The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of three Bills:
The purpose of the Bill on Amendments to the Employment Services and Subsidies Act and the Social Welfare Act (285 SE), initiated by the Government, is to improve the provision of employment services. The Bill extends the range of persons with whom the Labour Market Board can enter into a contract for the provision of a service to an unemployed person. According to the Bill, coaching for working life may be carried out by every person and work practice may be carried out by every employer, that is, authority of executive power. The procedure for provision of the services and the concept of suitable work are also specified, as well as the registration of the unemployed and of the people searching for work and the conditions of payment of labour market benefits (unemployment allowance, transport and accommodation benefits).
The purpose of the Bill on Amendments to the Bar Association Act and Associated Acts (253 SE), initiated by the Government, is to improve the quality of state legal aid and to ensure better availability of advocates to unprivileged persons. The Bill puts an end to the organisation of legal aid where preliminary investigators and prosecutors can choose an opposing party convenient for them which, in the opinion of the initiator, is not suited for a democratic state based on the rule of law. Also, mechanisms for supervision of the Bar Association are established and the right to exercise the supervision is granted to the Minister of Justice.
The Bill on Ratification of Agreement between Government of the Republic of Estonia and Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital, and Protocol thereto (291 SE), initiated by the Government. The purpose of agreements for the avoidance of double taxation is to favour investments, to ensure equal treatment of persons and to eliminate double taxation, which may occur as a result of joint influence of the relevant Acts of two states. For the achievement of these purposes, the Agreement imposes restrictions on income and property taxes, which may be established to the residents of the other state by the state of the source of income. The Agreement also contributes to the creation of additional possibilities for the prevention of tax evasions. Estonia has already concluded the agreements for the avoidance of double taxation with Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Iceland, Czech Republic, Canada, Ukraine, Germany, Belarus, Netherlands, Italy, France, Ireland, United States of America, Moldova, China, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Austria, Armenia, Malta, Croatia, Switzerland, Hungary, Portugal, Turkey, Spain, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Georgia and Singapore.
At Question Time, the Minister of Justice Rein Lang answered the question about equal treatment, submitted by Vilja Savisaar, and the question about supervision of the activities of the Prosecutor’s Office, submitted by Karel Rüütli. The Minister of Education and Research Tõnis Lukas answered the question about school allowances, submitted by Mai Treial, and the question about optimising, submitted by Mailis Reps. The Minister of Internal Affairs Jüri Pihl answered the question about the control of environmental risks, submitted by Valdur Lahtvee, and the question about personnel policy in internal security, submitted by Kalle Laanet.
The Riigikogu Press Service
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