House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris said on Wednesday that in order to effectively exercise their duties MPs need multifaceted support.
He was addressing a relevant thematic debate at the 25th Conference of the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC), which takes place in Ottawa, Canada, a parliament press release issued here today, says.
“In order to effectively exercise their duties, MPs need multifaceted support which, especially in the case of small parliaments, is almost impossible to be met by internal structures,” Syllouris said.
This support, he noted, has to do firstly with the scientific field, where specialized knowledge is needed in order for MPs to understand complex matters, they are called on to review.
A second aspect, he added, has to do with technical support and the capacity to effectively use electronic media and tools, with all the benefits they bring as regards the publication and transparency of parliamentary work.
Syllouris also briefed his counterparts on the steps taken in recent years at the Cypriot parliament level, including the upgrade and enhancement of its technical and communications systems and the ongoing drive to fully digitize parliamentary work.
As far as scientific knowledge is concerned, he noted, apart from the parliament’s staff, MPs also have at their disposal traditional tools such as the Parliament’s library, experts in the various political parties but also access and cooperation with NGOs and other bodies and institutions which focus on specific issues.