Prime Minister Andrus Ansip replied to the interpellation concerning the Auditor General’s observations and weak governance (No 53), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Tarmo Tamm, Eldar Efendijev, Olga Sõtnik, Kalev Kallo, Priit Toobal, Aadu Must, Viktor Vassiljev, Yana Toom, Ester Tuiksoo, Kadri Simson, Aivar Riisalu, Marika Tuus-Laul, Heimar Lenk, Mihhail Stalnuhhin, Lembit Kaljuvee, Valeri Korb, Deniss Boroditš, Lauri Laasi, Peeter Võsa, Inara Luigas and Enn Eesmaa on 24 October.
The Prime Minister explained that the budget of 2011 complies with the Supreme Court decision and the functions of local governments and the functions of the state are clearly separated. Ansip noted that it is not a single act by which these functions can be separated but it is a process. In his words, with every new function assigned to local governments or a change of the functions of local governments in Acts, the essential jurisdiction of the function must be assessed. In the light of the Supreme Court decision, the Ministry of Internal Affairs had turned to the ministries of all spheres in order to clarify the state functions in their area of administration that are performed by local governments. The similar task had also been assigned to national local government associations. On the basis of the data obtained, a distinction had been made already in the budget of 2011. The analysis had revealed that “purely” state functions performed by local governments could be found only in the area of government of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Culture. The feedback of the ministries and national local government associations had been expected by 1 December. In the case of the functions where national associations of local governments have dissenting opinions with ministries, negotiations will be continued in specialised working groups for budget negotiations of the government committee and the Local Government Associations Co-operation Assembly delegation. Once consensus will be achieved in the working group over the functions, the relevant funds will also be distinguished in the state budget. If consensus is not reached, then the dissenting opinions will be presented to the negotiations table of the government committee and the Local Government Associations Co-operation Assembly delegation. The specialised working groups will gather this year according to the time schedule which they have determined. Referring to all that had been done, Ansip did not agree with the claim that the Supreme Court decision had not been complied with.
The Prime Minister also replied to the interpellation concerning the land reform (No 59), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Priit Toobal, Ester Tuiksoo, Inara Luigas, Heimar Lenk, Valeri Korb, Marika Tuus-Laul, Lauri Laasi, Aivar Riisalu, Lembit Kaljuvee, Kalev Kallo, Enn Eesmaa and Tarmo Tamm on 27 October.
The Minister of Internal Affairs Ken-Marti Vaher replied to the interpellation concerning voluntary rescuers (No 47), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Kalle Laanet, Jüri Ratas, Enn Eesmaa, Peeter Võsa, Deniss Boroditš, Tarmo Tamm, Aivar Riisalu, Eldar Efendijev, Inara Luigas, Mihhail Stalnuhhin, Valeri Korb and Mailis Reps on 17 October.
The Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts replied to four interpellations. They were the following:
the interpellation concerning construction of an oil shale power plant block (No 48), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Indrek Saar, Sven Mikser, Karel Rüütli, Marianne Mikko, Andres Anvelt, Rein Randver, Eiki Nestor, Jaak Allik, Jevgeni Ossinovski, Rannar Vassiljev, Urve Palo and Neeme Suur on 19 October;
the interpellation concerning the right of superficies of the new terminal of Port of Tallinn (No 49), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Deniss Boroditš, Valeri Korb, Mihhail Stalnuhhin, Aivar Riisalu, Viktor Vassiljev, Aadu Must, Kalev Kallo, Olga Sõtnik and Lauri Laasi on 20 October;
the interpellation concerning foreign investments of Eesti Energia (No 52), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Urve Palo, Jevgeni Ossinovski, Helmen Kütt, Kalvi Kõva, Kajar Lember, Rein Randver, Neeme Suur, Rannar Vassiljev, Karel Rüütli, Marianne Mikko, Sven Mikser, Heljo Pikhof, Andres Anvelt, Jaan Õunapuu and Indrek Saar on 24 October;
the interpellation concerning investments of Eesti Energia (No 58), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Lembit Kaljuvee, Viktor Vassiljev, Enn Eesmaa, Jüri Ratas, Kalev Kallo, Yana Toom, Kadri Simson, Deniss Boroditš, Kalle Laanet and Valeri Korb on 27 October.
During the open microphone, Kalle Kallo took the floor.
The sitting ended at 6.52 p.m.
The Riigikogu Press Service
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