The Speaker, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, as commenting to media after the meeting with the Business Association member companies, stated that the Parliament and business sector will actively cooperate in various formats.
We had the meeting with Business Association representatives first of all regarding the Constitutional changes. We discussed the issues related to legislative norms regulating economic relations and agreed on various cooperation formats. The Parliament will be absolutely open for business cooperation. First of all, we shall establish an effective format to preliminarily consider all the initiatives related to business interests”.
“The Constitution is the document to serve the basis for further development of our country and hence, the interest therein is high. Today, we can openly discuss the issues related to revision of the Constitution”, - the Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze stated at the meeting with NGOs. The representatives of the National Platform member organizations, containing up to 50 NGOs, were cognizant with the new draft edition of the Constitution and the process of development thereof, introduced by the Chair of the SCC.
According to Mr. Kobakhidze, 4-month works resulted in development of the draft Constitutional law by the working groups, envisaging fundamental changes to the Constitution in qualitative and quantitative terms.
“The Parliament has outlined two main tasks to the Commission: full compliance of the Constitution with the fundamental principles of the Constitutional Law, as compliance today is not ensured – we encounter the number of norms and regulations in gross contradiction with the fundamental principles, including the principle of separation of powers as underlined in the opinion of 2010 by Venice Commission upon the last revision of the Constitution; and formation of the system to ensure long-term, stable and democratic development of the country. I believe, the two tasks are accomplished with the document developed by the Commission”.
The Speaker spoke about another challenge and emphasized technical improvement of the Constitution. Other than the contextual changes, the Constitution also required the grammatical corrections and retitling of the Articles as the structure of the Chapters was not due. The draft Constitution eliminates this problem.
The Chair of the SCC introduced the changes in details developed by the working groups and reflected in the new edition of the Constitution. NGOs expressed their opinions and proposals regarding the draft.
The Secretary General of Georgian Parliament, Mr. Nikoloz Natenadze held the meeting with the IPU Secretary General, Mr. Martin Chungong.
The parties discussed inter-Parliamentary cooperation and exchange visits. The Parliamentary Delegation, headed by the Chairman, Irakli Kobakhidze participates in IPU 136th Assembly in Bangladesh on April 1-5. The Delegation holds the simultaneous high rank meetings.
It is with immense grief that I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences on the occasion of the terrorist act in St. Petersburg claiming innocent lives. Combating terrorism is one of the challenges of the modern and civilized world.
Our duty is to be united in combating the threats to life and health of our citizens. My thoughts and families are with the families and friends of deceased and I wish rapid recovery to the injured.
Chairman of Parliament of Georgia,
The Chairman of Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze held the meeting with the President of the Senate of Philippines, Aquilino Pimentel III. The parties discussed bilateral relations. Mr. Kobakhidze offered set up of Friendship Group for intensification of inter-Parliamentary cooperation.
The parties noted importance of Friendship group cooperation, exchange visits and sharing experience. Mr. Kobakhidze introduced the ongoing reforms in Georgia and expressed commitment for sharing experience.
The parties discussed cooperation in various spheres, including tourism. Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze participates in the IPU 136th Assembly in Bangladesh. Simultaneously, he holds the bilateral high rank meetings.
The Chairman of Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze held the meeting with the Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Vietnam, Mme. Tong Thi Phong who invited Mr. Kobakhidze to Vietnam and underlined importance of enhancement bilateral relations.
The parties discussed intensification of inter-Parliamentary cooperation. Mr. Kobakhidze introduced the ongoing reforms and provided information about tourist potential of the country.
As the Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Vietnam noted, increasing interest to Georgia is evidenced with the number of tourists from Vietnam. The parties discussed prospects of active cooperation in cultural and educational spheres.
The meeting was attended by the Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sofio Katsarava, the Deputy Chair of Legal Issues Committee, David Matikashvili, Secretary General Nikoloz Natenadze and the Ambassador of Georgia to India, Archil Dzuliashvili. Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze participates in the IPU 136th Assembly in Bangladesh. Simultaneously, he holds the bilateral high rank meetings.
The Parliamentary Delegation headed by the Chairman, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze is to participate in the 136th Assembly of IPU in Bangladesh on April 1-5. The Chairman will hold the high level meetings with the Parliamentary Delegations of various countries and will participate in various events. The bilateral meetings are as well scheduled with IPU member states’ Delegations. The Secretary General of Parliament, Mr. Nikoloz Natenadze will participate in the Conference of the Association of Secretary Generals of the Parliaments.
The Parliamentary Delegation is composed of the Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sofio Katsarava, the First Deputy Chair of Legal Issues Committee, David Matikashvili, Minority Leader, David Bakradze, Secretary General, Nikoloz Natenadze and the Chief of Speaker’s Cabinet, Nikoloz Samkharadze.
IPU is the hub of international Parliamentary dialogue serving for enhancement of contacts and coordination between the Parliaments, exchange of experience, consideration of common challenges and provision of respective measures. One of the objectives of IPU is facilitation to defense and human rights, which is the essential factor of Parliamentary democracy and development. IPU unifies 171 member and 11 associated states.
