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Local Government Organisation Act
Passed 2 June 1993
(RT1 I 1993, 37, 558; consolidated text RT I 1999, 82, 755),

entered into force 28 June 1993,
amended by the following Acts:
04.12.2001 entered into force 21.10.2002 - RT I 2001, 100, 642;
27.09.2001 entered into force 01.01.2002 - RT I 2001, 82, 498;
13.06.2000 entered into force 10.07.2000 - RT I 2000, 51, 322

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23. Requirements for council legislation and entry into force thereof

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7) Council regulations and resolutions and minutes of council sessions shall be prepared and made public in Estonian. In a local government where the majority of permanent residents are non-Estonian speakers, minutes of council sessions may, in addition to Estonian language, be also prepared in the language of the national minority constituting the majority of the permanent residents of the local government.
(04.12.2001 entered into force 21.10.2002 - RT I 2001, 100, 642)

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41. Use of language in local governments
(1) The working language of local governments is Estonian. Everyone has the right to address a local government and its officials in Estonian and to receive responses in Estonian.
(2) The sessions of councils and governments are held in Estonian.
(3) The use of foreign languages in local governments, including languages of national minorities shall be provided for in the Language Act (RT I 1995, 23, 334; 1996, 37, 739; 40, 773; 1997, 69, 1110; 1998, 98/99, 1618; 1999, 1, 1; 16, 275; 60, 618; 2000, 51, 326; 2001, 58, 354; 65, 375; 93, 565). The permission granted on the proposal of the corresponding local government council pursuant to 11 of the Language Act to use the language of the national minority constituting the majority of the permanent residents of the local government alongside Estonian as the internal working language of the local government shall be valid until the authority of the corresponding council terminates.
(4) If a local government has been granted, pursuant to subsection (3) of this section, the permission to use the language of the national minority constituting the majority of the permanent residents of the local government alongside Estonian as the internal working language of the local government, the council and the government may decide to translate part or whole of the sessions into the language of the national minority.
(04.12.2001 entered into force 21.10.2002 - RT I 2001, 100, 642)

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Source: Estonian Legal Translation Centre


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