BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees is composed of nine members

The Parliament of Georgia elects by a majority of vote two trustees nominated by the Public Defender, three by a parliamentary majority (in the absence of a parliamentary majority, by parliamentary factions), three trustees nominated by at least one-fourth of MPs not belonging to the parliamentary majority, and one trustee chosen by the Supreme Council of Autonomous Republic of Adjara.

A candidate for trustee shall be a Georgian citizen having public esteem and confidence. He/she shall have a Master’s or equivalent degree and at least ten-year work experience, including at least five-year experience in journalism, human rights, finance, electronic communications, arts, writing and/or academic fields.

The term of office of a trustee makes six years. The term of office of a trustee starts on the day following the expiry of the previous trustee’s tenure.

In the case of premature termination of powers of a trustee, the term of office of a new trustee elected to substitute the previous trustee shall be limited to the remaining tenure of a previous trustee. If the term of office of a trustee expires in less than one year, the office of a trustee, in the case of premature termination, shall remain vacant until his/her term of office expires.

One-third of the composition of trustees is replaced every two years by rotation. A person cannot be elected as a trustee for more than one term.

Functions of the Board of Trustees and rights and obligations of trustees

The Board of Trustees shall:

a) identify program priorities of the Public Broadcaster;

b) adopt, by at least two-thirds of the Board member votes on the current nominal list, the statute of the Public Broadcaster upon the recommendation of the General Director, which shall ensure the editorial independence of relevant structural units, and be authorised to make amendments to the statute on its initiative or upon the recommendation of the General Director;

c) adopt the budget of the Public Broadcaster upon the recommendation of the General Director and approve the budget execution report, and be authorised to make amendments to the budget on its initiative or upon the recommendation of the General Director;

d) hear a quarterly performance report of the Public Broadcaster, including a financial report (following the international financial accounting standards), within one month after the end of a quarter;

e) give its consent to the General Director for conducting a transaction, the value of which exceeds 1% of the GPB budget;

f) determine conditions and the amount of remuneration of the General Director;

g) approve the staff list and salaries of employees, the wage fund, including the bonus fund and maximum amounts of bonuses of the Public Broadcaster upon the recommendation of the General Director;

h) define basic provisions of employment contracts with GPB employees, including provisions for early termination of employment contracts, taking into account that the duration of employment contracts shall be at least one year, except for contracts of engineering and technical staff, the duration of which shall be at least five years (except for contracts that are related to carrying out programs with less than one year span);

i) apply to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara with a request to raise the issue of expressing non-confidence to the Council of Advisors of Ajara TV and Radio of the Public Broadcaster.

A trustee shall:

a) perform the duties of a trustee in good faith;

b) be authorised to request a specific issue to be added to the agenda of the Board of Trustees;

c) be authorised to request and receive any information related to the activities of the Public Broadcaster.