Russian Interior Ministry to control 13 more new psychotropics, drug-containing plantSociety & Culture July 24, 2:54
MAKS-2017 airshow yields contracts to over $6bln - Russian ministry of industry and tradeBusiness & Economy July 23, 23:48
Russian consumer rights watchdog chief names cities with highest HIV ratesSociety & Culture July 23, 21:41
Serbian filmmaker Kustirica says Crimea’s reunification with Russia is natural processSociety & Culture July 23, 21:40
Israeli embassy in Amman attacked by terrorists, some people wounded - TVWorld July 23, 21:35
Boxing Day on Red Square sets new Guinness recordSport July 23, 8:33
Joseph Dunford says Russia most military capable country of those posing threat to USWorld July 23, 4:57
Russia’s US envoy Kislyak steps down, his deputy to act as Charg d'Affaires ad interimRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 23, 1:33
Putin greets KamAZ-Master team - winner of Silk Way RallySport July 22, 15:20
MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Deputies of many EU countries are outraged at the fact that the opinions of national parliaments were ignored in the issues of imposing and extending economic sanctions against Russia, State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said at the Gaidar Forum on Thursday.
When the EU authorities were discussing "such important issues that affect interests of hundreds of thousands of residents of EU member countries — imposing and extending the so-called economic sanctions [against Russia] — no one was interested in the opinions of national parliaments on that matter," Naryshkin said. "I talked to colleagues — MPs [of EU countries], and they, of course, are outraged, they say that is the way it is and they regret that they have lost part of their national sovereignty," the Duma speaker added.
He noted that "historically, the first and foremost task of parliaments in different countries and at different times was imposing taxes, approving budget and controlling government spending." "That is precisely why parliaments were created. In fact, the role of the parliament now, in resolving economic and other state problems, proceeds from the nature of parliamentary democracy," Naryshkin stressed.
"Attempts to push the supreme legislative body to the background, belittle its role in comparison with other bodies of power will never lead to anything good," Naryshkin continued. "That is what the practice of the European Union demonstrates when some very important powers of national parliaments were handed to EU structures," the Duma speaker concluded.
The political decision to extend sanctions against Russia was made on 18 December 2015 by the ambassadors of 28 EU member countries at the session of the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union (COREPER). On December 22 the decision to extend economic sanctions against Russia entered into force. Restrictive economic measures will remain in force until 31 July 2016.