Presentation on the Action Plan for 2015-2016 by the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee

Published in Politics
Monday, 04 May 2015 12:38

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

Published in Economics
Saturday, 02 May 2015 03:04

"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".

"This is the Demonstration of Power by Bidzina Ivanishvili" - Sevdia Ugrekhelidze

Published in Politics
Saturday, 02 May 2015 02:45

"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 Parliament

Published in Politics
Friday, 01 May 2015 18:01
“Today the Head of the Georgian Government – the Prime Minister presented a renewed government to me for presentation to the Georgian Parliament.

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.”

Statement of Georgian Parliament’s Chairman

Published in Politics
Friday, 01 May 2015 13:18

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.”

The Changes in Georgian Government

Published in Politics
Friday, 01 May 2015 09:19

The Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili will announce the new members of Government today at 10:00. But for now, reports claim, that there may be changes not only in Sport’s and Environment’s Ministries. The information is spread about Georgian Minister of Defence, that he will be substituted by MP Tina Khidasheli.

Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze has declined to make a comment on his possible dismissal and MP Tina Khidasheli has also declined to make a comment on her possible nomination to the defense minister’s post. 

The sitting of the Budget and Finance Committee

Published in Economics
Friday, 01 May 2015 09:10

The Committee considered the draft by M. Machavariani and G. Tsereteli on Tax Code. G. Tsereteli introduced the general principles.

The draft aims at facilitation to natural persons: preferences on tax on goods received by post – increase of the 300 GEL limit to 500 GEL.

The second initiative concerns reduction of 5% income tax instead of 20% on rent of real estate. The Government does not consider changes expedient.

Opinions divided in half.

Though the draft shall be submitted to the plenary session with the I reading.

The sitting of the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee

Published in Politics
Friday, 01 May 2015 09:29

The Committee considered the draft on Socio-Economic and Cultural Development of Mountainous Regions by T. Khidasheli correcting the technical mistakes made in the law.

This mistake creates the problem on enforcement of the law. Technical mistake will be corrected in the same law by A. Bolkvadze, correcting the names of the villages in Ajara AR.

“Villages Kedlebi and Begleti are named in Khulo region. These villages do not exist but exist Kedelebi and Begeli”, - he stated. Under the ordinance of December 28, 2011 N867 by the President on Renaming the Geographic Objects, the village Kishal of Khulo municipality was renamed as Tsibliani. The Committee supported the draft.

The sitting of the Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee at Georgian Parliament

Published in Economics
Friday, 01 May 2015 09:20

The Committee considered with the III reading the draft on Official Statistics and the draft on Code on Administrative Offenses. The initiator considered the remarks expressed upon the II reading.

GeoStats is granted with the authority to inquire personal information from natural and legal entities. If registered NPLEs fail to submit information in due time, they shall be notified and then with 200 GEL.

The draft changes selection of GeoStats Council members, not being the public servants and appointed by PM, to be selected by open consent. The chair of the council shall be authorized to endorse personnel and salaries, as well as standards and methods for activity.

New subject shall be created – GeoStats advisory council issuing the recommendations. The draft changes the term for set up of coordination Governmental commission on population census defined as no later than 3 years instead of 3 months.

The Committee supported the draft with the reservation of the III reading assigning the GeoStats to provide the Parliament with the list of the confidential information within 2 weeks.

The meeting of Tinatin Khidasheli with the President of Dutch Senate

Published in Politics
Friday, 01 May 2015 09:30

The parties spoke about Riga summit, EU and NATO integration of Georgia. According to Anke-Brokers Knoll, the Netherlands values relations with Georgia and the progress of Georgia in democracy development. Existence of Georgia in the region is important for Europe.

According to T. Khidasheli, taking the geo-political situation in the region, support of European friends is of utmost importance. The parties spoke about Russia-Georgia relations and challenges to Georgia and to the region, as well as Ukraine situation and ISIS.

“Current processes are the alarming signal that the Netherlands and other European countries shall realize that support of such democratic countries as Georgia is important”, - Anke-Brokers Knoll stated.

The Dutch Parliament has ratified EUAA with Georgia, for which T. Khidasheli thanked the guest. According to Anke-Brokers Knoll, this fact confirms that Holland supports Georgia to become member of European family.

According to T. Khidasheli, European experience is important for Georgia in EU integration terms. As the parties agreed, the Parliamentary Committees shall enhance relations. “We will do our best to render support to you. The Netherlands was an active supporter of Georgia and always will be”.

The meeting was attended by L. Berdzenishvili and G. Kandelaki. The visit started on April 29 and will end on May 1.

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