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Third Session of the 13th NPC Concludes in Beijing

2020/05/28

The third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) was concluded on the afternoon of 28 May at the Great Hall of the People, after successfully completing all its agenda items. The closing meeting approved, among other documents, the government work report and the work report of the NPC Standing Committee. The Civil Code was adopted and promulgated under Order No. 45 signed by President Xi Jinping. The meeting also adopted the Decision of the National People's Congress on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The meeting voted and approved the resolution on the government work report. It pointed out that the meeting fully recognized the work of the State Council over the past year, endorsed the overall requirements, main targets and key tasks set out in the report for economic and social development in 2020, and decided to approve the report.

The meeting adopted by vote the Civil Code, which is to take effect on 1 January 2021.

The meeting adopted by vote the Decision of the National People's Congress on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, which became effective upon its release on Thursday.

The meeting voted and approved the resolution on the implementation of the 2019 Plan for National Economic and Social Development and on the 2020 Plan for National Economic and Social Development, which approved the report on the implementation of the 2019 plan and the 2020 draft plan, and agreed to the 2020 Plan for National Economic and Social Development.

The meeting voted and approved the resolution on the implementation of central and local budgets for 2019 and on central and local budgets for 2020, which approved the report on the implementation of 2019 budget and on the draft budget for 2020, and agreed to the central budget for 2020.

The meeting voted and approved the resolution on the work report of the NPC Standing Committee. It pointed out that the meeting fully recognized the work of the Standing Committee since the second session of the 13th NPC, agreed to the priorities and work plan for the coming months as proposed, and decided to approve the report.

The meeting approved through vote resolutions on the work reports of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, and decided to approve the two reports.

(The full text is available at http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2020lh/2020-05/28/c_1126046968.htm)

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