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”.

“Commitment to Openness: Parliamentary Action Plans, Standards and Tools”

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 14:10

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 Foreign Minister has met the Speaker of the Albanian Parliament

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:29

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.

Boris Nemtsov and Nadiya Savchenko nominated for Sakharov Prize

Published in World
Monday, 14 September 2015 16:54

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 Conference

Published in Politics
Monday, 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.

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