Parliament Speaker reports on work of Coordinating Committee

According to the adopted agenda of the plenary session, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin familiarized deputies with the results of the work of the Coordinating Committee for 2016.

The Coordination Committee is a permanent body established for the preliminary preparation and consideration of organizational matters, coordination of work of the People’s Council’s bodies, assisting the DPR People’s Council’s deputies in the performance of their duties, as well as for the realization of other powers. The Coordination Committee carries out the powers in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Law “On status of the People’s Council deputy of the Donetsk People’s Republic” and the Regulation of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

At the beginning of his report, the Chairman of the People’s Council announced the general statistics on the work of the Committee.

“During the reporting period, the Coordinating Committee held 46 meetings, during which the draft agendas of the spring and the autumn plenary session of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic in 2016 were formed and subsequently approved by the Parliament.

In particular, the Coordination Committee considered six parliamentary inquiries, five of which are included in the draft agenda of the plenary meeting of the People’s Council and recommended for adoption by the Parliament, six Prosecutor General’s References for consent to conduct proceedings against deputies, four applications for attaching deputies to districts,” the Speaker voiced the statistics.

Next Denis Pushilin elaborated directly to the legislative work of the Coordinating Committee.

“Coordinating Committee has included in the agenda of the People’s Council’s plenary session and recommended to consider 129 bills, among which 80 bills are recommended for consideration in the first reading, 47 bills – for the second reading, as well as 8 bills are recommended for consideration in two readings at large.

In addition, 19 bills were recommended by the Coordinating Committee to the rejection, where 11 out of them were rejected by the Parliament. Out of 54 laws adopted by the People’s Council in 2016, 45 were recommended by the Coordinating Committee to adopting,” the Chairman of the People’s Council said.

Denis Pushilin noted that the Coordinating Committee had systematically reviewed issues of organizational character, including those related to ensuring effective cooperation of the deputies with the DPR People’s Council Office and holding roundtables, parliamentary hearings and governmental hours in the People’s Council.

Also, the Speaker of Рarliament raised the question of establishing cooperation with the parliaments of friendly republics in the line of interparliamentary cooperation, the issues of strengthening of parliamentary discipline, enhancing the effectiveness of interaction between the bodies of executive, legislative and judicial branches of power, coordinating activities of committees and temporary committees of the Parliament.

The report also raised controversial issues relating to parliamentary powers, consent to the investigations or proceedings in respect of the People’s Council’s deputies. In this regard, the Chairman of the People’s Council gave examples of neighboring countries from the practice of empowering relevant bodies such as the Coordinating Committee, and also spoke about the international practice of settlement of the issue and summed up this excursus.

“Based on compliance with the Constitution of the Donetsk People’s Republic of the existing order of convicting People’s Council’s deputies of a criminal and administrative offence, non-contradiction of the order to the world experience, as well as the need to promptly address the issues related to the investigation in the circumstances of the present situation of the Donetsk People’s Republic, we consider our domestic experience has been successfully tested in the harsh conditions of formation and development of legislative activity in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Based on the above, please consider the work of the Coordinating Committee in 2016 satisfactory,” Denis Pushilin summed up.

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