RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

XIII. PUBLICITY OF WORK

Article 255

Sittings of the National Assembly and its working bodies shall be public.

Sittings of the National Assembly may be closed to the public in cases specified by the law, if so proposed by the Government, a committee or at least 20 MPs. The proposal must be reasoned. The National Assembly shall decide on the proposal without a debate.

Sittings of working bodies may be closed to the public on the basis of a reasoned proposal of at least one-third of the total number of members of the working body. The working body shall decide on the proposal without a debate.

Until the adoption of a decision of the National Assembly, or working bodies, on excluding the public from sittings, the Speaker of the National Assembly, or the Chairman of a working body, shall act as if the proposal for closing the sitting to the public was adopted.

Article 256

The National Assembly, or a working body, shall decide on providing information relating to the sittings of the National Assembly or the working body which are closed to the public.

If the National Assembly, or a working body decides to provide information relating to the sitting closed to the public, the Speaker of the National Assembly, or the Chairperson of the working body, shall issue a public statement.

Article 257

Representatives of the mass media shall have free access to the sittings of the National Assembly and its working bodies, for the purpose of informing the public on their work, in accordance with regulations on internal order in the National Assembly.

All necessary conditions for following the work of sittings of the National Assembly and its committees shall be provided for representatives of the mass media, in accordance with an act of the competent committee.

Article 258

Accredited journalists who cover the work of the National Assembly may use the stenographic transcripts of the National Assembly, and when quoting them, they must specify whether the speeches have been authorised.

Bills, proposals of other general acts, as well as informative and documentary materials relating to the issues ensued from the National Assembly and its working bodies proceedings shall be placed at the disposal of accredited journalists who cover the work of the National Assembly.

Accreditation of the mass media representatives in the National Assembly shall be regulated by an act of the competent committee.

Article 259

Observers from national and international associations and organizations, and interested citizens shall be provided with special seats in order to monitor sittings of the National Assembly and its bodies.

The publicity of work shall also be realised through group visits to the National Assembly.

Realisation of the publicity of work referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article, shall be regulated by an act of the competent committee.

Article 260

The National Assembly shall publish the following on its Internet site:

- proposed agendas and adopted agendas of the sittings of the National Assembly and its working bodies,

- approved minutes of the sittings of the National Assembly and its working bodies;

- Bills and proposals of other acts submitted to the National Assembly,

- laws and other acts of the National Assembly,

- amendments to Bills and proposals of other acts,

- computer printouts of the vote taken in the National Assembly;

- time and the agenda of the Collegium meeting,

- information brochure on the work of the National Assembly,

- daily information on the work of the National Assembly and its working bodies,

- report on the work of committees,

- other information and documents created as a result of or in relation to the work of the National Assembly of significance for public information.

Article 261

Official public statements shall be prepared by the competent staff of the National Assembly, and approved by the Speaker of the National Assembly or a person authorised by the Speaker.

Press conferences in the National Assembly may be held by MPs, and other persons only if so approved by the Speaker of the National Assembly.

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