Georgia: presentation of our EU-funded project to the Parliament
On 13 April, 2018, the Parliament of Georgia hosted a presentation of the EU funded project “EU Support to Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector” featuring an overview of current project achievements and planned steps and a discussion with security sector stakeholders.
The Honorable Speaker of Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze, and H.E. Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, gave the opening remarks for invited guests. According to the Speaker, Parliament needs qualitative political and institutional strengthening and, in this direction, strengthening and development of the oversight function is very important, especially in the field of defense and security.
This project supports Georgia’s European Union aspirations via further advancing democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. This includes stronger parliamentary oversight and strengthening Parliament's oversight of the security sector in particular. Human Rights based approach and gender analysis will center the activities to contribute to sustainable democratic changes. This effort will also contribute to Georgia's progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, notably SDG 16 (effective, accountable institutions).
The information event also marks commencement of a week of trainings for MPs and staff of the Parliament in Tbilisi. The training week (13 – 20 April) is led by international and national experts and address issues related to budget oversight, accountability of executive authorities, parliamentary rules and practices, public hearings, employing gender equality and human rights based approach and the security sector in Georgia.