Means of Parliamentary Control

Parliamentary control means, other than a censure motion (art. 142) include: a) petitions, b) questions, c) current questions, d) applications to submit documents, e) interpellations and f) current interpellations, g)investigation committees

Α) Petitions

Individuals or groups of citizens may address Parliament in writing to make complaints or requests. Parliamentarians may endorse such petitions. A Minister should reply within 25 days to a petition endorsed by an MP.

Β) Questions

Parliamentarians have the right to submit written questions to Ministers regarding any matter of public importance. Such questions aim at keeping the Parliament updated on specific issues. Ministers must reply in writing within twenty five days. In any case, at the start of the week in session such questions are on the agenda and questions as well as petitions are discussed.

C) Current questions

Every Parliamentarian has the right to raise an issue of current significance and address a question to the Prime Minister or the Ministers which for their part should give an oral response to. Once a week, at least, the Prime Minister selects 2 questions to be answered. Current questions are debated in the Plenum, thrice weekly, as well as in the Recess Section.
D) Applications to Submit Documents

Parliamentarians have the right to request from Ministers in writing, to supply documents related to issues of public importance. The Minister has one month at his/her disposal to submit the documents requested. Still, no documents relating to diplomatic, military or pertinent to national security issues may be submitted.

Ε) Interpellations

Interpellations aim at the control of Government for actions or omissions. MPs that have submitted questions or applied for the supply of specific documents, may turn them into interpellations should they deem that the minister’s response did not suffice. Interpellations are debated in Plenary Sessions. Should there be more than one interpellation about the same subject the Parliament may decide on their simultaneous debate or even proceed into a general discussion

F) Current Interpellations

Parliamentarians have the right to current interpellations on current affairs. Such interpellations may be debated on Mondays in Plenary Sessions as well as in specified sittings of the Recess Section. As a general rule, the same debate process for interpellations, as specified by the Standing Orders, also applies in the case of discussing current interpellations.
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