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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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 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”.
The first session of the second day of the OGP LOWG started with the civil society introducing new and innovative technologies. The session was moderated by the Head of the Cabinet of the Speaker, David Magradze.
The Chief Executive of MySociety, Mark Cridge (Great Britain); the Director of KohoVolit, Michal Skop (Czech Republic); the International Advisor of “Democracy 2.1”, Lex Paulson (Czech Republic), the Executive Director of JumpStart, Eric Barrett (Georgia), the Program Coordinator of ,,ePanstwo Foundation“, Krzysztof Madejski (Poland) and the Senior Manager for Technology and Innovation of NDI, Chris Doten delivered the speeches.
The spoke about structuration of the information uploaded on the website and importance of exact format thereof, search systems, applications, user friendly programs, e-voting etc. They noted that establishment of new technologies will facilitate to openness, enactment of communication between the elector and MPs and increase of involvement of citizens in the legislative process.
After the presentations, the reporters answered the questions.
The 2-day forum considers the progress by the working group in terms of the legislative openness, including development of action plans and international norms and standards aspects.
Georgian Vice-Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met Speaker of the Albanian Parliament Ilir Meta.
Talking points included prospects for development of the bilateral relations between Georgia and the Republic of Albania, process of Georgia’s integration with the European and Euro-Atlantic structures and security environment in the region. Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked Albania for the strong support and expressed the hope that bilateral relations will enhance in the future as well. Ilir Meta, in turn, reaffirmed his Government’s unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and wished the Georgian side success in the process of integration with the European and Euro-Atlantic structures.
Ilir Meta is on his visit to Georgia from 13th to 16th September to hold meetings with representatives of the executive and legislative branches and to participate in the Conference of the Open Government Partnership`s Legislative Openness Working Group organised by the Parliament of Georgia.