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European Training For Libyan MPs Who Are New To Parliamentary Democracy

The European Union's induction program for the benefit of the 200 newly elected members of Libyan parliament started in capital Tripoli.

On November 7, more than 70 newly elected Libyan MPs attended the opening session of a five week long Induction Program organized by the EU as part of its support to the National General Congress. The ceremony was also attended by Mohamed Yousef el-Megarief, Speaker of the General National Congress (GNC). Peter Zsoldos, EU Ambassador to Libya, addressed the elected members of the Congress whom he said "represent the success of the Libyan transition process". Zsoldos underlined the EU's readiness to continue to support Libya as strongly as ever before.

Over the coming weeks, a wide range of high profile European experts, including former Prime
Ministers, active politicians and officials from other European parliaments, will deliver several
training courses covering the main functions of a parliament and the constitutionalisation process. Parallel activities will be organized in support of the administrative staff of the GNC and the future public affairs department (media office).

The support for the General National Congress is one of the components of the EU Public
Administration Facility for Libya. This 4.5 million EUR program focuses on state building and
on supporting the administration and is part of the broader ongoing EU assistance to Libya.

The European Union remains the largest donor in Libya. For the period up to the end of 2013 it has projects in public administration, democratic transition, civil society and education amounting to EUR39 million. A further EUR68 million is planned to cover urgent priorities such as security, rule of law, health, migration, vocational education and training.

Part of the European assistance is being oriented towards supporting the newly established Libyan General National Congress (GNC). EU support to the GNC also includes Assistance on constitutional affairs; Assistance to set up the secretariat and Assistance on institutional arrangements.

The five week Induction programr will cover the 4 main functions of a parliament and the constitutionalisation process. Parallel activities will support the administrative staff of the GNC and the future public affairs department (media office).

Parliamentary democracy is something new to the Arab African country's present generation. The last time a parliamentary election held in Libya was in 1965, when no political parties were allowed.

The Libyan National General Congress was inaugurated on 8 August 2012. A total of 80 members in the 200-seat House are from party lists, while the remaining 120 are independents.

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