Particularities of the Organization of the Work of the Parliamentary Secretariats: National and International Experiences

Keywords: parliament, secretariat of parliament, parliamentary reform, member of the parliament (deputy), personnel, functions, structure, management

Abstract

The article provides a deep analysis of the issues related to the organization of the work of the parliamentary secretariats, in particular taking into account the particularities of their functioning and legal status in the system of State power bodies. It is justified the necessity to ensure the realization of the concept of the “parliamentary autonomy” in its different dimensions, i.e.: administrative, political, financial, economic etc.The particular attention was paid to the key functions executed by the parliamentary secretariats (scientific and research work, documentary supply, administrative work). These functions are crucial for ensuring an effective work of the parliamentary secretariats and their personnel. At the same time, it is highlighted the particularities of the parliamentary secretariats from the different countries (taking into account the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the parliamentary personnel, scope of the service to be provided by the parliamentary secretariats etc.). It is stressed that in some countries the parliamentary secretariats provide only the administrative services. In other countries, the parliamentary secretariats also execute the scientific researches. However, in many countries (including Ukraine) the parliamentary secretariats deliver all types of the services.The provided analysis shows the common and particular aspects in the organization of the work of the parliamentary secretariats, their internal structure etc. It is noted that each parliamentary secretariat has its own management and organizational structure. Its particularity depends on the MP’s total number, financial resources, fixed goals and objectives of each parliamentary secretariat activity.Taking into account the above-mentioned, it is pointed out the reasons of the distinction in the public service system of a separate parliamentary (State) service as well as definition of its particular status in the current Ukrainian legislation.On the basis of the conducted research and the analysis of the experiences of the foreign countries, it is presented the complex proposals and recommendations regarding further modernization of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat and increasing its institutional capacity of the VRU Secretariat (taking into account the recommendations of the European Parliament and other international organisations as well as the main goals of the parliamentary reform to be implemented in Ukraine).

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2020-10-29
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Shcherbak, N. (2020). Particularities of the Organization of the Work of the Parliamentary Secretariats: National and International Experiences. Public Administration Aspects, 8(4), 84-96. https://doi.org/10.15421/152083
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