The US Congress Delegation to visit Georgia

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Friday, 24 February 2017 17:21

On February 24-26, the US Congress Delegation will serve the visit to GeorgiaThe Delegation headed by the Congressman Peter Roskam will visit the Parliament on February 25 to meet with the Chairman, Irakli Kobakhidze. Mr. Roskam and Mr. Kobakhidze will make the joint statement.
The meetings are as well planned with the EU Integration, the Foreign Relations, the Defense and Security, the Budget and Finance and the Procedural Issues and Rules Committees, as well as with the Minority leaders. The Congressmen will hear about the legislative activity, ongoing issues and challenges.
The Congressmen accompanied by the spouses, will have a tour in Tbilisi Parliament. The Delegation will be composed of the Congressmen: Peter Roskam (Illinois), David Price (North Caroline), Gerry Connolly (Virginia) and Adrian Smith (Nebraska).

The sitting of the Bureau

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Friday, 24 February 2017 14:31

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 ChairmanSergi 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.

Irakli Kobakhidze met with Axel Fischer

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 13:45

The Chairman thanked the German MP for support of EU and NATO integration of Georgia and noted that intact support by Germany is particularly important for Georgia.
The parties discussed inter-Parliamentary cooperation and bilateral relations and underlined that 2017 is the 25th anniversary of Georgia-Germany diplomatic relations. Mr. Fischer asked about the activity of the State Constitutional Commission, objective and relevant issues. 

Irakli Kobakhidze visited the Catholic-Patriarch of Georgia

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:55

The Chairman of Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze visited the Catholic-Patriarch after treatment in GermanyThe Chairman, along with the Chair of the Faction “Georgian Dream”, Mamuka Mdinaradze and the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia met the Catholic-Patriarch in the Patriarchate and wished rapid recovery.
The Catholic-Patriarch had the surgery in Germany on February 13.

The sitting of the Bureau

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:11

The Minority MP, Elene Khoshtaria called on MPs to make a response to detention of the LTC Giorgi Tsertsvadze in Ukraine. She offered to invite the Ministers of Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Justice to the Defense and Security Committee for necessary information. Minority MPs blamed the Government for inactivity.
Majority MPs stated that the Minority tries to put the issue under the political context. According to the Chair of the Defense and Security CommitteeIrakli Sesiashvili, he has contacted various agencies for information. “The state protects own citizens and will further strive to prevent illegal detention of this person”.
As to invitation of the Ministers, according to the Chairman, Irakli Kobakhidze, it is defined under the Rules of Procedure. “We have the Rules of Procedure, the Parliament works in line with the Rules of Procedure and we will conduct the procedures in respective manner, including invitation of the Ministers, which is as well defined under the Rules of Procedure. We here have the demand not concerning the procedures established under the Rules of Procedure, going beyond the competence of the Bureau”. He noted that “we care for our compatriots as each of you cares. We are the Members of the Parliament, representing the legislative body, we have the mandate by the people and one of the primary mission of our mandate is to protect every citizen, especially in the condition we speak about now. It is our interest. But once again – the Bureau has its functions and invitation of the Minister is to be held under the established rule. You are entitled to invite the Minister. Our position and will is to in details study the issue and to better protect interests of our compatriot. All the rest shall be conducted under the Rules of Procedure and we shall agree on that”.
The Bureau continued with agenda issues.
The list of the candidates to the vacant position of the Member of the High Council of Justice, submitted by the Legal Issues Committee with the attached documents has been delegated to the Factions.
The Legal Issue Committee was assigned to consider the nomination by the Faction Georgian Dream on election of Manana Kobakhidze as the Member of the Constitutional Court.
The Bureau on the basis of the conclusion by the Procedural Issues and Rules Committeeregistered two factions: National Movement with 6 members and Georgian Dream-Greens. The Faction National Movement is chaired by Roman Gotsiridze and is composed of: Nikanor Melia, Azer Suleymanov, Koba Nakofia, Salome Samadashvili and Tinatin Bokuchava. The Faction Georgian Dream-Greens is chaired by Giorgi Gachechiladze and is composed of: Zaza Gabunia, Irakli Abuseridze, Dimitri Mkheidze, Giorgi Begadze and Samvel Mamukyan.
The Minority asked to schedule the political debates on February 8 on negotiations between the state and Gazprom, though as stipulated under the Rules of Procedure, the issue shall be discussed at the plenary session.
The Bureau took note of the report by Simon Nozadze on his visit to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
The Bureau endorsed the decisions of the Board of Treasurers.

The Venice Commission Delegation to service the working visit to Georgia

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:10

The Venice Commission Delegation, with invitation by the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, is serving the working visit to Georgia on January 20.
The Delegation, chaired by the President of the Venice CommissionMr. Gianni Buquicchio, will hold the meetings with the Chairman of the Parliament, the representatives of the executive and legislative authorities and the President of Georgia. On the first day of the visit, the Commission will visit the Parliament to meet with the Chairman.
The Venice Commission will also meet with the representatives of the Factions “Patriots of Georgia” and the Minority Factions.

