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.
Assassinated Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and Ukrainian pilot and Member of Parliament Nadiya Savchenko, held in Russia since last June, are among the nominations for the European Parliament´s 2015 Sakharov Prize, announced yesterday. The prize is awarded every year to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.
Boris Nemtsov, a Russian physicist, former deputy prime minister and opposition politician, was assassinated in Moscow in February 2015. Nominated by ALDE.
Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian military pilot and member of the Verkhovna Rada and of Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, was captured on 18 June 2014 and illegally transferred to Russia. Nominated by ECR.
They are among a list of six nominations that also includes jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, and whistle blowers Edward Snowden, Antoine Deltour and Stéphanie Gibaud.
Georgian Parliament to host Open Government Partnership’s Legislative Openness Working Group ConferenceMonday, 14 September 2015 14:49
The OGP LOWG is to be held on September 14-15. The two-day forum “Openness Obligation: the Parliamentary Action Plans, Standards and Tools” aims at consideration of the progress by the WG in terms of legislative openness, including development of Open Parliament action plans and Open Parliamentary Data International norms and standards establishment aspects.
The conference will be attended by the legislative and executive representatives of various countries, civil society leaders, including the high rank Parliamentary Delegations from Georgia, Albania, Armenia, Croatia, Brazil, Latvia, Lithuania, Jordan, Malta, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine, and participated by up to 70 foreign delegates from up to 20 countries.
The bilateral meetings of the guest delegations are scheduled within the conference. The conference is co-organized by the LOWG. The two-day working meeting is being held within GLOW and is the conclusive event. It is the one-week call on to the civil society and the Parliaments to facilitate to the legislative openness.
The conference is supported by the USAID, GIZ, KohoVolit, EU, UNDP, TI, IDFI and US Embassy.
A first regional seminar on the role of national parliaments in implementing the standards of the European Convention of Human Rights will take place in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 21 and 22 September. It is organised by the Parliamentary Project Support Division in cooperation with the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, within the framework of the Eastern Partnership 2015-2017*.
Members of Parliaments from the five Eastern Partnership countries have been invited to this seminar: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine as well as PACE Members of other Council of Europe state members and independent experts, specialists in this field.
Discussions will be held on the compatibility of draft laws with the ECHR standards and on the role of parliaments in the effective execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
*Programmatic Cooperation Framework for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus financed by the European Union and implemented by the Parliamentary Assembly.
The Chair of Agrarian Issues Committee of Georgian Parliament, G. Samkharauli and the President of Agrarian Academy of Sciences, G. Aleksidze spoke about efficiency of researches in agrarian sector, scientific potential and development perspectives. As noted, during 25 years, usage of the scientific experience and practice in agrarian sector has been halted. The grave situation is in the villages, the farmers do not have the basic knowledge of modern technologies, which entailed necessity of qualification and equipment of the farmers and agrarian sector specialists with knowledge.
As G. Samkharauli stated, one of the priorities for the Government is development of agriculture and the final success is possible with inter-relation of the scientists and practice. The meeting was initiated by G. Samkharauli as he believes that scientific potential in agrarian sector has no alternative.
G. Aleksidze spoke about the structure, activity of the Academy, implemented researches and activity in view of cooperation with farmers and increase their qualification. He also introduced sundry projects in which the Government is as well interested. The parties spoke about cooperation as well. G. Aleksidze introduced his proposals to be considered by the Committee.
The parliamentary delegation fo the Czech Republic visited Vaziani IV Mechanized Brigade today. Deputy Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Colonel Omar Begoidze hosted the foreign guests.
The members of the delegation delivered information about the military unit. Following the presentation, the Czech guests viewed virtual simulation center and armament of the brigade, they also observed the training process of the Georgian military. “The members of the delegation are very satisfied to visit IV Mechanized Brigade, where they got acquainted to the infrastructure and training abilities of the unit. Our Czech friends positively evaluate Georgia’s contribution to the global security. They especially outlined IV mechanized Brigade which is significant in this respect. Currently a battalion level unit of the Brigade carries out its task in Afghanistan”, stated Colonel Omar Begoidze.
Later on, the Czech guests moved to Alekseevka Air Brigade and got acquainted to the Georgian air capabilities.
David Usupashvili held the bilateral meetings with the Vice-President of the Parliament of France, Laurence Dumont, the Speaker of the Czech Chamber of Representatives, Jan Hamacek and theSpeaker of the Swedish Parliament, Urban Ahlin.
At the meeting with L. Dumont, the Speaker underlined close cooperation and thanked L. Dumont for support to Georgia. L. Dumont noted that links between two countries are valuable and that France attaches high importance to bilateral relations with Georgia. The parties spoke about Georgia-EU AA, ratification of which is accomplished in the National Assembly and the document is sent to Senate. The Speaker noted that the further important step for Georgia will be visa liberalization and for the end of the year Georgia expects positive results.
The parties spoke about EU integration of Georgia at the meeting with U. Ahlin. The Speaker noted that the Parliament of Georgia, during the year, worked on the drafts to accelerate visa liberalization. The parties spoke about Georgia-Sweden Parliamentary cooperation program.
At the meeting with J. Hamacek, the parties spoke about bilateral cooperation. “Georgia is not only very popular in Czech Republic but we also have been through the difficulties that Georgia now encounters on EU integration path. We would like to express our full support”, - J. Hamacek noted. The Speaker spoke about Georgia-Russia relations and underlined the fact that Euro-Atlantic course of Georgia is not directed against anyone but serves for peace and stability in the region.
The Bureau, according to the Rules of Procedures, opened the autumn session. As the Bureau Chair, Manana Kobakhidze stated, the Parliament will convene on September 2. She echoed the changes in the Government and expressed her hope that the old and the new members will further continue their activity for the benefit of the country.
She congratulated the students with their first day in the Institutions and wished them luck. MPs discussed the agenda of September 2-4 sessions and defined the list of the issues. One of the issues is the remarks of the President to the draft changes to the organic law on National Bank.
MPs considered the new initiatives and defined the leading Committees and the Committees for mandatory conclusion. The plenary session will start at 13h00 after the Bureau.
The Georgian Parliament will open autumn sessions today.
The first plenary session will be held on September 2 and one of the topics of discussion will be the vetoed bill on the National Bank of Georgia.
The parliamentary majority is sure that the President’s vetoed bill will be overridden, while the opposition says they will not support the separation of the supervisory function from the National Bank.
The Members of Parliament will also consider the bill on the Prosecutor’s Office and the amendments to the Law on Public Service.
Interim elections of the parliament and the Council of Georgia will be held on October 31. Majoritarian MPs will be elected in Sagarejo and Martvili, while Municipal Council members will be elected in Dmanisi, Vani and Khobi. The Central Election Commission releases an information.