Yes. On 29
June, 2012 an amendment was made to the Law of Georgia on Civil Service;
according to the amendment announcing a competition has become mandatory when
filling vacancies in the civil service, except in cases covered by Article 30
of this law.
According to the same amendment, Articles 29 and 32 of the Law on
Civil Service shall also be applicable to LEPLs (with the exception of LEPLs
established for religious, educational and cultural purposes) and they shall
announce competitions according to the law.
In order to fill a vacant
civil servant position a pubic competition is announced by the corresponding
agency through the webpage administered by the Civil Service Bureau – www.hr.gov.ge .
for competitions can only be submitted electronically through the website www.hr.gov.ge. Applicants are given at
least 10 days from the announcement of competition for submitting their
procedure for conducting the competition is determined by the Law of Georgia on
Civil Service (Articles 29 - 364) and the Order of the President of Georgia N46
issued February 5, 2009.
The following job
requirements are set for state employees:
age of 21;
of the state language;
education and experience.
The following job
requirements are set for local self-government employees:
age of 18;
of the state language;
of secondary education.
It is noteworthy that basic
requirements are set only for officials. Special requirements are set for all civil
servants, including state officials, subordinate employees, and those working
on a contractual basis.
Additional job requirements
are set on basis of the law. The right to define additional qualification
requirements falls within the power of the head of the agency or of a senior
The competition announced can be cancelled
if no applications are submitted, as well as if the Competition-Attestation*
(Certification/Evaluation) Commission fails to select the candidate for the
to Article 24 of the Law of Georgia on Civil Service, a person in charge of
recruiting a civil servant has the right to appoint the civil servant on a
probation term not to exceed six months.
Under Article 2 of the Law of Georgia on the Conflict of Interests
and Corruption in Civil Service, acting officials can be appointed to a vacant
position that shall be filled through a competitive process for no longer than one
year, and to other positions for no longer than three months. The same person
may not be reappointed as an acting official to the same position. This
amendment will be enforced from 1 July, 2013.
Under the legislation, a close relative (the list
of close relatives is determined by the Law of Georgia on Conflict of Interests
and Corruption, Article 4) of an official can be appointed to the position of a
civil servant through competition, which is under the supervision of this
Certification (attestation) shall be defined as an evaluation of
professional habits, qualifications, skills and private qualities of a civil
servant against the requirements for a position that he/she occupies.
- A civil servant once in three years (the certification period);
- A civil servant nominated for promotion;
- A candidate for a civil servant position, if the position shall be
filled through competition.
Attestation does not apply
- A civil servant who is appointed or elected to the position by the
President of Georgia, the Prime Minister of Georgia, the Parliament of Georgia,
the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia or a local self-government body;
- A civil servant who is elected to the position by the supreme
representative bodies of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and Adjara;
- A civil servant who enters the service for a specified term.
Based on Article 57 of the Law on Civil Service, a civil servant
replacing an absent civil servant shall receive the remuneration of the absent
servant in cases where it exceeds that of his/her own remuneration. If the
remuneration of the absent civil servant is less than that of the replacing
civil servant, the later shall retain his/her remuneration.
of the agency shall not form basis for dismissal of the civil servant, if the reorganisation
of the agency is not followed by reduction of staff. Also, change to the subordination
of the agency shall not constitute a basis for the dismissal of a civil
the Georgian legislation, the retirement age for men is 65 and for women it is
60. The maximum age of a civil servant is 65 years old (Law of Georgia on Civil
Service, Article 50). Consequently, women's retirement age is not basis for
their dismissal, and they have the right to stay in the civil service another
five years (until the age of 65).
the Georgian legislation stipulates that if a person has reached retirement
age, but plans to continue working in civil service, that he/she cannot receive
a pension until they have concluded work as a civil servant.
A civil servant can receive a gift
provided that the overall value of the gifts received in one year does not
exceed 15% of his/her annual salary and are not received from a single source.
Additionally, a onetime gift may not exceed 5% of his/her annual salary. For
example, if a civil servant’s annual income was 10 000 GEL, the total value of gifts
received during the current year shall not exceed 1 500 GEL, and a onetime gift
may not exceed 500 GEL.
The overall value of gifts received in
one year by each member of a civil servant’s family may not exceed 1000 GEL and
may not be received from a single source. In addition, onetime gifts may not
exceed 500 GEL.
The following are not deemed to be
- A grant, scholarship, award or
prize conferred by the state or international organisations;
- A “diplomatic gift” which is
conferred to the civil servant during an official or work visit according
to the rules of protocol, the value of which does not exceed 300 GEL;
- A symbolic sign or souvenir
conferred by the state or local self-government agencies or bodies of
Georgia or another country to the civil servant or his/her family members
for personal possession, the value of which does not exceed 300 GEL and
which is received from a single source during an official event;
- Property conferred to the civil
servant or his/her family members free of charge or on preferential terms,
exemption from property obligations entirely or in part, granting of
service on preferential terms which is not an exception from a unified
- Property conferred by a close
relative to the civil servant or his/her family members free of charge or
on preferential terms, with exemption from property obligations entirely
or in part;
- Printed records conferred as a
gift, except for those declared as of cultural value in the Law of Georgia
on Cultural Heritage.
In accordance with the Law of Georgia
on Civil Service, a civil servant shall not be a permanent head of an
entrepreneurial organization or the member of its controlling, monitoring, or
auditing body. In addition, a civil servant is not permitted to conduct any
commercial activities. He/she is only entitled to hold stocks or shares.
A civil servant is not entitled to take
another position or work and receive remuneration in another state or local
self-government agency. A public servant cannot be a member of any
representative or legislative body, unless the law declares differently. Despite
this, a civil servant is allowed to take another post or work and receive
remuneration within the same state agency. For instance, a civil servant, who
works for the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia,
is permitted to simultaneously work and receive remuneration in the Georgian
Motor Road Department.
A civil servant is entitled to
simultaneously work and receive remuneration in another place, unless the
Constitution of Georgia and Legislative Acts set any restriction.
Officials designated in Article 2 of
the Law of Georgia on the Conflict of Interests and Corruption are prohibited
to work and receive remuneration simultaneously in another agency, except for
scientific, academic or creative work. It is further proscribed that the above
officials take a certain position in another treasury agency or a treasury
enterprise, or work and receive remuneration or be on a position in the body or
agency of another country (As mentioned above, similar restriction may be
applied to certain positions and agencies based on the Georgian legislation).
or a member of his/her family has no right to take any position, to perform
work, or to own shares or stock in an enterprise, the control of which is
implemented by an official or falls under his/her capacity. Otherwise, he/she
has only a right to ownership of stocks and shares, the transfer of which must
be made to a third party for charge.
Personal Work Record (Employment) Cards
issued before the amendments made in the Law of Georgia on Public Service
(which annulled the Personal Work Record (Employment) Cards) remain valid.
However, no new Personal Work Record (Employment) Cards will be issued.