Tbilisi, DFWatch – Ministry of Defense prepared two draft laws which, it argues, will increase its accountability before the parliament.
The draft is about public and secret procurement by the ministry of the weapons, equipment and goods. According to it the ministry will present any information about non-classified purchases to the Parliamentary Committee of Defense and Security if the amount of the deal exceeds GEL 2 million /USD 1.2 million/ (GEL 4 million in the case of construction works), while information about classified deals it will present to a special bipartisan group of trustees consisting of the members of parliament.
While roughly one fifth of the state budget is spent for the defense purposes, by now deals involving Ministry of Defense has been kept in secret and it was impossible to gain any information about it neither by the opposition nor by the civil groups and media.
In February Irakli Alasania, the Minister of Defense, accused his predecessors of diverting huge amount of funds via classified deals purchasing outdated and ‘rusty’ weapon, providing no details to the media.