Expenses of the Adjara Supreme Council for business trips, gifts and receptions (during 2013-2014).
Business trip expenses of the Chairman and the MPs of the Adjara Supreme Council from 1 January 2013 until 1 May 2014
The letter received from the Supreme Council of the Adjara Autonomous Republic states that throughout 2013 the Council members and employees were on business trips for a total of 121 times, and a total amount of 114 704 GEL was spent from the budget for this purpose. Business trip destinations within Georgia were Tbilisi, Kutaisi and municipalities in Adjara´s high mountainous areas, while in terms of business trips abroad, destinations were Ukraine, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Italy, Belgium.
A large part (58 744 GEL) of the total amount was spent in 2013-2014 by the Adjara Supreme Council on numerous business trips for the MPs to France.
The Chairman of the Supreme Council Avtandil Beridze was on business trips in 2013 country-wide and abroad 14 times, and total of 15 021 GEL was spent on these trips from the Council's budget. Avtandil Beridze has visited France twice, and spent a week in Austria as well as in Germany.
The Council member Medea Vasadze was sent on business trips in 2013 in Georgia and abroad 11 times, which represented an amount of 12 323 GEL in the Council´s total budget . As the Council´s Chairman, the Council MP Vasadze has visited France twice and Germany for a week.
9127 GEL were spent on the business trips of another Council member - Jemal Putkaradze - to Tbilisi and three times abroad. In 2013, the MP has visited Turkey twice, and 1294 GEL were allocated for a first one-week trip, while 1217 GEL - for a second two-day trip. 6585 GEL were spent for a one-week trip to France.
MP Davit Batsikadze was sent on five business trips in 2013, twice in Georgia and three times in Ukraine, Czech Republic and France. A total of 8046 GEL was allocated for the mentioned business trips.
Another Council member - Petre Zambakhidze - was on business trips twice. The Council's budget has allocated 4337 GEL for two one-week trips to France.
As for 2014, 32 614 GEL were spent on 67 business trips of the Council members and employees from 1 January 2014 until 1 May 2014. Out of this amount, 2124 GEL were spent on seven business trips for the Council´s Chairman Avtandil Beridze. Although Medea Vasadze has travelled during this period on five business trips only, a considerably larger amount - 5878 GEL - was allocated for her to one single purpose: the Council's budget has allocated 3853 GEL for one 10-day business trip to France. Two other Council members - Svetlana Kudba and Petre Zambakhidze - have also visited France on March 23-30 together with her, and 10 838 GEL were allocated for all three of them.
In addition, Transparency International Georgia has inquired into expenses spent by the Adjara Supreme Council on purchases of gifts for various delegation guests from 2013 through April 2014. `According to the received public information, the Council has spent almost 12, 000 GEL for this purpose.
Provided document does not identify the recipients of these gifts and it does not either clarify the reasons behind the purchase of each particular good, and why it was purchased from the given company or from the given persons.
Further, according to the letters provided to the organization, from 19 March 2014 through 30 April 2014, the Adjara Supreme Council has used catering services 18 times, spending from the budget up to 11,000 GEL. Out of these, the Council has paid the largest amount - 3 172 GEL - to "Colchidean House" LLC on 24 June 2013. The contract signed between the Council and "Colchidean House" states that on 20 June 2013 the Council has hosted a 60-person dinner in the "Adjarian House" to honor the Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia. The guests included members of the Patriarchate delegation, members of the Adjara Supreme Council and the Adjara Government representatives.