Parliament of Georgia

Consolidating Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia


In 2018, Georgia transitioned to a parliamentary system of governance following significant constitutional amendments in 2017. This shift has bolstered the role of the Parliament, particularly in relation to the Government, enhancing accountability within the legislative branch.

To fortify this transition, reforms were made to the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, expanding its functions and introducing effective mechanisms to better carry out legislative, oversight, and representative responsibilities.

Within this new framework, the European Union and UNDP are supporting the Parliament of Georgia in strengthening its institutional capacities and implementing new mechanisms. 

Additionally, the EU and UNDP extend support to the Supreme Council of the Ajara Autonomous Republic to enhance its institutional effectiveness and foster openness, transparency, and citizen engagement.

Building upon the successes of the previous EU/UNDP parliamentary strengthening project, this initiative targets identified gaps and challenges in parliamentary performance. Cooperation with members and staff of the Georgian Parliament and Supreme Council of Ajara, alongside civil society organizations and the public, is central to our approach.

The project is implemented in partnership with the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

what we do

Assist Parliament of Georgia in strengthening its evidence-based policy and law-making capacities via:

  • Facilitating effective policy and law-making processes in the Parliament through supporting the work of parliamentary committees and thematic rapporteurs.
  • Building the capacities of the Parliamentary Research Centre and facilitating its transformation into a research and analytical hub contributing to evidence-based policy and law-making processes in the Parliament.

Support the Parliament of Georgia in improving government oversight functions by:

  • Facilitating thematic inquiries and post-legislative scrutiny with particular emphasis on the EU-Georgia Association Agreement priorities and Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Improving the Parliament’s oversight capacities in the security sector.
  • Enabling effective collaboration between the Parliament and independent state institutions to increase government accountability.

Assist the Parliament of Georgia in enhanced public engagement in parliamentary processes through promotion of participatory democracy and open governance principles via:

  • Promoting legislative openness reforms and facilitating the work of the Parliament’s Open Governance Council.
  • Raising public awareness on the citizen engagement tools in the parliamentary activities.
  • Developing civic education module for Georgia’s secondary schools – Parliament for Children.

Support the Parliament of Georgia in enhancing institutional effectiveness through:

  • Reviewing the progress of institutional reforms and facilitating the elaboration of the institutional development strategy for the X parliamentary convocation.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure for their further streamlining.
  • Facilitating the design of MP and staff induction programs for 2020.
  • Developing Business Continuity Management (BCM) system and capacities in the Parliament.

Support the Supreme Council of Ajara in strengthening its institutional performance through:

  • Improving institutional development framework and capacities.
  • Kicking off openness reforms and building capacities of local CSOs to effectively engage in the Council’s openness activities.

expected results

  • Strengthen performance of the Parliament of Georgia in the new context of constitutional and legislative framework, ensure that the policy and law-making processes are evidence-based and sustainable, accountability of the government is increased, and citizens’ access to the Parliamentary activities is significantly improved.
  • Increase institutional performance of the Supreme Council of Ajara and institutionalize open governance principles in its work.

Contact information

Project address

8 Rustaveli Avenue
Parliament of Georgia
Tbilisi 0118

Contact persons

Nino Sarishvili
Project Manager

Gigi Bregadze
UNDP Democratic Governance Team Leader