January 21, 2021

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Despite the corona year, more than 1,600 debates and more than 4,300 motions in the chamber

Despite the corona year, more than 1,600 debates and more than 4,300 motions in the chamber


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Despite the fact that the corona crisis also largely halted work in the House of Representatives for some time, there were almost as many debates this year as there were in 2019. This year there were 1,605 consultations with the Cabinet, last year there were two fewer . And even though the House had changed method because of corona, 341 physical debates were still going on in the Chamber. That is what Chamber President Khadija Arib said after what was probably the last parliamentary debate this year, which was about the vaccination strategy.

Furthermore, according to Arib, things have “gotten completely out of hand” this year regarding the motions. Last year’s record was broken with no less than 4,323. Then there were more than 4,000.

Arib also reflected on 75 years of freedom, which should have been discussed at length in parliament this year. However, due to the corona, many activities, including a visit to Auschwitz concentration camp, could not take place. On September 25, the House commemorated the House of Representatives meeting for the first time since the war 75 years ago.

The House of Representatives has had “an unprecedented year,” said Arib. The emotions were often high. “Everyone was mad at everyone, let me put it this way,” said the President of the House. “And then the campaign has to start.”