The Riigikogu passed with 53 votes in favour the Resolution on appointment of a Member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Development Fund (338 OE), initiated by the Economic Affairs Committee. According to the Resolution, Member of the Riigikogu Mart Laar was appointed a member of the Estonian National Broadcasting Council, and Urmas Reinsalu whose authority as a Member of the Riigikogu had suspended in connection with assuming the office of the Minister of Defence on 11 May 2012 was removed from the Council. 11 members of the Riigikogu voted against the Resolution. The Resolution enters into force upon signature.
On the motion of the Environmental Committee, the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Waste Act (293 SE), initiated by the Government, was concluded. According to the Bill, the regulation concerning the use of certain hazardous substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium VI, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)) in electrical and electronic equipment is introduced into the Waste Act on the basis of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council. This directive is an environment directive in the field of waste legislation which lays down rules on the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) with a view to contributing to the protection of human health and the environment, including the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste EEE. The main aim is in the first place to ensure environmentally sound waste treatment so that workers involved in waste treatment as well as the environment would be protected in the treatment of waste EEE. The Environment Committee added motions to amend the Bill, which specify the categories of end-of-life vehicles and add a provision concerning the establishing of the handling requirements for waste oil, and several technical and linguistic changes. The Bill was sent to the third reading.
The Riigikogu Press Service
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