The sitting of the Defense and Security Committee

Published in Politics
Monday, 28 November 2016 14:44

The Committee discussed expediency of continuation of consideration of the drafts initiated in the preceding Parliament. The First Deputy Chair, Irakli Beraia introduced 3 legislative packages. The Committee voted for consideration of one package only: changes to the law on Occupied Territories; Criminal Code; Code of Administrative Offenses.
As to the drafts on changes to the laws on Military Obligation and Military Service; Military Police, the Committee considered to end considerations.
The Committee considered the Agreement between Georgia and EU on Exchange and Security Procedures of Classified Information. According to the reporter, the Head of International Relations Department of State Security Service Administration, Nana Beridze, the document is the frame agreement. Georgia has signed the similar agreements with 17 various countries, including EU and NATO member states. Ratification will facilitate to reliable and effective cooperation between Georgia and EU and enhancement of further approximation to EU. The Committee supported the document.

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