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The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of two Bills: 

The Bill on Amendments to § 8 of the International Military Cooperation Act (141 SE), initiated by the National Defence Committee, ensures that Estonia can act flexibly, as necessary, and quickly contribute with staff officers of the Defence Forces in a new international military operation launched by NATO or the EU; a decision to carry out an operation can be made at any moment of time. 

The aim of the Bill on Amendments to the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act and the Alcohol Act (150 SE), initiated by the Government, is to improve the electronic system of delivery note in connection with implementation of the third stage of the development thereof as of 2012. As a result of the improvement of the system, the obligation of the undertaking to notify the tax authority through the system of refusal to receive excise goods, and incidents with excise goods in intra-Community transport thereof, will be provided in the excise duty Act. In the improved system, there will be separate notification forms for that. The Bill provides that the excise duty rate of the aviation spirit used for non-commercial purposes will be raised to the same level with the excise duty rate of leaded petrol as of 1 July 2012. The excise duty exemption of shale-derived fuel oil used as domestic heating fuel will also be eliminated. It will also be possible to sell cigarettes with revenue stamps affixed to a block in the customs control zones of airports in the same way as it is allowed on board a boat or aircraft making sea-crossings or flights between two Member States. 

The Riigikogu Press Service