At the sitting of the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee presided by the Committee Chair Zaza Gabunia, the MPs discussed several bills and ratification documents.
Bills "On Amendments to the “Law on Public Service" and "On Amendments to the “Law on Remuneration in the Public Service" submitted as the Legislative Initiative by the MPs: Giorgi Kakhiani, Guram Macharashvili, Irakli (Dachi) Beraia and Shalva Kiknavelidze, were presented to the members of the Committee by one of the initiators, Guram Macharashvili.
As the rapporteur explained, the proposed amendment would clarify the notion of a state servant, however, eliminating ambiguity in the current version of the law regarding the status of specific individuals. As of today, the majority of the Mayor representatives in administrative units occupy the positions of professional public servants, but the functions and responsibilities they perform are different from those performed by professional public servants, which should serve the main purposes of the public agency. The activities of the Mayor representatives are to be subject to the category of those employed under the appropriate administrative agreement, as the functions of the Mayor, as the executive body and the highest political authority of the municipality extends throughout the area, including the administrative units within the municipality and are thus responsible for the implementation of City Hall policies throughout the area.
The committee supported the draft law with the promise that consultations would continue on a number of issues, including with the Office of the Public Defender and civil society representatives.
The Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Davit Tvalabeishvili presented the Bill “On the Amendments to the Law of Georgia on Electricity and Natural Gas” to the Committee as the Legislative Initiative.
The project aims at exempting the import of electricity from the tariff regulation (except for imports carried out by a market operator) so that importers can freely import electricity at a price agreed with the relevant contractor. Exceptions will be made for the market operator with tariff adjustment.
As the rapporteur explained, the adoption of the Bill would create an opportunity for private importers to bargain freely between the parties.
Davit Tvalabeishvili also presented the Bill “On Encouraging the Production and Use of Energy from Renewable Sources” as the Legislative Initiative.
According to him, the project aims to create legal bases for advancing, empowering and utilizing sustainable power source and identify mandatory target indicators for total share of renewable energy within the total ultimate energy consumption, including in the transport sector. In addition, the Bill aims to maximize the use of local resources to ensure full customer satisfaction and reduce electricity imports.
As a result of the adoption of the Bill, Georgia's domestic legislation will be brought into line with European legislation and standards.
The speakers answered questions about the draft laws and made relevant explanations. The Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee supported the Bills discussed.
The Committee also endorsed the documents submitted by the Georgian Government for ratification.