The Riigikogu passed with 78 votes in favour the Act under which the coefficient for the state support for winners of the Olympic Games was linked to the average wage. The amount of the support will be the average gross monthly wage in the third quarter of the previous calendar year published by Statistics Estonia. At the same time, the new amount of the support may not be lower than the amount of the previous year’s support. The Act comes into force at the beginning of 2018.
Under the Act on Amendments to the Sport Act (426 SE), initiated by members of the Riigikogu Jüri Jaanson, Hanno Pevkur, Kalle Palling, Meelis Mälberg, Lauri Luik, Andres Ammas, Monika Haukanõmm, Deniss Boroditš, Yoko Alender, Laine Randjärv, Heidy Purga, Arto Aas, Kalle Laanet, Remo Holsmer, Aivar Sõerd and Valdo Randpere, a formula for the state support for winners of the Olympic Games which takes into account the changing of the cost of living over time is established.
Jüri Jaanson who took the floor on behalf of the Reform Party Faction said that a winning at the Olympic Games was a rarity that we had had the chance to experience for only 26 times during the nearly 100-year history of Estonia. “The amount, sufficiency and conditions of the support can be argued about and debated, but they must keep up with the price rise and the index of the cost of living. It is a matter of dignity,” Jaanson said.
Toomas Jürgenstein and Helmut Hallemaa also took the floor during the debate and presented their positions on behalf of the factions.
Since the passing of the Sport Act, the rate for the support for winner of the Olympic Games has remained at the same level. When the support was established, the amount of the state support for winner of the Olympic Games was approximately 1.5 times the average monthly wage in Estonia. By today, the rate of the support has fallen significantly below the average monthly wage in Estonia.
One Bill passed the second reading
The Bill on Amendments to the Penal Code and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (changing of the treatment of juvenile offender) (453 SE), initiated by the Government, passed the second reading in the Riigikogu. It will create a new system for treatment of juvenile offenders in Estonia. The maximum length of detention imposed on minors will be reduced from thirty days to ten days. The bodies conducting proceedings will fulfil the role of the juvenile committees. The aim of the Bill is to reduce repeated violations by minors.
In criminal proceedings, the possibility will be created for a minor who has been taken into custody to be placed in a closed child care institution instead of prison. Instead of detention, the Bill favours the use of other sanctions that are more suitable for minors and more effective. In the case of minor violations, under the Bill, misdemeanour proceedings need not be commenced if the minor compensates for the damage caused. At the same time, the Bill will create the possibility of using juvenile sanctions also in the case of 18-21-year-olds, where necessary, if a person’s level of development is that of a minor rather than an adult.
One Bill passed the first reading
The Bill on Amendments to the Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act and the Vocational Educational Institutions Act (505 SE), initiated by the Estonian Reform Party Faction, passed the first reading. The Bill provides for the possibility of applying additional influencing measures with regard to students in order to ensure a safe school environment that favours studying. It is intended to give the school staff the right to take into storage items and substances which are prohibited in school or because they may pose a threat to the safety of the student or others, or which have been adjusted destroying or damaging property. Under the Bill, a representative of the school may also carry out a security check by means of visual and tactile examination, and a screening of the items of a student.
During the debate, Märt Sults, Tarmo Kruusimäe, Krista Aru and Maris Lauri took the floor on behalf of the factions and presented their positions.
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