Equality commissioner decides not to accept Riigikogu seat

Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner Liisa Pakosta, who is the alternate member for Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) MP Ken-Marti Vaher's seat in the Riigikogu, announced on Thursday that she will not accept the seat and instead continue in her current position.

"I left politics two years ago to dedicate myself to equal opportunities for the people of Estonia and I find that I can be more useful to Estonia in my present job," Pakosta said. "I will continue addressing the obstacles in our day-to-day life that do not depend on the people in my capacity as commissioner on equal rights."

In her announcement, Pakosta also listed several proposals regarding subjects which the Riigikogu should address, as managing equal opportunities today means managing change.

The proposals listed by Pakosta ranged from adding flexibility to the parental allowance system to ensuring physical access for people with special needs to all state institutions and adding renewable energy choices to training opportunities for older people.

The commissioner also proposed amending Article 1 of the Family Act to state that marriage is a contract between two persons, replacing the present wording, which states that marriage is a contract between a man and a woman.

The Riigikogu seat left vacant by Vaher, who is heading to Brussels to take up the duties of head of the office of Juhan Parts, the new Estonian member of the European Court of Auditors, will go to Tarmo Kruusimäe.

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