The World Day against Cancer in the Parliament – “Talking Hands”

Published in Society
Friday, 05 February 2016 14:57

The Health Care and Social Issues Committee joined the informative campaign “Talking Hands”. According to the Chair, Dimitri Khundadze, support can prevent one from 3 cancer cases. He issued advice to avoid cancer.
“February 4 is the International Day against Cancer. It is a significant problem for the world as more than 8 ml. people die annually of cancer. We need each other. We can provide support and prevent one of every 3 cases of cancer. If we reject bad habits, we can have more healthy and recovered people. We shall quit smoking, reject unhealthy lifestyle, reject bad habits and I think that we will defeat this disease”.
The Day against Cancer was established by UICC, celebrated every February 4 of every year. WHOand IARC support public awareness and informational campaigns about cancer, cancer prevention, cancer detection and treatment. With this wide-scale campaign, the organization calls on the world to unify and focus on the key issues, such are:

  • healthy lifestyle;
  • early detection of disease;
  • accessibility to treatment;
  • maximal improvement of life quality.

In 2016, the campaign by UICC “Talking Hands” calls on the society to solidarity, requiring social media to distribute the message #WeCanICan.The Healthcare Committee, MPs and Staff joined the campaign.

What does campaign imply?

  1. We write the world day supporting slogan on our hands in Georgian or in English – “We Can I Can. We also can use the following slogans:

          - I Can Help;
          - I Can choose healthy lifestyle;
          - I Can act;
          - I Can support;
          - We Can together achieve the goal;
          - We Can act;
          - We Can prevent cancer;
          - We Can change attitude;
          - We Can create healthy environ.

       2. We take photo with clear image of the slogan;

       3. We share the photo on social media #WorldCancerDay; #WeCanICan;

       4. Visit to see your photo.



Prime Minister at the Parliament

Published in Politics
Thursday, 04 February 2016 13:46

Prime Minister of Georgia considers that compliance with constitutional procedures is crucial for institutional democracy. Respective statement was made by the Prime Minister in his conversation with journalists after he attended the President's annual address to the Parliament. 
Today Prime Minister attended the first plenary meeting of the spring session and listened to the annual address of the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili.
"The address was quite thought-provoking and accentuated number of important issues. It was pleasant to hear that the President welcomed the four-pillar reform program implemented by the Government. The consensus in this regard has to be welcomed. In general, compliance with this constitutional procedure is crucial in terms of creating institutional democracy. It is essential to ensure that the investors and our international partners view Georgia as a respectable country. Normalization of constitutional processes will positively affect internal and international image of Georgia," - Prime Minister noted in his conversation with journalists.
The first plenary meeting of the spring session of Parliament was attended by the members of cabinet and the diplomatic corps.

Giorgi Margvelashvili on the spring session of Parliament

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:46

At the beginning of the spring session of Parliament, the President of Georgia will be listen. Constitution provides the President's address to the Parliament once in a year. According to the Rules of Procedure, it will be held first day of plenary sessions. The date will be determined by the Bureau of Parliament. Consultations will be held at the beginning of the session with the President's administration.
The spring session opens on 2, February.


Youth for Open Parliament

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:44

Fifteen students received certificates and gifts from the Parliament of Georgia, European Union, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) for taking part in the ideas contest “Open Parliament - Voice of Youth”.

MP Giorgi Kakhiani, Chair of Procedural Issues and Rules Committee;Sophie HuetGuerriche, Project Manager of the EU Delegation to Georgia; Gigi Bregadze, UNDP’s Democratic Governance Team Leader; and Giorgi Kldiashvili,IDFI Director, met with the contestants and winners on 14 December 2015.

In November and December, young people from different universities of Georgia spent several days with the Parliament, attended specialised training and met MPs and staff to learn more about legislative openness and transparency. The students then attempted at inventing creative ways to increase Parliament’s openness and boost civic engagement in the legislative process. Fifteen out offorty participants rose to the task and brought their innovative ideas to the table.

The best ideas will be considered by the Parliament of Georgia in the work of the Inter-Factional Group and Open Parliament Working Group.

The contest for students is part of a larger programme to support parliamentary openness in Georgia, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP in partnership with IDFI.

Since 2014, this initiative has assisted the Parliament of Georgia to take major steps forward on the way to legislative openness, including for the adoption of the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan 2015-2016.

Last September, the Parliament of Georgia hosted a Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW) and international conference which brought together 70 foreign delegates. In October, the Parliament of Georgia was awarded with the Government Champions Award at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Mexico.

