Eka Beselia to attend PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:55

On May 18-19, Belgrade hosts the PACE Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee sitting to be attended by the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia.
The agenda includes: report on Implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, Fighting organized crime by facilitating the confiscation of illegal assets, democratic approach to the issues of governance in European multinational States, proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights and strengthening international regulations against trade in goods used for torture and the death penalty.
Eka Beselia will deliver the report on the issues considered at the Venice Commission Democratic Election Council sitting on “New Threats of Rule of Law in CoE member States”The Committee sitting will as well be attended by the Head of Serbian Delegation to PACE and officials of Ministry of Justice of Serbia.

Eka Beselia participating in Public Forum dedicated to the judicial reform

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Friday, 12 May 2017 11:15

The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia participated in the Public Forum on “Judicial system of Georgia: Reform Outcomes and Perspectives” organized by the Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary.
In her speech, she noted that three stages of judicial reform shall be followed with the exact diagnosis and accurate planning of the fourth stage. “The Legal Issues Committee declared that the judicial reform and enhancement of the judicial system are main priorities. All the issues under the Committee competences are important but the priority is conferred to judicial reform continuation and support. Everything is comparative and we shall compare the current situation, where we are now to some other situation. Naturally, we see the dynamics and release the grave situation we were in, moving forward to progress but we do not put full-stop and state about accomplishment of the reform after these three stages. We continue the reforming within the system and monitoring of the process. Particularly important factor I consider is to make the exact diagnosis after three stages, to make accurate assessment of the results, of the gaps to be eliminated, enhanced, corrected and to accurately plan the fourth stage”.
The Court is ready to see the real situation and along with the parties concerned make steps to enhance judicial system and increase independence thereof. “I am full of hopes for the process and believe that we are able in the shortest time to deal with the problems. It requires rational and correct decision-making in the forms and with the methods allowing obtaining optimal results. We are committed to it”.
She thanked EU and USA for support of enhancement of judicial system in Georgia. The Chair of the Coalition, Ana Natsvlishvili; Chair of the Supreme Court, Nino Gvenetadze; Deputy US Ambassador, Nicholas Berliner and the EU Ambassador, Janos Herman also addressed the attendees.
The forum concluded sundry panel discussions. E. Beselia participated in the discussion on Guarantees for Independence of Judges and spoke about efforts for creation of these guarantees, including: improvement of legal procedures of appointment of the judges, increase of social guarantees of judges, 3-year probationary period of judges, business-trip rules of the judges etc. She introduced the record in the draft Constitutional Changes regarding independence of judges.

The Coalition introduced the study results providing reform analysis, overview of the latest tendencies in the judicial system and consideration of the issues related to selection and appointment of the judges, as well as probationary period and life-tenure appointment, number of judges and their specialization, their estimation and promotion, administration of the Court and management etc.

The study is supported by the GYLA, TI-Georgia, Human Rights Training and Monitoring Center and Partnership for Human Rights.

The forum was held by means of USAID-funded PROLoG implemented by EWMI

Eka Beselia echoed the statement made by the President at the public consideration of the draft Constitutional Changes

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:52

The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia echoed the statement made by the President at the public consideration of the draft Constitutional Changes and stated that the President tries to demonstrate that allegedly his authorities have been deprived due to the personal attitude thereto. “He reveals the situation as if upon direct election of the President he will have the guaranteed victory”.
Even under the current Constitution, the authorities of the President fail to give the legal basis for direct elections. “The real situation is that in the event of direct election of the President, the candidate of the ruling political force “Georgian Dream” will win. I doubt that the incumbent President in the event of direct elections, has the chances for victory. We refuse the real possible outcome Georgian Dream candidate would achieve in case of the direct elections”.
The direct elections are related to unjustified expenditures from the budget. “In the event of indirect elections, unjustified expenditures will be spared in the budget. The mandate obtained by the ruling political party upon the elections is binding implying change of the current incorrect and contradictive norms in the Constitution, change of the model we have today”. It is the system transition to the new Parliamentary model envisaging necessity of the rule of Presidential election.

