The meeting of Tamar Chugoshvili with the Ambassador of Turkey
The First Deputy Chairperson of the Parliament, Ms. Tamar Chugoshvili held the meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey, H.E. Zeki Levent Gümrükçü.
The parties discussed bilateral cooperation, Friendship Group meetings and cooperation of the Parliamentary Delegations to PACE.
As Ms. Chugoshvili stated after the meeting, the meeting was productive and friendly. “We mainly spoke about inter-Parliamentary relations, enactment of Friendship Groups and facilitation to inter-Parliamentary cooperation. We touched upon cooperation between our Parliamentary Delegations to PACE and enhancement of our relations through the Delegations in multilateral format concerning the priority issues, such is EU integration, where we share common foreign priorities”.
The sitting of the Bureau
The Bureau chaired by the First Deputy Chairperson, Tamar Chugoshvili discussed agenda for May 17-19 plenary sessions. MPs will consider with the III reading the draft on Declaration of the Law on National Investment Agency Void; with the II reading the drafts on Red Cross Society; and on Imprisonment Code.
The agenda also includes the legislative initiatives by the Majority Factions and MP, Roman Gotsiridze envisaging changes to the Tax Code. The Chair of the Procedural Issues and Rules Committee, Giorgi Kakhiani considers initiation of the drafts in one package expedient. As R. Gotsiridze stated the remark is acceptable and submission of the drafts was not pre-designed and the initiatives have been registered 2 months ago.
According to the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia, the Bureau is entitled to reject the drafts if detects gaps or if decides the draft to impede activity of the Parliament.
According to T. Chugoshvili, it is no pleasant tendency and expressed her hope that MPs will abstain from such submission form of initiatives in the future. The agenda also includes some documents for ratification:
Agreement between Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on International Motor Traffic;
Agreement between Georgia and Belarus on Air Traffic;
Decision of the Joint Committee N1/2016 set up under the Free Trade Agreement between Georgia and Turkey on Changes to the Protocol II on Definition of the Concept of Origin of Goods and Methods of Administrative Cooperation. The next Bureau sitting will be held on Monday to further specify the agenda.
Tamar Chugoshvili: I would hail if the Speaker of the Parliament and the President of Georgia jointly introduce the Constitutional Changes to the population
The Parliament invites the President of Georgia to participate in public consideration of the Constitutional Changes, as stated by the First Vice Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili.
“Regarding the public consideration of the Constitutional Changes, we have offer to the President – we want to invite him to participate in public considerations. I would hail the fact if the Speaker of the Parliament and the President of Georgia jointly introduce the Constitutional Changes to the population, especially that the President and his Administration have already started this process for a certain period and we start it now deriving from the requirements of the Rules of Procedure. However, we can consolidate these two processes”.
The meeting of Tamar Chugoshvili with CoE Human Rights Commissioner
“The human rights state in Georgia was very positively estimated”, - the Head of the Parliamentary Delegation to PACE, Tamar Chugoshvili stated after the meeting with the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks.
The report by the Commissioner on Georgia provided the recommendations, though as appeared after promulgation, the greatest part of the recommendations is already implemented. “Promulgation of the report revealed that the greatest part of the recommendations is already implemented. The recommendations envisaged the activities in terms of judicial reform. All the recommendations are already covered with the third wave of judicial reform”, - T. Chugoshvili stated.
The Constitutional reform ongoing in Georgia also meets the recommendation, envisaging increased quality of independence of Prosecutor’s Office.
“Within the Constitutional reform, we significantly increase independence of the Prosecutor’s Office and it meets one of the recommendations of the Commissioner. So, remarks expressed towards Georgia or recommendations are factually shared by the Parliament”.
She invited the Commissioner to Georgia. The meeting was attended by the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia and the Resident Representative of Georgia to CoE, Constantine Korkelia.
The PACE Monitoring Committee sitting to be held in Tbilisi in 2018
The PACE Monitoring Committee schedules the sitting in summer, 2018 in Tbilisi, as the Head of the Parliamentary Delegation, the Monitoring Committee member, Tamar Chugoshvili stated. Today, the Monitoring Committee considered the report providing the most positive estimations on Georgia. The main recommendation envisaged necessity to continue judicial reform and particular attention to the Venice Commission recommendations upon Constitutional reform.
“The co-rapporteurs introduced the positive estimations. Today, we heard the similar reports on four countries and the most positive was concerning Georgia. Both co-rapporteurs made positive accents on necessity of judicial reforming and consideration of Venice Commission recommendations upon Constitutional reform”.
According to the opposition MP, Giorgi Kandelaki, the Committee touched upon the Constitutional changes and hoped for consideration of Venice Commission remarks.
The meeting of Tamar Chugoshvili with the Secretary of Venice Commission
“According to our European colleagues, the changes to be introduced to the Constitution are positive and significant in all directions”, - the First Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili stated after the meeting with the Secretary of Venice Commission, Thomas Markert.
The parties discussed the draft Constitution and considered the Constitutional reform issues entailing dissent. According to T. Chugoshvili, Mr. Markert confirmed that the changes developed by SCC regarding election of the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Council of Justice are in compliance with the recommendations of Venice Commission.
“We emphasized the norms entailing dissent in Georgia and criticism. General estimation is that the text and the changes are positive and significant for the country in all directions, especially in terms of change of the electoral system. As to the particular opinions, the Venice Commission may have some technical remarks. Regarding two particular issues I can state that one of them concerns election of the Judges of the Supreme Court being subject of criticism that allegedly we deprive authorities from the President; the Venice Commission experts confirmed that the record is correct based on their recommendations and hence, the judicial system in Georgia shall be entitled to nominate the candidacies of Judges to the Supreme Court. The same is with the High Council of Justice – two changes regarding authority of the President, provided in the draft were confirmed by Venice Commission to be correctly reflected and in full compliance with their recommendations. To end the speculations taking place, we know the position on hereof issues and they are not subject to alteration”.
The Venice Commission expressed no remarks and gave the positive estimation to the proportional electoral system, 5% threshold and blocs. The meeting was attended by MP, Nino Goguadze. The Parliamentary Delegation serves the visit to Strasbourg to attend PACE Sessions, participate in Committee sittings and hold high rank meetings.