Deriving from the Order of the Constitutional Court, the Committee is to set up the working group on changes to the Law on E-Communications, Criminal Code of Practice and other respective laws.
According to the Chair, Eka Beselia, the working group will be composed of various structures: Legal Committee, Defense and Security Committee, Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Parliamentary Secretary of the Government, Public Defender, Personal Data Protection Inspector, Ministry of Justice, Prosecutor’s Office, Supreme Court, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Security Service, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Corrections and NGOs.
The Parliament is to develop the respective legal norms till March 31 concerning the secret investigations. The working process will be open at maximal extent. The Committee has held surveys in December concerning various models. According to E. Beselia, after development of the draft, it shall be considered with wide involvement of the society.
The Committee considered the draft on Public Broadcaster by the PB personnel envisaging changes to the Articles of the PB and regulation of issues related to administrative authority of the PB. As one of the authors, Giorgi Chartolani stated, the changes are conditioned with the fact that the current law fails to clearly dissociate rights and obligations of the Board of Trustees and Director General of the PB. The law fails to allow the CEO to assume responsibility as for structural administration so for budget disposal which restricts the rights of the CEO. “It paralyzes activity of the PB and contains risk of discord between the management and the Board of Trustees”.
The law puts the CEO dependant to the wills of the Board of Trustees. Besides, there is the number of issues to be regulated. The Committee supported the draft and decided to set up the working group with the reservation that other than the legislative issues, the group will consider other PB-related matters.
As E. Beselia stated, one of the primary tasks of the Parliament is to observe the law in practice especially after amendment as imposed under the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure.
“Commitment of the Parliament to detect the gaps upon application of the law and to discuss solution is very important especially when it concerns with PB and media in general. The PB, naturally has a specific activity, and besides, it is financed from the Budget and hence, is accountable to the Parliament”.