The Introductory meeting focused on close cooperation between the two countries, including the enhancement of the parliamentary ties in the future.
“We tabled the important projects that the Czech Republic is implementing in different directions in Georgia. Their contribution to the equipment of the Rukhi Hospital is also great. We talked about the opportunities that will help us to make our cooperation even closer, including in the field of agriculture, which in turn will help our manufacturers to explore the European market. The guest expressed a desire to see Georgian agro-industrial products on the Czech market, which is very important for us. This will help Georgian products to enter the European market quickly, so that we do not depend only on the Russian market”, - A. Motserelia remarked after the meeting.
Administration of the Parliament of Georgia
On 21 May, the Parliament of Georgia adopted key energy efficiency legal acts: the Law on Energy Efficiency and the Law on Energy Performance of Buildings, which transpose the EU Directives in this field. Georgia has continued to implement electricity by-laws according to schedule, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By adopting the two laws, the Government of Georgia is given the opportunity to receive significant investments in public building renovation programmes, amounting to €80 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and German Bank KfW, €26 million in investment grants and €8.5 million in technical assistance from the EU. Georgia will get an additional €150 million in a policy-based loan tranche from KfW and the French Agency for Development (AFD) for the implementation of reforms.
"The new framework will not only make Georgia's building industry more competitive, but also its households better supplied with energy services, and its building stock better insulated. It will boost the usage of greener energy sources for heating, cooling and lighting," said Violeta Kogalniceanu, Head of the Energy Efficiency Unit at the Secretariat.
The laws were developed under the coordination of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia in close cooperation with the Secretariat, and with technical assistance provided by the EU supported project EU4Energy for the Buildings Law and by the EBRD for the Energy Efficiency Law.
Let us congratulate you with the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between USA and Georgia. We are glad that this date is accompanied with transition of the strategic partnership between our countries to the qualitatively higher level. We hail particular and increasing dynamics of our cooperation evidenced with intact support of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia in the US Legal Act on Consolidated Budget for 2017 signed by the US President, Donald Trump.
Enhancement of strategic partnership is as well evidenced with USA-Georgia Agreement on Safe Exchange of Information, once again clearly confirming degree of reliability of Georgia for USA. Besides, the agenda includes further enhancement of investment and trade relations between our countries including free trade perspective approved by the US Congress with the Letter of May 2 addressed to the US President which we express our gratitude for on behalf of the Parliament of Georgia.
The bilateral meetings with the high officials of the US executive and legislative agencies held within the visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia to USA with invitation by the US Vice-President, Mike Pence evidence intact support by USA to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, as well as Euro-Atlantic Aspiration, including NATO membership, democratic and economic development, security and stability and underline role of Georgia as of the reliable strategic partner on the international political theatre.
The Parliament of Georgia expresses gratitude to the US Administration, Chamber of Representatives and Senate for unprecedented cooperation and unconditional support.
The Parliament of Georgia values the efforts of the Government and the diplomatic service of Georgia, including the Georgian Embassy to USA for provision of higher quality of strategic partnership with USA!
Chairman of the Parliament,
H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia attended a Gala Reception organized by the invitation of the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia to celebrate the continuity and institutional legacy of the legislative authority in the country.
Event was also dedicated to the International Day of Tolerance, marking its importance as an integral feature of the history and culture of Georgia.
"I would wish the normal political process be practiced by the Parliament of Georgia. I will always facilitate it together with my team, so that most favorable working conditions are established and better draft laws are scrutinized" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia while talking to the press.
Gala Reception was attended by the outgoing and new Members of Parliament (MPs).
The Parliament of Georgia has created the MP Questions Site, reflecting the questions submitted to the Governmental Agencies and the responses received.
The MP Questions is one of the most important mechanisms for the Parliament to implement the authority prescribed under the Article 48 of the Constitution of Georgia – Parliamentary oversight on the Governmental activity.
