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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted a resolution related to Georgia and Russia’s non-compliance of the ceasefire agreement.

On January 28, 2015, PACE adopted the following resolution: “Challenge, on substantive grounds, of the still unratified credentials of the delegation of the Russian Federation.”
The voting rights and credentials of the Russian delegation were suspended citing a need to “foster dialogue” between the parties. PACE also suspended Russia’s voting rights and its representation in the assembly’s leading bodies. In response, Russia suspended cooperation with the PACE, accusing the council of making “xenophobic statements” and staging a “parade of Russophobia.”
Georgian Journal spoke with Council of Europe’s Austrian delegate, Stefan Schennach, who chairs the PACE monitoring committee and who wasn’t pleased with the council’s decision to suspend Russia’s voting rights. He argued that the Ukrainian conflict cannot be resolved “without the full-fledged participation and the political will of Russia.”

"If you send weapons to both sides then war keeps going on. Do you want to have another Syria in eastern Ukraine?"


– Before we address the resolution itself, perhaps you could comment on Russia’s recent exit or, as some say, self-imposed exile from the Council of Europe, what do you think will be the implications of this move and who is pressuring who in this case?

– I made a proposal in April 2014 to suspend Russian credentials untill the end of the year. And when I wrote this proposal in April 2014, the whole world and the Council of Europe was under the impression of Crimea’s annexation. We needed a quick response to that because a member country of the Council of Europe was using its military power on the part of other country. Then there was the escalation of events in eastern Ukraine. Recently, in the sub-committee that I created specifically to retain dialogue with Russia, Russia showed willingness to negotiate, making it known that they were ready for dialogue. One member of the Russian delegation even said that Ukraine was not responsible for all that was and still is happening there. So I decided to make another attempt at constructive dialogue, because we don’t need the Cold War back in Europe. Russia is a European country and I firmly believe that peace and development in Europe is only possible with Russia, not without or against it. I came up with another offer; I said we will give them back their voting rights, and in exchange, they will fulfill 21 preconditions that I proposed in my report. For example that Ukrainian pilot Nadya Shevchenko should be handed over to a third country. And that we could send people from Germany as a monitoring team to Crimea to make a report and investigate both human rights and minority situations. This was my proposal, but eventually the assembly did not follow through with it. I was surprised, because previously at this point, I had a majority vote at the beginning, but then they said “No, we should suspend Russia till April”. I am a democratic person and I have to take what the majority says into account, but as a politician, I asked for a compromise and it was decided that the rapporteur can make the push for it. By the way, nobody in Ukraine’s delegation stood up and said “no”. But there were some, as we say, Cold War warriors, who didn’t want a compromise. When ten persons stand up and say “no”, then the path to compromise becomes closed. In a political way, it is not fair and I would also say that it’s unproductive and far from a moderate stance. After the vote, I asked Russians not to overreact and they decided to come back one year later.

 

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BPN.ge has repeatedly covered the issue of tenders repeatedly being canceled and slumped. Precisely the aforementioned tenders have thwarted the government in establishing the budget. Temur Maisaia, Deputy Chairman of Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee, was the first to shed light on this issue. Mr. Maisaia is reportedly looking over this issue today. According to him, the activity of all companies is compulsory to study.

- Why have you decided to cast light on the issue of cancelled tenders?

-You know, it’s a slightly odd question. What else should have happened in the country? Our ministers reiterated that tenders had slumped and they failed to establish the budget. Precisely their failure to handle the issue of tenders resulted in a budget deficit and this was not surprising in the slightest. When a company wins a tender and fails to fulfill its entrusted duties, the state declares the same tender again and loses time. Consequently, the state fails to establish a budget and money ceases to circulate within the country. On top of that, their failure to meet a budget has inflicted irrecoverable harm to the Georgian people and has thrown the country’s economy off the proverbial cliff.

- What could you tell us regarding some important tenders having slumped recently?

- You know, all tenders that have been declared in Georgia deserve our attention. While looking over these tenders, we have come across some really serious deviations. As it appears, those at the helm of our companies were reluctant to accomplish their duties. They refused to toe the line and stubbornly put these tenders on hold. To put it straight, we have encountered deliberate violation of the law in all these companies; however, today we are oriented towards larger bodies since their move to neglect their responsibilities has resulted in the loss of millions of dollars.

- What kind of deviations have you discovered to be most frequent?

- As far as I can see, a key reason for bringing the process to a grinding halt was their eagerness to repeatedly put declared tenders on hold. Different organizations in Georgia have failed to fulfill their duties and postponed deadlines indefinitely. However, the worst thing is that the most promising companies fail to win these tenders. Obviously, such failures have battered our economy and depleted our budget. Likewise, when a company doubles the price of a tender after winning, laws are broken and its leadership must naturally pay a heavy price for this.

- In which spheres have such deviations mainly occurred?

- Everywhere. They have occurred everywhere in all infrastructural projects. Naming all these fields would take all day.

- Could you give us the names of the law-breaking companies or their managers?
- I will abstain from doing this for now. First we must look into this issue and carefully study its every detail. Because I am a MP and member of the committee, I cannot really accuse this or that company of violating the law now. 
My faction and I have voluntarily started looking into these cases and we are strongly determined to follow through with it. You know, every case is different and needs a specific approach.
Do you want me to tell you what has always bemused me? I would like to know how or in what manner do companies with such serious deviations managed to win these tenders at all!

 

“Deprived Adolescence” - UNFPA Georgia presents the photo exhibition by Daro Sulakauri
UNFPA Georgia presents the photo exhibition by Daro Sulakauri “Deprived of Adolescence” on March 11, 2016, 16:00 at Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art (MOMA Tbilisi - 27 Rustaveli Av).