The National Assembly presented its Legislative Balance corresponding to the recently completed year 2019, which reports the debate of 10 laws and the execution of 254 acts of political control, showing that not only a high production, but that there is already a legislative agenda to continue in 2020 with the approval of 37 new laws.
Of the total number of laws discussed by the legislators, two were sanctioned: the Statute governing the Transition to Democracy to re-establish the validity of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Law on Guarantees for Public Officials and Workers in the Public Sector and Social Sectors who participate in the re-establishment of Democracy.
Five bills are ready for second discussion and subsequent approval, while four are in the public consultation phase to prepare their report for final approval.
The Partial Reform of the Internal Regulations and Debates of the National Assembly, sanctioned last December 17 in the last session of the plenary, also stands out in the balance sheet. This reform established the possibility that through the use of communication technologies, the parliamentarians exiled abroad can vote in any parliamentary debate.
Another important instrument sanctioned was the Law Approving Accession to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) to which Venezuela had ceased to belong upon its withdrawal from the OAS.
Seventy-eight agreements were approved by the plenary in the different areas of national interest, among which are mentioned: Agreement for the creation of the fund for the recovery of assets resulting from corruption; Agreement for the Authorization of Entrance of Humanitarian Aid; Agreement in view of the serious situation of public services in Venezuela and Agreement to ratify the validity and pre-eminence of this legitimate National Assembly, parliamentary immunity and the parliamentary function.
The 54 debates and proposals on critical issues for the country occupied a large part of the National Assembly’s time during the 12 months it was in session, with at least four plenary sessions per month. The following issues stood out in the debates: The protection of the Republic’s assets; the accelerated economic crisis generated by the usurper regime, and its effects on the population; the collapse of water, light and gas services in the country and the problem of the migratory status of Venezuelans abroad due to the Complex Humanitarian Emergency.
Thirty special guests gave qualified testimony in some of the debates held on various problems that are affecting the country. Thirteen Special Commissions were appointed to investigate and deal with various cases that merited special attention, including the following: Special Commission that Follows up on the Complex Humanitarian Emergency of Education; Appointment of the Preliminary Commission in charge of appointing the Committee of Electoral Nominations and the Special Commission for the investigation and intervention of the Permanent Commission of the Comptroller’s Office.
During the past year, eight parliamentary delegations were designated by the Plenary to represent Venezuela in various international events of special interest to the country, as well as 37 ambassadors were appointed to perform diplomatic functions on behalf of Venezuela in various countries of the world.