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At today’s sitting, the Riigikogu approved the Act on Amendments to the Bankruptcy Act and Other Acts, initiated by the Government.

The Act (575 SE) makes it simpler for employees to receive a benefit from the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund if their employer becomes insolvent. In addition, the Act ensures legal clarity in the time of the payment of and the method of calculating the remuneration of interim trustees and trustees in bankruptcy.

77 members of the Riigikogu supported the passage of the Act, and five were against.

One Bill passed the second reading in the Riigikogu:

The Bill on Amendments to the Aliens Act (590 SE), initiated by the Government, will transpose the European Union directive on migration for the purposes of study and research. It will facilitate the intra-European Union mobility of researchers and students from third countries.

According to the Bill, researchers and students from third countries will be able to move in the EU Member States without having to apply for a residence permit of the host Member State. In the future, researchers can stay in Estonia under a residence permit or visa issued in another Schengen country until the end of the period of validity of the document. Students can study in Estonian institutions of higher education for up to 360 days on the basis of such a permit. Under the current Act, a person may stay in Estonia for up to 90 days in any 180-day period under a residence permit or visa issued in another Schengen country.

The Bill will also make an amendment that will allow researchers, students and teaching staff to stay in Estonia for 270 days instead of the current 183 days in order to work or set up a business here after the end of the period of validity of their residence permit.

In addition, the directive determines the conditions for the admission to and residence in Estonia of au pairs from third countries. An alien who wishes to come to Estonia to learn the language and to get to know Estonian culture will be able to register for short-time employment here for up to nine months or to apply for a temporary residence permit for employment for up to one year as an au pair. The maximum number of hours of au pair duties per week must not exceed 25 hours, and at least one day per week must be free from au pair duties.

During the debate, Peeter Ernits (Centre Party), Henn Põlluaas (Estonian Conservative People’s Party), Tarmo Kruusimäe (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union) and Mart Helme (Estonian Conservative People’s Party) took the floor.

The Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction moved to suspend the second reading of the Bill. 18 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 33 voted against, and there were two abstentions. Thus, the motion was not supported and the second reading of the Bill was concluded.

The deadline for the transposition of the European Union directive on migration for the purposes of study and research is 23 May 2018.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian).

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.)

Riigikogu Press Service

Kristi Sobak

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