“We are committed to keep close cooperation to ensure establishment of the best Western practice in the Parliament in oversight of defense and security sector agencies”, - the Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze stated at the International Conference “Role of the Parliament in Security Sector”.
He opened the Conference with his welcome remarks stating that this Conference is the opportunity for MPs, Staff members and experts to speak about challenges in security sector and new threats, to share best experience and discuss the solutions.
He emphasized the Parliamentary oversight importance stating that oversight on the security sector is particularly relevant after enactment of the new Constitution: “Parliamentary oversight, including on security sector is particularly relevant after enactment of the new Constitution and the new Rules of Procedure. The Parliament is now the central institution of the political life, the central link which, on the basis of the new Constitution and the Rules of Procedure, is now equipped with the respective oversight leverage”.
The vote of non-confidence to the Government is now simplified and the interpellation is improved.
The novelty is the annual report of the Prime Minister, simplified set-up of the Fact Finding Commission, establishment of the Ministerial Hour and the extended authority of the opposition to summon the Ministers. Enhanced oversight function in defense and security sector is particularly noteworthy.
In this context, the Speaker underlined the Trust Group role. The law on Trust Group was annulled and the respective regulations and changes have been reflected to the Rules of Procedure extending the mandate of the TG on oversight of the secret activity and special programs in defense and security sector.
“Yet another novelty is the circumstance that on the basis of the consent of the Chair of the Trust Group, the Group member(s) to be granted with the authority to serve the visits to the respective agencies. It is as well defined that the Prime Minister, Government and respective agencies are to introduce to the Trust Group after inclusion of the normative acts into the “Secret” part of the State Register, the secret normative acts on main tasks of the structure and structural units”.
The improved provisions of the new Rules of Procedure shall be effectively applied.
The Speaker thanked the EU Delegation, international and national experts for their engagement and support. “This is the goal such conferences and meetings serve for – share of the practice and discussing the challenges. In this context, I am glad to see the members of the respective Committee and Staff members attending the Conference. I would like to express particular gratitude to EU Delegation, international and national experts, as well as other persons engaged in this process. We are committed to keep close cooperation to ensure establishment of the best Western practice in the Parliament in oversight of defense and security sector agencies”.
The EU Ambassador, Carl Hartzell also addressed the attendees.
The Conference is backed by the EU project “Boosting Parliamentary Oversight in Security Sector in Georgia by EU”.