The Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments concludes its works

The President of the House of Representatives, Mr Demetris Syllouris, participated in the Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments, in Bratislava, the works of which concluded today. The Conference was hosted by the National Council (Parliament) of Slovakia.

Citizens’ engagement in the parliamentary work with emphasis on the exchange of best practices among the parliaments on the subject was among the issues of discussion. It is a citizen’s right to be constantly informed with access to information and their right to participatory democracy, House President Syllouris said. We trust that greater parliamentary transparency will result in tackling nationalism and populism that are today in rise due to the common challenges we face; challenges such as the migration and refugee crisis, security threats and terrorism, and economic crisis, Mr Syllouris added.

According to President Syllouris, shaping a well-informed public opinion by the representatives of the people in the parliament as well as citizens’ engagement in the parliamentary work, are corn goals for the Cyprus House of Representatives, particularly in the current parliamentary term. In this framework, he referred to the most important and innovative activities that have been taken since his appointment as President of the House, such as the revision and modernization of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure and the modernization and improvement of Parliament’s electronic communication, in order for the Cyprus Parliament to engage citizens, become more transparent, direct and accountable.

The Conference concluded its work by adopting Conclusions that include, inter alia, the final details over the establishment of a Joint Parliamentary Control Group on the activities of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol). The two amendments tabled by the House of Representatives concerning the Joint Parliamentary Control Group were adopted.

Source: Press and Information Office