The Minister of the Environment Jaanus Tamkivi replied to the interpellation concerning the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (No 359), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Rein Ratas, Helle Kalda, Inara Luigas and Aivar Riisalu on 26 January.
In Tamkivi’s words, it is important to assess the different impacts resulting from the implementation of draft Acts and Regulations, including environmental impacts. In assessing the impacts, the expected social consequences resulting from the passing of the Act and the impact on the security of the state, international relations, economy, environment, regional development, and organisation of the work of state authorities and local government authorities have to be explained. Also, the training needs relating to the implementation of the Act and both the direct and indirect consequences resulting from the passing of the Act have to be taken into account.
Tamkivi noted that, in Estonia, in the drafting of legislation, guidance is taken from a Government Regulation. Under current procedure, the expected impact resulting from the implementation of the legislation is assessed. The public is also involved in the drafting of legislation. The European Union, however, has transposed the principles of the amendments to the Convention and the Protocol to the environmental impact assessment directives. “Estonia is already complying with the principles of the amendments to the Convention and the Protocol concerning the proceeding of impact assessment,” stressed the Minister of the Environment.
The Minister of Internal Affairs Marko Pomerants replied to the interpellation concerning the existence of a paedophilia network in Estonia (No 361), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Ester Tuiksoo, Karel Rüütli, Tarmo Mänd, Jaanus Marrandi and Mai Treial on 26 January.
The Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi replied to the interpellation concerning the economic situation of the state (No 375), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Marika Tuus, Lembit Kaljuvee, Lauri Laasi, Inara Luigas, Olga Sõtnik, Kalev Kallo, Toivo Tootsen, Arvo Sarapuu, Nikolai Põdramägi, Evelyn Sepp, Aivar Riisalu and Valeri Korb on 10 February.
The Riigikogu Press Service