General debate is the deliberation of certain matters regarding society or the functions of the state in the Plenary of the Assembly.
- Launching a general debate in the Plenary may be demanded with a written motion proposed by political party groups or at least 20 deputies.
- The deputy’s name, surname, constituency and signature must be included in the motion, which is proposed by at least 20 deputies.
- The group chairperson’s and/or the deputy chairperson’s name, surname, constituency and signature must be included in the motion that is proposed on behalf of the political party group.
- The motions must not include rude and insulting words.
- The matter of the motion may not be about using the judicial power of a lawsuit that is in process.
- If the motion text has more than 500 words, a summary text with a maximum of 500 words must be annexed to the motion.
- The matter of the motion must not be vague, general, or open to interpretation.
- The motion must be addressed to the Office of the Speaker.
A motion of general debate that is registered in the General Documentation is referred to the Department of Laws and Resolutions. The motion, which is examined according to the provisions of the Rules of Procedure, is numbered as (8/…). The motion shall be included in the Order Paper with information on its number of signatories, a summary which reflects the content, registration number, the date on which it was received by the Office of the Speaker, and the name, surname and constituency of the first signatory.
The motion is placed under the section “Preliminary Debates Concerning General Debate and Parliamentary Inquiry” on the agenda according to the date on which it was received by the Office of the Speaker.
The purpose of the preliminary debate is to decide whether a general debate on a motion is to be held or not. The preliminary debate of a motion of general debate is conducted on a certain date specified by the Plenary upon the proposal of the Board of Spokespersons or a political party group. It is conducted according to the order of the business on the agenda.
During the preliminary debate political party groups, the first signatory, or another signatory designated by him or her have the right to speak. During the preliminary debate, deputies may not speak in their personal capacities.
During the preliminary debate, the time given to political party groups to speak is 20 minutes and for the first signatory it is 10 minutes. A decision to hold a general debate or not shall be made by voting at the end of the preliminary debate.
If it is decided to hold a general debate in the Plenary, the Board of Spokespersons determines the day of the general debate as a special agenda. The general debate shall not be held before 48 hours and after 7 days following the decision of the Plenary.
During a general debate, the first signatory or another signatory designated by him or her has the right to speak first. In addition, according to general provisions, political party groups and two deputies in their personal capacities have the right to speak. During a general debate, speaking time is limited to 10 minutes for members, and 20 minutes for political party groups. As it is not necessary to take a decision at the end of a general debate, there is no voting.
The withdrawal of the motion of general debate by its sponsors is possible by a motion which is submitted to the Office of the Speaker. The signatories of a motion of general debate may always withdraw their signatures. If the number of signatures falls below 20, the Office of the Speaker removes the motion out of process due to an inadequate number of signatures on the motion.