The Open Governance Parliament working group held the first working meeting on establishment of the Citizens Engagement Center.
Establishment of the CEC is the fourth obligation of the OGP action plan for 2018-2019. The meeting was initiated by GIZ Eastern Partnership and was attended by the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee and the Head of the working group, Eka Beselia; the Chair of the Open Governance Permanent Parliamentary Council, Irine Pruidze, Secretary General, Givi Mikanadze, Main Chancellery Department employees and representatives of NDI and GIZ.
The meeting was dedicated to the objective of the group, current situation and the problems, defined the first steps and outlined the schedule.
As noted, the Constitutional changes become effective in November 2018, as well as the new Rules of Procedure enhancing the Parliamentary overnight function, which constitutes the challenge the Parliament shall meet with new approaches.
As E. Beselia noted, the working group works on the new concept of CEC to offer the brand new service to the citizens in terms of participation of the society in the Parliamentary life and having access to the news about Parliamentary activity.
“The reform is very important we work on – establishment of the Citizens Engagement Center. It is the first structure allowing the citizens getting in touch with the Parliament, getting impression on the Parliament and receiving the initial service. Thus, we shall assist the Reception of the Parliament, playing the key role and meeting the citizens, in successful conduct of its hard work. The reform envisages enhancement of their capacity and equipment of the office with new opportunities, as well as establishment of the best practice on the basis of the experience”, - E. Beselia noted.