Foreign dignitaries express concern over proposed replacement of State Inspector's Service

  • The ruling party maintains that the proposed changes will strengthen both the investigative and the personal data protection mechanisms in the country. Photo: State Inspector's Service

Agenda.ge, 29 Dec 2021 - 21:55, Tbilisi,Georgia

Foreign dignitaries have expressed their concern over a bill proposed by ruling Georgian Dream party MPs to replace the State Inspector's Service with a Special Investigation Service and Personal Data Protection Service.

Georgian majority MPs put forward a bill proposing to split the State Inspector's Service into two new agencies – a Special Investigation Service and Personal Data Protection Service, which will be authorised to investigate offences committed by authorities and to monitor personal data processing, respectively.

Ambassador of France to Georgia Diego Colas called for 'wide consultations' regarding the ongoing reform.

Ambassador of Sweden to Georgia Ulrik Tidestrom pointed out that the State Inspector's Service serves an 'important role' for democracy and human rights.

Ambassador of Norway to Georgia and Armenia Helene Sand Andresen requested the Georgian Parliament to take an 'inclusive and considered' approach while making the decision.

Ambassador of the Netherlands to Georgia Maaike van Koldam called for an 'open and transparent' process.

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia Petr Mikyska noted that the proposal is 'worrisome.'

Deputy Head of mission at the British Embassy in Tbilisi Clare Allbless expressed her hope that 'any decision' will be afforded with the necessary time and care.

Georgian Dream (GD) party MP Mamuka Mdinaradze explained earlier that the GD proposed splitting the State Inspector’s Service into two agencies because the investigative and personal data protection functions are ‘not compatible with each other.’ 

GD maintains that the proposed changes will strengthen both the investigative and the personal data protection mechanisms in the country.

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