LAW ON GOVERNMENT

Law of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara On Structure, Authorities, And
Rules for Activities of Government of the
Autonomous Republic of Ajara


The Law shall determine the structure, authorities and rules for activities of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, and the Government relations with other administrative authorities of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.


CHAPTER ONE
General Provisions

Article 1
1. The Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara (hereinafter referred to “the Government”) shall be the supreme executive branch of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, which manage and ensure the exercise of the executive power of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

2. The Government shall be in the composition of the executive power system of Georgia.

3. The Government shall be composed by the Chairman and ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.


Article 2
1. The structure, authority, and procedure of the Government activity shall be determined by the Constitutional Law of Georgia “On Status of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara”, proper legal acts of Georgia, normative acts by President of Georgia, the Constitution of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, the present law, and other appropriate legal acts.

2. While exercising its authorities, the Government shall follow its activity program that shall correspond to the prior principles and directions of the program of the Government of Georgia. The activity program shall be given a veto of confidence by the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

3. Within the frameworks of its authorities the Government shall be authorized to make individual decisions on any issues regarding the Autonomous Republic of Ajara that are out of competence of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.


Article 3
1. The Government shall exercise its power though ministries and departments.

2. No structural organ/body shall be formed at the Government unless determined by the present law.


Article 4
1. The Government shall be responsible before the President of Georgia and the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.


CHAPTER TWO
Rules on Government Formation

Article 5
1. The President of Georgia within 10 days from gaining the confidence to the new composition of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara and/or the dismissal and withdrawal of the authority of the Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara shall submit a candidate of the Chairman of the Government to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara for confidence. The confidence of the Chairman of the Government shall be gained by the majority of the total number of the members of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

2. In case a candidate of the Chairman of the Government does not gain the confidence of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, the President of Georgia shall submit the same or a new candidate to the Supreme Council within 10 days term.

3. In case a candidate of the Chairman of the Government thereof does not gain the confidence of the Supreme Council for twice, the President of Georgia shall dissolve the Supreme Council.

4. The Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara shall be obliged to present proved arguments against giving confidence to the candidate of the Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara submitted by the President of Georgia.


Article 6
1. Within 10 days from gaining confidence the Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara by the consent of the officials of proper authorities of the Government of Georgia shall submit the composition of the Government to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara for confidence. The confidence of the Supreme Council shall be gained by the majority of the session, but not less than one third of the total number of the members of the Supreme Council.

2. In case a composition of the Government does not gain the confidence of the Supreme Council, the Chairman of the Government shall submit the same or a new composition of the Government to the Supreme Council within a term of a week.

3. Abolished (“Legislation News of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara”, No 15, September 2004).


Article 7
1. In case of termination of authorities of the other member of the Government the Chairman shall appoint a new member of the Government by the consent of the officials of proper authorities of the Government of Georgia.

2. After the declaration of confidence to the Government, in case of renewal of the first composition of the Government by half of its members, the Chairman of the Government shall submit a composition of the renewed Government to the Supreme Council for confidence. Declaration of confidence to the composition of the Government by the Supreme Council shall be exercised in accordance with a procedure determined by the present Article.

CHAPTER THREE
Government Competence

Article 8
In the frameworks of constitutions and legal acts of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, the Government shall:
a) coordinate and control activities of ministries and departments of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
b) adopt statutes and regulations for ministries and departments of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
c) adopt rules for councils at the Government in order to reveal and solve particular issues;
d) be authorized to cease legal acts issued by municipal (Mayor) or regional councils for one month term;
e) adopt rules and regulations, structure and staff management for the Government Administration;
f) be authorized to cease legal acts issued by ministries or departments of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
g) have right to legislative initiative to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
h) draft the Government activity program subject to be given a confidence by the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
i) draft the State Budget of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara upon submission of main parameters to the Committee for Budget, Finance and Economy at the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara for approval;
j) provide the Budget fulfillment after its approval, and report the fulfillment information to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara once in every four months;
k) support free development of business and entrepreneurship and provide stable and competitive investment environment on the territory of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
l) manage property of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
m) provide social care protection activities;
n) draft special programs to reduce unemployment and provide their fulfillment within its authorities;
o) ensure implementation of unified state policy of Georgia in the fields of education and science on the territory of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara; also manage local educational and cultural institutions, and protect cultural monuments, libraries and museums in the Region;
p) be actively involved in solving issues of economic, social and healthcare protection;
q) protect regional highways and support development of local communications;
r) provide local construction and urban development;
s) create proper environment for tourism and sport development in the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
t) manage agriculture and forestry, control food quality on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
u) supervise payments of local tax and revenues in the frameworks of law;
w) provide environment and natural resources protection and rational utilization;
x) manage necessary archival service for the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
y) implement other authorities determined by legislations of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.


