The Speaker made elucidation regarding the Parliamentary activity
The Speaker made elucidation regarding the Parliamentary activity. The first Tuesday of September – September 6 is the date for autumn session opening with the Bureau followed with the session on September 7. Meanwhile, the Parliament will proceed with the spring session agenda issues.
“Today at the Bureau, I would like to clarify the issue about the modus operandi of the Parliament – what we have ahead and how we plan to continue and accomplish activity as our activity has not ended with the spring session. Now, we are in between the spring and autumn sessions – no plenary sessions will be held but the Parliament continues functioning. Let me remind you that the next plenary will start on September 6 with the Bureau as envisaged under the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure followed with the plenary on September 7. It is out assignment under the law and the Rules of Procedure. It is mandatory to hold the session on September 7. As to the post period – since September 8 we move into the pre-election 1-month period when the Parliament stops plenary activity unless the session is convened by the Speaker or ¼ of MPs. So, we will convene the sessions after September 7 if necessary or initiated by ¼ of MPs. We will further define the issue, before September 4-5. If the Parliamentary groups have some issues to continue, they will let me know. If I have any opinion, I will let you know as well.
Meanwhile, we are a full-fledged Parliament with full-fledged authority before the elections. As to post September 8 period, MPs maintain status unless new Parliament is elected but sessions will no longer be held and the Parliament does no longer enjoy authority to hold legislative activity other than the events prescribed under the Constitution.
After September 8, we will assemble prior to convocation of the new Parliament if necessary upon state of emergency, use of military forces, snap Presidential elections etc. – the list is specified in the Constitution. I would like to make the hereof elucidation to let us all plan our activity and let the society know that the Parliament exists and functions regardless of non-plenary regime. The Parliament, as the state institution will operate with full capacity with attendance of MPs. I have no notifications regarding the extraordinary sessions, so we do not expect any before September 7 unless any state of emergency”.