United Nations, Praia, 23 July 2014 Within the framework of the Project for Strengthening the Technical and Functional Skills of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI), National Parliaments and Civil Society for the Control of Public Finances in the PALOP Countries and Timor-Leste, a Joint Public Hearing was held on 23 July in the banqueting hall of the National Assembly.
The objective of this Hearing was to jointly reach the best possible solutions in relation to the Budget for 2015 and following years for the Justice sector, as well as to prepare Members of Parliament for the Debates on Proposals for the State Budget and the monitoring of their implementation. The following were consulted:
- The Minister of Justice, José Carlos Correia
- The President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Arlindo Medina
- The President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Teresa Évora
- The President of the Supreme Council of the Prosecution Service, Óscar Tavares
This session, organized by the Specialist Commission on Legal, Human Rights and Social Communication Issues (CEAJDHCS), also benefited from the participation of some Members of Parliament who were also members of the Specialist Commission on Finance and Budgeting.
The discussions were opened by the President of CEAJDHCS, the Member of Parliament Clóvis Silva, who provided an overview of the Joint Hearing as a Parliamentary work session. They continued with a contribution from each body present, followed by a Question and Answer session for the Commission and the Members of Parliament present.
The Minister José Carlos Correia considered that "this Hearing gives Parliamentarians the chance to hear for themselves the principal actors in the justice system, who will present their main needs and priorities for the coming years, thus allowing Members to be better informed and better prepared to contribute to the discussion on the proposals which the Government will present for the 2015 Budget."
This event was preceded by field missions in the city of Praia and on São Vicente which enabled the collection of information about budgets and public spending in the judicial districts.The project is financed by the European Union and implemented by UNDP, and will last three years. The second component of the project is directed at Parliaments. It aims especially to enable Members of Parliament to evaluate more precisely and comprehensively the role of the legislative bodies during the budgetary procedure, as well as the effectiveness of their control on government policies.