The sitting of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee
The Committee considered with the I reading the draft on International Protection, introduced by the Deputy-Minister of Refugees, Grigol Giorgadze. The draft conditions development of the legal mechanisms to eliminate gaps in the legislation and envisages approximation of Georgian legislation with international and European standards.
The draft envisages stricter control mechanisms for asylum seekers and persons with humanitarian and refugee status to be in compliance with EU directives. International protection for a foreign citizen or stateless person provides accessibility to asylum and conditions protection of rights of the persons with humanitarian or refugee status.
The draft provides the number of new norms and technological explanations. The draft declares the Law on Refugee and Humanitarian Statuses of December 6, 2011 to be void. The draft, developed with participation of the Office of UN High Commissioner on Refugees, entails changes to 16 laws. The Committee supported the draft.
The sitting of the Bureau
The Bureau discussed the drafts on Constitutional Changes and on Autonomous Republic of Adjara. According to the procedures, the drafts shall be submitted to the Procedural Issues and Rules Committee to verify authenticity of signatures to be followed with set up of the steering commission of public consideration and promulgation of the Constitutional draft.The agenda of May 3-5 plenary sessions includes more than 90 drafts, new initiatives and organizational issues.MPs will consider with the I reading the draft on Entrepreneurship and the draft on Securities Market. MPs will discuss the issues for II and III reading.The Bureau registered new legislative initiatives, including the draft Resolution of the Parliament on Declaring the Resolution on Set up of the State Constitutional Commission and Endorsement of the Regulations of the State Constitutional Commission Void, declaring the Resolution of December 15, 2016 void.The Bureau decided to start consideration of the drafts on General Administrative Code and on Special Penitential Service. The organizational issues included the reports by the Ministry of Finance, National Bank, National Statistics Office and Board of Trustees of the Public Broadcaster. The plenary session will be held on May 3 at 12h00.
The sitting of the Bureau
The Bureau considered the agenda for April 19-21 plenary sessions and assigned the leading and mandatory Committees for new initiatives.
The agenda includes 15 issues: for I reading the drafts on: Higher Education; Red Cross Society; Rules of Procedure; for the II reading the drafts on: State Property; Machakhela National Park; Regulation Fees. MPs will hear the report by the Personal Data Protection Inspector on activity for 2016.
The Chairman echoing the statement of the President regarding activity of the State Constitutional CommissionIt is the deliberate attempt to mislead the society and discredit the State Constitutional Commission. I cannot give any other estimation but this, which is grave for me – to the statement of the President, as the Chairman stated at the joint sitting of the SCC. He noted that the position declared in the SCC regarding the election of the President was based on prevention of any of the decisions to be based on the subjective opinions. “According to our position, the next Presidential elections should be held in direct manner followed with transition to the indirect elections”, - he stated. The Commission practically omits the status of the President and the respective agreement has been achieved. In the statements concerning the authorities of the President, the Chairman noted that the changes are minimal. “The authorities of the President are restricted at the extent on the basis of the changes of 2010 that even we had this intention we would not be able to adopt any essential changes in view of restriction of the Presidential authorities”. Deriving, the statement that the only objective of the Commission allegedly is to restrict authority of one particular politician is a deliberate misleading of the society. “We deal with the deliberate attempt to discredit the Commission. No one shall mislead the society in such form. I cannot give any other estimation to this fact”. The statement of the President that “with support of the President we were forced by the society to transit to the indirect elections only after conduct of the direct elections next year”, was incorrect. The Chairman noted that if the President further makes incorrect statements, the position might be revised and the direct Presidential elections might not be held next year. “We took lots of things into account. Deriving from the systemic approach, we presume that it would be preferable to transit to the indirect elections of the President and this opinion is based on the common approach. One of the reasons we introduced this position - direct elections followed with indirect elections – was that we took the position of the President into account and thus made our choice for the two-stage reform. If the President continues making incorrect statements and if tries to mislead the society, we might think of revision of the position to omit the direct elections next year and transit to the indirect elections”.
The joint sitting of the Health Care and Social Issues and the Education, Science and Culture Committees
The Committees discussed rehabilitation of children with disabilities and inclusive aid. According to the human rights protection action plan, the NPLE “Studio ADC” and “Child, Family, Society” representatives and parents of disabled children discussed implementation of the facilitation to inclusive aid.
The parties discussed the problems emerged upon provision of equal possibilities for persons with disabilities. As noted, the child early development program shall be further extended to cover wider geographical area. Despite existence of rehabilitation centers and family services, it is not enough as the number of children pending is still high. One of the factors impeding inclusion of children into early development program is scarcity of funds and training of qualified personnel. As the specialists stated, particular attention shall be attached to civil integration of disable children of ethnic minorities. The sitting was attended by NGOs, representatives of the Ministries of Labor, Health and Social Protection and of Education and Science. They introduced problem solution ways and recommendations.
According to MP, Rati Ionatamashvili, “Protection of rights of persons with disabilities is one of the acute challenges of the Government. My mandate in the Parliament does not belong to me only but it belongs to all persons with disabilities. However, I have to state that the issue covers various directions and simultaneous solution is impossible. It shall be solved stage by stage, though we shall not waste time as it is an important factor”.
The Chair of the HealthCare and Social Issues Committee resumed the sitting. “Today, we started consideration of important issues and the sittings will further continue. We will get resumed to the issue, especially upon consideration of the budget. We will discuss the issue in working regime with all the parties and I hope we will achieve a lot”, - Akaki Zoidze stated.
The Committees also considered the draft on Status of Military Serviceman, introduced by the Deputy-Defense Minister, Nukri Gelashvili. The draft envisages improvement of conditions for conscripts – establishment of new rules for temporary leave and vacation for the military-men in Defense Ministry to allow them better master the profession.
The change is entailed with the circumstance that in view of obtained skills according to the combat training and profession of a military-man, the serviceman shall pass the initial training similar to NATO Forces.
The serviceman shall be trained in physical terms and shall obtain necessary skills allowing him continuing his military career in the future. The Committees supported the draft.
The sitting of the Legal Issues Committee
The Legal Issues Committee supported the draft resolutions with majority of votes. According to the first draft resolution, continuation of consideration of 32 drafts initiated in the preceding Parliament has been recognized expedient as decided by nine Committees.
According to the second draft resolution, continuation of consideration of 9 drafts initiated in the preceding Parliament has been recognized inexpedient. The draft resolutions shall be submitted to the Bureau to be considered at the plenary session.