a biosphere programme area is an area included in the UNESCO MAB (Man and Biosphere) Programme in order to organise education, monitoring and research activities, and to integrate the protection and sustainable use of natural resources. The objective of the implementation of the Programme is to support sustainable development in local governments, and to work through technologies and approaches in the new energy-economic situation of the 21st century. The Bill was sent to the third reading. 

The Bill on Repeal of § 75¹ of the European Parliament Election Act and on Amendments to the Members of the XII Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia and of the VII, VIII and IX Riigikogu Pension Act (363 SE), initiated by the Constitutional Committee, repeals the provision according to which the salary of the members of the European Parliament from Estonia is paid from the state budget of Estonia. During the second reading, the provision according to which a Member of the Riigikogu who is elected to the European Parliament will not receive the old-age pension for a Member of the Riigikogu was included in the Bill. The amendment of the Act is motivated by the Statute for Members of the European Parliament, adopted on 28 September 2005, which provides that, starting from the following composition, the salary of Members of the European Parliament is going to be paid from the budget of the European Union. The Bill was sent to the third reading. 

The Riigikogu did not pass (28 votes in favour, 29 votes against, 2 abstentions) the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Grant of State Guarantees for Energy Saving Construction and Renovation” (381 OE), submitted by the Estonian Green Party Faction. 

The Riigikogu Press Service