The Committee considered the drafts on Weapon and on Nuclear and Radioactive Security, as well as discussed the draft on Tax Code.
According to the Deputy-Head of Relations with the Parliament and Legal Issues Department at MOD, V. Grigalashvili, the changes to the laws on Weapon and on Nuclear and Radioactive Security envisage replacement of the title “Standing Commission on Military Technical Issues at MOD” with “MOD Standing Commission on Military Technical Issues”. The draft on Tax Code envisages relevant changes to the sub-paragraph “m”, part 2, article 39. The Committee supported the draft.
The Committee considered with the I reading the drafts by I. Chikovani on State Purchase and on Trust Group. The draft on State Purchase envisages MIA to provide the Committee with the information on non-classified state purchases if the value constitutes 2 ml. GEL and construction material exceeds 4 ml. GEL. As well as at least once per year, to submit the report on activity. The draft on Trust Group envisages MIA to provide the Trust Group with the information of classified state purchases if the value constitutes 2 ml. GEL and construction material exceeds 4 ml. GEL. The draft also defines reporting at least once per year.
According to I. Chikovani, the draft reflects the remarks by the Committee. “This is the initiative concentrated on transparency and accountability of two closest agencies and increase of the role of the Parliament in all aspects”.
According to the Chair, I. Sesiashvili, there are risks. “After consultations and expressing of our expectations, MIA soon will accomplish reforming and I’d better have uniform approach to all state agencies on state budget. I do not support the draft”. After voting, the Committee did not support the draft.
As I. Sesiashvili stated, the Committee soon plans the field sitting with participating of military attaché. MPs agreed to set up the working group to study activity of the MOD at the place.
The Georgian Delegation, headed by David Usupashvili, visits Montenegro on April 22-24. The meetings are scheduled with the Speaker of Parliament of Montenegro and the joint press-conference afterwards. The working meetings are as well scheduled with MPs.
On April 23, the Delegation will hold the meetings with the Friendship Group, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Interior Affairs and EU Integration. The Delegation will visit the ancient royal Capital and various cultural places.
Prior to the visit, the Speaker made the comment: “We, somehow, are in simultaneous regime in terms of NATO integration. We will have this topic for the meetings. The pace may be different for NATO integration but it is important to continue NATO enlargement policy. Thus, progress by Montenegro to NATO is the most important for Georgia to prevent enhancement of sentiments often heard that NATO enlargement may not be the right step. Another topic is EU relations”.
The Georgian Delegation is composed of David Usupashvili, Tedo Japaridze and Pridon Sakvarelidze. The visit will be accomplished on April 24.
A. Yatsenyuk thanked David Usupashvili for the visit. According to him, Georgia and Ukraine have particular friendly relations. He noted that both countries have common problems and they shall cooperate.
According to D. Usupashvili, Georgia and Ukraine have not only common problems but common aspirations and foreign datum. Unfortunately, the world failed to pay due attention to the policy of Russia against Georgia, which entailed similar events in Ukraine. He noted that the two countries shall develop institutional links and exchange experience. Both countries shall at maximal extent support each other to develop.
“We feel support by Ukrainian people and your personal support”, - he addressed to A. Yatsenyuk.
The parties spoke about economic situation, conflicts, common challenges, cooperation and joint efforts towards EU and Western structures. The meeting was attended by Georgian MPs, T. Japaridze, T. Khidasheli, G. Vashadze and the Ambassador of Georgia to Ukraine, M. Ukleba.
After the meeting, the Speaker made the resuming comment. “Our main task was to speak about the situation in Ukraine, in the region and in Georgia. We were once more assured that Georgian and Ukrainian people have intact friendship and Georgian and Ukrainian Governments and the Parliaments shall have close relations with each other, support each other. We were thanked by Ukrainian people, by the Speaker and the Prime Minister for what Georgia has done and still does and we agreed to continue this trend. We schedule very interesting events in the nearest future. In the beginning of May the two-day working meeting of Ukrainian, Moldovan and Georgian Parliaments Foreign and EU Integration Committee Chairs, as well as EuroNest representatives will be held in Tbilisi. We will schedule further cooperation between the three countries. In June we plan the Georgia-Ukraine economic Commission meeting in Batumi to schedule specific joint projects, common cooperation regarding Riga summit. we agreed to have the common position in EU integration and to intensify cooperation in EUAA terms. It is useful for Ukraine and for Georgia as well of course. Georgia, when supporting Ukraine, is sure that we support our own country as if Russian aggression does not end in Ukraine and Georgia, if Russian military occupation in Georgia and Ukraine does not end, then not only our countries but the whole region will be put in the graver situation. So we agreed to have more coordinated and close cooperation on international theatre”.
The Bureau considered the agenda for April 29 to May 1st plenary sessions. According to the Vice-Speaker, Zviad Dzidziguri, the agenda includes drafts subject to be considered on April 15-17 sessions. The new initiatives were assigned to the leading Committees.
The Bureau, on the basis of the conclusion by the Budgetary Office, discussed expediency of consideration of the draft on Tax Code by Mikheil Machavariani.
As Z. Dzidziguri noted, after consultations with the Budgetary Office and the Ministry of Finance and specification of some issues, the consideration shall onset.
The official visit to Ukraine commenced. Prior to the official meetings, the Parliamentary Delegation laid the wreath on Holodomor Memorial and visited Kiev-Pechersk historical-cultural national preserve.
The Delegation members visited the Nebesna Sotnya street and commemorated the deceased on Maidan Nezalezhnosti.
The Georgian delegation is composed of David Usupashvili, Tedo Japaridze, Tinatin Khidasheli and Giorgi Vashadze.
The first official meeting is scheduled with the Speaker of Verhovna Rada, Volodymyr Groysman and the Inter-Parliamentary Union Group members.
Today, David Usupashvili will give interview to the Parliamentary Channel of Ukraine, “Rada”.
The Georgian parliamentary delegation pays an official visit to Ukraine on April 19-21. The visit is led by the chairman of Georgian Parliament.
Delegation members are meeting Ukrainian lawmakers during the visit in Kiev. A meeting between the Speakers of the two countries is also planned. The sides will discuss issues of deepening cooperation and relations between the legislative bodies. The discussions on implementation of the Association Agreement and regional security issues are also scheduled.
Georgian Parliamentary delegation will meet Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk on April 21st.
The two sides will discuss important issues such as European integration, bilateral relations, future cooperation and the crisis of Ukraine.
Georgian Parliament’s representatives, Tedo Japaridze, Tinatin Khidasheli and Giorgi Vashadze also attend the meetings with the chairman David Usupashvili.