Waste illegally piled up along a major road in central Thanh Hoa city. Punishment for violations of regulations on environmental pollution was among topics discussed by NA deputies. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Full-time National Assembly (NA) deputies discussed penalties for juvenile offenders under draft revisions of the 2015 Penal Code at a meeting that began in Hanoi on April 3.

During the three-day meeting, lawmakers will also discuss four other draft laws, including draft laws on the management and use of State assets, State compensation liability, support for small- and medium-sized businesses and planning.

These draft laws will be submitted to the NA at the parliament’s upcoming third session.

Discussing draft amendments to the Penal Code, many deputies agreed that offenders aged between 14 and 16 should bear criminal liability, citing an increase in crimes committed by young people.

Deputy Nguyen Ngoc Phuong from central Quang Binh province said there crimes committed by young people were becoming more complicated, pointing to the need for the offenders aged between 14 and 16 to take criminal liability as a warning for others.

Strict punishments would create a good environment for children, she said, adding that we could not let crimes committed by some young people to affect other children.

The deputies also discussed other issues relating to the Penal Code such as legal liability of trade legal entities that finance terrorists, punishment for violations of regulations on food safety and hygiene and environmental pollution and crimes relating to rape and kidnapping.

Addressing the opening ceremony, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said holding the meeting of full-time NA deputies was important and brought practical results in lawmaking.

Issuing these laws was necessary to complete the legal system and to serve as a foundation in crime prevention and control.

It would also help create policies and mechanisms to support small- and medium-sized businesses to develop and ensure sustainable development for all economic sectors; and to address shortcomings in managing and using State property, she said.

The outcomes of the meeting would help improve the quality and progress of law building activities, she added.-VNA