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At today’s sitting, the Riigikogu passed the Resolution which supported the proposal of the President of the Republic to appoint Mart Laar to the office of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eesti Pank for a second term.

Based on the Constitution, the President of the Republic made a proposal to the Riigikogu to appoint Mart Laar as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eesti Pank for a new term as of 13 June in connection with termination of his authority on 12 June.

The President justified in the explanatory memorandum that Mart Laar, who has been the Prime Minister twice, with his diverse knowledge and management experience is the suitable person to fulfil the role of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eesti Pank. The President said that Laar had proved his suitability for that office over five years.

The law does not restrict the right to appoint the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eesti Pank for two consecutive terms of office.

During the debate, Mart Helme from the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction, Andres Herkel from the Free Party Faction, Jürgen Ligi from the Reform Party Faction and Eiki Nestor from the Social Democratic Party Faction took the floor and presented their positions.

44 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Appointment of Mart Laar to the Office of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eesti Pank” (620 OE), submitted by the President of the Republic of Estonia. 31 voted against and there was one abstention.

The Riigikogu passed an Act:

At today’s sitting, the Riigikogu approved the Act which establishes 1 October as the Local Government Day.

The new day of national importance is intended to value more the role of local governments in the establishment, restoration and development of the Estonian state. The day of national importance will also provide an opportunity to introduce more the activities of local governments, and to better involve society in the resolution of the challenges facing local governments.

67 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Act on Amendments to the Public Holidays and Days of National Importance Act (591 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, the Estonian Reform Party Faction, the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction, the Social Democratic Party Faction, the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction and the Estonian Free Party Faction. Five were against and there were three abstentions.

One Bill passed the second reading in the Riigikogu:

The Bill on Amendments to the European Parliament Election Act and Other Acts (400 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, the Social Democratic Party Faction and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction, provides for making both electronic voting and paper voting more uniform. According to the Bill, the advance voting period will be harmonised in the Acts concerning elections regardless of whether the voting takes place electronically or on ballot papers. Advance voting will be held from the sixth day to the first day before election day.

The motion to amend submitted during the second reading will shorten the voting period to one week as of 2021. According to the plan, it will be possible to vote outside the electoral district of residence from Monday to Thursday, and electronically from Monday to Saturday, and the time of voting at home will be extended from Friday to Sunday. If necessary, a vote cast electronically can be changed by the voter by voting by paper ballot on Sunday. In addition, the amendment is intended to implement an electronic list of voters that would extend the opportunities for voters to vote. Since the data on a voter are available electronically and not on paper, in the future, the voter will be able to vote in all voting districts of his or her electoral district irrespective of his or her place of residence.

During the debate, Hanno Pevkur from the Reform Party Faction, Jüri Adams and Külliki Kübarsepp from the Free Party Faction and Tarmo Kruusimäe from the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction took the floor.

Hanno Pevkur on behalf of the Reform Party Faction moved to suspend the second reading of the Bill. 35 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 40 voted against. Thus, the motion was not supported and the second reading of the Bill was concluded.

One Bill passed the first reading in the Riigikogu:

Under the Bill on Amendments to the Chancellor of Justice Act (609 SE), initiated by the Constitutional Committee, the institution of the Chancellor of Justice will become the national human rights institution in Estonia. The Chancellor of Justice will also monitor compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Under the Bill on Amendments to the Chancellor of Justice Act, the Chancellor of Justice will have the function of protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, and investigating complaints related to violation of their rights in Estonia.

Helmen Kütt from the Social Democratic Party Faction took the floor during the debate.

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
Merilin Kruuse
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