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Autumn Plenary Session of Parliament begins

By Ch.KHALIUN

The 2014 autumn Plenary Session of the Parliament began at 11:40 a.m. on October 1, with an opening ceremony chaired by Speaker Z.Enkhbold.
In his opening remarks, Z.Enkhbold underlined the importance of agreements established during the recent visits of the state heads of China and Russia, he mentioned that many issues affecting socio-economic concerns are awaiting consideration in this session. He cited the government budget deficit reaching 605.8 billion MNT, poor living situations, the maturity date of the Chinggis Bond approaching, and discussion of the 2015 state budget as priority issues.
One of the issues at the center of public attention is the restructuring of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. On Wednesday, Z.Enkhbold pledged to resolve the issue of agenda item sequences if the Cabinet submitted its restructuring plan.
At the opening ceremony, President Ts.Elbegdorj, PM N.Altankhuyag, resident ambassadors, representatives of international organizations, as well as foreign and local guests were present, and 86.6 percent of Members of Parliament attended the ceremony.
Provision 3 of Article 33 of the Constitution of Mongolia stipulates that the President of Mongolia may attend the sessions of the Parliament at his own discretion.
The autumn session will discuss 26 issues and make some changes in the government, as the public expects. The official agenda includes government measures for the implementation of policy on railroad transportation, a draft of the 2015 budget, and a draft law on crime.
Following the ceremony, political party groups within Parliament held separate meetings.
Below is the list of agenda items in the order they will be discussed in the autumn session, approved by Speaker of Parliament Z.Enkhbold on September 22.

List of agenda items:
1. Ratification on draft law on “Mongolian American Agreement on International Trade and Investment Issues to Ensure Transparency”
2. Parliament resolution on “Some Measures to Ensure the Implementation of Government Policy on Rail Transport”
3. The resignation of cabinet members
4. Parliament resolution on “Government Policy on Approval of the Road Transport Sector”
5. Draft on fire safety
6. Draft on the state budget for 2015
7. Draft on Human Development Fund budget for 2015
8. Draft on Social Insurance Fund budget for 2015
9. Parliament resolution on basic principles on approval of monetary policy in 2015
10. Draft on trade
11. Draft on tax legislation amendments
12. Draft on movable property and non-property collateral
13. Draft on state registration of legal entities
14. Draft on crime
15. Draft on violations
16. Draft on domestic violence
17. Draft on Mongolian language
18. Parliament resolution on approval of state education policy
19. Draft on amendments to procedures to comply with the law prohibiting the use of exploration in river headwaters, water reservoir protection zon,es and forested areas
20. Draft on control
21. Draft on Mongolian state elections
22. Draft on political party financing
23. Parliament resolution on approval of long-term development policy of Mongolia
24. Draft amendment on Minerals Law
25. Laws under debate in the Parliament session, other decisive drafts of Parliament
26. Miscellaneous

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