On 17-18 May, secretary general of the parliament hosted European center for parliamentary research and documentation (ECPRD) with the participation of the budget office and research department of the parliament of Georgia, a seminar on:" Evaluation of the influence of legislative initiatives on state finances and regulatory impacts assessment". The seminar aimed to share the experience of assessing the influence of regulation, as well as the evaluation of the impact of legislative initiatives on state finances. The seminar included three sessions: 1. Institutional arrangement of regulation impact assessment system; 2. Methodological aspects of regulation impact assessment and analytical instruments; 3. Evaluation of influence on public finance for initiatives. Representatives of 22 countries participated in the event, representing research and analytical departments and budget offices of parliaments of member states of the European center for parliamentary research and documentation.
Irakli Kovzanadze, chairman of the committee on finance and budget, opened a two-day event with a welcoming speech. According to his statement, the obligation to implement the regulatory impact assessment (RIA) remains one of the challenges for Georgia. The seminar participants were welcomed by Paola Banoch, head of the state budget department of the chamber of deputies of Italy.
Secretary General of the parliament Givi Mikanadze also addressed the participants of the seminar: the issue, which has been convened for a two-day discussion, reiterates the importance of sharing mutual cooperation, knowledge and experience. According to his assessment, the growth of the country's economy and promotion of employment requires specific regulations, which will achieve the planned goals with minimal expenditure and will maximize benefits for both citizens and businesses. "The assessment of the influence of regulation is one of the most important instruments of achievement, providing information on decision makers to all aspects of the possible influence of regulation," said the secretary general. In spite of the lack of commitment in this direction at the legislative level, with the support of partner international organizations over the last few years, parliament has had substantial progress in impact regulating in terms of enhancing skills and implementation of pilot projects. He thanked donor organizations for their efforts, which is one of the key factors in determining progress. Head of the parliament budget office, Tata Khetaguri introduced the experience of the parliament of Georgia to the guests in the direction of regulatory impact assessment. She spoke about the pilot projects carried out by the parliament budget office in this direction, as well as on the projects implemented by the working groups set up by the separate committees of the parliament of Georgia with involvement of representatives of budget office of parliament. In her opinion, establishment of institutional mechanisms in the direction of regulatory impact assessment, which is currently under discussion, in addition to the general institutional framework, is related to solving separate essential issues such as: choosing the direction for the targeted implementation of the regulatory impact assessment, for proportionate use of the instrument possible use of preliminary/small assessments, the issue of the implementation of the existing regulatory appraisal mechanism, the need for consistent methodological approach in parallel to maintaining a certain level of flexibility based on data related restrictions and the issue of defining quality control/provision and agency responsible for it. The vision of government was introduced to participants of the seminar by the head of the analytical department of Ministry of Justice Zurab Sanikidze and the academic circles' opinions about the importance of RIA and possible challenges presented associate professor Norberto Pineatmit from International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET).
On the next session of the seminar, which was coordinated by Paola Bonač, coordinator of the European center for parliamentary research and documentation (ECPRD) and Natia Tsikvadze, coordinator of the budget analytics department of the parliamentary budget office, experts in the field of assessment of regulatory impact assessment and legislative initiatives on state finances discussed by European Parliament Research Center, German Bundestrand and Bundestag, the Polish Senate and Seim, the Chamber of Commerce of the United Kingdom, the Budget Office of the Austrian Parliament, the Portuguese Parliamentary Budget Representatives of the Process Promotion Service (UTAO).
Within the framework of the seminar, presentations on the experience of the parliament of Georgia, including the budget office of parliament, were presented by Shorena Kakhidze, head of cost estimates and legislative support department of the parliamentary budget office and Nestan Gaprindashvili and Natia Suarishvili from the same department. In particular, presentation of budget office representatives in frames of second session was devoted to the basic methodological aspects of the implementation of the regulation impact assessment, and within third session - evaluation the impact of legislative initiatives on state finances and methodological framework proposed by parliamentary budget office.
Seminar on 18 May, ended with speeches by European center for research and documentation (ECPRD) coordinator, Paola bonachisa and the parliamentary budget office head of Tata Khetaguri.