Vakhtang Makharoblishvili has met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, Michaela Marksová Tominová
The sides discussed the traditionally friendly relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic. Discussions also focused on issues on the agenda of bilateral cooperation. Special accent was put on the Czech Government’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration course.
Special attention was paid to the projects implemented by the Czech Development Agency in Georgia. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili welcomed the Czech Republic’s active contribution to the sectoral development in Georgia. The First Deputy Foreign Minister put high value on the Czech Republic’s practical assistance in the fight against the pandemic and elimination of its results.
Michaela Marksová Tominová shared with his Georgian colleague the Czech side’s decision to expel 18 Russian embassy staff over the Russian special services’ involvement in the ammunition depot explosion. The First Deputy Foreign Minister expressed Georgia’s solidarity with the Czech Republic in this regard.
Within the framework of her visit to Georgia, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic will visit the Georgian regions, Zugdidi screening centre, Rukhi and Batumi hospitals which are equipped with Czech support. Cooperation memorandums will be signed with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.
Czech Senate, embassy delegation visited GPB
Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) Director General Tinatin Berdzenishvili Tuesday hosted Vice-President Jiří Růžička-headed delegation of the Senate of the Czech Republic, including the chair and MPs of the Standing Senate Committee on Media, as well as the representatives of the Czech Embassy in Georgia.
The conversation focused on the media standards and the projects to deepen links with the Czech Public Broadcaster.
“We had an important meeting with the representatives of the Czechia. We consider the Public Broadcaster an essential institution for the EU states and the country on the European integration path. The talks concentrated on media standards that the Public Broadcaster and the overall media should follow. Fake news as a global challenge was in focus. GPB should continue the partnership with similar organizations through the European Broadcasting Union. We discussed ongoing projects and the prospects for further cooperation with the Czech Public Broadcaster. I believe the significance of the public broadcaster will be many times highlighted on that EU integration path,” Tinatin Berdzenishvili said.
Vice-President Jiří Růžička said that the delegation reviewed the situation in Georgia as the Czech Republic is to hold the EU presidency on June 1.
“It was an important meeting with the head of the GPB First Channel. We talked about media, journalism and mainly media independence,” Jiří Růžička said.
Alexander Khvtisiashvili took part in the event dedicated to the 99th anniversary of Heydar Aliyev
On 10 May 2022, the Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Khvtisiashvili took part in an event dedicated to the 99th anniversary of the birth of the national leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev.
Speaking about the friendly and partner relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Deputy Foreign Minister (MFA) especially noted the significant contribution of the National Leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, to strengthening and deepening relations between the two countries.
"The Georgia-Azerbaijan relations are based on the centuries-old traditions and good neighbourhood. It is noteworthy that Heydar Aliyev played a great role in strengthening these relations, and his contribution is highly valued in Georgia, "- said Alexander Khvtisiashvili.
In his speech, the Deputy Minister expressed the hope that the close cooperation between the two countries will become even more dynamic and will acquire a new dimension.
On behalf of the Georgian government, Alexander Khvtisiashvili wished the Azerbaijani people peace, success and prosperity.
MFA of Georgia
GEORGIA HOSTS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE PARLIAMENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
The President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Miloš Vystrčil serves the official visit to Georgia accompanied by the Delegation. According to the administration of the Parliament of Georgia a high-level guest was met by the First Vice-Speaker, Giorgi Volski and the Head of the Georgia-Czech Friendship Group, Irakli Chikovani at the Airport.
RNDr. Vystrčil will hold his first meeting of the visit with the Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili. After the meeting, the Speakers will make a joint statement for the media.
The visit of Czech politicians also includes the meetings with the Parliamentary opposition Factions, Political Groups and the Majority MPs. The Czech MPs will also meet with their Georgian counterparts.
The visit envisages the participation of RNDr. Vystrčil in the opening ceremony of the Czech-Georgian Business Forum. The Czech MPs will visit the village Odzisi at the occupation line. The meetings are scheduled with the representatives of the executive authority.
