No “business as usual” for Chamber of Deputies
(CS/mig) Luxembourg's Chamber of Deputies is facing a busy year, president Mars Di Bartolomeo said at a New Year's reception on Wednesday, with hopes to increase the dialogue with citizens and strengthen the parliament's role in politics.
Di Bartolomeo, who took over the post from Laurent Mosar after the October 2013 elections, said that MPs have hit the ground running this year, with no time for “business as usual.”
The former Health Minister said that 2013 was an important year for parliament, citing not only the secret service enquiry commission but also pressure from MPs to re-work the 2013 budget.
The Chamber president commented that parliament had done a good job last year, expressing his hopes that the new government will allow parliament to take part in important decision, especially the referendums announced for 2015. “You don't hold a referendum on an empty stomach,” Di Bartolomeo said.
Additionally, the Chamber president said that members of the government and parliament should meet as equals, explaining that mere attendance at parliamentary session is not enough, but that MPs need to carefully study political dossiers.
He also encouraged the country's politicians to develop the necessary sensitivity to stay in touch with the public's feelings and concerns.