18 FEBRUARY, 2016

09:30-10:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:00-10:10 Welcoming Remarks
  Lasha Tordia, General Auditor, State Audit Office of Georgia
10:10-11:00 Keynote Addresses
  Yves Leterme, Secretary-General, International IDEA
François Friederich,Head of Division of Electoral Assistance, Council of Europe
Dr. Marcin Walecki, Head of Democratization Department, OSCE/ODIHR
H.E Jos Douma,Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Georgia
Peter Erben, Senior Electoral Advisor of IFES
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00  Regulating Money and Politics, a Regional Overview
Moderator: Keti Maisuradze, IFES Deputy Chief of Party, Georgia
Speakers: Dr. Magnus Ohman,, IFES Senior Political Finance Adviser and Director, Regional Europe Office
Lisa Klein, IFES Political Finance Specialist
Prof. Daniel Smilov, Associate Professor at the Political Science Department, University of Sofia
Christophe Speckbacher, Head of Section, Secretariat of the GRECO, Council of Europe
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00  Parallel working sessions
Session 1, Ballroom
How to effectively increase transparency of political party financing and make politicians more accountable?
 Moderator:  Nermin Nisic, IFES Chief of Party, Georgia
 Speakers: Dr. Magnus Ohman,IFES Senior Political Finance Adviser and Director, Regional Europe Office
Levan Natroshvili, Project Manager, Transparency International Georgia
Varuzhan Hoktanyan,Executive Director, Transparency International Armenia
Septimius Parvu, Expert on Political Party Finance, Expert Forum, Romania
  • How to increase the disclosure and use of political finance information?
  • How can the role of citizen monitoring be strengthened to promote transparency?
Session 2, Meeting room King George
Discussion on the influence of illicit finance over politics and the relationship between policy making, corporate elites, and organized crime 
Moderator: Levan Tsutskiridze, NIMD representative in the Eastern European Neighborhood.
Speakers: Natalia Iuras,Director of Center for Continuous Electoral Trainings and Research, CEC Moldova
Ostap Kuchma, Analyst and political finance expert at Chesno Movement, Ukraine
Khachik Harutyunyan, Transparency International; Anti-corruption Center of Armenia
Ketevan Chachava,Chairwoman, Center for Development and Democracy, Georgia
  • What are the measures that need to be enacted in order to curb illicit financing of political parties? How big is the problem? 
  • How to find a balance between enabling campaign finance and political party development on the one hand and curtailing the overbearing influence of money in politics and corporatization of public policies on the other?
  • Are legal measures (i.e. sanctions) enough to achieve this? What else is needed?
  • What are some of the experiences - challenges/best practices in Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia or elsewhere?
16:00-16:30  Coffee Break
16:30-18:00  Parallel working sessions
Session 3, Ballroom
Discussion on the challenges to women’s participation in politics, on the importance of money for competing in elections and on how to move forward
Moderator: Jacopo Leone, Democratic Governance Officer, OSCE/ODIHR
Nana Kalandadze, Gender Officer, International IDEA
Speakers: Diane Bunyan, Gender equality expert, Council of Europe
Lefterjie Luzi, Chairwoman, Central Electoral Commission of Albania
Vadim Pistrinciuc, Member of Parliament, Moldova
Helene Rusetskaya, Director of Women's Information Centre in Tbilisi
  • How can public funding support women candidates during political campaigns?
  • Rules of the Game: How to address the gender funding gap?
Session 4, Meeting room King George
Increase disclosure and use of political finance information as a way to prevent cleptocracy and abuse of state resources?
Moderator: Levan Natroshvili, Election Project Manager, Transparency International Georgia
Speakers: Ken-Marti Vaher, Member of Parliament, Estonia
Manuel Gonzalez Oropeza,, Justice at the Federal Electoral Tribunal of Mexico, Substitute Member of the Venice Commission
Viktor Chumak, Member of Parliament, Ukraine
Dusan Drakic,Head of Department for Oversight of Political Parties, Anti-Corruption Agency of Montenegro
  • How to detect electorally motivated spending of public money
  • How to balance the interests of political party donors in public procurement process
  • What are the opportunities for financial reporting by political parties and electoral candidates to be used to prevent cleptocracy and abuse of state resources, and what are the limits of such reporting in these fields?
  • What activities need to be conducted to prevent cleptocracy and abuse of state resources? Could reporting by state institutions and restrictions on their activities during pre-electoral periods be valuable in this regard?