The Czech Republic's assistance for Georgia's European integration will be especially significant - Shalva Papuashvili
The Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili, met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Georgia, H.E. Petr Mikiska, to discuss the effective bilateral cooperation between Georgia and the Czech Republic.
Shalva Papuashvili thanked the Czech Republic for its unwavering support for Georgia's territorial integrity and European aspirations.
The sides discussed Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Georgia's strong support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people was reiterated by the Speaker.
The Speaker went into great detail about Georgia's EU membership application, noting that work is currently being done to complete the questionnaire supplied by the European Commission.
The Czech Republic's assistance for Georgia's European integration, according to Shalva Papuashvili, will be especially significant when the Czech Republic assumes the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2022.
The two parties discussed the upcoming visit of the President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic to Georgia, emphasizing the significance of developing bilateral and multilateral collaboration.
Team Europe: EU, France and the Czech Republic launch Project on Social Protection in Georgia
The European Union, France and the Czech Republic join forces to strengthen social protection system in Georgia. Signature event allowed the signing parties to start the project and show their common engagement in improving access to social protection and the extension of social rights and coverage of the Georgian population.
Tbilisi, 10 November 2021 – Today, a signature event took place at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Georgia to mark the beginning of the EU-project, implemented by Expertise France (Agence Française de Développement Group − AFD Group) and the Czech Development Agency (CzDA), with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia (MoIDPHLSP).
Their Excellencies, Mr. Petr Mikyska, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia and Mr. Diego Colas, Ambassador of France to Georgia, and Mr. Catalin Gherman, Deputy Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation attended the signature event. Ms. Tamila Barkalaia, Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the occupied territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia presented her ministry’s perspective, followed by with a short presentation of the project.
“Social protection goes back to the core values of the European Union. In a democracy, it is all of our responsibility to take care of the most vulnerable members of society to make sure that everyone can be part of social life and the democratic process. This is especially relevant in times of COVID-19, where many people need additional support and protection. We are, therefore, proud to launch this new project together with our Team Europe partners and look forward to many positive steps over the coming years”, stated Mr. Gherman, Deputy Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.
Mr. Colas, Ambassador of France to Georgia, stated that “there is a global alliance between the French and Czech Development Agencies and I am very happy that this finds an application here in Georgia. We strongly support the choice of the Georgian people and of successive governments to build a strong, dynamic, European democracy in Georgia and it makes sense to do this with another dynamic successful Eastern European democracy such as the Czech Republic. The implementation of this joint project, to strengthen the delivery of social services and work towards the social code, will be a key aspect of this broader democracy and institution building agenda”,.
“Development of the Social Code is a key reform that will direct Georgia towards establishment of effective social welfare management system, including decentralization of provision of social protection. Czech Development Agency is happy to join the forces with Expertise France and move a long-term successful partnership with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia to a new level.”, said Mr. Mikyska, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia.
“By elaborating the Social Code, we aim at creating broader perspective of social welfare. Our goal is to guarantee that Georgian citizens are protected from social risks from childhood to old age. Therefore, relevant healthcare and social protection systems and mechanisms need to be developed. This will be a big step forward towards European and international Standards“, stated Ms. Barkalaia, Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the occupied territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs.
About the project
The project Strengthening Social Protection in Georgia aims at supporting the Government of Georgia and state organizations in improving social services, evidence-based policy making and extending social protection rights. The project will last 24 months with implementing partners Expertise France and Czech Development Agency.
The project will focus on three components. The first component will improve access and delivery of social services and remittances from Social Service Agency (SSA) and at local level. The second component of the project will support better analysis of information and the creation of communication materials around social rights and promotion of social work. The third component will support the Ministry in the elaboration of the social code in extending social rights in Georgia through a collaborative and inclusive process, following evidence-based policy and legislation proposals.
The project is now officially launched and is in its inception phase. The first action of the project will be to identify key policies and strategies for improving delivery and access to social protection services in Georgia.