Official list of members of Executive Council

The Executive Council is composed of the members of the Bureau and representatives of the parliamentary groups, called Executive Spokespersons, elected by their own group.  Each regular Executive Spokesperson shall have a substitute from his/her parliamentary group.  The membership of the Executive Council shall reflect the same proportion of parliamentary groups as in the allocation of seats on the floor of Congress.  The Council has the following powers and duties:


  1. To conclude agreements and to make the necessary arrangements for the smooth conduction of legislative business in Congress.
  2. To approve the congressional budget, and the General Accounts of Congress, before their submission to the Plenary Assembly by the President.
  3. To receive periodical reports from the Bureau, Secretariat General and Internal Audits Office about the conduction of the parliamentary process, and administration and state of the economy of the Congress.
  4. To receive reports about the policy on staff management and economic resources and administrative regulations, as well as the implementation of public biddings for the execution of works or the procurement of goods and services.
  5. To approve the calendar for each Plenary Assembly sitting, by detailing the bills to be discussed in the order of business of each day.  All Members of Congress shall be informed of the calendar at least 24 hours before the commencement of the sittings.
  6. To fix the floor time for debating calendar items of the Plenary Assembly. If debate does not cover all of the business, the Council prepares a new calendar.
  7. To adopt legislative work plans, list of committees and any other plan or project aimed to facilitate or improve the smooth operation of sittings and of Congress in general.
  8. To grant special decorations and awards.
  9. To grant leaves of absence for sickness or travel requested by Members of Congress, not exceeding the 10% limit of the legal membership, or the 20% limit in special cases duly justified.  This rule does not apply in the case of the second paragraph of article 92 of the Constitution.
  10. To grant permission to perform the activities set forth in the second paragraph of article 92 of the Constitution.
  11. To appoint the Secretary General upon recommendation by the President, and informing Members during the Plenary Assembly.
  12. Other functions set forth elsewhere in these Rules, and those charged by the Plenary Assembly.


SOURCE: Technical Unit of the Secretariat General of the Congress


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