The Committee heard the report on 3-months implementation of State Budget 2015, introduced by the Deputy-Finance Minister, G. Kakauridze.
According to him, GDP average growth was 3.2%, mixed budget income forecast implemented with 104.7%, grant forecast implemented with 130.5%. He spoke about January-March parameters of consumer prices increase and foreign trade reduction and noted that in comparison with the similar period of last year, the consumer prices increased with 2.6%, and foreign circulation reduced with 10%. Despite of this reduction, export increased with 21.1% with EU states and trade relations reduced with 55% with CIS states.
He spoke about indices of budget implementation and noted that all parameters: incomes, taxes, grants etc. were excessively implemented. He also spoke about Defense and Interior Ministries plans implementation and noted that implementation in both agencies was defined with 95%. After the report, he answered the questions by I. Sesiashvili.
MPs asked about GEL state, economic situation and future forecasts for the budget. The Committee considered with the II reading the drafts on Diplomatic Service; Weapon and deriving drafts. The Committee voted and supported the drafts.
The Bureau discussed the agenda for May 13-15 plenary sessions. The agenda includes: the draft resolution on construction of the new bridge on the river Debeda between Sadakhlo-Bagratasheni check-points between Georgia and Armenia, the draft on Facilitation to Elimination of Legalization of Illegal Income, drafts by minority, the report by LEPL Legal Aid Service etc.
The Bureau discussed new initiatives and organizational issues. The Procedural Issues and Rules Committee submitted the conclusion on incompatibility of new appointments with MP status for T. Khidasheli and G. Agulashvili, subject to termination authority ahead of time due to appointment as the Ministry of Defense and Minister of Environmental Protection.
The Speaker introduced the information about the schedule of the recent days and stated that the Parliament shall be ready to hold extraordinary sessions. It depends on the decision of the President when to nominate the Government for confidence. The 7-day term of the President expires on May 7.
Minority MP, S. Ratiani reminded the assault on N. Tsiklauri a year ago and stated that as it is not investigated, it gives the ground that it was plotted by the Government. Lately, the driver of N. Tsiklauri underwent the assault and he demanded response to this fact.
“When MP is assaulted and insulted, it is the matter of the Parliament. I am concerned as the MIA has made an optimistic decision. MP shall be protected despite of the political affiliation, and assault is not excusable for any reason. I call on law-enforcement to investigate this fact. Unless all the details are investigated, you cannot point the finger to the Government”, - the Speaker replied.
He hoped for fast investigation of the case.
The Committee considered termination of authority of T. Khidasheli ahead of time due to her appointment as the Minister of Defense under the Ordinance of May 1, 2015 N169 of the Prime Minister.
The Chair, G. Kakhiani elucidated that the Committee develops the conclusion. “In line with the Rules of Procedure, upon approval of termination of authority of MP ahead of time due to incompatibility with another position, in case of vote of confidence to the Government, if MP is nominated as the Minister, the Procedural Issues and Rules Committee shall without delay, study the issue and develop the relevant conclusion”.
The Parliament shall immediately consider the issue of termination of authority of MP. No agenda issues shall be consider unless solution of this issue. The Committee unanimously supported the conclusion.
The Committee considered termination of authority for G. Agulashvili due to his appointment as the Minister of Environmental Protection under the Ordinance N167 of the Prime Minister. The Committee supported the conclusion.
The Chair of the Gender Equality Council, Manana Kobakhidze participated in the conference organized by UNFPA and the WB, held in the Holliday Inn Hotel. The participants summed up the main findings of the researches held in South Caucasus and in Georgia, revealing the reasons for gender selection, outcomes and proves.
The research has been held in Georgia supported by the WB and UNFPA. The WB held the project Ubrella Trust Fund for Gender Equality, and UNFPA – the joint program funded by the Swedish Government “For Gender Equality Facilitation in Georgia” with partnership of GEC.
M. Kobakhidze opened the conference. “The hereof research will allow, first of all, to study the proves, what are the reasons for gender selection and abortion according to the gender, what is the trigger for gender disbalance and to correctly outline the policy for the Government to eliminate the gravest and rudest form of discrimination in Georgia. It is not the problem of Georgia solely. UN agencies also speak out loud in their reports. The special resolution has been made by PACE, calling on the states and political leaderships to outline policy to solve this problem. Today this is the big problem for Georgia in demographic terms, so we shall rely on the system surveys and researches and on the basis of the qualified outcomes, to make the decisions leading to problem solution. The reasons may be wrong views, wrong attitude, stereotypes and stigmas, combat against of which is not easy. We also can speak about socio-economic situation, various problems in the society, leading us to the grave decisions. I think, we shall discuss and care for unborn baby-girls first of all to maximally reduce such facts and eliminated. The ultimate goal is total elimination of the problem. Georgia well realizes the problem, imposed on us by the number of international agreements, national legislation and the action plans. The Parliament and the Government have made the documents, assigning us to combat against gender inequality, and this event can be considered as one of the steps made for protection of gender equality in Georgia and elimination of this form of discrimination”.
