Agreement For Members To Contribute Remotely To Parliamentary Proceedings

The House of Representatives is currently amending its own rules and procedures to create a legal basis for remote work and to allow its standing committees and other bodies to sit virtually, in accordance with the most recent Royal Regulation (government decree) on the April 19 conference call. However, the new teleconferencing decree does not apply to the plenary session of Parliament. In accordance with the Constitution, the Moldovan parliament declared a state of emergency from 17 March to 15 May 2020. Under this regime, the Commission may adopt guidelines for exceptional situations regarding measures to be taken to combat the COVID 19 pandemic. Parliament has adopted several internal decisions and directives on the maximum mobilization and ownership of MPs and parliamentary staff; The suspension of public activities on the premises of Parliament; Cancellation of MPs` and staff`s missions; Remote work for staff in Parliament`s secretariat; Daily presence of staff in the house; The work of advisers in the secretariats of standing parliamentary committees; and prophylactic measures. As far as technology is concerned, parliamentary committees have 100% moved away. The meetings of the committees and the Plenary Assembly have been postponed until 5 May, in accordance with Parliament`s timetable. Parliament was adjourned as a precautionary measure due to the COVID 19 outbreak. Few commissions hold what they call “paper hearings,” which post written statements and prepared testimony. The members of the commission have until the end of the day to ask written questions to the witnesses, who then return written answers within 96 hours. Parliament has replaced its live stream of its procedures on Facebook with a live stream on YouTube. The Legislative Assembly office said this was done in order to stop and mitigate unpleasant and rude comments about members during the live proceedings on Facebook, illustrating a violation of the country`s leaders. The Agency wanted to clarify that the purpose of the live stream was to enable all national and foreign citizens to access the deliberations of Parliament.

However, the Agency had a duty to protect the integrity of Parliament and its members, so that because of the many scathing comments made about members on Facebook, it had taken the initiative to install the live stream on YouTube, which was known to be safer, the best solution and the best way to conduct its public relations.