The Bureau chaired by the First Deputy Chairperson, Tamar Chugoshvili discussed agenda for May 17-19 plenary sessions. MPs will consider with the III reading the draft on Declaration of the Law on National Investment Agency Void; with the II reading the drafts on Red Cross Society; and on Imprisonment Code.
The agenda also includes the legislative initiatives by the Majority Factions and MP, Roman Gotsiridze envisaging changes to the Tax Code. The Chair of the Procedural Issues and Rules Committee, Giorgi Kakhiani considers initiation of the drafts in one package expedient. As R. Gotsiridze stated the remark is acceptable and submission of the drafts was not pre-designed and the initiatives have been registered 2 months ago.
According to the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia, the Bureau is entitled to reject the drafts if detects gaps or if decides the draft to impede activity of the Parliament.
According to T. Chugoshvili, it is no pleasant tendency and expressed her hope that MPs will abstain from such submission form of initiatives in the future. The agenda also includes some documents for ratification:
Agreement between Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on International Motor Traffic;
Agreement between Georgia and Belarus on Air Traffic;
Decision of the Joint Committee N1/2016 set up under the Free Trade Agreement between Georgia and Turkey on Changes to the Protocol II on Definition of the Concept of Origin of Goods and Methods of Administrative Cooperation. The next Bureau sitting will be held on Monday to further specify the agenda.
Tamar Chugoshvili: I would hail if the Speaker of the Parliament and the President of Georgia jointly introduce the Constitutional Changes to the populationFriday, 05 May 2017 10:14
The Parliament invites the President of Georgia to participate in public consideration of the Constitutional Changes, as stated by the First Vice Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili.
“Regarding the public consideration of the Constitutional Changes, we have offer to the President – we want to invite him to participate in public considerations. I would hail the fact if the Speaker of the Parliament and the President of Georgia jointly introduce the Constitutional Changes to the population, especially that the President and his Administration have already started this process for a certain period and we start it now deriving from the requirements of the Rules of Procedure. However, we can consolidate these two processes”.
“The human rights state in Georgia was very positively estimated”, - the Head of the Parliamentary Delegation to PACE, Tamar Chugoshvili stated after the meeting with the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks.
The report by the Commissioner on Georgia provided the recommendations, though as appeared after promulgation, the greatest part of the recommendations is already implemented. “Promulgation of the report revealed that the greatest part of the recommendations is already implemented. The recommendations envisaged the activities in terms of judicial reform. All the recommendations are already covered with the third wave of judicial reform”, - T. Chugoshvili stated.
The Constitutional reform ongoing in Georgia also meets the recommendation, envisaging increased quality of independence of Prosecutor’s Office.
“Within the Constitutional reform, we significantly increase independence of the Prosecutor’s Office and it meets one of the recommendations of the Commissioner. So, remarks expressed towards Georgia or recommendations are factually shared by the Parliament”.
She invited the Commissioner to Georgia. The meeting was attended by the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia and the Resident Representative of Georgia to CoE, Constantine Korkelia.
The PACE Monitoring Committee schedules the sitting in summer, 2018 in Tbilisi, as the Head of the Parliamentary Delegation, the Monitoring Committee member, Tamar Chugoshvili stated. Today, the Monitoring Committee considered the report providing the most positive estimations on Georgia. The main recommendation envisaged necessity to continue judicial reform and particular attention to the Venice Commission recommendations upon Constitutional reform.
“The co-rapporteurs introduced the positive estimations. Today, we heard the similar reports on four countries and the most positive was concerning Georgia. Both co-rapporteurs made positive accents on necessity of judicial reforming and consideration of Venice Commission recommendations upon Constitutional reform”.
According to the opposition MP, Giorgi Kandelaki, the Committee touched upon the Constitutional changes and hoped for consideration of Venice Commission remarks.
“According to our European colleagues, the changes to be introduced to the Constitution are positive and significant in all directions”, - the First Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili stated after the meeting with the Secretary of Venice Commission, Thomas Markert.
The parties discussed the draft Constitution and considered the Constitutional reform issues entailing dissent. According to T. Chugoshvili, Mr. Markert confirmed that the changes developed by SCC regarding election of the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Council of Justice are in compliance with the recommendations of Venice Commission.
“We emphasized the norms entailing dissent in Georgia and criticism. General estimation is that the text and the changes are positive and significant for the country in all directions, especially in terms of change of the electoral system. As to the particular opinions, the Venice Commission may have some technical remarks. Regarding two particular issues I can state that one of them concerns election of the Judges of the Supreme Court being subject of criticism that allegedly we deprive authorities from the President; the Venice Commission experts confirmed that the record is correct based on their recommendations and hence, the judicial system in Georgia shall be entitled to nominate the candidacies of Judges to the Supreme Court. The same is with the High Council of Justice – two changes regarding authority of the President, provided in the draft were confirmed by Venice Commission to be correctly reflected and in full compliance with their recommendations. To end the speculations taking place, we know the position on hereof issues and they are not subject to alteration”.
The Venice Commission expressed no remarks and gave the positive estimation to the proportional electoral system, 5% threshold and blocs. The meeting was attended by MP, Nino Goguadze. The Parliamentary Delegation serves the visit to Strasbourg to attend PACE Sessions, participate in Committee sittings and hold high rank meetings.
The First Vice-Speaker, Ms. Tamar Chugoshvili, within the visit to Strasbourg, is to meet with the Secretary of the Venice Commission, Mr. Thomas Markert to provide him with the summary on accomplishment of activity of the State Constitutional Commission.
“I, as the Secretary of the Commission, will to meet and provide the Venice Commission with the summary on the final stage of the activity of the Constitutional Commission and the Changes endorsed by the Constitutional Commission two days ago”, - she stated.
