Irakli Kobakhidze: we shall think in complex manner about development of the capacity of the Parliament and the Staff

06 Mar 2018
Irakli Kobakhidze: we shall think in complex manner about development of the capacity of the Parliament and the Staff

We need the complex approach to develop the Parliament – no matter how we improve the Rules of Procedure, other procedures, how we enhance the Parliamentary team – this plan cannot be implemented if the Parliament and the Staff are not equipped with the analytical capacity”, - the Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze stated at the presentation of the “Project for Research and Analytical Capacity Building of the Parliament”. 

The Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze and the First Vice Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili opened the presentation.

According to T. Chugoshvili, attendance of the Speaker evidences that research and analytical capacity building of the Parliament is important for the legislative body. “Attendance of the Speaker at the presentation means that building of research and analytical resources and capacities is important for the Parliament. Such Research Centers, Departments of various Units for the Members of Parliaments and Legislative bodies worldwide constitute the greatest power of the Parliament and its reputation, qualified operation are based on these units”.

She thanked the UNDP and EU for support and thanked the international consultant for his activity.

The Speaker spoke about capacities of the Parliament and thanked UNDP and EU for their support. “Development of capacities of the Parliament is the special priority for us. I would like to first of all thank our friends and partners for support to the Parliament. I would like to thank UNDP for years of support to capacity building of the Parliament, and I would like to thank EU representation also for years of cooperation with the Parliament and active aid in development. I would like to thank the international consultant for his invaluable merit. He is the author of the study concerning building of analytical and research capacities. We start the important process which will be positively reflected on Development of Parliamentary resources”.

He spoke about the role of the Parliament in the Constitutional system and underlined importance of due implementation of the legislative and oversight function. The Parliament had the gaps in the activity for years and not the ambitious task envisages qualitative enhancement of the parliament. “We all know the role of the Parliament in our Constitutional system. It is the central body in the Constitutional system through which the foreign and domestic policy directions are defined. The Parliament bears two main functions – legislative and oversight on the Government. These two functions shall be due implemented. Traditionally, we had the gaps in this direction for years and our ambitious task today is to qualitatively empower the Parliament as in legislative so in oversight terms. It needs equipment of the Parliament with respective resources, capacity and analytical means”.

It does not concern one link of the oversight. The Speaker noted that enhancement of the Research Department is important in this process, though the emphasis shall be made on the Committee Staffs. “I do not mean one link solely in the Parliament and the Staff. I don’t mean the Research Department only. Naturally, it plays the key role in this process but we shall have the complex approach about development of the Parliament and the Staff, we shall make the emphasis on the Committee Staffs, where analytical functions are to be further developed. We need the complex approach to develop the Parliament – no matter how we improve the Rules of Procedure, other procedures, how we enhance the Parliamentary team – this plan cannot be implemented if the Parliament and the Staff are not equipped with the analytical capacity. We believe that the qualitative and drastic change is what we need and I hope that the plan we all outlined will facilitate to achievement of this goal”.

The UNDP Resident Representative, Niels Scott and EU Representative for Politics, Press and Information addressed the attendees. According to N. Scott, Parliament is more active. “The Parliament is more and more active. It is the greatest honor for me that UN is involved in support of the Parliament, which is crucial for Georgia. There are the solid and unchanged units in the Parliament that always shall exist, though other things may be changed and it is the path the Parliament took – to achieve real progress. We shall revise various spheres to increase efficiency in policy-making and to ensure open and transparent Parliamentary activity. The citizens shall have the benefits of the Parliamentary activity. Today, the Parliament keeps the new reforming way and it will be the precondition of further success – establishment of research and analytical service to facilitate to decision-making based on the facts, which is paramount in legislative activity. The research creates knowledge. It creates not only the new knowledge but the new culture through policy making”.

According to the EU representative, Parliament today is much stronger than ever. “Today, the Parliament of Georgia is much stronger than ever. Empowerment is followed with increased responsibility and it shall apply the decision making and policy development”.

Enactment of the Parliament is especially noteworthy in human rights, decentralization and oversight terms.

She noted that EU representation is committed to render active support in development of the Parliament. “I am glad to be here from EU representation and to contribute in development of Georgian Parliament. The Parliament is through the Constitutional changes and it aims at further intensification. The Parliament is indeed very active in human rights and decentralization term. We try to assist not only in terms of the project but in other directions as well and we contribute in efficiency of development of the Parliamentary policy, in increase of the oversight role. EU representation is ready to further facilitate to this process. We want to put our efforts within the EUAA and fulfill all the points outlined in this direction”.

The First Vice Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili spoke about the new project and stated that the presentation is concentrated to outline the improvement area in the Parliament in terms of analytical resources and represents the recommendations about the changes in this direction.

The project for enhancement of research and analytical capacity reflects the main directions the Parliament encounters today. The practice of the leading Parliaments confirms necessity of the project. “We all agree, all the reporters that without due research and analytical skills the Parliament cannot produce high quality activity, to have high quality legislation and to undertake high quality oversight. In all the Parliaments doomed as effective, the greatest part of the work is implemented by the employees equipped with these skills, who facilitate the politicians to correct decision-making. We can improve a lot in this direction in our Parliament as well”.

She emphasized the fact that this direction does not apply the research department solely but is complex composed of many components. “The Speaker noted that this direction does not apply the Research Department solely but is composed of many components. The requirements are growing, time passes and we shall establish higher standards, especially that we are to move to the more improved Parliamentary system. The standards satisfactory earlier now require improvement and it is clear. We may work in many directions to achieve the result through the correct accents”.

The EU and UNDP international consultant spoke about importance of analytical needs. “The Parliament needs good information and good analysis for various reasons. Legislative activity is the key factor for any Parliament, implementation of which is impossible without the facts and analysis”, - he stated. “The needs to be addressed envisage harmonization with Europeans standards and enhancement of oversight. This is the key point for today”.

The presentation was followed with the discussion about recommendations.“We need the complex approach to develop the Parliament – no matter how we improve the Rules of Procedure, other procedures, how we enhance the Parliamentary team – this plan cannot be implemented if the Parliament and the Staff are not equipped with the analytical capacity”, - the Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze stated at the presentation of the “Project for Research and Analytical Capacity Building of the Parliament”.