Legal Issues Committee Establishing Five Working Groups on EC’s Recommendations
The Legal Issues Committee established five working groups as specified in Article 46 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament on deoligarchization, judicial reform, revision of the election code, anti-corruption measures, and further institutional strengthening of the Special Investigation Service and Personal Data Protection Service in order to prepare the pertinent legislative changes to be implemented in order to grant Georgia the status of EU membership candidate.
Anri Okhanashvili, the Committee's chair, claims that the Committee is beginning an intensive work process to implement the European Union's proposals.
"The organizational issues associated with the initial consultations with particular focus groups and political parties have mostly been resolved. We held talks addressing every item of the 12-point plan with the political parties in the first place, and they are well aware of how this process would move forward thanks to the Speaker's direct engagement and leadership. Therefore, whether it was the "Georgian Dream" or specific opposition political groups, all those political groups that opted to take part in this process attended these working meetings and are still there today, which is to be commended. We act in accordance with the first point. The discussion of a certain problem amongst political parties is one of the key goals of depolarization. Regarding opposition to this process from other political factions, they vehemently disagree with the first point, which is known as depolarization. We are behaving appropriately and advancing toward an intensive work procedure in accordance with our commitment", - Anri Okhanashvili stated.
The working groups on Deoligarchization, Judicial Reform, Anti-Corruption Measures and Further Institutional Strengthening of the Special Investigation Service and the Personal Data Protection Service will be headed by the Chairman of the Legal Issues Committee Anri Okhanashvili, while the working group on the Revision of the Georgian Election Code will be headed by Givi Mikanadze, the First Deputy Chairman of the faction "Georgian Dream".
Working groups are composed of members of the "Georgian Dream" and the parliamentary opposition, as well as representatives of civil society (Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF)) and state agencies, as well as other interested parties.
Representatives from the parliamentary opposition "Citizens," "European Socialists," and "Girchi," as well as non-attached MPs, will take part in the working groups' activities.
According to Anri Okhanashvili, the representatives of the President of Georgia, as per their wish, will monitor the activities of the working groups.
According to him, if desired, international organizations will also have the opportunity to monitor the process, including representatives of the United States Embassy and the Council of Europe.