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The Riigikogu passed two Resolutions

The Resolution of the Riigikogu “Appointment of a Member of the Estonian Public Broadcasting Council from among the Members of the Riigikogu” (342 OE), submitted by the Cultural Affairs Committee, provides for the appointment of Member of the Riigikogu Andre Hanimägi as a member of the Estonian Public Broadcasting Council. The change was necessary because the member of the council Tõnis Mölder left the Estonian Centre Party Group and therefore his mandate in the Estonian Public Broadcasting Council ended prematurely.

58 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of passing the Resolution.

The Resolution of the Riigikogu “Removal of a Member and Appointment of a New Member of the Supervisory Board of the Bank of Estonia from among Members of the Riigikogu” (343 OE), submitted by the Finance Committee, provides for the appointment of Member of the Riigikogu Ester Karuse as a member of the board. The change was necessary because the member of the Supervisory Board of the Bank of Estonia Jaanus Karilaid left the Estonian Centre Party Group and therefore the group wished to remove him from the board and to appoint Member of the Riigikogu Ester Karuse as a member of the board.

52 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of passing the Resolution, and there were two abstentions.

The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of a Bill

The Bill on Amendments to the European Union Common Agricultural Policy Implementation Act (341 SE), initiated by the Government, will establish a repository of agricultural data in order to process the data relating to agricultural activities. The new data repository will be established mainly for uniform and electronic management of the data of the field record maintained under the Water Act, but it will also allow to cover other agricultural data.

The agricultural data repository is planned as a pilot project, a part of the register of agricultural support and agricultural parcels, the controller of which is the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board. Data concerning agricultural activity that are required to be submitted upon participation in a European Union Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) measure, as well as voluntarily submitted data concerning agricultural activity, will be submitted to the repository.

The establishment of a legal basis for maintaining an agricultural data repository will, among other things, be the basis for providing the electronic field record service in the online service environment of the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board and for forwarding data from the service environment to the agricultural data repository. It will also be needed for shaping agricultural policy, including for planning new support measures, for facilitating sustainable agriculture, for national statistics and for research.

According to the Bill, the minister in charge of the policy sector will have the right to establish, with a Regulation, more specific conditions and procedure for reducing support in order to specify the conditions for reducing support across CAP measures where necessary.

Arvo Aller (Estonian Conservative People’s Party) took the floor during the debate.

The Estonian Conservative People’s Party Group moved to reject the Bill at the first reading. The result of voting: 11 votes in favour, 52 against, one abstention. The motion was not supported. The first reading of the Bill was concluded.

The Riigikogu rejected three draft Resolutions at the first reading

The Riigikogu did not support the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a proposal to the Government of the Republic to abandon the plan to give local governments the right to establish new taxes, and to find alternative options to strengthen the revenue base of local governments” (135 OE), submitted by Isamaa Parliamentary Group. Its purpose was to abandon the plan to give local governments the right to establish new taxes, and to find alternative options to strengthen the revenue base of local governments.

11 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of passing the Resolution, and there were no votes against and no abstentions. The support of at least 51 members of the Riigikogu was needed for the Resolution to be passed.

The Riigikogu did not support the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a proposal to the Government of the Republic to initiate a Bill on amendments to the Family Benefits Act to start indexing child allowances” (138 OE), submitted by Isamaa Parliamentary Group. It was intended to make a proposal to the Government to initiate a Bill on amendments to the Family Benefits Act under which child allowances would begin to be indexed.

During the debate, Andres Hanimägi (Centre Party), Anti Poolamets (Estonian Conservative People’s Party) and Riina Solman (Isamaa) took the floor.

27 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of passing the Resolution, and there were no votes against and no abstentions. The support of at least 51 members of the Riigikogu was needed for the Resolution to be passed.

The Riigikogu did not support the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a proposal to the Government of the Republic to allow customers of the universal service in the sale of electricity to automatically switch from the universal service to the electricity exchange package” (244 OE), submitted by the Centre Party Group. It made a proposal to the Government to establish a legal opportunity whereby customers of the universal service in the sale of electricity could be automatically transferred to the electricity exchange package when the exchange price is more favourable. The initiators also wished that a thorough analysis be conducted to assess the use of the universal service in electricity sale up to now and its efficiency from the customer point of view. Besides that, it was proposed to develop, by the next heating season at the latest, a systemic solution to cope with high energy prices either by developing the universal service in electricity sale further or by creating a more flexible alternative.

During the debate, Mart Maastik (Isamaa) and Jürgen Ligi (Reform Party) took the floor.

20 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of passing the Resolution, and there were no votes against and no abstentions. The support of at least 51 members of the Riigikogu was needed for the Resolution to be passed.

The sitting ended at 1.33 p.m.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

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

Riigikogu Press Service
Gunnar Paal
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