Politics: President of the Chamber of Deputies Laurent Mosar has announced plans to make public the attendance record of deputies.
Speaking in an interview with RTL, Mosar said he wanted to make parliament more transparent. A debate about making public the attendance records of parliamentarians, who would also have to provide details of the reasons for their absence, will be launched when the Chamber reconvenes in the autumn.
Mosar said on RTL radio that deputies often had good reason not to attend a sitting of parliament, for instance if they were involved in NATO or other international delegations. However, the law states that if a deputy misses more than half of the Chamber sessions over a two-year period their mandate can be withdrawn.
Another point of discussion revolves around earnings made by deputies outside of parliament. Mosar (photo with the finance minister, Luc Frieden) said that thanks to initiatives taken by his office, the Chamber of Deputies is now almost the only parliament that published online details of the boards of directors on which parliamentarians sit, which parliamentary committees they are members of, and what parliamentary questions they have submitted.