“About half of the deputies are lawyers, economists, doctors and political scientists – lack of expertise in many cases” – Latest News
Within this week, most of the parliamentary committees of the eighth legislature of the Assembly of Kosovo have been constituted, the division of which, according to Agnesa Haxhiu from the Democratic Institute of Kosovo (KDI), reflects the political power of LVV, which has led the most important.
Of the 14 committees currently in the Assembly, seven of them are chaired by VV.
“Based on the practices of previous legislatures in this legislature as well, the Presidency of the Assembly through a decision has decided that this legislature will also have 14 committees, a decision which has already been approved by the session. The division of committees has been done according to the defined formula that has been practiced in the previous legislatures and the division of committees and their composition reflects the political power that each parliamentary group has in the Assembly based on the results of the last elections “.
“In this case, LVV has the most commissions under its leadership, a total of 7 of them, and it has one of the most important commissions. They lead the standing committees like the one for Budget and the one for Legislation, but also other functional ones are more important like the one for Foreign Affairs, Health and Education ”.
Haxhiu says that since the position together with the non-majority communities is represented by seven members within the commissions, there will be no blockade in their work, as was the case in the previous legislature.
“The opposition has five commissions, while the non-majority community has one commission. Based on the political power of each parliamentary group, the LVV has five members in the commissions, which together with one member of the non-majority communities means that the ratio of 7 to 4 votes has already been created, which is enough votes to have no blockades as has happened in the work of the commissions of the previous legislatures, especially in the latter where it has been problematic to proceed with the issues in the session due to the lack of quorum in the commissions “, she added.
Haxhiu also spoke about the professional training that the deputies of these committees have, considering that there is a lack of expertise in some cases.
“Regarding the issue of the experience of the members in the committees, we must keep in mind that in almost every legislature there are about 3 or 4 professions or qualifications that dominate in the composition of the Assembly. The same happens in this legislature where we have about half of the deputies who belong to the qualifications as a lawyer, economist, doctor, and political scientist. “Normally there are areas that do not have coverage, they do not have an expert.”
“It happens that each commission has 11 members and not all those who are doctors come to settle in the health commission, and they should be placed in other commissions that are not experts in that field of action. For this reason, each commission has the opportunity and the budget to hire external experts and use the capacity of the Directorate for Parliamentary Research “, she said.
While Erblin Hoxha from the “FOL” Movement said in an interview for Ekonomia Online that this time as well, excluding LVV, the same members are in the same commissions.
“Regarding the number, this issue is regulated by law, where based on the political power that each political party has in the Assembly, the division of committees is done in that way, so 7 out of 14 committees or half of them belong to the Movement Self-determination due to the number of votes and MPs, so in this aspect we do not see a problem. “As for the composition, competencies of the participants or members, it is still too early to give an accurate assessment.”
“Most of these commissions, if we look at the previous composition, from parties other than the VV party, most of the same members are in the same commissions, only their position has changed, while some of the new members who have entered are still expected to see “an assessment made me more accurate of the work they do in the coming months”, he said.
Hoxha also said that actors are part of the parliament this time and this means that they do not have a profession that is directly involved in policy making.
Despite this, Hoxha says that since democracy has enabled them to represent the citizens in the Assembly, these deputies should give their contribution not only procedural.
“In this part, it is not only professionalism that matters, if we can call it that, because we have MPs who do not have a profession directly involved in policy-making, we also have actors, as we have seen in previous elections that are part of parliament, but this is democracy where everyone has the right to represent the citizen regardless of what profession he has “.
“Their contribution to the committee should not be merely procedural but more conceptual, therefore we expect from the deputies who are for the first time part of the committees that at least after thinking differently and with the market a creativity of its kind that in addition and drafting various laws to be more vocal within the commissions “, he concluded.