First regional Seminar for MPs on ECHR to be held in Tbilisi

Published in Politics
Monday, 14 September 2015 10:31

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 perspectives of scientific potential in agrarian sector discussed

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:16

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.

Czech Parliamentary Delegation Visited Vaziani

Published in military
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:19

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.

Davit Usupashvili meets Counterparts and other Officials in New York

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 10:51

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.

Autumn Session 2015 of Georgian Parliament is open

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 10:34

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.

Parliaments Autumn Sessions Open Today

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 11:00

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 in Georgia to be held on October 31

Published in Politics
Monday, 31 August 2015 17:49

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.

Georgian Government is sure Parliament will overcome President's Veto

Published in Politics
Monday, 31 August 2015 10:15

Georgian government is sure that the parliament will overcome the veto and the law developed by the ruling team will soon enter into the force.

The Georgian deputy Prime Ministe Kakha Kaladze made an announcement, in which he mentioned, that the veto of Geogrian President on a law on the National Bank is not a problem.

" I think there will be no problem, the parliament will discuss the issue and the draft initiated from our side will enter into the force. This was achieved after consultations,"- the Georgian deputy Prime Ministe Kakha Kaladze said to Journalists.

The Extraordinary Plenary Session

Published in Politics
Friday, 10 July 2015 15:24

The MPs considered the report by Energy and Water Supply Commission for 2014, introduced by the Chair, I. Milorava, speaking about main directions of activity of EWSC and results of the accounting year. She answered the questions and spoke about energy distribution aggregated on Enguri. “The Agreement between Georgia and Abkhazia on energy distribution is not signed and Abkhazia consumes energy from Enguri according to the real data. It is reflected in the Law on Energy and Natural Gas, providing detailed distribution procedures. Energy from Enguri and Vardnili is provided to Abkhazia first of all and then distributed amongst others enterprises”. Regarding Russian gas she elucidated that Russian gas constitutes 10% of natural gas transited. “If in 2014 averagely 2 bn. gas has been transited from Russia to Armenia, this index varies within 2 ml. This is the index left for Georgia as the price for Russian gas transit”.

Z. Kutsnashvili asked about import and consumption data. She elucidated that import increased with 300 ml kw.h when consumption increased with 480 ml kw.h.

D. Khundadze asked about water tariff increased for Mtskheta, she introduced the expert opinion about water supply and quality, on the basis of which she noted that water quality complies with requirements under the technical regulations.

T. Maisuradze asked about gas calories. “Citizens often complain that fees are higher than consumed gas”. As I. Milorava stated, gas transportation company daily publishes information on web-site about chemical composition and calories of gas”.

E. Chapidze asked about reasons for different approaches by the Commission to such cases. “Is it fair that Tbilisi water tariff is different than in the regions where water quality is much lower and tariffs do not comply with European standards, they are higher”. “There is the only basis. The Capital and the regions use service by various LEs. Tariffs are set according to investments and expenditures by them”.

G. Kandelaki asked about tariff to be increased on energy. “We have tariff applications by TPSs which we will consider from July 15”. The tariff will depend on GEL rate. “Term for consideration of the application by EnergoProGeorgia is not expired yet. The Commission is not the collective body. Three people make the decisions”.

D. Khundadze evaluated situation in Georgia and in Mtskheta. “Water Supply Companies operate the profitable objects in the country and it is wrong as non-profitable objects remain under municipalities. I think it would be fair to have uniform balance of financial resources and distribution by municipality”.

M. Machavariani stated “We speak about energy, gas and water supply development. If there is something inadmissible in the contract, you can protest, appeal but do develop the field”.

According to G. Popkhadze, the role and function of the Commission is to keep balance between commercial interest and human rights. “All questions were directed to this. I consider that putting the issue in political angle we render bad service to the Commission”.

After the report, MPs resumed with agenda. MPs considered the draft on Criminal Code with the II reading. The change in the part 5 of the article 236 corrects the norm, qualification circumstances also apply to the part 4 on responsibility for preparation, transportation and distribution of fire-arm, martial material and explosives.

MPs considered with the II reading the draft on Rules of Procedure, envisaging procedures and terms for appointment (6 years), dismissal and termination of authority of the Head of SSS.

