Delegation of the Legislative Council to visit Prague, Zagreb, Rijeka and Budapest
(From 13 to 23 September 2009)
The delegation conducted an 11-day overseas visit to Prague of the Czech Republic, Zagreb and Rijeka of the Republic of Croatia, and Budapest of the Republic of Hungary, from 13 to 23 September 2009.
The purpose of the visit was to obtain first-hand information on the political and constitutional development in these emerging democracies as well as their electoral systems, so as to draw experience from how they managed the changes during the democratization process. The delegation also took the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the operation of the legislatures concerned, including their committee structure, the way different parties in the legislature worked together, the support provided to individual Members of Parliaments (MPs) by their Parliamentary Service, how the Parliamentary Service was managed and financed, and the challenges faced by MPs.
The delegation was led by Hon Emily LAU Wai-hing (Leader) and Hon Fred LI Wah-ming (Deputy Leader). Other Members were Hon Timothy FOK Tsun-ting, Hon Alan LEONG Kah-kit, Hon Cyd HO Sau-lan, Hon Paul CHAN Mo-po, Hon IP Kwok-him and Hon Paul TSE Wai-chun.