Immediately upon development of English version of the revision of Constitution, the Parliament will officially submit the draft to the Venice Commission for expert examination. “To prevent the decision deriving from our subjective interests or subjective interests of others and to ensure development of the best Constitution for the country, we state that the objective opinion of experts of Venice Commission is the starting point for us”.
The Parliamentary Delegation, headed by Ms. Chugoshvili serves the visit to Strasbourg to attend the PACE Spring Session on April 24-28.
The Head of the Human Rights Secretariat of the Governmental Administration, Natalia Jaliashvili introduced the report on human rights protection action plan and progress for the account period to the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee. According to the Chair, Sofo Kiladze, this report is important in terms of enhancement of Parliamentary oversight and is the historical fact as it is the first time when the Parliament hears the report. The sitting was attended by the international expert, Maggie Nicholson, developing the expert examination regarding the action plan report for 2016-2017. “The document developed by international expert provides achievements and challenges. It will be one of the basis for us to re-realize the challenges we encounter to further increase human rights protection standards”, - S. Kiladze stated.
As noted, the 300-page report was developed by the Government, responsible Ministries, CEC members, PDP Inspector, Prosecutor’s Office, LEPL Legal Aid Service, legislative and judicial authorities. The report was coordinated by the Human Rights Secretariat of the Governmental Administration.
As N. Jaliashvili stated, the national strategy on human rights was endorsed in 2014 and covers 2014-2020. Since, Georgia has achieved significant progress in this direction, which is recognized by international organizations and international partners. She outlined main directions of progress and democratic reforming: fundamental reform of penitential system; criminal reform; annulment of multiplication principle; system revision of Administrative Code; enactment of Juvenile Justice Code; judicial reform; law-enforcement system reform; creation of guarantees for rally and manifestations; personal data protection; set up of PDP Inspector Office; creation of property right guarantees; enactment of anti-discrimination law; freedom of media; digital broadcasting; fair elections.
She touched upon next action plan. “We will ensure involvement of persons concerned and maintain inclusive process tradition. We will be guided under the recommendations by Public Defender, NGOs and international organizations, as well as international experts in this process. The document by M. Nicholson will serve as one of the defining studies that we can call cartography of human rights protection as of time being for Georgia”. The role of the Parliament will be particularly important in terms of monitoring of strategy implementation.
According to the Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili, the presentation of the report is of utmost importance. “I am glad to witness this event. This process is particularly important for me due to the natural reasons. In 2014, I and Ms. Jaliashvili started development of the strategy and action plan. It was the first case when Georgian Government developed the uniform human rights policy. The Parliament defined the main approaches and directions for the upcoming years. Besides, it was the first time when the Government developed the report on provision of higher human rights protection standards and submitted the report to the Parliament. I believe, it is the important step forward in terms that the state for the first time started speaking about human rights as the part of the state policy and reported to the Parliament”.
According to the expert M. Nicholson, the action plan strategy is a perspective document that Georgia can be proud of. “In the shortest period, Georgia has achieved significant progress. I had a positive impression to see the highest commitment for implementation of the strategy. The Government takes significant efforts to realize the strategy in practice”.
She introduced the genera; recommendations and conclusions. The report by the expert provides estimation of the achievements and outlines the priorities for each sphere. It would be preferable for the Government and Parliament to re-confirm the obligations that the human rights based approach shall be applied upon development of policy. “It means that all the Committees shall consider the drafts in terms of human rights and gradually inculcate human rights based approach into any sector of planning”. As she noted, national strategy is an important document to serve the desk book for public servants.
According to Anri Okhanashvili, “the most important document indicates to the processes scheduled by the Government in terms of transparency of processes”.
Romania – a very important and good partner for our country, renders the greatest aid to Georgia in EU integration process – as stated by the First Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili after the visit to Romania. She participated in International Conference “Relations of Political Majority and Opposition within Democracy” in Bucharest. In her speech delivered at the conference organized by the Venice Commission and Presidential Administration of Romania, she introduced the current situation in Georgia and the approaches of Georgian Government.
The delegates gave the positive estimation to the speech. T. Chugoshvili held the meetings with the legislative and executive authorities of Romania. She met with the Romanian Minister of European Affairs. The parties discussed EU integration of Georgia and support of Romania. According to T. Chugoshvili, Romanian Minister is a good friend of Georgia playing the significant role in decision-making on visa free travel. “Mme. Birchall plans to further actively support EU integration of Georgia”, - T. Chugoshvili stated.
She held the meetings with Romanian MPs expressing support to Georgia. The parties discussed bilateral relations and cooperation. “On the Parliamentary level, we intend to have close cooperation with Romanian Parliament mostly on foreign relations and EU integration issues”. Romania is ready to support Georgia and Georgian Parliament in legislative harmonization.
The meeting of Irakli Kobakhidze and Tamar Chugoshvili with the Heads and representatives of the Diplomatic CorpFriday, 31 March 2017 14:14
The Chairman of Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze and the First Deputy Chairperson, Tamar Chugoshvili held the meeting with the Heads and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps and International Organizations. The Head and the Secretary of the State Constitutional Commission, Mr. Kobakhidze and Ms. Chugoshvili introduced the Constitutional changes developed by SCC.
“Today, we introduced the version of the Constitutional changes being developed for the third round of SCC discussions. We introduced the main aspects of the changes, emphasized the primary aspects, such are Parliamentary and Presidential Elections, status and competences of the President, we also touched upon various issues and had an interesting discussion”, - I. Kobakhidze stated. The changes were in details considered with the experts of Venice Commission as well.
“On this basis, we are once again sure that we develop the document in full compliance with the legal principles and providing formation of stable democratic system in Georgia”, - he stated.