Article 9

1. The Government shall issue legal acts and orders.

2. The legal acts issued by the Government shall be considered as normative acts, and the orders shall be considered as individual legal acts. All acts or orders shall be drafted, adopted and issued on the basis of the Law on Legal Acts of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

3. The legal acts issued by he Government shall be exercised all over the whole territory of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

4. The governmental legal acts shall be signed by the Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.


Article 10

1. The authority of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara shall be terminated upon:
a) retire by its own decision;
b) the first convocation of the newly elected Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
c) termination of the authority of the Chairman of the Government;
d) declaration of non-confidence to the Government by the majority of two-thirds of the total number of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
e) dismissal by the President of Georgia on the basis of procedure determined by the Constitutional Law on the Status of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;

2. In case of circumstances provided by subparagraphs “a”-“c” of the present Article, the Government shall continue its activity before declaring confidence to a new Government.

3. In case of circumstances provided by subparagraphs “d”-“e” of the present Article, the Government activity shall be exercised by the State Envoy of the President of Georgia to the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, and the Administration of the State Envoy.


CHAPTER FOUR
Government Officials

Article 11
1. The Government shall be led by the Chairman.

2. The Chairman of the Government shall:
a) be the higher representative of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
b) determine and organise the activity of the Government, determine main directions of the activity of the Government according to the legislations of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
c) exercise co-ordination and control over the activity of the members of the Government;
d) be responsible for the activity of the Government before the President of Georgia and the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
e) summon and chair the Government sittings, sign orders and normative acts issued by the Government;
f) exercise co-ordination of the Government relations with local self-governing bodies;
g) submit the composition of the Government to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara for confidence upon the consent of the officials of proper authorities of the Government of Georgia;
h) be authorised to dismiss the members of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
i) appoint and/or dismiss the members of the governmental sub-departments submitted by the proper Minister;
j) appoint and dismiss other officials in accordance with a procedure and in cases envisaged by law;
k) be authorised to suspend or abrogate acts of the ministers and the bodies of the executive power of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
l) initiate draft laws to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
m) submit the draft laws on the State Budget to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara for confidence;
n) sign and issue the Constitution and other legal acts of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
o) issue an individual legal act – an order, exercise full administrative functions in the building of the Government within his/her authority;
p) award state honours and/or put disciplinary sanctions over the members of the Government within his/her authority;
q) manage the state property of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara according to the legislations of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
r) exercise other powers determined by the legislations of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.


Article 12

The Chairman of the Government shall not have the right to be a member of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, hold any position, establish an enterprise, engage in entrepreneurial activity or receive a salary from any other activity, with the exception of scientific and pedagogical activity.


Article 13

1. The authority of the Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara shall be terminated upon:
a) retire by his/her own decision;
b) retire of the Government;
c) the first convocation of the newly elected Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
d) declaration of non-confidence to the Government by the majority of two-thirds of the total number of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
e) declaration of non-confidence to the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara by the President of Georgia;
f) final judgment of conviction is rendered by a court against him/her;
g) recognition by a court as legally incapable, missing or dead;
h) occupation of a position or engagement in an activity incompatible with the status of the Chairman of the Government;
i) loss of Georgian citizenship;
j) death.


Article 14
1. The Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara shall charge one of the members of the Government with the exercise of the responsibilities of the Deputy Chairman. The Chairman shall be entitled to terminate the authority of the Deputy Chairman.

2. The Deputy Chairman shall exercise directives given by the Chairman, and perform the responsibilities of the Chairman in case of inability of the Chairman to discharge his/her authority or his/her dismissal.

3. Under the circumstances determined by Article 13, except the terms defined in paragraphs “b”, “c”, “d”, and “e” of the same Article, the Deputy Chairman shall perform the responsibilities of the Chairman under the instructions of the latter, and a member of the Government shall perform the responsibilities of the Deputy Chairman under the instructions of the latter.

4. Under the circumstances defined in paragraphs “b” and “c” of Article 13, resigned or dismissed Chairman shall perform his/her duties until the appointment of a new composition of the Government.

5. Under the circumstances defined in paragraphs “d” and “e” of Article 13, the duty of the Chairman shall be performed by a State Envoy of the President of Georgia to the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

6. Resignation or dismissal of the Deputy Chairman of the Government shall not result in termination of his/her authority as a member of the Government.


