The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal replied to the interpellation concerning the flight connection between islands and the mainland (No. 208), submitted by members of the Riigikogu Andres Ammas, Artur Talvik, Andres Herkel, Külliki Kübarsepp, Ain Lutsepp, Krista Aru and Monika Haukanõmm on 18 April.
The interpellators referred to the concern of the local undertakings that the lack of such a regular flight connection harms the economy very seriously, because every undertaking has counted on high-quality and uninterrupted ship and flight connection in the carriage of goods as well as when planning the business trips of specialists and cooperation partners. The situation had required quick and decisive intervention. The interpellators noted that the Government must be acknowledged, that the situation had been resolved relatively quickly, that the procurement had been announced, and the procurement has been completed by today.
The interpellators wished to know what the possibilities were to continue air traffic.
Michal explained that the enterprise who had won the procurement had been ascertained. Flights will start at the beginning of June. County governments will set the exact date. Transaviabaltica won the public procurement for public regular services on Tallinn–Kuressaare–Tallinn and Tallinn–Kärdla–Tallinn routes. “Of three tenders declared admissible, this tender proved to be the one with the lowest price on both airlines,” Michal said.
Michal answered the question as to how the proposals regarding the airline schedule and the aircraft servicing the route, made by undertakings in Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, are taken into account in the procurement terms and when choosing the carrier.
“The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, as well as undertakings in Saaremaa, wished to restore the flight connection with large islands as soon as possible, and to organise it according to the conditions required by the Public Procurement Act. As the state budget for 2016 had been adopted already, the targeted support planned for in the state budget had to be taken into account. A procurement cannot be organised casually,” Michal explained. He explained that county governments had been involved in the work of the procurement committee as local representatives. Negotiations on the airline schedule had been held with the tenderers according to the procurement terms. “The proposals of undertakings in Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, and the local community have been taken into account as much as possible,” Michal confirmed. He pointed out as an example that the route of the journeys had been taken into account when developing the procurement terms.
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas replied to the interpellation concerning the conclusion of an agreement with the UN Refugee Agency (No. 203) and the interpellation concerning the situation in Greece (No. 216).
The Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu replied to the interpellation concerning the collective address “Stop the Overfeeding of Political Parties!” and the reply by the Minister of Justice on 14 September 2015 (No. 205).
The Minister of Finance Sven Sester replied to the interpellation concerning the economic forecast and stimulation of growth (No. 202), the interpellation concerning the financial situation of Greece and the effectiveness of the third aid package (No. 206), the interpellation concerning the economic growth prospects (No. 212) and the interpellation concerning the State Budget Strategy for 2017-2020 (No. 215).
The sitting ended at 7.33 p.m.
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