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.
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 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.