The Delegations at the 136th Assembly will discuss international challenges and develop respective recommendations.
After the meeting held with the diplomatic corps and international organizations, the Chairman of Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze spoke about sundry relevant issues and estimated the meeting with business associations.
“We had a very important meeting with business associations. We considered the issues related to economic and social policy, we heard the arguments regarding particular regulations. We discussed the tax issues, land related regulations etc. The arguments were interesting. We will also hold the discussion within the State Constitutional Commission and I believe that we will achieve the decision ensuring formation of proper legal system in Georgia and protection of business and economic interest. I am sure of formation of such system”.
He abstained from estimating the opinion poll results held by IRI and noted that likely Georgian Dream soon will hold the survey to define the prognosis. “You know our attitude to these polls in general, held by other subjects. We have mentioned them prior to the elections, stating that these polls fail to allow forecast election outcomes unlike the surveys held by us. We trust our surveys and soon we will hold the poll to allow us forecasting Municipal election outcomes. I am sure of high support to Georgian Dream and outcome of the upcoming Municipal elections will be high”.
He spoke about the statement by the non-Parliamentary opposition. The parties ask promulgation of the working draft of the final changes till April 15. “In a couple of days every SCC member will be provided with the document developed on the basis of the I and II rounds of discussions in SCC. Hence, this document will be available and moreover, in the end of the month we will endorse this document and submit it to the Parliament. Deriving, the process is at maximal extent transparent and in the nearest days we all will know the context of the preliminary document and in the end of April we will know the context of the document to be submitted to the Parliament”.
The Chairman stated that there is a clear tendency regarding the electoral system. “We speak about the proportional system with three main aspects: 5% threshold; annulment of bloc system; and the smallest bonus which if we consider the outcomes of the last four elections, implies 3.1%. Again, this system essentially is proportional and ensures fair and proper distribution of mandates on the basis of the Constitution”.
As to separation of self-governing cities, he elucidated that he was initially against this reform. “I am well aware of this issue, I participated in the discussions related to division of seven units and was against the reform with substantiated economic, financial and social calculations. It was wrong, what was done a couple of years ago. It had its context and I will abstain from details, though as to unification, it is also related with difficulties. We shall thoroughly think of it and make the respective decision”.
He confirmed that the Parliament will not endorse any of the norms disapproved by Venice Commission. He stated that the document developed complies with the fundamental principles of the Constitutional Law and it will be submitted to Venice Commission in the end of April.
“If any of the gaps are detected by Venice Commission, we will eliminate them. Though, I am sure that the document already complies with the fundamental principles of the Constitutional law. We engaged the Venice Commission experts to let them ask about every Article. We had a very interesting discussion on each Article and each Chapter and we expect the final recommendations from them. We will submit the document in the end of April to within one month receive their recommendations to be fully shared by the Parliament”.
As to the Presidential annual report format, the Chairman stated that the decision will be made after the discussions. “There are two alternative formats envisaged for the Presidential reporting under the Rules of Procedure – speeches of the Chairs of the Faction and the debates. We shall discuss it and I cannot comment to this issue yet. We need to discuss it to decide of the format”.
He estimated the drafts on surveillance and noted that the drafts serve for provision of balance between to legitimate interests. “We adopted the drafts on surveillance as we believed in correctness of the drafts. As to the decision of the Constitutional Court, we are sure that the drafts fully meet the context of this decision and besides, proper provision of balance between two legitimate interests – state security and human rights, - is very important. Balance was necessary and the draft serves for this purpose”.
The Chairman of Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze hosted the Venice Commission Delegation at the official dinner. The dinner was attended by the Head of the Delegation, Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Thomas Markert, the Deputy Chairperson of Parliament, Tamar Chugoshvili and Delegation members - Michael Frendo, Nicos Alivazatos, Josep Maria Castella Andreu and Caga Tanyar.
Venice Commission visited Georgia on March 30. Within the visit, the meetings were held with the Chairman of Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze, the First Deputy Chairperson, Ms. Tamar Chugoshvili and all working groups of the State Constitutional Commission.
The meeting of Irakli Kobakhidze and Tamar Chugoshvili with the Heads and representatives of the Diplomatic CorpFriday, 31 March 2017 14:14
The Chairman of Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze and the First Deputy Chairperson, Tamar Chugoshvili held the meeting with the Heads and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps and International Organizations. The Head and the Secretary of the State Constitutional Commission, Mr. Kobakhidze and Ms. Chugoshvili introduced the Constitutional changes developed by SCC.
“Today, we introduced the version of the Constitutional changes being developed for the third round of SCC discussions. We introduced the main aspects of the changes, emphasized the primary aspects, such are Parliamentary and Presidential Elections, status and competences of the President, we also touched upon various issues and had an interesting discussion”, - I. Kobakhidze stated. The changes were in details considered with the experts of Venice Commission as well.
“On this basis, we are once again sure that we develop the document in full compliance with the legal principles and providing formation of stable democratic system in Georgia”, - he stated.