The First Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili attended the presentation of the report “Enhancement of the Parliamentary Mechanisms in Relations between the Executive and Legislative Authorities” and delivered the welcome remarks.
According to her, the new Rules of Procedure and the new Constitution have been recently enforced envisaging the changes on the Parliamentary mandate and the new Rules of Procedure stresses the oversight function. “For a long time, the Parliament has not realized its Constitutional mandate envisaging control and oversight of the executive authority and other accountable bodies. The Parliament envisaged itself as more legislative than the body to ensure accountability of the executive authority. This attitude shall be changed and Georgia shall become the full-fledged Parliamentary Republic and hence, the role of the Parliament shall be different”.
The Parliament witnesses the interesting processes recently, namely increased hearings of the Ministers and other accountable officials. “The Parliament used to hold the rare oversight of the Ministers in the Committee or plenary formats and now, it is our routine”.
In the session week, the Parliament launches the new procedure – interpellation.
The Government is to appear in the Parliament and answer the questions. In oversight, not only its political part is important but the in-depth contextual and thematic control. “For this purpose, we hold the effective mechanisms, for instance the Committee inquiries which are held already by five Committees, as well as the monitoring of the law enforcement etc. Enhancement of the Parliamentary mechanisms shall be held with engagement and openness. We are committed to cooperate with NGOs and international organizations to facilitate to the capacity building of the Parliament”.
The NDI Director, Laura Thornton also addressed the attendees: “This document reflects the international practice about application of the oversight instruments by the Parliaments of various countries. It considers the examples of certain countries and certain instruments”.
The Ilia State University associate professor, Vakhushti Menabde held the presentation of the report providing the mechanisms and strategies for improvement of relations between the legislative and executive authorities.
The presentation was attended by MPs, Judges of the Constitutional Court, NGOs and international organizations.
The translation of the report was ensured by NDI within the project “Enhancement of Political Processes in Georgia” with financial support of USAID.