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​Advisors to President Margvelashvili Meet Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations to Prot

​Advisors to President Margvelashvili Meet Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations to Protest Amendments to the Law on Public Service

Pikria Chikhradze, Political Secretary and Ana Natsvlishvili, Parliamentary Secretary of President Margvelashvili have held a meeting with representatives of non-governmental organizations to 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.
“These amendments, to be review by the Parliament contradict the key principles of the Constitution and entirely damage the success of the reform on public service. This will be a very insidious precedent not only for the people employed at the Presidential Administration, but in general for the people working in the public sector. This will be a dangerous message, stating that these people may all of a sudden be deprived of their rights.
I would like to emphasize that this case does not concern advisors to the President; it concerns the people who have been working at the Presidential Administration for 10 years and more, under the supervision of different presidents. They have not served any specific president, be it Margvelashvili, Saakashvili, Shevardnadze or Gamsakhurdia, but they served public interests and Georgian citizens. These people, selected for their professionalism, expertise and institutional memory will no longer have those rights and protection guarantees that public servants have and therefore, they will be dismissed at any time without any compensation and explanation,” Ana Natsvlishvili said.
Representatives of non-governmental organizations agree with the advisors, stating that the draft law contradicts the reform on civil service, Georgia’s international commitment to successfully implement this reform and the decision of the Constitutional Court.
"After reading this draft law, one becomes suspicious that it was initiated in order the new president to provide the Presidential Administration with her staff. This risk does not only concern the current employees. In the long term, it creates a negative tendency that each new president will replace the entire Administration," Lika Sajaia, representatives of Transparency International Georgia said after the meeting.