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The document ceased to be valid since   May 18, 2017 according to article 166 of the Law of the Republic of Armenia of  January 14, 2017 No. ZR-9, except for:

- provisions which according to part 1 of article 166 of the Law of the Republic of Armenia of  January 14, 2017 No. ZR-9 continue to be effective about day of assumption of office of the newly elected President of the Republic - till April 9, 2018;

Chapters 3 and 4 of appendix 1, and also Chapters 2 and 3 of appendix 2, which continue to be effective before adoption of the relevant act concerning activities of the Budget bureau.

LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of March 21, 2002 No. ZR-308

About Regulations of National Assembly

(as amended on 28-05-2016)

Accepted by National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on February 20, 2002

General provisions

Article 1. National assembly and its powers

1. The legislature in the Republic of Armenia is performed by National Assembly.

2. The national assembly consists of hundred thirty one deputies.

3. The national assembly adopts the laws, resolutions, addresses and statements within the powers established by the Constitution.

Article 2. Activities of National Assembly

1. The national assembly is effective according to the Constitution and these Regulations - by means of holding sessions, meetings, and also work of its bodies, fractions and deputy groups.

2. Activities of National Assembly are based on the principles of political pluralism, free discussion and the collective solution of questions.

3. Bodies of National Assembly are the Chairman of National Assembly, his deputies, deputies and the commissions.

4. In National Assembly fractions are created and deputy groups can be created.

Article 3. Working language of National Assembly

Working language of National Assembly is Armenian. If person invited to meeting acts in foreign language, the performance is provided with the translation into Armenian.

Article 4. Venue of meetings of National Assembly

Meetings of National Assembly are convened in Yerevan, in the residence of National Assembly, Bagramyan, 19. In other place the meeting can be convened only under the resolution of National Assembly, and in case of impossibility, - the presidential decree of the Republic.

Chapter 1. Deputy of National Assembly

Article 5. Rights of the deputy

1. The deputy according to the procedure, established by the law, has the right:

a) submit bills, resolutions, addresses, statements of National Assembly for consideration of National Assembly;

b) act, ask questions and make offers at meetings of National Assembly and its commissions (subcommittees, working groups);

c) participate in parliamentary hearings, ask questions and act on them;

d) be pushed and be elected to positions of the Chairman of National Assembly or its deputy, commission chairman of National Assembly or his deputy;

e) be included in structures of the temporary commissions, and also subcommittees, the working groups of National Assembly;

e) be included in structure of fraction or deputy group;

e. 1) to be included in structure of delegations of National Assembly in the international parliamentary organizations, the inter-parliamentary commissions, and also in structure of other official delegations;

e. 2) to be included in structure of group of friendship of National Assembly - according to the application in person;

g) study any document addressed to National Assembly and (or) the commissions, except for personalized or personal materials, and also information which is the state and trade secret about which it has no right to be informed;

h) make inquiries and offers in state bodies and local self-government, to officials, in organizations and the organizations, to participate in consideration of the questions which are brought up by it;

i) be present at open sessions of the Government of the Republic of Armenia (further - the Government);

j) participate in meetings of Council of Control chamber of the Republic of Armenia (further - Control chamber);

k) have meetings with citizens, organize acceptances;

l) for establishment of communication in the territory of the republic to use the means of telephone and electronic communication which are at the disposal of state bodies and local self-government on paid basis.

2. The deputy can have other rights provided by the law.

Article 6. Obligations of deputies

1. The deputy shall:

a) participate in meetings of National Assembly, and also in meetings of the commissions, subcommittees and working groups in which structure it is included;

and. 1) to be included in structure of the permanent commission, except as specified, stipulated in Item in the 7th article 25 of this Law;

and. 2) to participate in the parliamentary hearings organized by those commissions of National Assembly in which structure it is included;

and. 3) to follow rules of deputy ethics;

b) follow the safety rules existing in the territory and in the building of the residence of National Assembly;

c) study the offers received from citizens and respond to statements;

d) make the statement for conflict of interest in case, stipulated in Item 3 articles 6.2 of this Law.

1.1. For days of absence at the meetings of National Assembly specified in the subitem "an" of Item 1 of this Article and also at the parliamentary hearings specified in the subitem "a.2" Item 1 of this Article for the disrespectful reason the salary is not paid to the deputy.

