At today’s additional sitting of the Riigikogu, a Bill passed the second reading. It will help consolidate into a single database the biometric data that are acquired within the frameworks of various national proceedings and are currently entered into different databases.
The Bill on Amendments to the Identity Documents Act and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (366 SE), initiated by the Government, will create a legal basis for the establishment of an automated biometric identification system database ABIS. The main purpose of the establishment of the ABIS database is to consolidate into a single database the biometric data that are acquired within the frameworks of various national proceedings and are currently entered into different databases, to use a single software in different information systems and to make one-to-one and one-to-multiple automatic comparisons of biometric data. If the biometric data are consolidated into a single national database, the state will be able to ensure a central and uniform approach to the processing thereof.
The biometric personal data to be consolidated into the ABIS database are collected and processed under various Acts already now but the infrastructure for processing the data is dispersed and does not enable to manage such data equally or uniformly, including to ensure the security of the data. Besides, the current information technology solutions for personal identification and the verification of identity are outdated and they need to be updated.
In the course of the second reading, amendments were made to the Bill in the interests of legal clarity and, among other things, provisions were included under which biometric data processed for the purposes of personal identification and verification of identity will be deleted from the relevant database immediately after a comparative study is made. Enquiries for biometric data can be made only through a relevant proceedings information system, but, once the ABIS database will be put in place, such data will no longer be retained in the proceedings information system but in the ABIS database.
The second reading of the Bill started at yesterday’s additional sitting, where Tarmo Kruusimäe (Isamaa) and Ruuben Kaalep, Merry Aart, Siim Pohlak, Rene Kokk, Riho Breivel, Paul Puustusmaa, Alar Laneman, Mart Helme, Helle-Moonika Helme, Martin Helme, Urmas Reitelmann, Uno Kaskpeit, Henn Põlluaas, Leo Kunnas, Jaak Valge, Kert Kingo, Peeter Ernits, Anti Poolamets and Kalle Grünthal (Estonian Conservative People’s Party) and Mihhail Stalnuhhin (Centre Party) took the floor.
The Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction moved to suspend the second reading of the Bill. 21 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 57 voted against. Thus, the motion was not supported and the second reading of the Bill was concluded.
The Constitutional Committee has planned to prepare the Bill for sending to the third reading at the sitting tomorrow, on 14 June. The third reading of the Bill has been scheduled for the plenary sitting on Tuesday, 15 June.
The Riigikogu started the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Water Act
The aim of the Bill on Amendments to the Water Act (381 SE), initiated by the Government, is to reduce bureaucracy and the workload of state agencies, as well as to specify the definition of water body and to clarify the restrictions provided for nitrate vulnerable zones.
According to the Bill, the obligation to submit a spreading plan for liquid manure and a notice of grazing in a water protection zone will be omitted from the Act. These data are also submitted in field records and the Bill will eliminate the obligation to submit duplicate data.
The restrictions on activities in nitrate vulnerable areas will be specified so that it would be more understandable to agricultural undertakings where it is allowed to graze animals and where it is not allowed, in order to prevent risks to the quality of water bodies.
According to the Bill, an amendment will also be made to the Bill according to which leak-tight collection tanks may be used in agglomerations of more than 2000 population equivalents, provided that the environment is protected to the same extent as when using a public sewerage system. In the event of the use of leak-tight collection tanks, the local government will have to develop a verifiable and systemic solution for servicing the wastewater collection tanks that would ensure that the local government has an overview of the volumes and locations of the provision of the service and the treatment of the wastewater collected.
The Bill will make another amendment according to which removal of sediment from a water body for the purpose of the maintenance of the water body will no longer be subject to application for a water permit but registering such an activity with the Environmental Board will be sufficient. It will also be specified that removal of sediments will not be deemed to be dredging if it is done on civil engineering works of land improvement systems in the course of maintenance works or renovation up to the depth of the water body determined by the initial building design documentation.
The second reading of the Bill was adjourned due to the end of the sitting and it will continue at tomorrow’s sitting.
The additional sitting of the Riigikogu ended at 11.49 p.m. Under the Riigikogu Rules of Procedure and Internal Rules Act, at additional sittings, the Riigikogu has a quorum if more than one half of its members, i.e. at least 51 members of the Riigikogu are present. As a result of an attendance check, it appeared that less than half of the members of the Riigikogu were present in the session hall. Thus, the sitting ended due to lack of quorum.
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