Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo

Assembly Sessions

Assembly Sessions

All 120 MPs gather in the plenary hall of the Assembly for the plenary session in order to discuss current issues, ask questions to the government and vote on decisions and laws.  

Plenary session is held according to the agenda which is prepared by the Presidency of the Assembly, in cooperation with leaders of the parliamentary group.

An ordinary plenary session begins with statements of the MPs regarding the issues that are not in the agenda. This is usually followed by questions, where government representatives respond to the questions made by the MPs.

After these items of the agenda are completed, the Assembly continues with review of draft laws, decisions, or reports, which all MPs have in front of them. After reviewing each draft law, decision or report, Assembly votes on their adoption.

Prime Minister and government ministers, may take the floor at any time during the plenary session. 

Proposal of Draft Laws

Proposals of draft laws can be presented by the President of the Republic of Kosovo, from his field of work, the government, MPs of the Assembly, parliamentary committee, parliamentary group and at least six MPs, ten thousand electors, as determined by the law.

Draft laws are usually reviewed in two readings. In between the two readings, committees review them in details and present them to the Assembly with relevant recommendations.

Sessions

The Assembly of Kosovo conducts its annual work in two sessions, the Spring session and Winter session. The Spring Session begins on the third Monday of January and the Autumn session begins on the second Monday of September.

During these time periods, plenary sessions are held at least twice a month, and they may last more than one day.

Presidency may call for extraordinary meetings of the Assembly, in order to consider an urgent matter. Extraordinary meetings may be also called by: the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, one or more parliamentary groups, representing at least 40 MPs of the Assembly. The Assembly has its quorum when more than one half of all Assembly MPs are present.

Discussions

Every MP may decide to talk from the podium, if he/she is given the floor (government representatives always talk from the podium).

Each item of the Assembly agenda is debated at the plenary session.

The discussions are structured to allow MPs to participate equally at the discussions in the Assembly. Time set for deliberations of MPs differs, but is usually restricted to 10 minutes. Likewise, MPs have the right to respond, if they are mentioned in a deliberation.

When a certain matter is considered in depth, MPs may request interpellation, which is a structured plenary discussion, which may last up to 3 hours. Interpellation is addressed to the Prime Minister or government ministers and it is used to keep their performance regarding the respective matter under control.

Voting

All the information that are relevant for the current plenary session are presented on the screen. It informs MPs about the results of all voting in the Assembly that is done electronically. Unless otherwise provided, all voting in the plenary session will be conducted electronically. The results of electronic voting will also be published on the Kosovo Assembly webpage.

The Use of Languages 

The sessions of the Assembly of Kosovo are translated simultaneously into the working languages of the Assembly of Kosovo: Albanian, Serbian, Turkish and English 

All the working documents of the Assembly, are also translated into Albanian and Serbian. This enables MPs, journalists and visitors from non-Albanian communities to follow the plenary sessions.