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Law No. 312 of 1996
Official Gazette No. 42,857, of 16 August 1996
Through which the permanent delegations of the Congress of Colombia to the International Parliaments are regulated and granted some powers to the national government.
THE CONGRESS OF COLOMBIA DECREES:
ARTICLE 1o. Membership of the Congress of Colombia to regional parliaments or international organizations parliamentary character will be recognized only by subscription ratificatorias laws or accession Constitutive Treaty.
PARÁGRAFO. When in the case of a Regional Parliament or International parliamentary character in formation, participation and Colombia congressional delegation will be provisional until the issuance of the confirmatory law of the Treaty. The choice of the respective Permanent Delegation, shall comply with the provisions of articles 4., The 5th. And the 6th. of this law.
. The Executive Boards of the Chambers, will advance the administrative process of membership or ratification with the regional parliaments or international organizations parliamentary character.
ARTICLE 3. Only Congressmen in office may be members of the Colombian delegations in the various regional parliaments or international organizations parliamentary character.
PARÁGRAFO. Membership of a Permanent Delegation shall be automatically suspended at the end of the constitutional term or removal from office of Congresswoman.
ARTICLE 4. The number of members of each Standing Delegation will, which indicate the treaties, statutes or Additional Protocols to the respective international organizations.
Permanent Delegation of the Congress of Colombia to a Regional Parliament or International parliamentary nature, shall be composed of Senators and Representatives to the House, in the same amount of 50% for both Houses.
Determined the number of delegates that will correspond to each House, they shall be elected in plenary session of the respective Chamber, applying the electoral quotient system and the corresponding constitutional period, provided the Constitutive Treaties, Statutes or Additional Protocols Regional or International Organizations parliamentary character of parliaments not order direct popular election of its members.
PARÁGRAFO. Each Permanent Delegation shall preferentially composed of members of the Second Committee of the Senate of the Republic and the Second Committee of the House of Representatives nominated by the respective Commissions Second plenary sessions before the election is come.
The 5th ITEM. Within fifteen (15) days following the initiation of the constitutional term days, Commissions of the Executive Boards of the Chambers will meet together to determine the numerical composition of the permanent delegations of Colombia to the different regional parliaments and international organizations parliamentary character according to what have its Constitutive, statutes or Additional Protocols Treaties.
ARTICLE 6o. Within fifteen (15) days following the meeting referred to in the article 5 days. of this law, it will proceed to the election of the Permanent Delegations, after fixing date five (5) days at least in advance.
PARÁGRAFO. Permanent Delegates elected during the remainder of the constitutional period 1994-1998, shall be dismissed on 20 July 1998.
ARTICLE 7. Candidates for leadership positions that may correspond to Colombia in the regional parliaments or international organizations of parliamentary nature, emerge from internal elections by leading members of the permanent delegations.
Article 8. Travel abroad to be made by the members of the Permanent Delegations to fulfill their duties, be authorized under the exemption provided in paragraph 6o. Article 136 of the Constitution of Colombia and the exception that is the 6th paragraph. Article 52 of the 5th Law. 1992.
Article 9. Members of the Permanent Delegations and the representatives of the Congress of Colombia in working committees of the regional parliaments, surrender written to the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives reports, as appropriate, within ten (10) following the end of each Commission outside the respective chamber authorized the days. Recipients reportedly ordered its publication in the Gazette of Congress.
ARTICLE 10. The Interparliamentary Relations Committee of Congress, which will be composed of the Chairmen of the Second Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives and the Chairmen of the Permanent Delegations of Congress before the Parliaments regional and International Organizations parliamentary character. Your Board will be elected in the same manner to the Standing Committees.
The Commission shall meet at least once a month. The functions are as follows:
a) Coordinate the operation of the Parliamentary Groups of Colombia before each Regional Parliament or international organizations parliamentary character;
B) To report regularly to the Executive Boards of the Senate and House of Representatives, at least at the start of the regular session and the resumption of it, on the legal status of the regional parliaments and agencies international parliamentary character, composition and state of the Colombian participation and anomalies that arise in the performance of the duties of Members of Permanent Delegations;
C) To coordinate official visits the Dignitaries of regional parliaments or international organizations parliamentary character made to Colombia, as well as conducting regular and special meetings of such bodies, when Colombia to host them;
D) To ensure full compliance with the provisions of articles 4., The 5th., 6o. and 9th. of this law.
PARÁGRAFO. To fulfill this purpose and the work to undertake its officials, the Commission shall establish its own rules of procedure, within a period not less than sixty (60) days from the date of installation
ARTICLE 11. Authorize the National Government until December 31, 1995, to cancel from the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the annual quotas of maintenance of the headquarters of the Andean Parliament, ordered by Decision No. 2 of the Board of the Andean Parliament, 8 October 1993; and to transfer additional resources for the payment of lease of the offices of the Andean Parliament, as long as the Headquarters Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Andean Parliament is in effect.
ARTICLE 12. This law governs from its sanction.
The President of the honorable Senate, JULIUS CAESAR
The Secretary General of the honorable Senate,
PUMAREJO PEDRO VEGA.
The President of the honorable House of Representatives,
Rodrigo Rivera Salazar.
The Secretary General of the honorable House of Representatives, DIEGO VIVAS
REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA - NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
published and execute.
Given in Santa Fe de Bogota, DC, on August 12, 1996.
Ernesto Samper Pizano.
The Interior Minister Horacio Serpa Uribe
The Foreign Minister, Maria Emma Mejia
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