In line with the Article 221 of the Rules of Procedure, the MP is entitled to pose a question to the agency, accountable to the Parliament, the Government, Government Members, the Head of the Executive Authority of the Territorial Unity of any level, state institution and to receive the answer. The question shall be posed in writing only. Each agency and the official to which the question has been posed shall, within 15 days upon reception of the MP question, submit the written answer. The response term of the respective authority may be extended with 10 days if communicated with the author of the question. The answer shall be signed by the subjects provided in the hereby article solely or the Head of the respective agency. The official is empowered to reject the question in the event solely if the information contains state or military secrecy.
The initiative of public promulgation of the MP questions within the Open Government Partnership(OPG) is authored by: the Member of the Open and Transparency Governance Standing Parliamentary Council, Ms. Tamar Kordzaia and the member of the Advisory Group – TI-Georgia. The Parliament assumed to proactively publish the MP questions under the Action Plan for 2015-2016 of the Open Parliament. Promulgation of the MP questions on the Parliamentary web-site will facilitate to effective and transparent implementation of the Parliamentary oversight and respectively, exercise of the representative function of the Parliament and implementation of the civil control over the activity of the Governmental structures.
On 25th of September, 2015 on its 70th anniversary, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development titled as the “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The above mentioned document is composed of 17 goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets. These goals are integrated, indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. The Agenda aims to touch all areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet: Prosperity, Peace and Partnership.The goals introduced in the document, and the associated targets elaborated for the further implementation of the goals, are in full accordance with the aims of OGP. Moreover, OGP might grow as an effective tool for the implementation of the UN sustainable development goals. Most notably the 16th SDG of the UN document that is comprised with the following activities: supporting development of effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels, ensure public access to information, promote the rule of law etc., is in full accordance with the principles of OGP.
On 27th of September, two days after UNGA adopted the SDGs, OGP steering committee 11 members adopted the declaration titled “Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (hereafter “the Joint Declaration”). The Joint Declaration welcomes the Agenda and recognition of the importance of transparency and open government as crucial tools for effective implementation of the SDGs. Moreover, it says that “The experience of its participating governments and civil society organizations can be drawn on to encourage transparent, accountable, participatory, and technology-enabled implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” According to the declaration, OGP plans to stress on five key areas: promotion of rule of law consistent with the international standards at the national, regional and international level through transparency, openness, accountability, access to justice and effective and inclusive institutions, promotion of public access to information, support citizen engagement in 2030 Agenda implementation process, uphold open government principles when measuring the 2030 Agenda implementation progress and use OGP Actions Plans that serve 2030 SDGs. These goals are consistent with the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda.
Parliament of Georgia has endorsed the OGP Declaration on “Open Government for Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”Notably, the Parliament of Georgia is a very first legislative branch in the world that has endorsed the above-mentioned OGP declaration. The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an ambitious document and implementation of it requires dedication and engagement of various stakeholders. In accordance with the OGP declaration, the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance will support fulfillment of UN SDGs and takes responsibility to consider SDGs while elaborating an OGP action plan. Parliament of Georgia is currently working on the implementation of the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan 2015-2016 which must be implemented by the end of the year.
On March 24, the Parliament of Georgia will host TB World Day event, organized by the Health Care and Social Issues Committee, as announced by the Committee member, Giorgi Khechinashvili and the representatives of USAID today. “March 24 is the world importance day for healthcare because it is the TB World Day established by UN and WHO. It is not the professional day but the day of mobilization of public opinion to intensify the struggle against the world challenge – infectious-social diseases. Georgia has long ago joined this day but today we have quite a different reality. The event is held by the Parliament, which is an unprecedented case and which is due to support by the Speaker and the Health Care Committee”, - G. Khechinashvili stated. The Parliamentary delegation confirmed commitment for struggle against TB in November, 2015 in Cape Town signing “The End TB Strategy” by WHO along with the politicians of various countries. “The Parliamentary Delegation visited Cape Town in November, 2015 to express the position of the Parliament and to sign the new strategy. Besides, we obtained the recommendations, envisaging set up of the TB National Group in the Parliament at the Health Care Committee. The Committee has contributed a significant work resulted in a positive resonance at the international level”. The attendees will hear the reports and video addresses on TB by the WHO representatives. The event also envisages the thematic exhibition of Georgian artists to be attended by the legislative and executive authorities, diplomatic corps and field experts.