Georgian Parliament in your phone: EU helps to set up application

Published in Society
Thursday, 12 May 2022 13:51

The EU has helped to create the Geo Parliament smartphone application.

The app will be useful for all those who want to be more involved in the activities of the Georgian parliament, read draft laws, make comments or have online communication with any member of parliament.

The Geo Parliament app can be downloaded and installed from the Google Play Store and the Apple Store.

Source: EU NEIGHBOURS east 

GEORGIA HOSTS THE SPEAKER OF THE GRAND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF TURKEY

Published in Politics
Monday, 21 February 2022 13:55

The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mustafa Şentop serves the visit to Georgia. This is reported by the administration of the Parliament.

He was met at the Airport by the First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament, Giorgi Volski and the Chair of the Diaspora and Caucasus Issues Committee and the Head of the Georgia-Turkey Friendship Group, Beka Odisharia.

The first meeting of Mr. Şentop will be held with the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili.

The enlarged meeting with the Members of the Georgian Parliament is as well scheduled.

After the meeting, the Speakers will sign the Cooperation Document and make a joint statement.

PARLIAMENT ADOPTING RESOLUTION ON POSSIBLE MILITARY ESCALATION IN UKRAINE

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 02 February 2022 12:58

At Today’s Plenary Session, the Parliament adopted the Resolution on Possible Military Escalation in Ukraine with 74 votes.
The document developed by the members of the Parliamentary Majority Giorgi Khelashvili, Maka Botchorishvili, Levan Karumidze, Givi Mikanadze and Tamar Taliashvili was introduced to the MPs by the First Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Giorgi Khelashvili.

The Parliament, according to the resolution, expresses grave concern about a possible military escalation in Ukraine and condemns any intention directed against a sovereign state and its territorial integrity, which poses a new threat not only to Ukraine but also to regional peace and security.

The resolution further notes that the Georgian Parliament urges on the Georgian government to continue its contribution to the prevention of war in Ukraine by using diplomatic instruments and working closely with strategic partners.

The majority of the opposition, according to Giorgi Khelashvili, is attempting to avoid supporting important state resolutions by providing an excuse rather than a cause.

According to him, the same thing happened to the constitutional record that backed Georgia's integration into the European Union and the Euro-Atlantic area, such as the Parliamentary resolution on foreign policy that referred to Russia as Georgia's occupier, but the UNM refused to endorse it.

Giorgi Khelashvili once again addressed the opposition before the discussion and called for support for the document.

"The opposition, led by the United National Movement, is almost unanimously opposed to the resolution. This is disappointing, because it would be desirable for us to pass a resolution with the support of all political forces. We can boldly conclude that the aim of the opposition is not to participate in the development of real foreign policy, but only political manipulation. I call on other political parties and factions, if not the National Movement, to take a historical perspective and vote for this resolution, because years later, their signatures will not be found on this resolution”, - Giorgi Khelashvili said.

Most of the opposition MPs demanded from the initiators of the draft that the text of the resolution clearly state the Russian Federation, saying that the document would gain support only in this case and would not remain just a one-party document of the ruling team.

Administration of the Parliament of Georgia

Shalva Papuashvili elected Parliament Speaker

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 29 December 2021 15:08

Georgian Parliament has elected Shalva Papuashvili, Chairman at Parliamentary Committee for Education and Science, as the new Speaker of Parliament on Wednesday, replacing Kakha Kuchava. Eighty-eight MPs backed his candidacy, while one MP voted against.

In his address, Papuashvili thanked the parliamentary majority for nominating for the post of Parliament Chairman. He said: “This is the greatest honor and responsibility before the public and our political team. Correspondingly, I will do my best to serve our country and people with dignity.”

“This year has been one of the most difficult years for our country since independence. The public simultaneously faced occupation, pandemic, economic challenges, and forced polarization. Despite these difficult challenges, under our team’s leadership: We kept the peace without retreating; we overcame several serious waves of the pandemic; we restored the country’s economy to pre-pandemic levels; we created a solid foundation for the political stability of the country by conducting the local self-government elections appropriately.

Our doctors, our policemen, our soldiers, and our teachers were the allies of the Georgian people and authorities in dealing with all these challenges. Many thanks to them and to all the people who stood by the state during this difficult time,” Papuashvili underscored.

He pledged to “stand guard over parliamentary sovereignty as the Parliament is the institution in which the power of the people – the source of governmental authority – is expressed to the greatest extent.”

“I exercise the will of the majority of the people of Georgia. However, as chairman of Parliament, I will be the guarantor of the involvement and participation of the opposition elected by the people. Moreover, despite the existing confrontation, we have a good experience of cooperating with the opposition in this Parliament, which is related to a successful electoral reform. Against this backdrop, the boycott of parliamentary activities by a part of the opposition is particularly disappointing, especially given that the Parliament of Georgia has taken a central place in Georgian politics as a result of the reform of the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament carried out by our team.

With the new democratic standards, the multi-party Parliament has robust levers to oversee the executive branch of government. The role of the parliamentary opposition has increased in an unprecedented manner. All this creates special conditions for businesslike parliamentary discussion. Integration into NATO and the European Union is our main foreign policy priority. As you are aware, our political team has an ambitious goal to apply for EU membership in 2024. Precisely for this reason, over the next three years, we are facing an agenda laden with legislative reforms, which should play a pivotal role in our country’s legislative and institutional rapprochement with the European Union and bring the country’s democratic development to a new level.

