The Parliament overturned on July 12 presidential vetoes on two bills – one related to amendments to the law on broadcasting and another envisaging cutting of President’s powers over the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission.
The presidential objections concerning the package of bills, passed by the Parliament on May 31, envisaging reforming composition of the public TV’s board of trustees, transforming Adjara TV’s status into public broadcasting and providing measures for more financial transparency of broadcasters, mainly concerned part of the legislation, which envisages giving the Parliament the right to disband GPB’s board of trustees in case of GBP’s budget problems or failure to fulfill its content-related programming priorities.
Another bill on which the presidential veto was overturned will shift the right of appointing chairman and members of the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission from President to Prime Minister.
In his objections President Saakashvili was demanding to postpone enacting of the amendment till the end of his presidential term.
If the President again refuses to sign the bills, Parliamentary Chairman Davit Usupashvili will become eligible to do that.