GPB - deal or democracy?
30 January, 2014
GPB - deal or democracy?
Georgia’s parliament once again failed to select a new board for Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). During the second round of voting on 23 January, parliament approved just one candidate, named by the Public Defender, while the candidates named by the parliamentary minority and Achara Supreme Council did not receive enough number of votes. According to a statement made by the parliament’s chair, a new competition will be announced for five members of the GPB board. However, it is still not decided
when the competition will be held.
In July 2013, the parliamentary chairperson announced a competition for GPB board members. A special commission consisting of NGO representatives and the media selected 27 candidates, from which the parliament should have approved the top nine. The parliamentary majority should have named three candidates, the UNM – also three, Public Defender – two, and Achara Supreme Council - one. However, the majority named just one candidate, and refrained from naming any candidate for the second voting. The majority named two candidates from the first voting; one was accepted, another rejected.
The minority named two candidates for the second voting - the previously rejected Ninia Kakabadze and Darejan Javakhishvili. Kakabadze was again not supported; and Javakhishvili was not voted on at all since, according to the Parliament chair, her candidacy was proposed in violation of specified time frames. The same candidates were again named for the second voting by Ombudsman and Achara Supreme Council. However, only the Public Defender’s candidate got support. On the second round more than 51 votes were enough for approval, compared to at least 76 votes needed for the first round.
OSCE media freedom representative Dunja Mijatovic expressed disappointment at Georgian Parliament’s failure to fully compose the new board of trustees for the GPB.
“I am disappointed to learn that the Parliament once again failed to complete the selection despite a competent and transparent competition held by the Public Selection Commission,” Mijatovi? stated, calling on the Georgian Parliament to make a timely decision.
A group of Tbilisi-based Ambassadors has also called on Parliament to compose the Board of the Georgian Public Broadcaster in accordance with the law.  
“The international society believes that Georgia defends democratic ideals, supports pluralism, media freedom and transparency,” reads the statement. “Accordingly, we expect the Parliament to finalize the process of selection of the Board of Trustees in the way it is considered by the law.”
Eight NGOs, including Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, Transparency International Georgia, CiDA and several others have made a joint statement, stressing that the situation raises serious question marks. They appealed to the legislative body to preserve the same commission for selecting candidates for the second competition.
The commission that was selected by the parliament to choose the candidates is not going to participate in the process a second time. Commission member Natia Kuprashvili stressed that the commission worked transparently and selected worthy candidates - “However, the process did not come to an end. The situation revealed what is going on in the parliament and in the media in Georgia.”
The operation of the commission was also questioned by the commission chair, Zviad Koridze, who asserted that the process of selecting the board indicated “hidden political deals.”
Kakabadze is sure that the process was politically motivated, and now the coalition will inform its preferred candidates to participate in the competition, and then simply confirm them.
The Parliamentary minority also suspects a political agenda in the process of selecting the board. UNM MP Sergo Ratiani stated that even those coalition members who voted for Kakabadze during the first voting did not support her during the second voting.
The coalition MP Eliso Chapidze also expressed regret that the process was not brought to a conclusion. However, she allowed that the problem will be solved soon, and Georgia will have an effective GPB board.
The coalition MPs deny any kind of political interference in the process. MP Tina Khidasheli insisted that the opposition could confirm its candidate, but they failed.
“Only 51 votes were needed, when there are 52 MPs of the UNM in the parliament,” Khidasheli said.

Print
Other Stories
Adam Kinzinger: I Strongly Support Georgia's Immediate NATO Membership
Congressman Adam Kinzinger, Chairman of the Georgian Caucus of Congress, is one of the main authors of critical letters received by the Georgian government in recent months.
Matthew Bryza: "I think it’s a shame if Georgia doesn’t participate in this digital hub project"
Matthew Bryza worries new telecommunications law targets Caucasus Online and will block major investments that could make Georgia the strategic center of a “digital silk road”
Czech Ambassador: “Georgia among the best countries worldwide when it comes to combating Covid 19”
"Czech contribution in monitoring COVID-19 in Georgia was invaluable and hugely important” - Georgia’s Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze praised the Czech Republic’s contribution during Friday meeting with the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, H.E. Petr Mikyska as the Georgian and Czech sides met to discuss various aspects of joint collaboration.
