EU, UNDP Support Georgian Parliament to Open a Dialogue with Youth

May 14, 2018

Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Georgian Parliament Committee on Sports and Youth arranged an informal meeting with students and youth organizations on 14 May 2018 to discuss its new strategy and action plan 2018-2020.

Organised with the support from the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the event brought together up to 80 young people, Members of the Georgian Parliament and representatives of the Georgian Government.

Mikheil Kavelashvili, Committee Chairperson, stressed that youth engagement, sport integrity and development of human capital will be in focus of the Parliament’s activities in the coming three years.

“Georgian Parliament will enhance its role in addressing the challenges faced by the youth. We will pay particular attention to the youth-related legislation, including the Law on Sports,” – Mikheil Kavelashvili said.

Irina Pruidze, Chairperson of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance, noted that youth engagement is critical for opening up Georgian Parliament to the public.

“It is important to establish a sustainable mechanism that will allow young people to be more actively involved in the Parliament’s work,” – Irina Pruidze said.

The recently adopted strategy and action plan 2018-2020 of the Parliamentary Committee on Sports and Youth is shaped around several priority areas, including youth activities, revision of the Law on Sports, and development or revision of the regulations related to international legal instruments and political obligations. Georgia’s progress in the implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union, Sustainable Development Goals and other international political decisions are placed in the centre of the Committee’s work.

"Creating opportunities for youth is one of the priority areas of the EU-Georgia cooperation. We support initiatives that encourage young people to actively engage in social and economic life of their country,”- said Nino Samvelidze, Programme Manager for Culture, Youth and Information Society of the European Union Delegation to Georgia.

The Committee on Sports and Youth presented its strategy and action plan to the public in April 2018. The discussion with young people is part of this information campaign aiming to create a space for open exchange, comments and new ideas.

“Public discussions about parliamentary strategies are an important step forward to achieving open and transparent governance. It is encouraging that young people are ready to contribute with their knowledge, creativity and innovative ideas,” – said Natia Natsvlishvili, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Georgia.

Eight out of 15 parliamentary committees started publishing their multi-year strategies and action plans since 2014 when the practice was first initiated with the assistance of EU and UNDP under their larger initiative for strengthening parliamentary democracy in Georgia. The 2017 Open Parliament Action Plan has mandated all parliamentary committees to develop and publish their annual action plans.

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