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The Riigikogu passed with 66 votes in favour (2 abstentions) the Act on Amendments to the Fishing Act (184 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic. The objective of the Act is to apply supplementary measures to establish supervision over ships engaged in illegal, unnotified or unregulated fishing operations, proceeding from the provisions of the Council regulation. The Act allows mobile payments to be made to certify the fishing right upon hobby fishing. The Fishing Act was also harmonised with the amendments to the Permanently Populated Small Islands Act which was passed by the Riigikogu on 22 February 2007. 

On the motion of the Cultural Affairs Committee, the Bill on Amendments to § 321 of the Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act (207 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, was rejected at the first reading (37 votes in favour, 22 against, and 2 abstentions). The objective of the Bill was to ensure free school meals for pupils from the 1st to the 12th form. At present, free meals are ensured for pupils from the 1st to the 9th form. The initiators estimated that the cost of the amendment would have been EEK 427 million during the next academic year. 

The Riigikogu Press Service