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At today’s sitting of the Riigikogu, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas replied to the interpellation concerning the disorder in the handling of medicines and vaccines in the Health Board, submitted by members of the Riigikogu.

The interpellation (No. 87) had been submitted by members of the Riigikogu Urmas ReinsaluMihhail LotmanPriit SibulAndres Metsoja, Sven Sester, Raivo Tamm, Üllar Saaremäe, Tarmo Kruusimäe and Heiki Hepner.

The interpellators referred to the report prepared by the Government Office that, in their words, had revealed the disorder in the handling of medicines and vaccines in the Health Board. In addition to a breach of the rules in handling medicines and vaccines, damage to the extent of three million euro had been caused.

The interpellators wished to know who was liable for the breach of the rules in handling medicines and vaccines and where the liability lied. They also asked how to reassure people that no damaged medicines or vaccines had been administered to them over the years.

Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said in her reply that the Health Board as the holder of activity licence had the obligation to implement a quality system, which, among other things, set out the responsibility processes and risk management measures. “Head of the Health Board Üllar Lanno took responsibility for it and resigned,” Kallas said.

The Head of Government said that there had been no cases of using vaccines or medicines that had not been stored in accordance with the required conditions. Kallas underlined that the Health Board had also confirmed that the vaccines that had been stored at a higher than required temperature in the refrigeration rooms of the central warehouse of the Health Board on 24 June 2021 had never been used.

Priit Sibul (Isamaa) took the floor during the debate.

Minister for Economy and Infrastructure Taavi Aas replied to the interpellation (No. 85) concerning the introduction of new taxes in connection with the Transport and Mobility Development Plan 2021–2035, submitted by members of the Riigikogu Urmas Reinsalu, Aivar Kokk, Helir-Valdor Seeder, Priit Sibul, Tarmo Kruusimäe, Sven Sester and Heiki Hepner.

Among other things, the interpellators wanted to know what congestion charge meant and how and in what cases it would begin to be applied in Estonia. They also inquired about the road toll for motor vehicles.

Minister Aas replied that the development plan definitely did not provide for the introduction of any new taxes or an increase in any existing taxes. Aas confirmed that no decision to apply a congestion charge had been made in Estonia. He noted that congestion charge was used in several cities and it was essentially a charge for driving into city centre.

Regarding the road toll for motor vehicles, Aas said that the road toll for heavy goods vehicles was already in place in Estonia but the development plan did not provide for it to be extended to other vehicle types. Aas also explained that there was no plan to raise the existing excise duties, and the Government had extended the lowering of the excise duties for the next period.

During the debate, Heiki Hepner (Isamaa) took the floor. Minister Taavi Aas also took the floor.

During the open microphone, Peeter Ernits (Estonian Conservative People’s Party) took the floor.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)

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

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