Account of absence of deputies is kept by the Office of National Assembly (further - the Device).

1.2. If the deputy is included in structure more than one permanent commission, then it is considered that the deputy executed the obligation on participation in the commission sessions specified in the subitem "an" of Item 1 of this Article, and the parliamentary hearings specified in the subitem

"a.2", in case of its participation in meeting of any other commission or organized parliamentary hearings at the time of holding meeting of one of the commissions or organized parliamentary hearings.

2. The deputy can have other obligations provided by the law.

3. The status of the deputy is established by the Constitution and the laws.

Article 6.1. Rules of deputy ethics

1. Requirements of this Article concern both implementation of deputy powers, and his daily behavior.

2. Rules of deputy ethics:

a) respect the law and submit to the law;

b) respect moral standards of society;

c) observe procedure for holding meetings of National Assembly and its commissions;

d) not be guided by the private interests or private interests of affiliates when implementing the powers;

e) not hold authority of deputy position on the interests or interests of other person;

e) promote the activities to forming of trust and respect for National Assembly;

g) show everywhere and in case of occupation any activities behavior, worthy the deputy;

h) show respect for political opponents, participants of discussion of questions in National Assembly, and also to all persons with whom the deputy communicates when implementing the powers.

Article 6.2. Conflict of interest of the deputy

1. Rukovodstvovaniye the deputy the interests or interests of its affiliate means performance with the legislative initiative or representation for consideration of National Assembly of the draft of the resolution; submission of the offer on the question introduced into circulation in National Assembly and also performance, determination of questions or participation in vote at meetings of National Assembly, its commissions, subcommittees that though in itself also is legal, but the deputy knows that it attracts or promotes or is realized can entail or promote also:

a) to improvement of its property or legal status or property or legal status of its affiliate;

b) to improvement of property or legal status of non-profit organization which member is it or its affiliate;

c) to improvement of property or legal status of the commercial organization with its participation or with participation of its affiliate;

d) to position assignment of its affiliate;

e) in the election or appointment in position, except for the performance as the candidate.

2. In sense of this Law persons affiliated with the high-ranking official according to Item 16 of part 1 of article 5 of the Law of the Republic of Armenia "About public service" are considered as affiliates of the deputy.

3. In case of conflict of interest at meetings of National Assembly, its commissions, subcommittees the deputy shall make prior to the performance or vote at the corresponding meeting the statement for conflict of interest, and in case of performance the legislative initiative, representation for consideration of National Assembly of the draft of the resolution or submission of the offer on the question introduced into circulation in National Assembly - to submit along with the relevant documents the written application about conflict of interest with representation of essence of interests.

With the statement for conflict of interest the deputy speaks at the meeting of National Assembly according to the procedure provided by the subitem "e" of Item 2 of article 56 of this Law. In this case the deputy can declare also that he refuses to participate in vote on question, absence of the deputy in which is considered valid on the basis provided by the subitem "g" of Item 3 of article 99 of this Law.

4. In case of interpretation of provisions, stipulated in Item 1 this Article, it is considered that the deputy is not guided by the private interests or private interests of its affiliate if he acts on behalf of the commission, fraction or deputy group of National Assembly or this action:

a) treats activities of state bodies and local self-government, the state or municipal non-profit organizations, organizations or their officials;

b) has universal application and mentions wide sectors of society in such a way that it cannot reasonably be interpreted as rukovodstvovaniye by the deputy private interests or private interests of its affiliate;

c) treats the remunerations provided by the law, compensation for expenses, connected with deputy activities, or to privileges of the deputy.

Article 7. Guarantees of activities of the deputy

1. Heads and officials of state bodies and local self-government, organizations, organizations shall:

a) accept the deputy on its initiative in perhaps short time if other is not provided by the law;

b) in 10-day time, the cases except for provided by this Law to review the written request of the deputy including constituted with assistance of the Budget bureau and to answer it in writing;

c) not later than three days before consideration in writing to notify the deputy on consideration of the question which is brought up by it.

2. The deputy can be present at meetings of state bodies and local self-government at the procedure established by the legislation.

3. The government beforehand informs National Assembly about day, time of carrying out and the agenda of open session of the Government, with submission of the documents concerning the agenda. Places in assembly hall of the Government are provided to deputies.

