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The Riigikogu passed three Acts: 

The Act on Amendments to the Pressure Equipment Safety Act, the Gaseous Fuel Safety Act, the Machinery Safety Act, the Lifts and Cableway Installations Safety Act and the Electrical Safety Act (220 SE), initiated by the Government, which eliminates several problems which have appeared in the Acts during implementation, was passed with 72 votes in favour. The major amendments fall into four areas: recognition of competence acquired in a foreign state in Estonia; the right of undertakings of other Member States of the European Union to provide services in an area of activity regulated in Estonia (so-called temporary provision of services); bringing the activities of authorities assessing and attesting the conformity of persons into conformity with the new standard for certification of persons which has entered in force in the meantime, and correction of the provisions concerning state supervision. 

The Act on Amendments to the Mining Act (211 SE), initiated by the Government, which updates the regulation relating to personnel questions, was passed with 72 votes in favour. The Act will provide the possibility to certify the competence of a specialist in charge by a professional certificate issued on the basis of the Professions Act. Also, the Act is amended by adding provisions which allow recognition of foreign professional qualifications, and by prescribing a regulation on how an undertaking of another EU Member State can also temporarily operate in Estonia in an area of activity regulated by the Mining Act. 

The Act on Amendments to the Traffic Act (217 SE), initiated by the Government, by which a register of Defence Forces vehicles is established, was passed with 71 votes in favour. According to the new regulation, all state registers must be established by an Act or on the basis of an Act and they are included in the state information system. As the basis for establishing a register of Defence Forces was discarded with the repealing of Databases Act, it is provided by the Traffic Act now. 

The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Use of the Estonian Defence Forces in Performance of International Duties of the Estonian State in the Composition of NATO Response Force” (254 OE), initiated by the Government. The Bill provides the possibility of using the Estonian Defence Forces with a team of up to 45 members of the Defence Forces in the composition of NATO Response Force from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, in the military operation, organised for the purpose of maintaining or restoring the peace and security or in any other military operation in compliance with generally recognised practices and principles of international law, as provided in Chapters VI and VII of the UN Charter. 

The Riigikogu Press Service