Our national objective is to unite the country and bring back our Abkhazian and Ossetian sisters and brothers. And this Parliament will be complete only when the elected representatives from Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali Region will sit in this hall together with us. This is the goal that must unite each and every one of us. We have a distinguished country with dignified people, a unique history, a rich culture, and a church that stands guard over spirituality. This country and these people deserve unity, prosperity, progress, and development. And that is precisely why it is our special duty to dedicate our thoughts and deeds to this goal. This will be my main objective as the chairman of Parliament,” he underscored.

Source: https://1tv.ge/en/news/shalva-papuashvili-elected-as-parliament-speaker/

Georgian politicians should fully respect the independent mandate of the Public Defender

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 24 November 2021 13:31

Strasbourg, 23 November 2021 - "Public attacks by members of the Georgian Parliament against the Public Defender of Georgia, in connection with her and her Office’s work related to the imprisonment of the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and his hunger strike, are unacceptable", said today Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. 

"I commend the Public Defender and her Office for their efforts to uphold the highest possible standards of protection of the human rights of all individuals over whom the Georgian authorities exercise jurisdiction.

This issue was high on my agenda during the meeting I had yesterday in Strasbourg with the Chairman of the Georgian Dream Party, Irakli Kobakhidze, and the Chair of the Committee on European Integration in the Georgian Parliament, Ms Maka Botchorishvili.

Under the Venice Principles, member states are obliged to effectively protect their Ombudsman institutions from any threats or action aiming at or resulting in any hurdles to their effective functioning. I call on the Georgian authorities to ensure that the Public Defender, her office and associated experts can operate in a climate that is conducive to them carrying out their mandate independently, effectively and safely, in line with the Recommendation (2021)1 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the development and strengthening of effective, pluralist and independent national human rights institutions.

It is crucially important first and foremost for all citizens of Georgia but also for Georgia’s international partners, including the Council of Europe, to be able to count on the expertise of an Ombudsman institution which is able to discharge its works independently and effectively, in full compliance with international standards, including the Paris Principles and the Venice Principles. I look forward to discussing this and other human rights issues during my forthcoming visit to Georgia in February next year."

Source: https://bit.ly/3xeG7ud

Georgian parliamentary speaker Irakli Kobakhidze resigned from his post

Published in Politics
Friday, 21 June 2019 16:47

Georgian parliamentary speaker Irakli Kobakhidze resigned from his post on June 21 following overnight clashes between police and demonstrators outside of the parliament in Tbilisi.

A statement on Kobakhidze's resignation was read out to journalists in Tbilisi on June 21 by Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, the secretary-general of the ruling Georgian Dream party, after a meeting of the party leadership.

Although Kobakhidze was standing in the briefing room while the statement was being read out to journalists, he left the room without making any comment.

Georgian opposition leaders earlier on June 21 vowed to return to the streets of Tbilisi on the evening of June 21 to call for the resignations of I. Kobakhidze and Georgia's interior minister.

Demonstrators also are demanding early parliamentary elections in response to the political crisis that has erupted following the overnight violence.

Grigol Vashadze, chairman of the United National Movement party, called for demonstrators to gather for a rally beginning at 7 p.m. local time near the parliament building where the clashes occurred overnight.

Irakli Kobakhidze was elected as the Speaker of the Parliament on November 18, 2016.

MP Archil Talakvadze is expected to replace I. Kobakhidze.

 

 

EU supports constitutional reform in Georgia

Published in World
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:02

On 10 October, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia released a statement on the constitutional reform in the country. In the statement, it expressed its agreement with the opinion of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, which positively assessed the reform.

From early this year, the European Union voiced its expectation that the introduction of extensive amendments to the Constitution of Georgia would strengthen democracy and the rule of law, based on wide-ranging and inclusive consultations,” the EU said.

“We welcomed the commitment of the Georgian Parliament to consult the Venice Commission and fully incorporate its recommendations.”

The full text of the statement, which the EU Delegation issued in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Georgia, can be accessed here.

PM's Meeting with Libra Group

Published in Politics
Friday, 20 January 2017 11:00

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting today with Nicholas Logothetis, a co-owner of Libra Group, an international conglomerate, and informed him of Georgia's investment opportunities. The discussion involved prospects of tourism, energy, and transport cooperation. Giorgi Kvirikashvili described to the representative of this large business group Georgia's tourism potential and upcoming infrastructural projects. Libra Group has numerous subsidiaries in 35 countries across the globe, with its main sectors of interest including aviation, energy, finances, hospitality services, and real estate.

The President of Georgia calls to Parliament to enhance supervisory function on Gasprom agreement

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 16:05

The President of Georgia calls to Georgian Parliament to enhance supervisory function on Gazprom agreement and present the plan, how the risks and threats will be minimized.
According to Giorgi Margvelashvili, additional political risks on energy security we may receive. The President of Georgia believes that energy sector and economical interests was worsened. 

Georgian President recommends Georgian Parliament to strengthen media security mechanisms

Published in Politics
Friday, 18 November 2016 15:50

Georgian President recommends Georgian Parliament to strengthen media security mechanisms and create more solid defense guarantee. This statement was made by Giorgi Margvelashvili today.
According to him, free and pluralistic media determines the level of democracy in any country. As the President said, nobody should have questions on media freedom quality.
“We should not have unexplained closed-rated talk shows, secret surveillance, blackmail and threats against media representatives; Journalists should not have fired,”- the President of Georgia said. 

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