The draft aims to ensure compliance of the Rules of Procedure with the bill on Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, submitted by the Government.
The bill envisages the duty of the Government to, on an annual basis, report to the Parliament about the fundamental rights and freedoms of the persons with disabilities, their social rights etc.
The Committee discussed with the III reading the bill on Rights of Persons with Disabilities aiming at facilitation of fulfillment of the international commitments by Georgia to ensure due realization of the rights of the persons with disabilities in terms of education, civil integration, socio-economic, cultural and in terms of their full integration and provision with equal access to the social services. The bill also aims at facilitation of independency of the persons with disabilities by providing them with the services such are informative-advisory, and personal assistance. Certain editorial remarks have been expressed.
As the reporter, the Deputy Justice Minister, Mikheil Sarjveladze noted, the bill is submitted with the III reading in the same edition as submitted to the last plenary session. R. Ionatamishvili expressed some editorial remarks.
The Committee heard the annual report by the Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission for 2019 on rights of the consumers, introduced by the defender of the interests of the customers, Salome Vardiashvili.
As she noted, as a result of accession to the Energy Community in 2016, Georgia assumed the obligation to ensure harmonization in energy sphere with the EU regulations. The energy policy aims at improvement of the energy safety to ensure protection of the national interests by providing the due amount, quality and price. The key direction is the service quality and protection of the interests of the consumers. The Public Advocacy Service has been established on the basis of the law to ensure independent activity in cooperation with the Commission and create additional guarantees for the consumers.
“As a result of our hard work, our consumers do know to abstain from the direct deals and making the decision without the consultations in prejudice of own interests”, - the reporter noted.
Introducing the statistic data, she elucidated that up to 20 000 citizens address the Service per annum. The PAS actively works also on establishment of the alternative ways for mediation dispute resolution. The recommendations the Energy Ombudsman issues to the companies have mostly been shared.
The PAS covers several directions – water supply, natural gas sector and energy, related challenges and disputes.
“On the basis of the mediation of the Public Advocacy Service, the Commission in 2019 has made 128 decisions on the natural gas issues. 308 recommendations and 43 addresses have been issued to the companies concerning the single and collective cases”, - she noted.
She answered the questions of MPs.
The Committee intends to give a positive conclusion.
At the end of the sitting, the Committee approved the bills.