4. The chairman of Control chamber at least in three days notifies the Chairman of National Assembly, his deputies, the permanent commissions, fractions and deputy groups about day, time of carrying out and the agenda of meeting of Council of Control chamber, with submission of the documents concerning the agenda. Places in assembly hall of Council of Control chamber are provided to deputies.

5. Local government bodies shall upon the demand of fraction, deputy group or the deputy at least one day a month to provide to the applicant the equipped room or the hall for reception of citizens or meeting with them.

6. The deputy can have other provided by the Constitution and the law of guarantee of activities.

7. In the cases provided by the Constitution, guarantees of activities of the deputy can be limited according to the procedure, established by the law.

Article 8. Labor activity of deputies

1. Place of employment of the deputy is the residence of National Assembly where it is provided to it arranged, equipped with technical means (including the computer) and means of communication (including the Internet) workplace, and also the workplace equipped with the microphone and the equipment for personal electronic vote in assembly hall of National Assembly.

2. The main working hours of the deputy include the period necessary for holding meetings of National Assembly, its commissions, subcommittees, working groups and parliamentary hearings, and also another the period, necessary for implementation of deputy powers. Main working hours not normirovano.

3. Remuneration of the Chairman of National Assembly, his deputies, the chairman of the permanent commission and the deputy is established by the law.

4. Traveling expenses in the procedure established by the legislation are paid to the deputy sent from National Assembly.

5. Deputies are granted annual leave lasting 36 working days, 12 of which are provided in the winter, and 24 - in the summer.

6. The leave schedule of the Chairman of National Assembly, his deputies and chairmen of the permanent commissions is established by the Chairman of National Assembly.

7. Voided according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia of 16.04.2012 No. ZR-111

8. The term of office of the deputy is set off in general years of service. The continuous working life remains if the deputy within six months upon termination of the term of its powers goes to work.

9. Voided according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia of 16.04.2012 No. ZR-111

Article 9. Immunity of the deputy

1. The deputy for the term of the deputy powers and cannot be exposed after that to prosecution and be made responsible for the actions following from its status of the deputy including for the opinion expressed in National Assembly if it does not contain slander or insult.

2. The deputy cannot be involved as the person accused, to subject to detention or to start in its relation question of administrative prosecution judicially, without giving consent by National Assembly according to the procedure, the stipulated in Clause 98 these Laws.

3. The deputy cannot be subjected to detention without consent this by National Assembly according to the procedure, the stipulated in Clause 98 these Laws, except as specified, when detention is made at the time of crime execution. In this case the Chairman of National Assembly is immediately informed.

Article 9.1. Restrictions of activities of the deputy

1. According to part one of article 65 of the Constitution the deputy cannot be engaged in business activity, hold position in state bodies and local government bodies or the commercial organizations, to perform other paid work, except scientific, pedagogical and creative work.

2. In sense of this Law business activity, and also scientific, pedagogical and creative work the related activity (work), the stipulated in Clause 24 Laws of the Republic of Armenia "About public service" is considered.

3. The obligations of the deputy connected with implementation of deputy powers are priority in relation to the scientific, pedagogical, creative work performed by it or other labor activity which is not forbidden by the law.

4. Remuneration of the deputy for scientific, pedagogical and creative work cannot exceed the reasonable size, that is that size for which the person having similar qualities for similar activities, but not being the deputy could apply.

5. Accomplishment of the scientific, pedagogical, creative or other not forbidden by the law work, except implementation of deputy powers, is not the basis to consider absence of the deputy in more than half of votes during one regular session valid according to the procedure, established by the subitem "b" of Item 3 of article 99 of this Law.

Article 9.2. Ensuring restrictions of activities of the deputy

1. The deputy within one month after adoption by the relevant electoral commission of the decision on election as the deputy shall:

a) be struck off the state register of the individual entrepreneur;

b) leave the commercial organization or to completely deliver the share in its authorized capital in trust management;

c) refuse trust management of someone else's property in the commercial organization;

d) be dismissed, occupied in state bodies or local authorities;

e) quit the job on paid basis if it is not considered scientific, pedagogical or creative work according to article 24 of the Law of the Republic of Armenia "About public service".

