TWINNING PROJECT

Strengthening the capacity of the National Assembly of Armenia to further support CEPA oversight and implementation

Hellenic Parliament

The Hellenic Parliament is a unicameral body comprising 300 Members of Parliament (MPs). The Plenum convenes in regular session every year on the first Monday of October for a minimum duration of five months. When Parliament is in recess, between two sessions, part of the legislative and parliamentary control business is exercised by the Recess Section, which functions with three consecutive compositions, in order to ensure equal participation of all MPs, each consisting of a third of the total number of MPs.

The President of the Hellenic Parliament  presides over parliamentary sittings, is in charge of parliamentary functions and represents Parliament in international parliamentary organizations and bilateral inter-parliamentary sittings. He is in charge of all Hellenic Parliament directorates, departments and divisions and coordinates their work and activities. By virtue of the Greek Constitution, the President shall temporarily exercise the office of President of the Republic should the latter be absent abroad for more than ten days, passes away, resigns, is deposed or hindered from performing his duties for any reason whatsoever.

The Presidium currently consists of the President of the Hellenic Parliament, 8 Vice Presidents, 3 Quaestors and 6 Secretaries. The Presidium’s fundamental feature is its multi-partisan composition. Thus the first, second and third Vice President, two of the Quaestors and four of the Secretaries come from the first largest parliamentary group. The fourth Vice President, one Quaestor and a Secretary belong to the second biggest parliamentary group, while the fifth Vice President and one Secretary are members of third largest parliamentary group. In case of more than three political groups existing in Parliament, a Vice President is elected for each one of them.

The Conference of Presidents is a collective, all-party institution introduced by the Parliament’s Standing Orders in 1987, which helps better organize parliamentary work in consultation with all parliamentary groups. The Conference of Presidents consists of the President of the Hellenic Parliament, the Vice Presidents, former Presidents of the Hellenic Parliament who are still elected MPs, the chairpersons of standing Committees and of the Special Standing Committee on Institutions and Transparency, parliamentary group presidents and a representative of independent MPs (provided there are at least five of them).

Parliament’s Plenum and standing committees perform legislative and parliamentary control functions. Also, special committees are established by the President of the Hellenic Parliament upon government request in order to elaborate and examine specific bills or law proposals. Additionally, special standing and special permanent committees are established to examine and, depending on the case, submit proposals in specified sectors of public policy.

Hellenic Parliament

Postal address: 
Parliament Mansion (Megaro Voulis)
GR-10021, Athens, Greece

Call center: +30-210-3707000

Email: infopar@parliament.gr

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