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At today's additional plenary sitting of the Riigikogu, the Bill on supplementary budget passed the second reading and the Bill to reorganise the Land Board into the Land and Spatial Planning Board passed the first reading.

The Bill on the Supplementary Budget for 2024 (456 SE), initiated by the Government, passed its second reading. Its aim is to ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the country. With the supplementary budget, Estonia will comply with the European Union’s budget rule under which the budget deficit must remain within 3% of GDP.

The measures in the negative supplementary budget amount to a total of 183 million euro, which will improve the budget position by 173 million euro. The Bill on supplementary budget includes nearly 115 million euro in savings measures and 68 million euro in additional revenues. Savings in the state’s current expenditure will mainly concern management and operating costs, and public foundations will also have to contribute to savings. More dividends will be taken from state-owned companies to increase state revenues.

On 8 December last year, the Riigikogu adopted the state budget for 2024, which had a revenue volume of around 16.7 billion euro and an expenditure volume of around 17.7 billion and an investment budget of around 817 million euro and a financing transactions budget of 1.4 billion.

During the debate, Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa), Annely Akkermann (Reform Party), Anastassia Kovalenko-Kõlvart (Centre Party), Riina Solman (Isamaa) and Lauri Laats (Social Democratic Party) took the floor.

Isamaa Parliamentary Group moved to reject the Bill. 13 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 57 were against.

The Bill on Amendments to the Government of the Republic Act and Consequent Amendments to Other Acts (reorganisation of the Land Board into the Land and Spatial Planning Board) (457 SE), initiated by the Government, passed the first reading. It provides for the reorganisation of the Land Board into the Land and Spatial Planning Board in order to consolidate the structural units engaged in land and spatial planning in various agencies into a single entity. The Board will provide help with issues relating to services regarding land, planning, construction as well as architecture.

The explanatory memorandum states that the Bill will resolve the issue of the fragmentation of activities in the spatial sector and the lack of a central implementation unit which has persisted for years. The Bill will consolidate knowledge, competence and data on the living environment and the land and spatial sector in one place which will create an opportunity make better spatial decisions, to use resources better and to save costs. More professional spatial creation will help adapt to climate change, reduce forced commuting, prevent segregation, preserve the environment and improve people’s mental and physical health.

Besides the current tasks of the Land Board, the following will be consolidated to the Land and Spatial Planning Board: the activities of the e-Construction platform from the Construction and Living Environment Department of the Ministry of Climate; implementation tasks in spatial planning from the Ministry of Regional Affairs and Agriculture; land improvement sector  tasks from the Agriculture and Food Board;  services relating to the maintenance of unimproved state real estate, land consolidation and land improvement provided to the Ministry of Climate from the Ministry of Finance; as well as tasks in the area of activity of strategic space creation.

According to the Bill, the Land and Spatial Planning Board will start operating on 1 January 2025.

Madis Kallas (Social Democratic Party) took the floor during the debate.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

Video recording will be available to watch later on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.

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