The meeting of the Chairman with the Ambassador of Czech Republic

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Friday, 13 January 2017 13:22

The Chairman, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze held the introductory meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Czech Republic, H.E. Tomáš Pernický.
The Ambassador delivered the congratulations of the Speakers of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament to the Chairman and invited him to serve the official visit to Czech Republic. The parties discussed bilateral relations and future cooperation.
According to the Ambassador, Georgia is a priority country for Czech Republic, expressed in financial support of Czech Development Agency for Georgia on annual basis.
The Chairman spoke about enhancement of Parliamentary contacts and noted that the Georgia-Czech Friendships Group further intensified inter-Parliamentary relations. He introduced the main directions of the Parliamentary activity and emphasized capacity building of the Parliament. He thanked the Ambassador for intact support of Georgia in international organizations and expressed commitment for the visit to Czech Republic.

The meeting of the Chairman with the Ambassador of the Netherlands

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Friday, 13 January 2017 12:50

The Chairman, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze held the meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Netherlands, H.E. Johanne DumasThe Ambassador congratulated the Chairman with election on the position. The parties discussed bilateral relations and cooperation, as well as enactment of cooperation in various spheres, including on the Parliamentary level.
The Chairman noted that the Netherlands is one of the active supporters of Georgia and the largest investor. Support of the Netherlands is extremely important for increase of qualification of the Staff of the Parliament. He thanked the Ambassador for his activity in this direction and expressed commitment for future cooperation.
The Chairman spoke about the activity of the State Constitutional Commission and stated that the proper Constitution is the milestone of the long-term democratic development of the country. He introduced the Parliamentary activity and emphasized necessity of capacity building of the Parliament. The parties confirmed commitment for active and productive cooperation.

The meeting of the Chairman with the President of the State of Israel

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:42

The Chairman of the Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze hosted the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven Rivlin, serving the official visit to Georgia. The Chairman expressed his condolences due to the terrorist act in Jerusalem taking place on January 8. Mr. Rivlin congratulated the Chairman with election on the position.
The parties discussed friendly relations and cooperation enhancement and current situations in Georgia and Israel, touched upon the world events and security challenges. According to Mr. Rivlin, Israel expresses intact support to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
The parties spoke about inter-Parliamentary cooperation and noted that Friendship Groups shall be intensified. The parties also touched upon cooperation in economy, agriculture, healthcare, culture, education and tourism spheres. After the meeting, the Chairman commented to media and stated that enhanced cooperation with Israel is of utmost importance. 

The Members of Parliament and the representatives of Civil Sector agreed on enhancement of cooperatio

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:55

According to K. Khutsishvili, the Chairman mentioned the reform in his speech that NGOs wanted to hear about. “I will be frank and state that we, NGOs consider the Constitutional majority of one party as a threat indeed when the Parliamentary governance system is still under formation but we consider that it is the greatest opportunity for reforming and the greatest responsibility you assume but it might give you a chance to ensure rapid progress of the country. We understand that we are under complicated situation and democracy in the world is under threat but Georgia still has a chance to be the leader at least in the region in terms of democracy and be a model for the transitional countries”. 
NGOs have their opinions and proposals, developed policy documents and drafts. “Every NGO will be ready to closely cooperate with the Committees and the Administration of the Parliament”.
The meeting continued with consideration of the thematic issues and the recommendations of the civil sector. NGPs spoke about sector directions and introduced their approaches for development of the country and reforming.
The Chairman evaluated the importance and relevancy of the issues and expressed commitment for cooperation with NGOs. The State Constitutional Commission will cover development of the electoral system and all the gaps in electoral law and municipal election procedures will be improved as a result of consultations with CEC and NGOs. “The Government and the Parliamentary Majority cherish the ambition to develop the law to endure time and ensure long-term development of the country”.
He touched upon judicial and law-enforcement reforms and stated that the third wave of judicial system will be soon accomplished, though it will need further development. As to the law-enforcement system, the institutional changes are necessarily to be developed on the Constitutional level and the Parliament shall further oversight the law-enforcement agencies.
Speaking of minority rights, the Chairman touched upon improvement of legislation, elimination of hatred and better engagement of civil sector. He also spoke about situation in media and noted that lots of changes have been implemented since 2012, though some challenges still remain and media pluralism is the achievement of the Government.
The Chairman spoke about social rights and EUAA obligations and underlined importance of involvement of NGOs. “Capacity building of the Parliament is important and we express commitment to study recommendations of NGOs. We are open for cooperation and can allocate some resources for better coordination”.
K. Khutsishvli expressed her content about the meeting and thanked the First Deputy Chairperson for her particular merit in organization of the meeting.

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