The Riigikogu passed an amendment to the Anti-corruption Act. When it enters into force, all income earned by a person will become public in the declarations of interests of officials.
Under the current Act, officials also have to enter on the declaration all income they have earned, but only the income received by the official in his or her office is public. Information on all income earned is intended for internal use, that is, only the persons verifying the declarations can see it.
73 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Act, nobody was against, and there were no abstentions. The Act enters into force on 1 May 2016.
The aim of the Act on Amendments to the Anti-corruption Act (143 SE), initiated by the Constitutional Committee, is to make the declaration of interests by officials clearer and simpler, and to increase automatic pre-filling of the declaration.
The Act provides for a change of the minimum rate of the benefit received that is subject to declaration, setting it at the highest salary rate of higher state servants which is 5 298 euro and 80 cents at present. Under the current regulation, the minimum rate is connected with the labour income received by the declarant during the last four months, which imposes an obligation on the declarant to ascertain it for himself or herself every time.
In addition, the need to declare the voluntary funded pension units is eliminated from the Act.
Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian): http://stenogrammid.riigikogu.ee/et/201603101000
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu (NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)
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