ABU DHABI, -- The Federal National Council, FNC, highlighted the necessity of drafting Memorandums of Understanding, MoU, and preparing joint plans and work programmes between the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA, and government and local authorities to execute the plans of the general strategy for emergencies and crises, as well as developing and raising the efficiency of the national response in cases of emergencies and crises according to the best international methods and practices.

This happened during today's 12th meeting of the second ordinary session of the FNC's 16th legislative chapter, which was held in at headquarters in Abu Dhabi, headed by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the FNC.

The session was attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Chairman of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

In its recommendations, adopted while discussing the policies of the NCEMA that it decided to refer to the Internal and External Defence Affairs Committee, the council stressed the importance of increasing the number of emergency drills by the NCEMA, as well as increasing its participations and working on developing specialised educational and academic programmes in the fields of emergencies, crises and disasters, in co-ordination with higher education institutions.

The council members directed four questions to government representatives about the use of the Arabic language in lectures and seminars around the country, limiting the cost of financial contracts for football players in sporting clubs, establishing a sports complex in Ras al-Khaimah, and using electronic signatures in all procedures and stages of criminal action.

The council adopted two recommendations based on the response of government representatives. The first recommendation was to monitor and apply the FNC's recommendation to issue a federal law to protect the Arabic language and strengthen its stature through obligating its use in all federal, local and private institutes in both speaking and writing, as previously discussed in another session held on 25th November, 2014, regarding strengthening the stature of the Arabic language.

In the second recommendation, it wanted the application of standards of governance for football companies according to the Licensed Commercial Companies Law, as well as placing of standards on the financial surveillance of local clubs and football companies.

Source: Emirates News Agency