The Riigikogu passed two Acts:
The Act on Amendments to the Food Act (642 SE), initiated by the Government, was passed with 82 votes in favour. It implements the obligations arising from directly applicable European Union Regulations in two fields: the provision of food information to consumers, and foods for particular nutritional uses. In addition, the provisions delegating authority that serve as the basis for legislative acts are updated, and the authority to establish legislative acts is given to the minister responsible for the field, i.e. the Minister of Agriculture instead of the Government. This is due to developments in the legislative drafting and supervision in the field of food. A new implementing provision was introduced into the Food Act, the aim of which is to ensure that the special labelling requirements for foods for particular nutritional uses, including dietary foods for special medical purposes, established by the relevant Government Regulations issued under the Act remain in force until 20 July 2016. After that date, the field of foods for particular nutritional uses will be regulated by the relevant EU Regulation. According to the Act, the respective version of the Food Act will be repealed upon the entry into force of the Act on 13 December 2014 and, together with that, the abovementioned Government Regulations will be repealed.
The Act on Amendments to the Universities Act and the Veterinary Activities Organisation Act (627 SE), initiated by the Government, was passed with 82 votes in favour. It provides for the bases and conditions for additional financing of the clinical instruction of veterinary training. The provisions concerning the organiser of the clinical instruction of veterinary training are specified in the Universities Act. The clinical instruction of medical training is provided for in the same way. The bases and conditions for the additional financing necessary to cover the operating expenses relating to the organisation of the clinical instruction of veterinary training are provided in the Veterinary Activities Organisation Act. The Act provides the basis for additional financing of the clinical instruction of veterinary training from the state budget which in turn will ensure the sustainability and international recognition of the veterinary training provided in Estonia.
Jaan Õunapuu took the floor during the debate.
The Riigikogu Press Service
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