On the 25th of March, the Civil Service Bureau of Georgia in partnership with SIGMA (a joint initiative of the OECD and the EU) conducted a workshop on the Draft Concept of the Civil Service Reform of Georgia. The concept itself was prepared based upon an assessment of the current situation in the civil service in Georgia and preceded by numerous issue-based discussions with representatives of the central and local governments, civil society, scholars, local and international experts and is supported by USAID through the Good Governance in Georgia (G3) Program.
The workshop was attended by the members of the Civil Service Coordination Council and the Consortium, and chaired by Ms. Maia Tskitishvili – Head of the Chancellery of the Government of Georgia.
Dr. Hans-Achim Roll, former Director General of the Federal Chancellery of Germany, spoke about the main purposes and instruments of the reform based on European and international practices. Namely, Dr. Roll presented comments regarding the draft Concept of the Civil Service Reform and focused on the process of preparation of relevant legislation.
Mr. Margus Sarapuu, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice of Estonia, also shared the experience of drafting a new Law on Estonian Civil Service and the long road Estonia has passed while reforming its civil service.
Ms. Catherine Kardava, Director of the Civil Service Bureau of Georgia, made a presentation on the implementation plan of the concept, elaborated in cooperation with USAID.
Participants of the workshop put a special emphasis on initial steps for the implementation of the concept. Namely, call for adopting a new Civil Service Law and introducing secondary legislation.