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​Advisors to President Margvelashvili Meet Diplomats to Discuss Amendments to the Law on Public Serv

​Advisors to President Margvelashvili Meet Diplomats to Discuss Amendments to the Law on Public Service

Tengiz Pkhaladze, Advisor for Foreign Affairs, Pikria Chikhradze, Political Secretary and Ana Natsvlishvili, Parliamentary Secretary of President Margvelashvili have held a meeting with representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to Georgia and international foundations to discuss and protest the amendments to the Law on Public Service. According to the draft law, employees of the Presidential Administration will no longer be civil servants, but will work under the administrative contract.
The meeting focused on the threats and risks triggered by the adoption of this draft law, as well as its possible influence on the sustainability of democratic institutions. Representatives of diplomatic corps have shown interest in the implementation process of the reform on civil service. They believe that interests of public servants should be protected according to the highest European standards.
According to Tengiz Pkhaladze, the reform on civil service is extremely important to develop relations with international partners, especially with the European Union.
"We have provided information to the diplomatic corps on how the Presidential Administration operates, Presidential team and value of public servants in this building.
The Presidential team leaves the office together with the President on the inauguration day of the new president in accordance with the legislation. These amendments concern public servants, some of whom have been working in this building since the term of the first president of Georgia. They are absolutely apolitical and highly-qualified professionals and therefore, our partners are extremely interested in their fate and thus how the law on civil service will be implemented.
Georgia has its commitments, including to the EU. This reform and protection of public servants is a part of this commitment. In case of adopting this draft law, there will be many questions about the social protection and future of these people. We hope that the possible damage caused to the state by the adoption of this law will be thoroughly studied and examined before its adoption. This is not only about the Presidential Administration, but about the precedent that may harm the reform on civil service,” Tengiz Pkhaladze said.