Riigikogu passes anti-monopoly law
Eestlased Eestis 04 Aug 2010  EWR
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Kai Joost, Baltic Reports
TALLINN — The anti-monopoly law vetoed by the President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on the last day of June passed the Estonian parliament again Tuesday after being revamped despite Center Party opposition.

Parliament’s economic commission made necessary changes and removed the controversy with constitutional law as requested by the president, cited as the reasons for his veto. The bill was passed after the third reading with 53-30 votes along partisan lines with the Center Party opposing. The purpose of the act is to reform the District Heating Act, Public Water Supply and Sewerage Act, Competition Act, and Penal Act so the interests of the consumers were more protected on utility prices.

The law gives full pricing control over heating companies and water companies to the Competition Authority, regardless of ownership.

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