The Riigikogu passed three Acts:
The Act on Amendments to the Law of Obligations Act, the Social Tax Act and the Non-profit Associations Act (881 SE), initiated by the Government, which transposes into national law the new timeshare directive of the European Union, was passed with 72 votes in favour. The amendments involved in the transposition are first of all directed to improving consumer protection as regards timeshare. The Act also specifies some provisions of the Social Tax Act and the Non-profit Associations Act.
The Act on Amendments to the Churches and Congregations Act (884 SE), initiated by the Government, the purpose of which is to resolve the problems which have emerged upon implementation of the Churches and Congregations Act, mostly in changing the information entered in the register of religious associations, and to ensure fulfilment of the Agreement between the Republic of Estonia and the Holy See which entered into force in 1999, was passed with 72 votes in favour. The Agreement regulates the judicial status of the Catholic Church in the Republic of Estonia.
The Act on Amendments to § 39 of the Medicinal Products Act (872 SE), initiated by the Government, which specifies the purpose and content of the register of activity licences for handling of medicinal products and the obligation to communicate data to the register, was passed with 74 votes in favour. The amendments enable to take into use a new information technology system in order to maintain records concerning holders of an activity licence for handling of medicinal products and their professional activities and concerning exercise of supervision related to the handling of medicinal products in order to obtain data for the performance of the functions of managing and organising the medicinal product policy and for keeping statistics on the handling of medicinal products.
The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of two Drafts:
The purpose of the Draft Code of Administrative Court Procedure (902 SE), initiated by the Legal Affairs Committee, is to improve legal protection in administrative procedure and to increase the fluency of the activities of the administrative court. The Bill (755 SE) is in the legislative proceeding again because it failed to gain the necessary support of 51 votes at the final voting on 15 December 2010 and was therefore dropped from the legislative proceeding of the Riigikogu.
The purpose of the Bill on Amendments to § 41 of the Health Insurance Act (873 SE), initiated by the Government, is to improve availability of the treatment of metabolic diseases by extending the range of the medicinal products potentially compensated by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund by including the food for particular nutritional uses, which is prescribed for medical reasons.
On the motion of the Cultural Affairs Committee, the Bill on Amendments to the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act (865 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction and Members of the Riigikogu Karel Rüütli, Jaanus Marrandi and Jaan Õunapuu, was rejected at the first reading. The result of voting: 42 votes in favour, 32 against.
The Riigikogu Press Service