I do know that the Federal Senate has approved, and I, Renan Calheiros, President, in the terms of art. 48, inciso XXVIII, and 91, inciso II, of the Rules of Procedure, promulgated the following
R E S O L U UNK UNK No 1, DE 2007-CN
Has about the Brazilian Representation in the Mercosur Parliament, its composition, organization and skills
The National Congress resolves:
DAS GENERAL PROVISIONS
Art. 1º This Resolution has on the replacement of the Brazilian Representation in the Joint Parliamentary Committee of Mercosur by the Brazilian Representation in the Mercosur Parliament, in accordance with the Constitutive Protocol of the Mercosur parliament, additional to the Treaty of Assumption, and on the tramway of Mercosur's matters of interest in the National Congress.
Art. 2º It is created the Brazilian Representation in the Mercosur Parliament, the liaison body between the National Congress and the Mercosur parliament.
Art. 3º Compete to Brazilian Representation, among other assignments:
I-appreciate and issue opinion to all matters of interest of Mercosur to come under the National Congress, including those emanating from Mercosur's decision-making bodies, in the terms of the art. 4º, inciso 12, of the Constitutional Protocol of the Mercosur Parliament ;
II-issue circumstantial report on information forwarded to the National Congress by the Executive Power depicting the evolution of the Mercosur integration process ;
III-examine forwards forwarded by Mercosur's parliament, in the terms of art. 4º, inciso 14, of the Constitutional Protocol of the Mercosur Parliament ;
IV-hold public hearings with entities of civil society ;
V-apply for testimony from any authority or citizen ;
VI-participate in projects resulting from cooperation agreements with international bodies concluded by the Mercosur Parliament ;
VII-receive and refer to the Mercosur Parliament the correspondence that is addressed to it.
Art. 4º In the examination of the matters emanating from Mercosur's decision-making bodies, the Brazilian Representation will, in preliminary character, appreciate whether the Mercosur standard has been adopted in accordance with the terms of the opinion of the Parliament of the Mercosur, in which case this will obey the preferential procedure, in the terms of art. 4º, inciso 12, of the Constitutional Protocol of the Mercosur Parliament.
§ 1º The standards subject to preferential procedure will be appreciated only by the Brazilian Representation and the plenaries of the House of Representatives and the Federal Senate.
§ 2º In this hypothesis, it is incumbent on the Brazilian Representation to opinion on constitutionality, juridicity, financial and budgetary appropriateness as well as, manifested as to the merit of matter.
§ 3º Case judged necessary, ante the complexity and specificity of the matter under examination, the Brazilian Representation may request the pronouncement of other Commissions of the House of Representatives and the Federal Senate, which shall speak out exclusively on the object of the query.
§ 4º Completed the consideration of matter by Brazilian Representation, the opinion and the respective draft legislative decree will be returned to the Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies for numbering and inclusion in the Order of the Day of that House.
§ 5º The appreciation of matter in the plenum of each Casas shall comply with the respective regimental provisions.
Art. 5º In addressing standards that are not subject to the preferential procedure of which it treats art. 4º of this Resolution, as per the preliminary examination made by the Brazilian Representation, the following procedure shall be observed:
I-the Brazilian Representation will examine the matter as to merit and offer the respective draft legislative decree ;
II-The Brazilian Representation will return the matter to the General Secretariat of the Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies, which after numbering it, will make the distribution, pursuant to the Rules of Procedure of the House of Representatives ;
III-completed its appreciation by standing committees, matter will go to the Bureau, for inclusion in the Order of the Day ;
IV-after the vote by the House of Representatives, the project will be referred to the Federal Senate, for consideration of the standing committees and the plenary, under the respective Rules of Procedure.
Art. 6º Brazilian Representation composes 18 (eighteen) holders, being 9 (nine) Deputies and 9 (nine) Senators, with equal number of alternates, designated by means of act signed by the President of Congress National, under the Transitional Provisions Second and Third of the Constitutional Protocol of the Mercosur Parliament.
Art. 7º The Bureau of the National Congress shall fix the representations of the parties or parliamentary blocs in the Brazilian Representation, observed, as far as possible, the criterion of partisan proportionality.
Single Paragraph. Partisan proportionality established in the form of this article shall prevail throughout the Legislature.
Art. 8º Established the representations provided for in art. 7º, the leaders will indicate to the Presidents of the House of Representatives and the Federal Senate, until the 10th day after the publication of this Resolution, the names that will integrate the Brazilian Representation, as holders and alternates.
Single Paragraph. The deadline referred to in this article has been exhausted, and there is no indication of the leads, the Presidents of each House will make their respective designations.
Art. 9º In the event of death, resignation, loss of mandate, removal or permanent impediment, the Deputy Member or Senator, a member of the Brazilian Representation, shall be replaced in the Mercosur Parliament.
§ 1º In the event of a loss of mandate in the Mercosur parliament, under the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament, the Deputy or Senator loses his vacancy in the Brazilian Representation.
§ 2º In the impossibility of attending to the meetings of the Mercosur Parliament, the member of the Brazilian Representation will be replaced, preferably, by the alternates of the same House.
Art. 10. The mandate of the designated members for the Brazilian Representation will end on December 31, 2010, as per the Transitional Provisions First, Second, Third and Fifth of the Constitutional Protocol of the Mercosur Parliament.
Art. 11. The Brazilian Representation will observe, in what couber, the provisions of the Common Rules on the operation of the joint committees of the National Congress, including with regard to the election of its President and 2 (two) Vice-Presidents.
Single Paragraph. The President and Vice-Presidents will be elected in the first and the third legislative session, and may be re-elected.
Art. 12. Meetings of the Brazilian Representation shall be public and the discussion and voting of the matters referred to it shall be opened, unless otherwise deliberated by the majority of the gifts, on the application of any of its members.
Art. 13. It is up to the Brazilian Representation to create, within the framework of their respective competencies, permanent or temporary classes, upon proposal of any of its members, approved by the majority of the members present.
Art. 14. The Brazilian Representation will participate in the meetings of the Mercosur Parliament, held at the headquarters in Montevideo, the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, with compulsory registration of attendance of the participating members.
§ 1º It is also authorized the participation of the members of the Brazilian Representation in meetings of the Mercosur parliament, when convened for other localities outside the headquarters in Montevideo, with compulsory registration of members' presence participants.
§ 2º The registration of the presence of the members of the Brazilian Representation at the meetings in the Mercosur Parliament will have an effect equivalent to the attendance of the deliberative sessions of the respective House and the National Congress.
§ 3º The Office of the Brazilian Representation shall communicate in advance to the respective Mesas the holding of meeting of the Mercosur Parliament, as well as the frequency of the parliamentarians, for the purposes of registration referred to in § 2º.
Art. 15. Displacement expenses and the daily for maintenance and lodging of the parliamentarians and technical body participating in the activities of the Mercosur parliament will be fixed by each House of the National Congress.
Art. 16. The Presidents of the House of Representatives and the Federal Senate will institute, in the moulds of the bodies supporting the technical committees, a secretary to provide support for the Brazilian Representation in the Mercosur Parliament, providing, for so much, personal recruited between the servers of the two Houses and material necessary to the development of their activities.
Art. 17. The installation of the Brazilian Representation in the Mercosur Parliament will occur until the fifteenth day following the publication of this Resolution
Art. 18. This Resolution shall enter into force on the date of its publication.
Art. 19. Resolution No. 1 of 1996-CN is repealed.
National Congress, on July 24, 2007.
Senator Renan Calheiros