After the break MPs resumed with the draft on Development of Highland Regions introduced with the II reading by the Deputy-Regional Minister, T. Shergelashvili.  The draft regulates socio-economic development of highlands, preferences for highlanders etc. “The draft envisages creation of social preferences and economic activity encouragement system for highlanders, as well as infrastructural development and extra monetary aids”, - T. Shergelashvili stated. The draft changes the title of the Mountain Council into the Mountain Development National Council. The draft authorizes the Government to reduce the ceiling for hypsometric altitude to 800 m. Ajara and Pankisi were added to the list of highland regions. The draft envisages aid of 200 GEL for every second and next child born after enactment of the law. The social preferences for pedagogues are also envisaged. As to the Council, it would be composed half with representatives of highlands. The Government shall define special events, financial aid for couches. This paragraph will enter into force on January 1, 2016. M. Kobakhidze asked about Sachkere municipality villages. “The draft does not define that Sachkhere is a highland region but there are the villages with quite a high altitude. The status thereof shall be defined on the basis of the Governmental decree”. “The Government is entitled to define status of separate villages”, - was the answer.

According to Z. Kutsnashvili, the difference between the salary bonuses between the local pedagogues and special program pedagogues shall be eliminated and defined with 50% of salaries in both cases. The Deputy-Minister stated that the difference is conditioned to allow the state stimulate special program pedagogues.

Z. Melikishvili agreed with Z. Kutsnashvili. Ch. Taktakishvili asked about functioning of the Council. Setting up the Council will create additional bureaucratic mechanisms. She asked about reason to set up the new structure under the budget sequestration. “The Council is the collective body, composed with central and local authorities and will not entail extra costs”, - as answered.

Z. Kutsnashvili thanked the authors and noted that it is fair that Highland Region Development Fund is the financing source for independent programs and not the part of regional development program. M. Tsiklauri echoed the terms of enactment of the paragraphs. He offered to postpone this issue, to vote for the draft without the article 11. Z. Kutsnashvili replied “the position of the Regional Policy Committee on term postponement is alternative. The alternative part concerns enactment of the greater part of the draft in January, 2016 and the part on pensioners and pedagogues to be enacted on September 1, 2016. If the Government shares it, postponement will not be necessary”.

T. Shergelashvili elucidated that the draft is linked with some costs and the final annual value is 70-80 ml GEL. The social part of the law starts on January 1, 2016 and ends on September 1, 2017. I. Tripolski expressed the position of the Committee. “We know importance of the law and expectations of the population. The Committee worked a lot on the draft. We submitted 14 remarks most of which were shared. I agree on adoption of the law without the article 11”.

G. Zhorznoliani spoke about necessity of decision-making on legislative level. “I would like to underline importance of the draft for development of our country but to implement specific effective programs, we shall well realize that we shall create the effective mechanism for law implementation. We need more coordination. As to the Council, specific mechanism shall be created for specific tasks and this is the Council and recommendations thereof”. Minority expressed own position. “The draft cannot bring real improvement for highlands and the Government shall better work on more effective projects”.

T. Shergelashvili echoed: “This was an important step in terms of EU relations enhancement. Today we have development strategy for all the regions, action plan, detailed projects etc. There are instruments and all this is evaluated by EU as a successful model”.

According to M. Kobakhidze, the next plenary session will be held on July 10 at 12h00.

David Usupashvili visited the rehabilitation works after the natural disaster

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:30

The Speaker of Georgian Parliament David Usupashvili attended the operative briefing in Saburtalo Governor’s Board and heard the information about the disaster liquidation works. The Governor, B. Mikauradze spoke about the damage, accommodation of the local residents and measures by the coordination headquarter.

The Governor’s Board provided all damaged with alternative dwelling and this problem in Saburtalo region is eliminated. Five families refused to be evacuated from the hazard zones.

The Speaker expressed his commitment to be involved in the problem solution. He is ready to personally meet these families to convince them to leave the hazard territory.

After the briefing, the Speaker visited the restoration works at the Zoo and the Hero’s Square and attended the sitting of the ad hoc headquarter for rehabilitation works. He also made comment for media and expressed his condolences to the families of deceased.

“After this tragedy, the response was the most effective and correct – fast coordination of the City Hall and the Governmental structures which is very important. Tbilisi residences and volunteers were of great help for the city and for each other. It made possible to have the current situation – all damaged are sheltered, they are taken to various safe places. Response to the tragedy by the state structures and people is an evident example that we can be united during the hard times. I would like to live with this unity further, in order to reduce such tragedies and to establish better standards for safety of our compatriots. Infrastructure is to be developed of course but it is necessary to realize to prevent such wide-scale tragedies. I express my condolences to all the families who lost family members and I would like to wish us no more tragedies to increase standards as in construction so in planning terms. We need to better take care of our country”.

The Speaker spoke about involvement of the Parliament in rehabilitation works and noted that the Bureau will make the decision for aid to the damaged. “The Parliament will hold the hearings regarding the restoration works and will detect the reasons. We can allocate some finances for rehabilitation works and aid for the damage”.

The vast precipitates last night and river swell caused casualties and damaged infrastructure. The natural disaster damaged houses and Zoo habitants.

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