The Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, H.E. Nabih Berri, and the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, Ambassador Christina Lassen, officially launched today the Parliament's Bill Tracking System and mobile application that have been developed with the support of the European Union.
The launch took place at the Ain el-Tineh residence in the presence of Members of Parliament, ministers, Parliament staff, as well as representatives of embassies, public administration and professional bodies
Through the EU-funded 'Support to Parliamentary Development in Lebanon' project, which is implemented by International Management Group (IMG), the Lebanese Parliament has received technical assistance to improve its legislative process through updating and re-launching the Bill Tracking System, which has been inactive since 2008. This tracking system will allow MPs and Parliament staff to have online access to all the legislative proposals, which are in procedure in the Parliament. The mobile application, which is part of the update package of the tracking system, will allow MPs, Parliament staff and the public to easily access information about the activities of the Parliament, thus facilitating the lobbying and advocating activities between parliamentarians and the Lebanese citizens.
Speaking during the event, Ambassador Lassen said: "A successful and sustainable democracy requires not only the existence of democratic institutions, but – above all – their efficient and transparent functioning. In this regard, the European Union believes that supporting democratic institutions worldwide is a priority." "The project under which the Bill Tracking System and the mobile application have been devised is strengthening the Lebanese Parliament's staff professional skills in key areas such as legislative drafting, scrutiny analysis and information management," she added.
Speaker Nabih Berri said: "Today's meeting is an opportunity to thank the European Union for supporting the parliamentary development support programme in Lebanon. This programme has contributed to accomplishing a series of crucial achievements especially in supporting the IT committee and other committees, and in applying solutions to new issues related to the intranet, as well as e-mail solutions and digital solutions for recording the plenary sessions."
Since 2014, the EU has been providing assistance to the Lebanese Parliament to help it enhance its efficiency in carrying out its functions and responsibilities.