2. Term, stipulated in Item 1 this Article, stops from the date of acceptance by the Constitutional Court to consideration of the case about contest of the decision on election results of the deputy (on pro rata and majority electoral system) about day of acceptance by the Constitutional Court of the final decision on this case.

3. The deputy before the transition to scientific, pedagogical or creative work on paid basis has the right to address in the procedure established by the subitem "g" of Item 1 of article 24.2 of this Law to the Temporary commission of National Assembly concerning ethics (further – the Commission on ethics) and to receive its decision.

4. If the trust management agreement of shares of the deputy in the authorized capital of the commercial organization is not stopped on the basis of abolition of this organization or recognition by her bankrupt, then the deputy shall leave the commercial organization or completely deliver in trust management the share in its authorized capital within a month after termination of the contract of trust management.

Article 10. The questions relating to activities of the deputy

1. The deputy certificate, the diplomatic passport and the breastplate "the Deputy of National Assembly" whose description affirms the resolution of National Assembly are issued to the deputy for the term of its powers.

2. Medical attendance and the organization of rest of deputies are performed in the procedure established by the law.

3. To the deputy who does not have in the city of Yerevan of the apartment compensation, equivalent is paid to payment for hiring of premises in the city of Yerevan which amount is established by the Chairman of National Assembly.

4. The deputy is exempted from compulsory military service, mobilization and training sessions.

Article 11. Assistant to the deputy

1. The deputy can have two assistants, one of whom works at paid basis, and another on a voluntary basis.

The staff of the assistant working at paid basis is established by the staff list of the Device, he is employed according to the terminal agreement on representation of the corresponding deputy.

1.1. In case of execution of the obligations assistants to the deputy use study, technical means and means of communication of the deputy.

2. At the request of the deputy the assistant:

a) prepares the documents submitted for consideration of National Assembly;

b) prepares the analytical, information and other materials necessary for implementation by the deputy of the powers;

c) will organize acceptance by the deputy of citizens;

d) conducts clerical work.

3. Voided according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia of 25.05.2009 No. ZR-113

Article 12. Termination of powers of the deputy

1. Powers of the deputy stop if:

a) the term of office of National Assembly ended;

b) the National Assembly is dismissed;

c) it violates conditions of part one of article 65 of the Constitution - according to article 99.1 of this Law;

century 1) it is appointed elected) to position in state body or local self-government or in the commercial organization;

d) it lost citizenship of the Republic of Armenia;

e) its absence on at least than a half of votes of one regular session acknowledged disrespectful according to the procedure, the stipulated in Clause 99 these Laws;

e) he is condemned to imprisonment;

g) the judgment about recognition by its incapacitated took legal effect;

h) the solution of the Constitutional Court on cancellation of registration of its election took legal effect;

i) he resigned authority according to the procedure, the stipulated in Clause 13 these Laws;

j) ceased to be valid according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia of 16.04.2012 No. ZR-111

2. In the cases provided by subitems "century 1", "", "e", and "z" Item 1 of this Article based on the relevant documents the protocol on the termination of powers of the deputy which is signed by the Chairman of National Assembly is constituted and in five-day time goes to Central Election Commission.

Article 13. Procedure for addition by the deputy of powers

1. The deputy personally submits the written application about addition of the powers to the Chairman of National Assembly who discloses it at the next meeting of National Assembly.

2. If within 15 days after announcement of the statement the deputy submission of the written application:

a) withdraws the application for abdication, the Chairman of National Assembly at the next meeting informs National Assembly on it;

b) does not withdraw the application for abdication, the protocol on the termination of its powers which is signed by the Chairman of National Assembly is constituted and in five-day time goes to Central Election Commission.

Chapter 2. Fractions and deputy groups

Article 14. Procedure for formation of fractions

1. Fractions are formed in the opening day of the first session of newly elected National Assembly according to the following principles:

a) the deputies elected on promotion of batch or bloc of parties of the mandates participating in distribution provided for pro rata electoral system join in the fractions of the same name;

b) the fraction formed by consolidation of the deputies elected on promotion of bloc of parties joins also the deputies elected on majority electoral system on promotion of the batches which formed this block.

