The alternate member of the Riigikogu Terje Trei took the oath of office.
The Riigikogu passed eight Acts:
The Act on Amendments to the Land Register Act, the Law of Succession Act and Other Associated Acts (725 SE), initiated by the Government, was passed with 92 votes in favour. The Act establishes a clearer regulation for improving land register entries, and also resolves other problems related to the law of succession and maintenance of land registers. Besides that, the passed Act amends the Land Register Act and other associated Acts in accordance with the developments of the Land Register information system.
The Traffic Act (475 SE), initiated by the Government, was passed with 84 votes in favour. The Act establishes the traffic arrangement on Estonia roads, rules of the road, bases and general requirements for traffic safety, regulates the registration of motor vehicles and their trailers, trams and off-road vehicles and the requirements for them, granting the right to drive, working and rest time of the driver of a motor vehicle, the requirements to the administration and keeping of traffic register, as well as responsibility for the violation of rules of the road. The Act also regulates the driving of off-road vehicles on terrain.
The Act on Establishing Price Limits on Monopolies (597 SE), initiated by the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction, the Estonian Reform Party Faction and the Estonian Green Party Faction, was passed with 52 votes in favour (3 against). The Act will significantly improve the investment conditions for the production of heat, create advantages for producers of heat using environment friendly and mostly domestic fuels, and also enhance the control of Competition Board over heat supply contracts. Thus the share of imported Russian gas in heat production will decrease and the share of domestic fuel sources will increase. The entrepreneurs will be guaranteed security of investments – it was unanimously decided that it will be a 12-year period which will be counted from the start of the production of energy from domestic sources, incl. waste, peat or distilled gas from oil shale processing. The Competition Board will get additional powers to exercise supervision over the formation of the price of heat and the competition, and also to coordinate forms of heat production.
The Youth Work Act (676 SE), initiated by the Government, was adopted with 83 votes in favour. The Act regulates the organisation of youth work in Estonia. As forms of youth work, the Act regulates the activities of youth associations, youth centres and hobby schools, as well as extracurricular activities of general education schools, youth camps and youth programmes. Subjects of youth work include members of the society who are of 7 to 26 years of age.
The Act on Amendments to the Weapons Act (730 SE), initiated by the Government, was adopted with 84 votes in favour. The Act provides and enforces the legal provisions necessary for the observance of the relevant European Union directive. It also resolves the problems which have emerged in practice in connection with handling of weapons. The amendments specify control measures with regard to circulation of weapons and grant a possibility to be flexible upon suspension of a weapons permit and to suspend a weapons permit on the basis of an objective danger which may arise from a person.
The Art Works Commissioning Act (756 SE), initiated by the Government, was adopted with 84 votes in favour. The Act regulates the obligation to commission art works for the aesthetic enrichment of public space upon construction of public buildings.
The Act on Amendments to the Social Tax Act (760 SE), initiated by the Government, was adopted with 83 votes in favour. The Act helps to bring the unemployed back to the labour market and creates better preconditions for generation of additional part-time jobs.
The Act on Amendments to the State Assets Act (772 SE), initiated by the Finance Committee, was adopted with 56 votes in favour. The Act concerns the conditions of taking loans for state-founded foundations. According to the amendment, a state-founded foundation may take loans and enter into capital lease contracts only on the basis of a unanimous resolution of all members of the supervisory board.
The Riigikogu Press Service
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