x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Public will have input on UAE laws

The public will get the chance to view, comment on and help improve proposed laws before they reach the Federal National Council.

ABU DHABI // The public will get the chance to view, comment on and help improve proposed laws before they reach the Federal National Council - in an unprecedented opening of the decision-making process. A draft law on the Marriage Fund will be the first on which input will be sought from Emirati citizens, as well as those with what the state news agency WAM, the state news agency, described as an interest in the legal development of the UAE, before being discussed by the FNC's committees.

The FNC Speaker, Abdul Aziz al Ghurair, said the council's web portal would be used to publicise the draft law. Adequate time will be allowed so people can learn the proposal and contribute their thoughts, opinions and suggestions on ways to make the law more effective. The move is designed to create what WAM said was "improved rapport between the FNC and the citizens". It follows directives from Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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