On June 16, 2017, the Venice Commission will approve its final opinion about the draft of amendments to the Constitution of Georgia.
Parliament will Weaken Public Engagement by Adopting New Barriers for Initiating and Debating Legislative Proposals
On May 4, the Parliament held a first reading and gave an approval to amendments to regulations governing the procedure of proposing legislative bills. The initiative entails adopting new procedures and rules for proposing bills to the Parliament which will differ from the existing practice.
Flawed legislation contributes to the increasing number of political parties qualified for state funding
Currently, 20 political parties are being funded from the state budget in Georgia. This is an unprecedented number in the country’s history. The main reason for this increase in the number of qualified parties is the country’s flawed legislation, which provides financial incentives for parties to become qualified by forming election blocks.
On April 20, Transparency International Georgia submitted a legislative proposal to the Parliament, the main purpose of which is to prohibit pre-electoral agitation, including advertisements, that include the threat of violation by the Russian Federation of the territorial integrity and constitutional order of Georgia, the independence and sovereignty of the country and/or the legitimation of occupation.
Recommendations of Transparency International Georgia regarding the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan 2017-2018
Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) has submitted its recommendations regarding the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan 2017-2018 to the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance.
According to the Law on Broadcasting, the Board of Trustees of the Public Broadcaster consists of nine members, and one-third of trustees are supposed to change by rotation once in every two years. The timeframes for the election of new trustees are also set by the same law.
Transparency International Georgia hereby presents assessment of the draft laws, which couldn’t be finalized in the parliament of the 8th convocation. Therefore, it is reasonable to proceed with the process in the Parliament of the 9th convocation.