The sitting of the Bureau, chaired by the Speaker, discussed the agenda of the plenary sessions for the last week of the Spring Session today.
The Speaker informed the members of the Bureau regarding the list of the issues to be discussed during plenary sessions of June 28-30, which includes several issues for voting and over 100 issues for discussion. The Parliament discusses the following draft laws in accordance with the accelerated procedure: “On introducing amendments to the Law on General Education”, “On introducing amendments to the Law on electricity and Natural gas”, “On introducing amendments to the organic Law of Georgia Election Code of Georgia”, “On introducing amendments to the organic Law of Georgia Administrative Offences Code of Georgia”. It is also planned to listen to Annual Report on Implementation of 2016 State Budget of Georgia, Annual Reports of the National Communications Commission of Georgia and State Audit Service of Georgia for 2016. The organizational issues were also discussed during the meeting. Based on the request of the Legal Issues Committee, the Bureau made a decision on postponing timing for considering several legislative proposals.
Afterwards, the members of the Bureau moved to the plenary sitting hall.
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 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 Bureau discussed agenda issues. According to the Chairman, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, MPs will continue consideration of the draft on covert investigation activities with the II reading, as well as the alternative drafts by the Minority.
The Deputy Chairman, Sergi Kapanadze asked to postpone consideration as there are remarks expressed and consultations shall continue. It will facilitate adoption of the drafts in the constructive regime and within the established term. “I held the consultations with the Chair and Deputies of the Legal Issues Committee the position of which that we shared was to continue consideration of the drafts deriving from the terms. We are short of time as we shall adopt the draft with all 3 hearings for the end of March. We shall also consider the post-adoption procedures and hence, we considered it expedient to continue consideration with the II reading”, - the Chairman noted.
The agenda also includes all the issues scheduled for consideration.
The Bureau defined the new legislative initiatives and the mandatory and leading Committees, as well as considered the organizational issues and took note of some of them.
According to the Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee Zaza Khutsishvili, 3 drafts were submitted to the Committee concerning wood cut and ecology in the Capital. The Committee set up the working group. MPs resumed discussions at the plenary session.
The Bureau discussed plenary agenda. MPs will consider termination of authority ahead of time for Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Kakha Kaladze, Giorgi Gakharia and Sandra Roelofs and authority of Guguli Magradze, David Matikashvili, Giorgi Khatidze and Giorgi Ghviniashvili as substitution.
MPs will consider with the III reading the drafts on: International Protection; and Criminal Code. According to the Chairman, the drafts have been initiated in the preceding Parliament.
MPs will also discuss the candidacies of Archil Mestvirishvili, Murtaz Kikoria and Robert Hendry Singleter Jr. nominated to the vacant positions of the Members of the Board of the National Bank.
The Bureau discussed organizational issues. On the basis of application by the Health Care and Social Issues Committee, two weeks have been defined for consideration of 6 drafts initiated in the preceding Parliament.
The Bureau discussed the agenda for November 30-December 2 plenary sessions. As the Chairman, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze stated, the agenda will include four draft resolutions on termination of authority ahead of time for MPs: Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Kakha Kaladze, Giorgi Gakharia and Sandra Roelofs. The authority of Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Kakha Kaladze, Giorgi Gakharia is terminated due to appointment on the Governmental positions, while authority of S. Roelofs is terminated on the basis of the personal refusal. The plenary agenda also includes four documents for ratification:
- Loan Agreement between Georgia and ADB (ordinary transactions)(internal resource mobilization improvement for inclusive growth program – sub-program 3);
- Loan Agreement between Georgia and ADB (special transactions)(internal resource mobilization improvement for inclusive growth program – sub-program 3);
- Loan Agreement between Georgia and IBRD of September 3, 2014 (E-transmission line enhancement project), Change N1;
- Agreement between Georgia and EU on Exchange and Protection Security Procedures of Classified Information.
MPs will also consider two draft resolutions on expediency and inexpediency of further consideration of the drafts initiated in the preceding Parliament. The Bureau took note of the statement of the citizen, Zaza Rukhadze on non-consideration of his candidacy on the position of the Member of the Constitutional Court.
The Chairman, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze stated that in line with the Decree of the President of Georgia, the plenary session will be convened on Saturday, November 26 at 12h00. The agenda includes consideration of the Governmental Program “Freedom, Rapid Development, Welfare, Governmental Program for 2016-2020” and vote of confidence to the Government.
The Bureau discussed the initiatives by the Committees on continuation of consideration of the drafts initiated in the 8th Term. MPs heard the report by the Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Mr. Irakli Sesiashvili on participation of the Parliamentary Delegation to NATO PA session and the preparatory works for upcoming NATO PA session scheduled in Georgia.
The Bureau considered the organizational issues, including the decisions of the Board of Treasurers related to functioning of the new Parliament. The next Bureau will be held on Friday at 21h00 in Kutaisi.
Newly elected Parliament held the first Bureau sitting, chaired by the Chairman, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze. He congratulated MPs with the successful first plenary and the Committee sittings.
During consideration of the agenda issues, the Bureau took note of the Decrees of the President of Georgia on acting Government prior to formation of the Government of Georgia and nomination of the candidate by the Electoral Subject – Political Union of Citizens “Georgian Dream – for Democratic Georgia”, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili to the position of the Prime Minister of Georgia as having the best results in the Parliamentary Elections of 2016.
The Bureau discussed the address by MP, Sandra Roelofs about termination of the authority of the Member of the Parliament. As the Chair of the Procedural Issues and Rules Committee, GIorgi Kakhiani elucidated, the issue will be considered in line with the Rules of Procedure. “As you know, the Committee sitting can be held within one week upon submission of the application and next week, within the respective term we will initiate the process”. The Bureau endorsed the minutes of the first organizational sittings and the draft Regulations of the Committees.} The Chairman appealed to the Committees to submit the conclusions concerning the issues under consideration. “The preceding Parliament has considered the number of issues now under consideration and we have to make the decisions about consideration of the hereof issues by our Parliament. I hereby appeal to the Committees according to field specialization, to submit the conclusions regarding the issues considered expedient to continue”.
He noted that the issues are preferably to be developed for the next session week and hence, he addressed the Committees to consider the issues at the Monday sittings and submit the relevant conclusions to the Legal Committee. As the Chairman stated, tomorrow, the candidate to the Prime Minister, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili plans to nominate the PM candidate and hence, the Bureau will be held tomorrow at 15h00.