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Remote work option for Members of Parliament

Published 3/24/2020 5:50 PM

Remote work option for Members of Parliament

Members of the parliament are now able to work remotely and participate in parliamentary work by using digital tools. The decision was made by the Speaker’s council on March 24 because of the current application of Emergency power act and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Members may follow parliament’s work and leave legislative initiatives digitally, but not vote. Working remotely is recognized as parliament work similarly to being present in parliament, if notified of beforehand.

Only necessary meetings of committees are held. Meetings of committees and parliamentary groups have been moved to larger spaces, including auditoriums, and expert hearings are executed remotely or through written statements. Committees can organize unofficial meetings remotely if necessary for these hearings. To ensure quorum, speaker’s council has asked committees to make a motion on choosing additional alternate members.