The President of the Republic today enacted the diploma approved by PS and PSD that reduces the European debates in the parliament to two per semester, after having vetoed a first version that predicted only one per semester.
Before this legislative change, the Assembly of the Republic held debates on the European Union with the participation of the Prime Minister before each meeting of the European Council.
According to a note published on the Presidency of the Republic's website, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa “welcomes the doubling of the number of annual debates, in plenary session, as part of the monitoring and assessment of Portuguese participation in the construction process of the European Union, compared to the previous version submitted and returned, without promulgation, to the Assembly of the Republic on the 12th of August ”.
"In these terms, the President of the Republic today enacted the diploma of the Assembly of the Republic that proceeds to the third amendment to Law No. 43/2006, of 25 August, on the monitoring, assessment and pronouncement by the Assembly of the Republic within the scope of the process construction of the European Union ”, reads the same note.
This diploma was approved in a final vote on September 25, with votes in favor of PS and PSD and votes against the remaining parties, following the veto of the President of the Republic in August for a first initiative to change the law in force, which reduced these debates to one per semester.