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The Bill on Amendments to the Citizenship Act (586 SE), initiated by the Constitutional Committee on 29 January, passed the first reading in the Riigikogu.

The Bill proposes to provide more favourable requirements for applying for Estonian citizenship for persons whose legal status was not defined, as a result of inactivity of the legal representative, while they were less than 15 years of age. Thereby, the Bill eliminates unequal treatment of a person under 15 years of age in the case when the legal representative failed to apply for a residence permit for him or her while he or she was less than 15 years of age but he or she has actually resided in Estonia for the required period.

The Bill has been prepared on the basis of the proposal No 21 of the Chancellor of Justice.

The Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Amendment of the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Formation of the Riigikogu Committee of Investigation to Ascertain the Circumstances of the Proceeding and Satisfaction of the Claims Collected to the VEB Fund”” (606 OE), submitted by the committee of investigation of the VEB Fund on 27 February, also passed the first reading in the Riigikogu.

The Draft Resolution proposes to postpone the deadline for submission of the final report of the committee from 7 April to 18 June. The committee of investigation may, however, submit the report earlier. The postponement of the deadline is due to an underestimation of the initially expected volume of work and the need to perform additional acts and to gather additional information.

The verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

The Riigikogu Press Service