The sitting of the Legal Issues Committee

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:15

The Committee considered with the I reading the draft on Rule of Expropriation for Necessary Public Needs and the accompanying drafts. The draft improves legal regulations on expropriation and defines compensations for deprived property to the owner in the form of preliminary, full and fair remuneration and allows purposeful use of deprived property for public needs.
According to the Parliamentary Secretary of the Government, Shalva Tadumadze, the draft is entailed with failure of current regulations to meet the existing requirements. In line with the 4-point Governmental plan, infrastructural projects are scheduled in the country to be facilitated under the new draft. Respective international experience has been considered upon development of the drafts.
The draft envisages re-settlement in view to spare the land plot for public needs and/or project, envisaging negotiable and forced eviction.
Upon negotiable eviction, the contractor of the public needs and/or project shall obtain the property with agreement of the owner on the basis of the purchase agreement;
Upon forced eviction, it means expropriation when the contractor obtains the property through obtainment of the permit thereto by the Court decision under the condition of full, preliminary and fair remuneration.
The forced eviction shall be implemented on the basis of the Decree of the Economic Minister and with the Court decision by the state agency or public or legal entity. The Court shall consider the Decree of the Minister within one month and if the project implies complications, the term can be extended. The owner/holder shall be entitled to appeal. When the Court grants expropriation right to the person and the decision becomes effective, the expropriator expropriates on the basis of preliminary payment and fair remuneration.
According to the Chair, Eka Beselia, the Constitutional compliance of the changes shall be adhered. “The draft concerns property and so it is important to ensure Constitutional compliance of all the changes and keep the balance necessary upon human rights protection and implementation of necessary remedies”. The reporter answered the questions. The Committee supported the draft.

The meeting of Tamar Chugoshvili with CoE Human Rights Commissioner

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Friday, 28 April 2017 11:40

“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.

Beselia to participate in CoE Committee on Election of Judges

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:45

The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia is to leave for Paris to participate in the sitting of the CoE Committee on Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights on April 6.
According to the agenda, the Committee will interview three candidates to the Judges nominated from Albania.

Beselia and Sesiashvili attended the official reception in London

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Friday, 31 March 2017 14:40

The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia and the Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Irakli Sesiashvili attended the official reception in Palace of Europe held on the occasion of enactment of visa free travel for Georgia.
At the reception, organized by the Embassy of Georgia to the United Kingdom, Diplomatic corps and Georgian diaspora celebrated this historical eventThe Ambassador of Georgia to UKTamar Beruchashvili delivered the welcome speech.
E. Beselia and I. Sesiashvili serve the visit to London to participate in the International Parliamentary Conference on Cyber and National Security organized by Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Eka Beselia and Irakli Sesiashvili participating in the International Parliamentary Conference in London

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 12:15

The Palace of Westminster in London hosts the International Parliamentary Conference on National and Cyber Security issues attended by the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia and the Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Irakli SesiashviliOn the first conference day the delegates will discuss the challenges of national security in the XXI century, role of the Governments and international organizations in security of the citizens, the role of the Parliaments in legislative regulation terms in protection of national interests etc.
The participants, upon discussing the national security issues in global context, will emphasize the threats the international community encounters deriving from distribution of nuclear weapon, cyber-attacks, human and drug trafficking etc. Another topic for consideration is definition of reduction of current and upcoming threats. On the basis of the British model, the delegates will consider the operative functions of British National Security Office from strategy to implementation and will also study the role of the British Parliament in terms of oversight of national security strategy, defense and intelligence activity.
The debates will follow the sessions on whether the Parliaments are entitled to warfare with consideration of the British and US models.
Today, E. Beselia and I. Sesiashvili will attend the reception held on behalf of the Speaker of the Parliament of Great BritainRt. Hon. John BercowThe Conference with participation of more than 90 MPs from 40 countries will be accomplished on March 31. The event is organized by the British Parliamentary Association and is the part of the series of the international Parliamentary events held on annual basis. Within the visit, Georgian MPs will meet with Georgian students in Britain.

