MINSK, 20 June (BelTA) - It is necessary to improve the efficiency of the Union State Parliament, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin told the media after the 62nd session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in Minsk on 20 June, BelTA has learned.
“It is necessary to improve the efficiency of the Union State Parliament. We talked about it at the session today. A number of decisions taken before have been considered and implemented since the moment the Parliamentary Assembly was set up. It is important for us that the structure of the Parliamentary Assembly is focused on the final result. Committees have been set up to address specific issues. They will now be monitoring the implementation of the 28 programs adopted at the highest level, which must be implemented during the work of the Parliamentary Assembly together with the executive agencies. Therefore, there are expectations from the Parliamentary Assembly for greater efficiency and dynamism in the work,” said Vyacheslav Volodin.
According to him, the MPs agreed to change the order of work in general of the Parliamentary Assembly. “In early September we will probably have a meeting of the council in the Russian Federation, which was supported by everyone, in order to start working on the budget. If we take the previous format, this work was already built on the budget submitted to the Parliamentary Assembly. Now we are planning to start it in the zero reading a few months before consideration of the budget to take into account suggestions of the commission that has been set up to improve the efficiency of the work to create a common legal field of the Union State. We see this task as one of the main ones for the Parliamentary Assembly and we will start discussing it in September along with other topics that deal with parliamentary control as well. This is one of the main powers of the Parliamentary Assembly. We will also hear out our counterparts from the executive bodies of the Union State to see what has been done over this time on key issues. Of course, it is extremely important for us to put an end to the red tape that leads many issues simply to zero effect,” the chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly said.
“The concept has been discussed for almost four years. It has become obsolete during this time. The result is quite obvious - we are standing still, and it is important for us to ensure the implementation of the decisions taken at the highest level by our heads of state – Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin,” said Vyacheslav Volodin.
The session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Belarus and Russia took place in Minsk on 20 June. The PA considered the main lines of work to counter the external challenges and threats, sanctions and Nazi propaganda, and to protect the historical memory. The PA approved the new memberships of the commissions and elected their chairpersons.