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New coalition takes Riigikogu oath
New coalition takes Riigikogu oath

From Monday, members of the Riigikogu will be able to take part in votes while teleworking from home if necessary which will allow work to continue if meeting in person is not possible.

Speaker of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) told ERR the creation of a new electronic system has been underway throughout the summer. 

"Now this system is ready and it enables us to carry out all the operations that we usually do in the session hall," Põlluaas said.

However, he emphasized meeting in person is still the norm: "Certainly we will not use this system for the convenience of the deputies, it is still intended for when there is a very good reason that the Riigikogu cannot physically meet."

In the spring, the Riigikogu amended the Rules of Procedure of the Riigikogu Act, which allowed for the creation and use of the new system.

A discussion about telework is also underway in the Riigikogu committees. 

Deputy Director of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu Antero Habicht explained to ERR that since the spring session found that today's legal regulation allows committees to work remotely, it is possible that this practice will continue, but currently, each committee sets its own rules.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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