International Conference “Role of Parliament of Georgia in Implementation of Standards of the European Convention on Human Rights

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Friday, 17 March 2017 15:50
Borjomi hosts the international conference “Role of Parliament of Georgia in Implementation of Standards of the European Convention on Human Rights” organized by CoE and Legal Issues Committee of Parliament. The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, the PACE member, Eka Beselia opened the conference. It is the second time, she stated that Georgia hosts the forum dedicated to the role of the Parliaments, including Georgian Parliament in implementation of European Human Rights Convention. “We have developed the most important changes during the last 2 years, reflected in the law. We have already introduced the new regulations in the Rules of Procedure adopted in the end of 2016. The changes were initiated by the Human Rights Committee I chaired. We have already provided that the Parliament implements the active oversight function on enforcement of ECHR decisions. Enactment of the new standards started in the new Parliament”. Best experience of some European countries would be preferable to be shared. “This conference is a good opportunity for us to see the role of the National Parliament in enforcement process with a new perspective and to undertake joint efforts to improve these standards”. The Chair of the Supreme Court, Nino Gvenetadze, the Chair of the Constitutional Court, Zaza Tavadze, the Chair of the Committee of Election of Judges of the ECHR, the Member of Latvian Parliament and the CoE Tbilisi Office representative, Cristian Urse addressed the attendees. According to N. Gvenetadze, conference agenda issues are important for Georgian Common Courts and judicial system. “I would like to wish successful accomplishment of the meeting which is so important for Georgian Common Courts and judicial system as the practice of European Court, decisions of Case Courts and application thereof on national legislation level is one of the main issues of judicial strategy and future 5-point action plan”. According to Z. Tavadze, Constitutional jurisdiction of Georgia is the sphere echoing the essence of ECHR and often applying Strasbourg Court practice. “I would like to underline that the Constitutional Court always granted the high importance to ECHR practice”. According to Latvian MP, the issue is important not only for Georgia but for all European Parliaments. “Georgia has achieved significant progress in terms of implementation of the Convention on the national level and this event evidences that Georgia further continues aspiration to progress”. CoE Tbilisi Office representative, C. Urse noted that Tbilisi Office is in close cooperation with the Legal Issues and the Human Rights Committees. The Committees strive to enhance opportunities of oversight of enforcement of Strasbourg Court decisions. “Of course, we can grant additional motive to our cooperation in order to consolidate and enhance it”. Tamar Chugoshvili, the First Deputy Chairperson will preside the session “Role of National Parliament in Implementation of European Convention on Human Rights”. E. Beselia will introduce the reform of the Parliament, covering establishment of effective oversight mechanisms of enforcement of European convention. The conference is participated by MPs and experts. According to E. Beselia, Georgia is the leader of the region amongst EaP states in terms of implementation of Parliamentary oversight. “I am glad that it is the second time Georgia hosts the international forum, organized by PACE and supported by our Committee. Enhancement of Parliamentary oversight in terms of European convention enforcement and application thereof in judicial system is the topic being valuable and paramount for us. Georgia is the leader in the region and amongst EaP states, implementing the Parliamentary oversight mechanisms, including on enforcement of ECHR decisions. We are a successful model of rapid adoption of legislative changes”.

Eka Beselia to deliver the speech at Geneva International Conference

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 14:45
The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia is to leave for Geneva to participate in the International Conference on March 15 on: “Boosting Parliamentary Involvement in Human Rights Protection and Rule of Law Sphere”. She will deliver the speech. The conference is organized within the Oxford University research project with partnership of UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, IPU, Secretariat of Community and Westminster Foundation for Democracy. E. Beselia will speak about the legislative changes in view of establishment and improvement of the institutional mechanisms for human rights protection in Georgia. She will introduce the novelties introduced to the Rules of Procedure in 2016 – Parliamentary oversight mechanisms for the reports to be submitted to the UN Committee on Contracts, new standards and she also will speak about oversight of enforcement of the orders of the ECHR. The Geneva Conference aims at demonstration of development related to boosting democratic involvement in human rights and rule of law; facilitation to further discussion on the proposals raised to the Human Rights Council on June 22, 2016. The experts will hold the discussion on practical and effective solutions for facilitation to increased Parliamentary involvement.
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