The Deputy-Labor Minister, Z. Sopromadze, UN resident representative in Georgia, the Ambassador of Sweden to Georgia and Armenia and the Head of the WB Trans-Caucasia Office Human Development Group also addressed the attendees.
The UN representative thanked the GEC for active work and productive cooperation. The participants of the event were the Chair of Health Care Committee, D. Khundadze, representatives of the executive authority, NGOs, scientific and professional cyrcles.
David Usupashvili met with Ronald Kiandee. According to D. Usupashvili, this day, in terms of relations between Georgia and Malaysia, is historical, as this is the first high-level visit from Malaysia. This is a good opportunity to continue such visits.
He thanked R. Kiandee for support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. The parties expressed commitment for coordinated cooperation as merit in the world peace and prevention of global threats are possible with coordinated measures solely.
R. Kiandee invited the Georgian Delegation to ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly autumn session in Kuala-Lumpur to be held in September. The parties spoke about foreign policy of Georgia and regional situation, as well as agreed to enhance relations.
The meeting was attended by MPs, G. Volski, Z. Kvachantiradze and D. Bakradze.
Today, the Committee held the presentation in Ambassador Hotel, Kachreti. The presentation was attended by the Committee members, representatives of the Ministries and media.
The Action Plan was introduced by Eka Beselia. She spoke about specific priorities and emphasized coordinated cooperation with various instances and monitoring on this process by media.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, MIA, Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Corrections, Ministry of IDPs, Ministry of Labor and Health Care, Ministry of Education, Deputy-State Minister of Reconciliation, Parliamentary Secretary of the Public Defender, human rights secretariat of the Governmental Administration.
They expressed their views and evaluations.
The meeting ended with the discussion with media participation. The journalists emphasized problems in airing legislative activity.
"Georgian Prime Minister will solve a little Problem connected to the GEL's exchange rate" - Jaba Samushia
"I think that Georgian Prime Minister will solve a little Problem connected to the GEL's exchange rate. This is a normal political process, of course, there are people in the team, which may leave, everybody makes decisions by their own. Nobody has a right to decide instead of others. During governance of "National Movements" Party 7 Ministers of Education were changed. Why do they think that there were no changes like that? The political processes are normal now, everything happens in frames of democracy,"- said the member of Georgian Dream Jaba Samushia in the TV program of television "Starvision" "Actual Topic".
"The Georgian Dreams party's Government has a crises, but the changes in Georgian Government are not a result of this crises. If that was so, instead of Sport's and Environment Protection's Ministers, the Ministers of Finances and Economic Development would be changed. I think, this is the demonstration of Power by Bidzina Ivanishvili. He will be able to bring the renewed Government with the same Prime Minister to the power with the help of his obedient majority in the Georgian Parliament. This is the demonstration of his Power, that he can rule everything from outside," - said Sevdia Ugrekhelidze, the board member of National Movement's Party in the weekly TV program of television "Starvision" "Actual Topic".
Giorgi Margvelashvili’s Special Statement on Presenting a Renewed Government to the Georgian ParliamentFriday, 01 May 2015 18:01
In the current situation when for several days we have seen the instant resignation of the Ministers; when we have seen that one of the Ministers does not resign and on the next day makes the statement about resignation; when yesterday we knew that only two Ministers were to be changed and today we have heard that three of them are changed, I have an impression that the government is working in a state of force majeure.
I would like to remind you all that we face important challenges. As a High Commander I would like to ask: How frequently should we change Defence Ministers?
Considering the difficult situation, I would like to allow the Prime Minister and Parliament to hold consultations in a calmer situation and develop the list of the government members.
I use the only opportunity given to me under the Georgian constitution and I postpone signing the list of the government members for one week. I hope that for this week our political authorities will make a balanced decision in a peaceful situation.”
The Georgian Parliament’s Chairman Davit Usupashvili made a statement:
“There was possibility to listen to the new members of the Government, but the President wants to use the 7 day period, authorized by the constitution. This is Giorgi Margvelashvili’s opinion and we have to respect the Constitution. Thinking more on some subject is not harmful. Georgia has the government continues to work as usual. There is even no need of holding meeting at Parliament tomorrow.”