The Upper House concludes the 1st session of the legislative year 2021-2022
MOROCCO, February 3 – The House of Councilors (upper house) closed, on Wednesday, the first session of the 1st legislative year of the 11th legislature (2021-2026).
The Speaker of the House, Naama Mayara, in a speech delivered during the closing session, stressed that this session opened its work in a particular context, insofar as it is the first parliamentary session of the two new Chambers of Parliament, resulting from general elections – local, regional, national and professional chambers – which allowed the formation of a majority which gave birth to a new coherent government.
Mayara underlined, on this occasion, the strong messages contained in the speech of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to Parliament on the occasion of the opening of the current legislature, in particular the importance for the institution to support the operationalization of the new development model. .
In this regard, he called on the components of the House of Councillors, majority and opposition, to be inspired by the content of this royal speech and to always keep in mind the foundations of the Morocco of tomorrow as desired by His Majesty the King. , being a driving force capable of bringing real and tangible added value to this great national effort.
Mayara underlined that the Chamber of Councillors, since the election of its members, has started its action, by engaging in consultations between its components with a view to constituting its internal organs in record time imposed by a binding constitutional agenda, in particular the discussion of the government program and the adoption of the 2022 finance bill before December 31, 2021.
The President recalled, in this regard, that once the finance bill had been drafted, the various components of the Chamber mobilized to ensure that everything happened in the best possible conditions, in strict compliance with deadlines, whether at the level of the finance committee or other standing committees and plenary sessions.
The examination of this project and the deliberation lasted about 160 hours, during which the balance sheet and the perspectives of the different sectors and institutions of the State were presented, Mayara indicated, noting that the different components of the Chamber contributed 254 amendments, of which 39 were accepted, ie a rate of nearly 40%, taking into account the amendments withdrawn and those rejected.
With regard to relations with constitutional institutions, he underlined the approach of complementarity and cohesion, adopted between the presidency and the office of the House of Councilors and the presidency and the office of the House of Representatives, thus facilitating of decision on several issues, also emphasizing the cooperative relations between the House and all constitutional institutions.
The President also underlined the determination of the Upper House, in coordination with the House of Representatives, to respect these institutions from a legal point of view, by accepting the simultaneous opening of projects to reform the internal rules of the two Houses, in order to strengthen and further promote relations with these institutions.
In terms of parliamentary diplomacy, Mayara referred to several events that marked this first session, including his participation at the head of a high-level delegation to the 143rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, held in Madrid, as well as to the launch meeting of the Parliamentary Network of the Non-Aligned Movement, noting that within the framework of the dynamics of diplomatic action, and as President of the Association of Senates, Shura and Equivalent Councils of Africa and the Arab World , he presented the work of the Association program for the 2022-2023 financial year.
He added that, in accordance with the High Instructions of His Majesty the King, which frame official and parallel diplomacy and set the main priorities in order to defend the supreme interests of the country and to defend its just and legitimate causes, this session was marked by the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two Chambers of Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, represented by the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies, in concretization of the common will to establish an institutional framework of constructive and integrated cooperation, and as a prelude to a new phase of cooperation and continuous consultation which will make it possible to strengthen the national diplomatic performance and consolidate the positioning of the Kingdom at the continental and international levels.
Regarding the openness of the Chamber to its environment and its contribution to the promotion of public debate, Mayara noted that the upper chamber has continued to work in favor of the promotion of this strategic choice, by hosting or participating in the organization of certain dialogue activities.
MAP 02 February 2022