1.1. The fraction is considered oppositional if the head or the secretary of fraction makes at meeting of National Assembly the statement for its being opposite, and person pushed by the job lot which created fraction, or one of the batches which constituted the union of batches is not included in structure of the Government.

If the structure of the Government includes person pushed by the job lot which created fraction or one of the batches which constituted the union of batches, either the head or the secretary of fraction makes at meeting of National Assembly the statement for its not being opposite, then the fraction ceases to be considered as oppositional.

The fraction is considered not oppositional if person pushed by the job lot which created fraction or one of the batches constituting the party block is included in structure of the Government or the head or the secretary of fraction makes at meeting of National Assembly the statement for education of the political coalition with the batch having the greatest number of members as a part of the Government and about its not being opposite.

The oppositional fraction has the activities warranties established by this Law.

2. The fraction in writing represents to the Chairman of National Assembly the charter, the name, structure, names, surnames of the head and secretary of fraction which are announced conducting meeting at the next meeting of National Assembly.

3. The deputy can leave fraction by the written notice of it of the corresponding head of fraction.

4. Activities of fraction stop if all her members leave fraction, and it is recovered if one deputy having the right to that enters it at least.

5. About change of structure of fraction, and also the Chairman of National Assembly or conducting meeting which announces it at the next meeting of National Assembly is in writing notified on the termination and recovery of its activities.

Article 15. Procedure for education of deputy groups

1. At least 10 deputies can form deputy group by giving to the Chairman of National Assembly of the application signed by them which is announced conducting meeting at the next meeting of National Assembly.

2. The group in writing represents to the Chairman of National Assembly the charter, the name, structure, names and surnames of the head and secretary of group.

3. The name of group shall not match the name of any batch or any bloc of parties: acting which activities are suspended or prohibited.

4. The deputy can leave group by the written notice of it of the corresponding head of group.

5. The group is filled according to the solution of group, based on the written application of the deputy addressed to the head of group.

6. The group is liquidated according to the decision or if the number of her members becomes less than 10 and not filled in 14-day time after the announcement of it at meeting of National Assembly.

7. The Chairman of National Assembly or conducting meeting which announces it at the next meeting of National Assembly is in writing notified on change of structure of group or its liquidation.

Article 16. Ensuring activities of fractions and deputy groups

1. In assembly hall of National Assembly certain sectors are provided to fractions and deputy groups.

2. To residences of National Assembly of fraction and deputy groups are provided with the separate offices arranged, equipped with technical means and means of communication, official sheets of the Republic of Armenia and drafts of the laws introduced into circulation in National Assembly, the conclusions provided on them by the Government and the Device, drafts of the laws adopted in the first and second readings and the Republic of Armenia newspaper.

3. The car is provided to fraction and deputy group.

4. The report clerk and experts of fraction and deputy group go to work on the terminal agreement - on representation of the head of the relevant fraction or deputy group, carry out its orders, and also according to its order help members of fraction or deputy group with their work.

5. The fraction, deputy group having up to 14 members has one report clerk established by the staff list of the Device and 3 experts, and the having more than 14 members – one report clerk and 4 experts.

Chapter 3. Chairman of National Assembly, his deputies

Article 17. Elections of the Chairman of National Assembly, his deputies

1. The right to promotion from the list of deputies of candidates for positions of the Chairman of National Assembly, his deputies belongs to deputies.

2. Questions of elections of the candidates proposed to positions of the Chairman of National Assembly, his deputies are considered according to the procedure, stipulated in Item 2 articles 97 of this Law.

3. The chairman of National Assembly is elected by secret vote, by a majority vote from total number of deputies.

4. Vice-chairmen of National Assembly are elected by secret vote by a majority vote the deputies participating in vote if more than a half from total number of deputies participated in vote.

5. If positions of vice-chairmen of National Assembly are vacant at the same time, then promotion, discussion of candidates and vote on them are performed separately.

Article 18. Competence of the Chairman of National Assembly

1. According to the procedure, established by the Constitution and the laws, the Chairman of National Assembly:

a) in case of discovery of vacancy of position of the President of the Republic of Armenia, to assumption of office of the newly elected President, fulfills duties of the President of the Republic of Armenia;

b) convenes the extraordinary sessions and meetings of National Assembly;

c) signs and will promulgate resolutions, appeals and statements of National Assembly;

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