Article 15
Under the circumstances defined in Paragraph 2 of Article 14 the Deputy Chairman of the Government while exercising responsibilities of the Chairman of the Government shall not be authorised to:

a) dismiss a Minister and/or head of any sub-department of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
b) manage the property of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
c) have right to legislative initiative on Constitutional law and draft laws to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
d) submit the draft laws on the State Budget to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.


CHAPTER FIVE
Procedure of the Government Activity

Article 16
1. The Government shall exercise its activity though the Government sittings.

2. The Government sitting shall be summoned upon the necessity but at least once a month.

3. The Chairman of the Government, or upon his/her order the Deputy Chairman, shall be authorised to convene and preside over the sittings of the Government.

4. The Chairman and the members of the Government shall personally attend the Government sittings. In case a minister is not able to attend the sitting, he/she shall inform the Chairman in advance. Upon the decision of the Chairman the sitting shall be attended by other invited persons.

5. Sittings of the Government shall be public. Under the circumstances determined by the law the Government shall be entitled to declare a sitting or a part thereof closed while discussing a particular issue.

6. Procedure of the activity, regulations on issues for discussion, drafting agenda, and chairing the sitting of the Government shall be determined by the Government Regulations. The Regulations shall be submitted to the Government by the Chairman for adoption.

7. The Government sitting shall begin its work if the authority of not less than half of the members of the Government is confirmed. The decisions shall be adopted by the majority of the total number of the members of the Government. In case of equal vote the Chairman of the sitting shall be entitled to have the deciding vote.

8. The Government decision shall be drawn in form of order that is signed by the Chairman of the Government.

Article 17
1. With the view of organising the work, and providing informative, legal and analytical activity of the Government, a Government Administration shall be set up.

2. The Government Administration shall be led by the Chairman of the Government.

3. Current activity of the Government Administration shall be managed by Head of the Administration. The Chairman of the Government shall appoint and dismiss the Head of the Administration.

4. The Head of the Administration shall:
a) manage and coordinate activity of the structural sub-divisions of the Administration;
b) submit candidates of heads of sub-departments and other staff to the Chairman of the Government for adoption;
c) submit proposals for awarding state honours and/or put disciplinary sanctions over the members of the Administration to the Chairman of the Government;
d) supervise the Administration staff activity within his/her authority;
e) attend the Government sittings with the right of deliberative vote, sign attachments to the acts issued by the Chairman of the Government, and documentations relating to the Administration activity;
f) represent the Government Administration in relations with other state bodies and public organisations;
g) exercise other powers determined by the Rules and Regulations of the Government Administration and granted by the Chairman of the Government.


Article 18
Structure, authority, organising work and staff schedule of the Government Administration shall be determined by the present Law and proper government order.

CHAPTER SIX
The Government Advisory Organs

Article 19
1. The Chairman of the Government and/or the Government shall be entitled to form advisory committees in order to prepare and make decisions on certain issues within its authority.

2. Authority, decision-making and proposal drafting rules of the advisory committee shall be determined while forming the advisory committee by the Chairman and/or the Government.

3. The advisory committee shall be entitled to request any documents from the state organisations.

4. Decisions and proposals drawn by the advisory committee shall be submitted to the Chairman, the Government, and the Government members within determined time.

5. A person shall become the advisory committee member only upon his/her consent.

CHAPTER SEVEN
The Ministries

Article 20
1. The Ministry of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara (hereinafter referred to “the Ministry”) shall be created according to the present Law, with the view of ensuring state government and state policy in particular field of state and public life of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

2. There are following ministries in the Autonomous Republic of Ajara
a) The Ministry of Finance and Economy;
b) The Ministry of Labour, Social and Health Care;
c) The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport;
d) The Ministry of Agriculture.


Article 21

1. The Ministry shall be accountable to the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara and the proper government structures of Georgia. The Ministry within its authorities shall exercise orders issued by the Chairman of the Government.

2. The Ministry shall have the Regulations, the balance and banking account at the State Treasury, bookkeeping, and its official seal.

3. The Ministry shall make decision solemnly in case other is not determined by law.

4. The Ministry shall exercise its activity in accordance with the Constitution of Georgia, the Constitutional Law of Georgia “On the Status of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara”, the Legislation of Georgia, the normative acts issued by the President of Georgia, the Constitution of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, the present Law and other proper legal acts.

5. The Ministry shall be financed by the State Budget of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara. The Ministry shall bear responsibility on purposeful utilization of the budgetary sum upon the Legislation of Georgia.


Article 22

1. The Ministry authority shall be determined by the Regulations of the Ministry.

2. In case an issue is a subject to several ministries and no ministry is determined to make decision, the decision shall be made by the Government.

