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At today’s plenary sitting, the Riigikogu decided to appoint members of the Riigikogu Uno Kaskpeit and Kalle Laanet members of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol.

The Resolution of the Riigikogu was based on the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Appointment of Members of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group Monitoring the Activities of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation” (35 OE), submitted by the Legal Affairs Committee. 80 members of the Riigikogu were in favour of the Resolution.

Based on the directly applicable European Union Regulation, pursuant to Article 88 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the scrutiny of Europol’s activities is carried out by the European Parliament together with national parliaments. This constitutes a specialised Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) established together by the national parliaments and the competent committee of the European Parliament.

With 32 votes in favour and 44 against, the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Proposal to the Government of the Republic to Organise the Provision of Preschool and School Education in Estonia Uniformly and in the Estonian Language” (2 OE), submitted by the Estonian Reform Party Faction, was dropped from the proceedings of the Riigikogu. The initiators of the draft Resolution wished to make a proposal to the Government to organise the provision of preschool and school education in Estonia uniformly and in the Estonian language.

According to the explanatory memorandum, the transition would have begun with nursery schools as of 1 September 2020, ensuring classes in Estonian every day, contact with children who speak Estonian, at least one Estonian-speaking teacher per group, and readiness for school in Estonian.

During the debate, Kaja Kallas from the Reform Party Faction, Mihhail Stalnuhhin from the Centre Party Faction, Katri Raik from the Social Democratic Party Faction and Üllar Saaremäe from Faction Isamaa took the floor.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian).

Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at

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