Criminal Code of Practice was discussed in Parliament
The last spring sessions will be overloaded. Deriving from importance of the issues and the consideration period, plenary sessions will be held on June 22, 23 and 24 and will be closed on June 24 in line with the Rules of Procedure. The session week results will define necessity of extraordinary sessions.
The Speaker stated that the Code of Conduct for MPs has been developed and the draft delivered to MPs. The preceding Parliament developed the similar draft though it failed. “Now, within open government program and with support by international organizations, we can develop the Code of Conduct for MPs, which is a complex and interesting document and as it concerns MPs and ethics of MPs, I would like to let MPs study the draft before initiation. MPs can introduce their opinions to the working group as ethic norms have the meaning when it is at maximal extent based on consensus”.
He called on MPs to inform Guguli Magradze and Giorgi Kakhiani about their remarks or offers within a week. Minority MPs plan to continue boycott and the plenary will be held without them attending. As to the estimated agenda, it includes up to 50 issues for voting and the same amount for consideration and some for accelerated consideration. There are as well sundry documents for ratification.
The agenda also includes the organic law on Common Courts, related to the third wave of the judicial reform, though due to failure to achieve consensus on some articles, it can impede adoption of the draft with the III reading.
The Bureau discussed new initiatives and decided to start consideration. The initiatives include the drafts on: Red Cross Society of Georgia; Criminal Code of Practice, changing the regulations on jury, the draft on Civil Security, defining firemen-rescuer social provision guarantees.
MPs will consider and adopt the Code of Conduct in Pre-Election Period, authored by Victor Dolidze. The document is signed by all Faction Chairs except UNM. The draft envisages the Parliament declaring that the conduct rules and ethical standards shall be observed and that the political parties shall act in line with the Constitution, legislation, Election Code and democratic governance principles, the Parliament recognizes concrete rights and freedom of political parties and calls on the parties to refuse hostility and violence. The Parliament recognizes importance of depoliticization of public services and inadmissibility of usage of administrative resources for the elections. The Parliament calls on media to protect equal treatment principles to political subjects and underlines the role of the Court on electoral disputes.
As the Speaker stated, agreement on Election Conduct rules is timely and important and it is a good example of cooperation. It would be preferable if UNM stops boycott and participates in consideration of this issue along with non-parliamentary parties. The author of the Code thanked the colleagues for cooperation, the Speaker, the President and the Prime Minister. The plenary week starts on June 22 at 13hoo following the Bureau at 12h30.