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The Riigikogu passed the Act on Amendments to the Medicinal Products Act, the Health Insurance Act and the Health Services Organisation Act (299 SE), initiated by the Government and declared to be a matter of confidence in the Government before the second reading.

 This will bring the Medicinal Products Act into conformity with EU law, reduce the administrative burden for the medicinal product market participants, help improve the availability of medicines, and develop pharmacy services.

While today a proof of delivery and receipt must be drawn up and signed when medicines are handed over to a pharmacy for disposal, the amendments allow consumers to dispose of waste medicines under a simplified procedure. Pharmacies will also be allowed to conduct counselling on carrying medicines when travelling, and to issue the Schengen certificates necessary for carrying medicines when travelling, alongside the State Agency of Medicines. Among other things, pharmacies will be able to issue to other pharmacies medicinal products that are retailed or prepared in accordance with a medical prescription, which will enable clients to receive medicines from a pharmacy of their convenience.

In addition, the amendments improve the availability of medicines without a marketing authorisation in situations where there are no other options to treat a chronic or life-threatening condition and the availability of innovative medicines and methods remains the only possible solution for the patient. The Bill will also update the regulation of marketing authorisations and the requirements for advertising medicinal products.

The Bill initiated by the Government had passed the first reading in the Riigikogu on 18 October and 203 motions to amend it had been submitted by the deadline. On 16 November, the Government had decided to declare the passing of the Bill a matter of confidence in the Government before the second reading and thereby had also taken over the duties of the lead committee. Motions to amend a Bill that has been declared to be a matter of confidence in the Government are not put to a vote.

During the debate, Anti Poolamets, Ants Frosch, Siim Pohlak, Henn Põlluaas, Leo Kunnas, and Alar Laneman (Estonian Conservative People’s Party Group), Riina Solman, Priit Sibul, and Mart Maastik (Isamaa Parliamentary Group), and Andre Hanimägi (Estonian Centre Party Group) took the floor. Unaffiliated MP Tõnis Mölder also took the floor. Members of the Riigikogu had already engaged in a debate at the Wednesday sitting.

55 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of passing the Act and 31 were against it.

After the vote, there was a dispute concerning ending or extending the sitting. The Estonian Reform Party Group proposed extending the sitting until 2 p.m. 52 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 30 were against it, while one MP abstained. The sitting was not extended because the decision would have needed a two thirds majority.

The Estonian Conservative People’s Party proposed at 11.53 to conclude the Thursday sitting at 12.30 p.m. 29 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion, 51 were against, and there was one abstention. This means that the sitting was not shortened.

Deliberation of one Bill which had been declared to be a matter of confidence was adjourned

The Bill on Amendments to the Earth’s Crust Act (296 SE), initiated by the Government and declared a matter of confidence in the Government before the second reading, provides an eight year transition period on charges for transferring the right to mine on an immovable owned by the state.

During the transition period, the charge for transferring the right to mine on an immovable owned by the state will increase every year by up to 50 per cent compared to the current charge, until the new charge rates that reflect the new taxable value of the land are reached.

The purpose of the changes is to allow the producers to gradually adjust to the use fees, which should also alleviate the price pressure on consumers. The annual charge for transferring the right to mine on an immovable owned by the state will be three percent of the taxable value of the land.

The Bill initiated by the Government had passed the first reading in the Riigikogu on 19 October and 201 motions to amend it had been submitted by the deadline. On 16 November, the Government had decided to declare the passing of the Bill a matter of confidence in the Government before the second reading and thereby had also taken over the duties of the lead committee. Motions to amend a Bill that has been declared to be a matter of confidence in the Government are not put to a vote.

The deliberation of the Bill will resume in the next working week.

Deliberation of two Bills which have been declared matters of confidence was deferred

The deliberation of two Bills initiated by the Government and declared a matter of confidence in the Government before the second reading – the Bill on Amendments to the Earth’s Crust Act (296 SE) and the Bill on Amendments to the Traffic Act and the Road Transport Act (302 SE) – and five other drafts initiated by the Government are deferred to the next working week due to the end of the working hours. The first reading of the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “The Grating of a State Guarantee to the European Investment Bank to Support the Reconstruction of Ukraine” (336 OE), the Bill on Amendments to the Building Code and Other Acts (acceleration of the deployment of renewable energy) (308 SE), the Bill on Amendments to the Information Society Services Act and the Penal Code (224 SE), the Bill on Amendments to the Imprisonment Act, the Penal Code, the Probation Supervision Act and the Code of Enforcement Procedure (updating of the Imprisonment Act and the deployment of digital solutions) (227 SE), and the Bill on the Ratification of the Amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (226 SE) will be deferred.

The first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Penal Code (76 SE), initiated by Member of the Riigikogu Varro Vooglaid, the Bill on Amendments to the Traffic Act (243 SE), initiated by Member of the Riigikogu Mart Maastik, the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Formation of the Riigikogu committee of investigation to investigate the facts relating to the influencing of elections by the Liberal Citizen Foundation” (251 OE), initiated by Isamaa Parliamentary Group, the Bill on Amendments to the Penal Code (85 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Anti Poolamets, Helle-Moonika Helme and Varro Vooglaid, the Bill on Amendments to the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act (80 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Evelin Poolamets, Arvo Aller and Martin Helme, the Bill on Amendments to the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act (84 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas and Anti Poolamets, and the Bill on Amendments to the Income Tax Act (83 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Kert Kingo and Rene Kokk, was also deferred.

The sitting ended at 1.01 p.m.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

Video recording will be available to watch later on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.

Riigikogu Press Service
Gunnar Paal
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