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At today’s plenary sitting, the Riigikogu approved the Act which increases the financial autonomy of local governments. The Act creates more flexible possibilities for local governments to organise waste management and social services by eliminating the relevant supports and increasing the revenue base of local governments.

The aim of the Act is to take the amounts of the support of development of waste handling and the support of social benefits and provision of social services into the revenue base of local authorities. For that, the part of income tax transferred to local governments will be increased by 0.03 percentage points, that is, to 11.9 per cent in 2019 and to 11.96 per cent in 2020. The amendment increases the financial autonomy of local governments and reduces targeted supports, allowing to offer local services more flexibly and taking into account the local situation.

The requirements set for local governments for collection of waste by type and offering social services remain the same.

79 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Act on Amendments to the Act on Amendments to the Social Tax Act and the Income Tax Act, the Waste Act and the Social Welfare Act (685 SE), initiated by the Government. Three were against and there was one abstention.

The Riigikogu passed another Act:

The Act on the Ratification of the Protocols relating to Amendments to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (622 SE), initiated by the Government, provides for the ratification of the amendments of 2016 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, which increase the membership the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Air Navigation Commission established by the Convention, because the number of Contracting States has increased over the last 25 years.

The ICAO was established on the basis of the Convention on International Civil Aviation drawn up in Chicago on 7 December 1944. The main aim of the ICAO is to develop the principles of the development of international air navigation and to coordinate and direct technological development for the purposes of overall safety of air navigation. Estonia acceded to the Convention by a 1992 Resolution of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia.

The ICAO Council is a permanent body of the Convention, and its members are elected for a three-year term from among the member states. The obligations of the Council include carrying out the directions of the Assembly and discharging the duties which are laid on it by the Convention, administration of the finances, as well as the establishment of an Air Navigation Commission. The ICAO Air Navigation Commission considers and submits to the Council proposals for the adoption of recommended practices and air navigation rules.

The implementation of the Act will not involve state budget expenses. The Protocols come into force in respect of the States which have ratified it after 128 states will have ratified them.

74 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Act and there was one abstention.

One Bill passed the first reading in the Riigikogu:

The aim of the Bill on Amendments to the Building Code (703 SE), initiated by members of the Riigikogu Andres Metsoja, Tanel Talve, Erki Savisaar, Urve Palo, Toomas Paur, Märt Sults, Dmitri Dmitrijev, Toomas Väinaste, Barbi Pilvre, Hardi Volmer, Hannes Hanso, Jaanus Marrandi, Heljo Pikhof, Toomas Jürgenstein, Valeri Korb, Peeter Ernits, Tarmo Kruusimäe, Krista Aru, Külliki Kübarsepp, Marko Pomerants and Raivo Aeg, is to speed up the availability of broadband service through reducing the duplication of procedural transactions and the costs of meeting the procedural requirements.

The Bill will extend the special regulation of the Act to the state border infrastructure in the possession of the area of government the Ministry of the Interior, including the construction of the border strip on the national defence land. The state border infrastructure is an infrastructure in the possession of the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior which is intended for border control and which includes elements of the border strip and its service facilities. The Bill will establish specifications of the application of the Act for the construction of the state border infrastructure. While the information concerning the construction regulated by the Act is generally public, all information concerning the construction work and the construction cannot be public in the case of the state border infrastructure. The Police and Border Guard Board organises the construction of the border strip to the extent of the mainland part of the external border, and the project documentation and technical implementation of the construction include classified information which should be taken as the basis when submitting data and applying for permits relating to construction.

Tanel Talve from the Social Democratic Party Faction took the floor during the debate.

A Bill was dropped from the proceedings of the Riigikogu:

The Bill on Amendments to the Public Transport Act (664 SE), initiated by the Faction Isamaa, was intended to give the regional public transport centres an additional decision-making right in the organisation of bus traffic.

During the debate, Erki Savisaar from the Centre Party Faction, Sven Sester from the Faction Isamaa, Kristen Michal from the Reform Party Faction and Andres Herkel from the Free Party Faction took the floor.

The Centre Party Faction moved to reject the Bill at the first reading. 38 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 37 were against. Thus, the Bill was dropped from the legislative proceedings.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian) http://stenogrammid.riigikogu.ee/en/201810161000.

Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu (NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)

Riigikogu Press Service
Marie Kukk
+372 631 6456; +372 5821 3309
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