3. In case an issue is a subject to the executive power of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara but no ministry bear responsibility, the decision shall be made by the Government.


Article 23

1. The Ministry Regulations shall be submitted by the proper Minister to the Government for adoption.

2. The Ministry Regulations shall include:
a) full name of the Ministry and its legal address;
b) aims and activities of the Ministry;
c) management organization and officials authorities;
d) system, structure, main priorities and authorities of structural sub-divisions;
e) other essential issues for the Ministry activity.


Article 24

1. The Ministry shall be headed by a Minister. The Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara by the consent of the officials of proper authorities of the Government of Georgia shall submit the candidate of the Minister to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara for confidence.

2. The Minister shall:
a) head the Ministry, lead its activity and make decisions on issues within his/her authority;
b) bear responsibility on implementing the constitutions and legislations of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, including orders issued by the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara;
c) supervise implementation of their authorities by structural sub-divisions and sub-departments of the Ministry;
d) control activities and decisions made by the public officials of the Ministry;
e) appoint and dismiss the Ministry and/or its dub-department staff within his/her competence according the rules determined by the law;
f) submit the annual Budget income and expenditure data to the Chairman of the Government, and make decision on purposeful utilization of the Budget sum;
g) attend the Government sessions;
h) exercise other obligations according to the legislations of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, orders issued by the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, directives given by the Chairman of the Government.

3. The Minister shall be entitled to form advisory committees and councils in order to solve certain issues within his/her authority.

4. Authority, decision-making and proposal drafting rules of the advisory committee shall be determined while forming the advisory committee by the Minister within his/her competence.

5. The advisory committee shall be entitled to request any documents from the state organisations.

6. Decisions and proposals drawn by the advisory committee shall be submitted to the Minister within determined time.

7. A person shall become the advisory committee member only upon his/her consent.

8. The Minister shall be responsible for state property protection and utilisation according to the rules determined by the law.


Article 25

1. The Minister shall issue an order to exercise authorities determined by the legislations of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, and resolutions issued by the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

2. The Minister shall issue individual legal or normative acts. Drafting, issuing and coming into force of the abovementioned acts shall be determined by the Law of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara on “Normative Acts”.

3. The Minister signing the order shall be responsible for its advisability and correspondence to the law.

4. Implementation of a normative act issued by the Minister shall be obligatory on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, in case other is not determined by the act.

5. In case an issue is subject to several ministries, a joint order shall be issued upon the unified consent. In case of disagreement, the decision shall be made by the Government.


Article 26

1. The Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara shall not have the right to be a member of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, and hold any position, except for a party position, either establish an enterprise, engage in entrepreneurial activity or receive a salary from any other activity, with the exception of scientific and pedagogical activity.


Article 27

1. The authority of the Minister shall be terminated upon:
a) retire by his/her own decision;
b) dismissal by the Chairman of the Government;
c) termination of the Government authority;
d) final judgment of conviction is rendered by a court against him/her;
e) recognition by a court as legally incapable, missing or dead;
f) occupation of a position or engagement in an activity incompatible with the status of the Minister;
g) loss of Georgian citizenship;
h) death.


Article 28

1. The Minister shall have deputy ministers, and charge one of the deputy ministers with the exercise of the responsibilities of the First Deputy Minister. The Chairman of the Government shall appoint and/or dismiss the Deputy Minister upon the submission of the Minister.

2. The Deputy Minister shall coordinate implementation of activities by specific structural branches, and supervise fulfilment of orders and directives issued by the Minister.

3. The First Deputy Minister shall perform the responsibilities of the Minister in case of absence of the Minister, inability of the Minister to discharge his/her authority or his/her dismissal.

4. Resignation of the Minister or termination of his/her authority shall result in termination of the authority the deputy ministers.

5. Abolished (“Legislation News of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara”, No 15, September 2004).

Article 281
1. Creation, reformation, and cease of a territorial organ of the Ministry shall be a subject to the Government consideration.

2. A territorial organ of the Ministry shall be the representative body of the Ministry in proper administrative area.

3. Structure and activity rules and regulations shall be submitted by the Head of the territorial organ to the Minister for adoption. The Rules and Regulations of the territorial organ shall be a subject to Paragraph 2 of Article 23 of the present Law considering specific demands of the territorial organ.

4. Head of the territorial organ shall be appointed and dismissed by the Minister (“Legislation News of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara”, No 15, September 2004).

