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Today, the Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab gave a survey of the civil service report of 2016 to the Riigikogu.

The minister pointed out in his report that, in 2016, 132 900 employees worked in the public sector as a whole as reduced to full-time working time; about 88 per cent of them were employed in the government sector and 12 per cent in other public sector.

Aab noted that in 2016 the number of government sector employees had decreased at a significantly quicker pace than the Estonian working-age population – by a total of 1519 employees, that is, 1.3 per cent.

The minister said that labour costs in the government sector had grown by 5.5 in 2016, and the growth of the average wage in the government sector had been slower by 0.5 per cent than the growth of the average wage in Estonia. The minister also said that the wage differences between different areas of activity were relatively large in the Estonian labour market. He noted that the wage levels also varied by counties.

In Aab’s words, the civil service staff was balanced, women accounting for 56 per cent and men for 44 per cent. The minister pointed out that, similarly to the general ageing of the labour force, the average age in civil service was on the rise – in 2016 the average age of civil servants was 43.4 years.

In his speech, the minister also touched upon the issues of the gender pay gap, the staff turnover, and training and development activities.

During the debate, Külliki Kübarsepp from the Free Party Faction, Arto Aas from the Reform Party Faction, Ivari Padar from the Social Democratic Party Faction and Helmut Hallemaa from the Centre Party Faction took the floor.

The Riigikogu passed a Resolution:

The Resolution of the Riigikogu “Removal of a Member and Appointment of a New Member of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation Environmental Investment Centre” (506 OE), submitted by the Environment Committee, provides for removal of Kalle Muuli from the Supervisory Board and the appointment of member of the Riigikogu Andres Metsoja as a member of the Supervisory Board.

73 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Resolution, one was against, and there were two abstentions.

One Bill passed the first reading in the Riigikogu:

The Road Transport Bill (488 SE), initiated by the Government, will establish a new consolidated text of the Road Transport Act because global amendments are made to the Act. The Act regulates the organisation of road transport and establishes the requirements for the persons organising road transport and for the related persons.

The Bill will eliminate the driver’s obligation to carry the documents certifying the right to engage in road transport in national transport operations. The driver will have to carry an identity document in order that it would be possible to verify the data in the database, and the accompanying documents of goods may be electronic in the future.

The Bill will increase the liability of the carrier. The carrier organises its carriage operations through drivers, and therefore road transport infringements for which a driver has been punished can be considered infringements by the carrier. The amendments will help ensure traffic and carriage safety as the carrier will be directly liable for infringements committed in the carriage of goods organised by the carrier.

The Bill will create misdemeanour liability of the consignor. Today the driver or the carrier is liable for infringements of carriage requirements by the consignor in terms of misdemeanour procedure. According to the Bill, the consignor of goods may also be held liable for infringement of the requirements for filling in the accompanying documents of goods and placing and fastening goods on the vehicle and covering them. In the case when the consignor and the carrier of the goods have agreed in advance that the carrier is not liable for that.

The police may apply for detention of a driver within the framework of a misdemeanour procedure if the driver has repeatedly not paid the fines imposed for previous serious road transport infringements and has committed a new serious road transport infringement. It is a supplementary measure which is important in particular with regard to drivers from foreign countries because it has appeared in practice that a large share of fines are not paid and the enforcement procedure does not apply to them.

The educational institutions organising the occupational and in-service training of drivers will no longer have the obligation to apply for an activity licence for training drivers of power-driven vehicles issued by the Ministry of Education and Research. A periodic (after every five years) obligation of in-service training will be established for lecturers of such educational institutions.

A Bill was dropped from the proceedings of the Riigikogu:

The Bill on Amendments to the Employment Contracts Act (467 SE), initiated by the Estonian Reform Party Faction, provided for the establishment of a special provision regarding the general regulation concerning on-call time that would have provided for the obligation to allow for daily and weekly rest time for employees.

During the debate, Eiki Nestor from the Social Democratic Party Faction and Valdo Randpere from the Reform Party Faction took the floor.

The lead committee moved to reject the Bill at the first reading. 43 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 28 were against. Thus, the Bill was dropped from the legislative proceedings.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian) http://stenogrammid.riigikogu.ee/en/201710101000.

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
Marie Kukk
631 6456; 58 213 309
marie.kukk@riigikogu.ee
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