Parliament Speaker meets Azerbaijani Ambassador
Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili met Azerbaijani Ambassador to Georgia, Faig Guliyev.
According to the press service of the Parliament the parties discussed the diverse and years-long cooperation between the two countries and expressed commitment to further intensify strategic partnership. As noted, enhancement of the Parliamentary links can highly contribute to this process.
Georgian Parliament Speaker and the Ambassador touched upon the security situation in the region underlining the necessity of peace, stability and welfare in the region through the cooperation between the countries.
The parties emphasized the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Transparency of Foreign Influence bill officially withdrawn
The People’s Power-tabled Transparency of Foreign Influence bill has been officially withdrawn. Thirty-five MPs voted against passing the bill with the second reading, while one lawmaker voted in favor. A total of 112 MPs underwent registration.
The parliamentary majority on Thursday decided to withdraw the Transparency of Foreign Influence bill following the consultations between the ruling Georgian Dream political council and the People’s Power parliamentary faction.
Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili explained that the initiators of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) also withdrew the bill.
MEETING OF SHALVA PAPUASHVILI WITH THE EU AMBASSADOR AND THE AMBASSADORS OF THE EU MEMBER STATES
The Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili held a meeting with the EU Ambassador and the Ambassadors of the EU Member States for deliberation on the Draft on Transparency of Foreign Influence, and the Act on Registration of Foreign Agents.
As the Speaker noted, at the meeting the concerns have been discussed that are expressed concerning the hereof Drafts.
“We have already discussed it and I understand that the concerns may exist, especially since these discussions are themselves stigmatized. The fact is that we have initiated an exact copy of the American Act and even the Law was titled not American but Russian. The discussion is becoming absurd and we understand that some forces try to stigmatize the discussion. Despite the immense wave of stigmatization, we have held long conversations about the importance of transparency, similar to our yesterday’s meeting with NGOs; we have achieved an understanding that transparency concerning the actors engaged in the formation and adoption of the political decisions is a request of our citizens and the Parliament is assigned to ensure the realization of this request. We discussed these needs, declaring that we intend to submit these Drafts to Venice Commission for its opinions; meanwhile, we have time plenty to hold other discussions”, - the Speaker stated and hoped that the civil society will actively cooperate with the Parliament instead of imposing stigmas and taboos, to eliminate the legal gaps related to insufficient transparency.
“I do hope that the civil society, instead of imposing taboo on the discussion concerning transparency, will demonstrate that they feel confident and powerful in this issue and that they are right and like they speak behind the closed doors, they consider that transparency is important and the degree of transparency we have today is not sufficient, and I hope they will get actively engaged in these issues and cooperate with the Parliament to ensure transparency and eliminate the gap in our system. All actors participating in the formation of the political decisions, state institutions, parties and public officials are transparent in their finances and the only actor – the non-governmental sector – is opaque in this regard, more precisely, such organizations manifest various types of transparency and this gap shall be eliminated”, - he added.
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Ambassador Herczynski’s message on the one year mark of Russia’s war in Ukraine
Ambassador Herczynski’s message on the one year mark of Russia’s war in Ukraine. It has been one year since Russia launched its unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.
This ongoing war is an unprecedented violation of fundamental values and principles of international law.
Ukraine was attacked because it wanted to decide about its future by itself, not with dictate from Moscow.
According to the UN Charter, as a victim of aggression, Ukraine has the inherent right to defend itself.
The EU remains resolute, united and determined in our support to Ukraine on all fronts: humanitarian, economic, political, diplomatic and military.
This is not just an aggression against Ukraine, a sovereign country, but aggression against democracy worldwide.
This is a threat to all countries, because what is at stake is their independence and sovereignty to make choices based on their own decisions.
The EU is working towards the widest possible international condemnation and isolation of Russia by the international community.
Our unity with like-minded international partners has been unwavering and we are taking unprecedented actions together.
Georgia has been actively participating in these efforts.
Six United Nations General Assembly resolutions confirm the international condemnation and isolation of Russia.
The EU’s support for Ukraine will not diminish the attention to other partners. On the contrary, unequivocal and resolute response to Russia’s war in Ukraine must be maintained to hold the aggressor accountable.
Georgia’s close cooperation with the EU, based on shared understanding of our common European values is a solid foundation to build an ever stronger EU-Georgia relationship. The EU has given a clear European perspective to Georgia, with concrete steps to receive EU candidate status. This process is merit-based and reform driven.
At the same time, Russian and other disinformation actors seek to manipulate the information space to echo pro-Kremlin narratives and propaganda, obstruct integration, sow divisions and diminish solidarity. We need to be vigilant, strengthen our resilience and cooperate closely to counter these malicious activities.
Ukraine is fighting for values the Europe is built on.
Ukraine’s fight is our fight.
Ukraine must prevail.
Glory to Ukraine!
SHALVA PAPUASHVILI INTRODUCED THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TO IPU
“Last year, Kigali, Rwanda hosted the IPU on October 11-16; the Georgian Parliamentary Delegation attending the event was represented in the full composition of the Majority and Opposition MPs”, - the Speaker, Shalva Papuashvili stated at the plenary session when introducing the Annual Report of the Parliamentary Delegation to IPU.
As Speaker Papuashvili noted, the Assembly was attended by up to 125 countries and about 600 MPs. The attendees deliberated on the threats posed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and the non-recognition policy.
“The Assembly was attended by up to 125 countries and about 600 MPs, including 40 Speakers. We had an opportunity to meet with the Parliamentary Delegations of 19 countries from 4 continents; we as well held meetings with 14 Speakers, including the Parliamentary Delegations from Korea, Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Australia, Rwanda, Malawi, Fiji, Seychelles, Tanzania, Guyana, Serbia, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, Chile, India, Jordan, and Great Britan. We also held a meeting with the Parliamentary Delegation of Ukraine headed by the Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada. At the meetings, we deliberated on the threats to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, as well as the non-recognition policy. It’s crucial to take advantage of the attendance at such assemblies to establish direct contacts with our colleagues, with which we may not share close geographical communication”, - the Speaker stated.
As he noted, the agenda of the Assembly also included the Russian aggression against Ukraine. The attendees adopted the Resolution condemning the illegal invasion of Russia into Ukraine.
MEETING OF SHALVA PAPUASHVILI WITH THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE OF SPAIN
The Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili held a meeting with the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate of the Kingdom of Spain; at the meeting, the Georgia-Spain close cooperation has been positively estimated.
The Speaker expressed his gratitude to Spain for supporting the territorial integrity and European aspirations of Georgia.
“We highly appreciate the assistance and support of Spain in terms of the facilitation of our territorial integrity and the non-recognition policy. The support of Spain is expressed not only in words but in deeds by participating in the EU Monitoring Mission”, - Speaker Papuashvili noted and dwelt on the progress of Georgia in compliance with the EU recommendations hoping that the Parliament will have fulfilled all the recommendations within the spring session.
According to the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Antonio Gutiérrez Limones, the Spanish Delegation is composed of members of various political groups, though all of them strongly support the EU candidacy for Georgia.
“When Spain assigns the EU presidency in the second half of 2023, it will serve as an additional trigger for granting the EU candidacy to Georgia, which is the will of the President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Spain as well. We recognize Georgia as a part of Europe”, - he stated.
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