CHAPTER EIGHT
Government Sub-Departments

Article 29
1. The sub-department shall be a part of the executive branch subject to the Government and/or the Ministry of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

2. Sub-departments shall include:
a) government sub-department;
b) ministry sub-department.

Article 30
1. The sub-department shall be formed in order to implement state and public functions in social, economic, cultural, etc. fields being subject to the authority of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

2. The sub-department shall be created, reformed, and ceased according to the present Law or a Government decision.

3. Structure and activity rules and regulations of a government sub-department shall be adopted by the Government. Structure and activity rules and regulations of a ministry sub-department shall be adopted by the Government upon submission by the proper Minister. The Rules and Regulations of the sub-department shall be determined by Paragraph 2 of Article 23 of the present Law.

4. Head of the government sub-department shall be appointed and dismissed by the Chairman of the Government. Head of the ministry sub-department shall be appointed and dismissed by the Chairman of the Government upon submission by the proper Minister.

5. The sub-department shall be financed from the State Budget of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

Article 31
1. Creation, reformation, and cease of a territorial organ of the sub-department shall be a subject to the Government consideration.

2. A territorial organ of the sub-department shall be the representative body of the sub-department in proper administrative area.

3. Structure and activity rules and regulations of the government sub-department territorial organ shall be submitted by the Head of the territorial organ to the Head of sub-department for adoption. The structure, rules and regulations of the ministry territorial organ shall be submitted by the Head of sub-department to the Minister for adoption (“Legislation News of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara”, No 15, September 2004).

4. Head of the government sub-department territorial organ shall be appointed and dismissed by the Head of the sub-department upon prior consent of the Chairman of the Government. Head of the ministry sub-department territorial organ shall be appointed and dismissed by the Minister upon submission by the Head of the sub-department (“Legislation News of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara”, No 15, September 2004).

CHAPTER NINE
Official Supervision

Article 32
1. Official supervision shall provide legal activity of ministries and sub-departments.

2. A person making official supervision shall be authorised to:
a) issue written notes on depletion of shortcomings in orders or acts;
b) prevent the order or act implementation;
c) abolish the act.

3. While providing official supervision the Chairman of the Government, ministers and heads of sub-departments shall issue individual legal acts.

4. Official supervision shall be implemented through the subordination procedure.

5. A person making official supervision shall be authorised to require any legal acts and/or documentations from the proper subordinated organ, get definitions and conclusions from proper official authorities. The subordinated organ shall submit the required documentations, definitions and conclusions in two working-days term, in case other term is not determined by the supervisor.

Article 33
1. The Chairman of the Government shall cease individual legal acts issued by ministers and heads of sub-departments upon their purposeless and illegality.

2. The Government shall cease individual legal acts issued by ministers and heads of sub-departments upon their purposeless and illegality.

Article 34
1. The Minister shall supervise legal and advisable activity of the ministry sub-departments and territorial organs.

2. The Minister shall charge the First Deputy Minister with the exercise of providing official supervision over the Ministry staff activity.

3. A person making official supervision shall be authorised to give special directives in order to deplete shortcomings in orders or acts, and/or exercise new activity;

Article 35
1. The legal act issued by officials, or activity made by the last, shall be considered void upon their purposeless, contradiction with the Government activity program, law requirements, irrational utilisation of the Budgetary sum and the state property, and/or damages the state interests of Georgia in any other form.

2. Abolishment of the legal act on the basis of its purposeless shall be proved.

Article 36
1. All legal disputes existed among the ministries and any other organs of the executive brunch of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara shall be settled though the subordination principle, in case other is not determined by the law.

2. All legal disputes among the structural sub-departments of the Ministry shall be settled by the Minister.

3. All legal disputes among official authorities being under several ministries shall be settled by the proper ministers. In case of disagreement, the decision shall be made by the Government.


CHAPTER TEN
Transitional Provisions

Article 37
1. The Organic Law of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara “On the Council of Ministers” adopted on 17 March 1998 shall be considered abolished.

2. After the enforcement of the present Law all government authorities determined by Article 26 of the Organic Law of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara “On Making Changes and Amendments to the Organic Law on the Council of Ministers” adopted on 18 May 2004 shall be considered liquidated.

3. In two months term after the enforcement of the present Law the Government and ministries of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara shall ensure the compatibility of existing normative acts issued by the executive branch with the present Law.

4. In one month term after the enforcement of the present Law the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara shall submit draft projects on making proper changes and amendments to the existing legislation of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara in order to ensure the compatibility with the present Law.

Article 38
The present Law shall enter into force upon its promulgation.


Levan Varshalomidze
Chairman of the Government
of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara

29 July 2004
No 017/16 RS