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The Riigikogu passed with 76 votes in favour (4 against, 3 abstentions) the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Appointment of Alar Karis to Office of Auditor General” (389 OE), submitted by the President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas-Hendrik Ilves, which enters into force on 7 April 2013. 

The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Place Names Act and the Land Register Act (362 SE), initiated by the Government. The main purpose of the Bill is to ensure the harmonised use of Estonian place names and the protection of place names of cultural and historical value. According to the explanatory memorandum, so far, place names have been entered in the place names register only if they have been submitted for registration by a names authority or if the Place Names Board has made a relevant resolution. Therefore the volume of the data in the place names register has for long years remained stable, around circa 36 000-40 000 entries. However, there are significantly more place names in Estonia, a total estimation of 200 000. For the purpose of establishing an address data system, it is provided that all place names must be entered in the register in order that also rapid response teams can find rivers and lakes as well as hills and steep shorelines. The register is intended to harmonise place names on different maps and in databases. 

The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to § 22 of the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act (334 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction. The Bill provides for the extension of the write-off of a study loan of persons who are permanently incapacitated for work also to persons who do not work but who care for a disabled child and to whom the rural municipality government or city government pays the allowance for caring for a disabled child. Under the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act which is currently in force, if the recipient of a study loan is declared permanently incapacitated for work, the credit institution waives the claim for the performance of the obligations arising from the loan agreement and the credit institution has the right to demand that the state perform the obligation of the recipient of the loan. 

The Riigikogu Press Service