PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT STAGES

2005

  • H.H. the President’s speech on National Day 34 regarding the programme meant to empower and strengthen the role of the Federal National Council.
  • Decision of the Federal Supreme Council No. (3) for 2005 to consider H.H.’s speech as a national action plan.

2006

  • Creation of a Ministry dedicated to the affairs of the Federal National Council.
  • Decision of the Federal Supreme Council No. (4) for 2006 regarding the method of selecting the representatives of the emirates in the Federal National Council.
  • H.H. the President’s Decision No. (3) for 2006 regarding the method of selecting the representatives of the Emirates in the Federal National Council.
  • First Federal National Council elections.
  • The first female member of the FNC was elected, and 8 other women were appointed by the rulers of the emirates. Women held nine seats in the FNC, making up 22.5% of the Council – one of the highest rates in the world.

2009

  • Constitutional Amendment No. (1) of 2009, which extended FNC terms to four (4) calendar years, while the Council’s meeting cycles were extended to seven (7) months. The Amendment also gave the Council control over setting its internal list and then issuing it (under a decision from H.H. the President). The FNC was also given an advisory role over international conventions and treaties that are referred to it by H.H. the President.

2011

  • Decision of the Federal Supreme Council No. (1) of 2011 amending certain provisions of Federal Supreme Council Resolution No. (4) of 2006 regarding the method of selecting the representatives of the emirates to the Federal National Council.
  • H.H. the President’s Decision No. (2) of 2011 to amend H.H. the President’s Decision No. (3) of 2006 regarding the method of selecting representatives to the Federal National Council: the new Decision calls for increasing the number of members in the electoral colleges.
  • The second Federal National Council elections.

2015

  • Third Federal National Council elections.
  • A significant increase in the number of members in the electoral colleges.
  • First female Speaker of Parliament in the Arab world.

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