Currently, the Parliament of Georgia is discussing the establishment of a Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance, which is one of the commitments of the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan 2015-2016

Hahn welcomes adoption of Civil Service Law in Ukraine

Published in World
Friday, 11 December 2015 18:19

The EU has welcomed the adoption today of the Civil Service Law by the Ukrainian Parliament, as “a first but very welcome step towards a more effective, depoliticised, merit-based and professional civil service, able to provide better services for citizens”.

“Alongside independence of the judiciary and the fight against corruption, reform of the public administration is one of the most important steps Ukraine must take to build for the future,” said a statement issued by EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn.

He said the EU would now provide the Ukrainian government with expert advisers to help design a comprehensive strategy for reform of the public administration. “It is essential that this work advance without delay.”

Greece: Parliament backs urgent frontloading of €35 billion in EU funding

Published in World
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:55

Parliament on Tuesday backed a set of one-off measures aimed at boosting the effective spending of €35 billion earmarked for Greece in the EU 2014-2020 budget. This includes €20 billion from the European structural and investment funds and €15 billion from agricultural funds.

MEPs followed the recommandation of Parliament's regional development committee and adopted the Commission's proposal unchanged, as a matter of urgency, by 586 votes to 87, with 21 abstentions. This fast-track procedure paves the way for the swift adoption of the measures by the Council and their immediate entry into force.The measures are aimed at speeding up the implementation of EU funds to help Greece ensure that all the money available to it from the 2007-2013 programming period is used in time (before it expires at the end of 2017), and to help Greece meet the requirements for accessing all the EU funds available to it in the current programming period of 2014-2020.
The funding covers programming periods up to 2020. The amendment to the current regulation proposed by the Commission and agreed by Parliament allows some €500 million to be released as soon as the legislation is adopted and a further €800 million will be released in advance of the formal closure of the programmes in 2017. These special measures are neutral for the EU budget, as they will be implemented within the country allocations agreed in the current multi-financial framework for 2014-2020.

Consideration of 2016 budget next Week starts next Week

Published in Economics
Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:11

The Georgian Parliament will start consideration of the 2016 budget next week. The Committees schedule will be determined at the bureau meeting tomorrow. Members of Georgian Parliament have to complete the discussion in two weeks, after which the document with remarks will be returned to the Ministry of Finance .

The opposition is not going to support the project, because thinks, that it is inadequate.

The Municipal and Household Wastes

Published in Society
Thursday, 24 September 2015 17:15

The meeting of the Working Group was held at the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee regarding the Municipal and Household Waste.

The Committee discussed accumulation, withdrawal and storage of the household wastes on the highways and municipal territories. The invitees were the respective agencies of the Ministries of Environmental Protection, of Infrastructure and Regional Development, as well as patrol police representatives.

MPs asked about the mechanisms to prevent littering on the roads and settled areas, as well as about the legislative changes necessary for problem solution.

After discussions, G. Zhorzholiani stated that the complex measures are to be undertaken for solution. The Committee will at the nearest sitting make the relevant decision.

Sitting of the Budget and Finance Committee of Georgian Parliament

Published in Politics
Monday, 21 September 2015 13:13

The Committee considered the candidacies to the Members of the Board of the Financial Supervision Agency. 4 candidates: E. Urumashvili, E. Galdava, I. Kovzanadze and S. Ternes spoke about their programs. According to the rule, one candidate shall be elected with 5 years with rotation principle, others with 7 years.

According to the Parliamentary Secretary of the Government, Sh. Tadumadze, the fifth candidate will be nominated in October. In line with the changes to the law on National Bank, 5 members out of 7 shall be nominated by the Government and elected by the Parliament with majority of the list composition.

The Committee heard the actions plans of the candidates and asked the questions. After that, with secret ballot, the Committee supported the candidacies.

The Meeting of the OGP LOWG Conference Participants with the Students

Published in Society
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 18:06

The meeting of the OGP LOWG Conference participants with the students was held in the Youth Palace.

The Speaker, David Usupashvili delivered the welcome speech. As he stated, the conclusive day was scheduled to coincide with the International Day of Democracy. “Our Conference, which was quite interesting and productive, was organized in the manner to coincide with the International Democracy Day. It is not a mere coincidence, it is the planned event because the issues we considered concerned democracy and distribution ways and tools thereof in the world”. It is important that Georgia hosts the representatives of more than 30 countries, contributing their mite in development of democracy in the world. “It is a very important day because today we host the democracy leaders from more than 30 countries. The most important is that we decided to celebrate this day not only with the Conference participants but first of all, with the greatest treasure of Georgia – youth from various institutions. They try to become the professionals in various spheres, at the same time they are devoted to democracy”.

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