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Today, the Riigikogu plenary discussed a draft Resolution of the Riigikogu aimed at strengthening the position of the Estonian language as the official language and prohibiting translation into the Russian language and rejected it. The deliberation of two drafts was deferred to Monday due to the end of the working hours of the sitting.

The Riigikogu rejected the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic” (661 OE), submitted by the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction. It was intended to make a proposal to the Government to initiate Bills to amend the Language Act, the Media Services Act, the Advertising Act, the Penal Code, and other relevant Acts, that would have allowed to use only the official language in the activities aimed at the population of Estonia by persons in public law and legal persons in private law in the Republic of Estonia. According to the draft Resolution, a translation into a foreign language but not into Russian could have been added to a text in Estonian. At the same time, the Estonian text should have been in the first place and better visible than the text in a foreign language. In addition, the monitoring of compliance and liability would have had to be ensured.

During the debate, Valdo Randpere (Reform Party), Henn Põlluaas (Estonian Conservative People’s Party), Jaak Aab (Centre Party) and Eduard Odinets (Social Democratic Party) took the floor.

15 members of the Riigikogu voted for the Resolution and 18 voted against and it was rejected.

The deliberation of two items on the agenda was deferred to Monday

The Riigikogu also deliberated the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic to take measures to remove the monuments justifying the conquering policy of Russian military forces” (588 OE), submitted by the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction, which is intended to make a proposal to the Government to develop and implement legal and administrative measures to remove from the public space the memorials and monuments dedicated to the conquering activities of the Soviet and Russian armies, to the glorification of such activities, and to the justification and heroization of, incitement to and gratitude for military action.

The deliberation of the item was adjourned due to the end of the working hours of the sitting and will continue on Monday.

The deliberation of the Bill on Amendments to the Rescue Act and Other Acts (678 SE), initiated by the Government, was also deferred to Monday. The purpose of the Bill is to increase internal security and safety. The amendments proposed in the Bill concern mainly explosive ordnance disposal and fire safety and the role of the Emergency Response Centre in the development of the services of the authority and in the ensurance of the quality of services.

The Rescue Board will be able to involve volunteers with the necessary knowledge and skills in explosive ordnance disposal in order to ensure the consistency of explosive ordnance disposal for the resolution of resource-intensive events and crises. About 20 assistant explosive ordnance disposal technicians will be involved in a year and the requirements for professional qualification will be established for them.

The Emergency Response Centre will be given the right to use the contact details of the persons entered in the database of emergency notifications and help and information notifications in order to obtain feedback from the person who has called or has sent an SMS message to the emergency services as to whether he or she is satisfied with the service provided to him or her.

Fire safety amendments are for the most part connected with the regulation for the disclosure of the data on the maintenance of heating systems and for water points. The Bill will also give the Rescue Board the right to use a person’s contact details entered in the rescue information system with his or her consent in order to send notifications relating to the activities of the Rescue Board, for example, concerning the day of the next chimney sweep and the use of water from fire water points.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

The video recording of the sitting will be available to watch later on the Riigikogu YouTube channel. (Please note that the recording will be uploaded with a delay.)

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