Russian MFA Statement About Lugar Research Center-Another Disinformation
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia responds to the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding Lugar's laboratory.
UN Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution On Occupied Territories Of Georgia
The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the occupied territories of Georgia - "Cooperation with Georgia" within the framework of its 43rd session.
Kurt Volker about 20th of June: People Can’t Forget That
Given that one year has passed since June 20, 2019, it is interesting to see how the West assesses the developments in Georgia during this one year and what expectations it has for the October parliamentary elections.
Eastern Partnership Beyond 2020- Context and Expectations
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) marked its 10th anniversary in 2019. The round dates always come with reflections and new resolutions for the future.
"8 March Agreement Is Very important For Georgian Democracy"-Carl Hartzell
The 8th March agreement concerned not only the change in the electoral system but justice and the impermissibility of political partiality in electoral processes, - stated the Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, Carl Hartzell during his video broadcast.
Donald Trump Congratulates Georgia on Independence Day
The President of the United States of America Donald Trump sent a letter of congratulations to the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia on Independence Day.
US Ambassador Congratulating Georgia on the Independence Day
US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan has congratulated Georgia on the Independence Day.
Georgia's President Warns Covid-19 Crisis Could Trigger Russian Aggression
Georgia’s president has warned that Russia’s struggle to contain the spread of coronavirus and an economic crisis compounded by an oil price collapse risk is triggering new Kremlin aggression beyond its borders, - reads an article published by Financial Times.
Creation of Maps Violating Georgia's Territorial Integrity To be Considered Illegal
Production, advertising, use, and transportation of maps and other objects reflecting the violation of the principle of territorial integrity of Georgia will be considered as an illegal act.
Turkey Starts Accepting Health Tourists From Georgia
Turkey has started accepting foreign patients from several countries, including from Georgia.
Georgia Has The Greatest Support In the World From EU-Carl Hartzell
A true friend is known to be in trouble, and we have proved that we are true friends, ”-EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzel said during an online meeting with members of the European Business Association.
The EU Council Has Approved a Package of Financial Assistance to Georgia
The Council of the European Union (EU) has approved a package of emergency macro-financial assistance for 10 countries as part of its Neighborhood and Enlargement Policy.
The US Ambassador Stresses The Importance of Fair Judiciary System
We would like to see more American companies invest in Georgia and more Georgian companies in the United States said US Ambassador Kelly Degnan during a virtual press conference.
"One More Political Prisoner Is Still Waiting To Be Released"-McAllister
The MEPs expressed their opinions about the political situation in Georgia at the discussion of the report on the implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia.
Promoting Georgia As a Safe Destination For Tourism
“Georgia – a safe destination” is a message that Georgian diplomats should send to people in their countries, - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said while talking to Georgian ambassadors abroad via a video conference today.
UN To Allocate USD 1 Million To Support COVID-19 Crisis in Georgia
The United Nations will allocate USD 1 million for Georgia to help the country better respond to the immediate health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the most vulnerable groups from the devastating socio-economic impacts of the health crisis.
U.S. Senators Express Concern Over The Expulsion of American Businesses From Georgia
U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, Congressmen Judy Arrington, and Markwayne Mullin have written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, expressing concern over the expulsion of U.S. companies and businesses from Georgia.
European Parliament Approves €150 Million Aid For Georgia
The European Parliament on Friday approved €3 billion in loans to help EU neighbors and partner countries deal with the fallout of COVID-19.
MEPs and U.S Senators Welcome the Pardon of Opposition Politicians
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili announced yesterday that she was pardoning Georgian opposition politicians Gigi Ugulava and Irakli Okruashvili, which she said was ‘a very difficult decision’.
The Presidency of the Council of Europe of Georgia Received a High Assessment
According to the Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, the presidency of the Council of Europe of Georgia had a very high assessment at the international level.
Coronavirus Crisis is an Opportunity to Deepen Relations With the EU-Salome Zourabichvili
The President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili talked to the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö on March 14.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
19.09.2020
20.09.2020
USD
1
USD
3.2140
3.2140
EUR
1
EUR
3.8057
3.8057
GBP
1
GBP
4.1711
4.1711
RUB
100
RUB
4.2817
4.2817
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
3.2140
EUR
1
EUR
3.8057
GBP
1
GBP
4.1711
RUB
100
RUB
4.2817
September 2020
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30