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PACE has called on Russia to “appoint a delegation to the Assembly and to resume obligatory payment of its contribution to the Organisation’s budget” since failure to do could lead to its suspension in both statutory bodies, if applied by the Committee of Ministers.

PACE adopted the regarding resolution on April 10.

As concerns the Russian Federation, PACE called for intensified dialogue to “avoid a situation in which the biggest member State would be asked to, or chooses to leave the Organisation”, with all the geopolitical implications this would have and consequences for Russian citizens.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe deprived Russia of voting right in 2014 for illegal annexation of Crimea. Moscow has no right to work at the Assembly’s managing body and to send observers on behalf of the Assembly. In June 2017, the Russian Government’s decision, in reaction to this situation, to suspend payment of its contribution to the budget of the Organisation. Russia’s annual contribution is € 33 million, which is 10% of the total budget of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

The Prime Minister of Georgia, Mamuka Bakhtadze, addressing the Assembly in Strasbourg said that, as a sign of gratitude, the Georgian government decided to make voluntary contributions to the Treasury of the Council of Europe.

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 12:53

Star of Zurab Zhvania opened in Strasbourg

The star of Zurab Zhvania, former Prime Minister of Georgia has been opened outside the building of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg. Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, being with a working visit in Strasbourg, unveiled the star.

The star of Zhvania has the politician’s one of the most popular phrases on it that the late PM said during the PACE sitting 20 years ago.

“I’m Georgian, and therefore I am European.” These are the words of late Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania while speaking in front of the Council of Europe in 1999. During the speech, he expressed Georgia’s EU aspirations and outlined the country’s foreign policy agenda for the next decade.

Family members of the late Prime Minister attended the star’s opening.

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Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, addressing the Assembly today in Strasbourg, hailed the progress Georgia has made in the 20 years since it joined the Council of Europe, citing constitutional reform, a more independent judiciary, and greater oversight of human rights.

He thanked the Assembly – as well as the other institutions of the Council of Europe – for their part in helping to reform Georgian institutions and society. Pointing out that there was more work to be done, he pledged a big increase in the resources devoted to education.

“The success of my country, accomplished in the last 20 years, belongs to both Georgia and the Council of Europe, and therefore we can both be proud of it,” he told parliamentarians. “Georgia has managed to make a dramatic transformation, and today we are a country on the rise.”

Mr Bakhtadze said his country still faced a major challenge in the occupation of parts of Georgian territory. While deploring the serious humanitarian and human rights situation in these regions, he pledged that Georgia would only seek to resolve the conflict peacefully.
The Prime Minister ended his speech by recalling the words of Georgia’s then-Speaker, Zurab Zhvania, when the country joined the Council of Europe 20 years earlier: “I am Georgian, and therefore I am European”.

 

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On the 10th of April 2019, the WHO European High-Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases “Meeting non-communicable disease targets to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe” has successfully ended in Ashgabat.

During the second day of the session, the participants spoke about the significance of strategic partnership between the countries and international organizations, particularly with the UN agencies and non-governmental entities.  In this context the necessity of providing equal access to innovation technologies, appropriate data on the national and interregional level was mentioned.   

The issues related to the consequences of tobacco smoking and alcohol use in the process of preventing and controlling the non-communicable diseases were discussed.  Particularly, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and further development of plans in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals were discussed.  Here, the effective input of Turkmenistan in the development of relevant programmes was noted.       

The matters related to child obesity, malnutrition and oncological diseases were distinctly considered.  During the speeches, the need to strengthen the cooperation on the preparation of preventive measures, gathering of statistical information and adjustment of rapid response systems in terms of NCDs was stressed.     

Special significance was attached to the matters of equal access and cost acceptability of the medicines and medical devices used to prevent and treat the   non-communicable diseases.  The participants mutually agreed that these issues must be taken into consideration during the development of national healthcare programmes and systems of any country.  

Summarizing the results of the Conference, the key officials of the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization expressed gratitude to the Turkmen side for assistance in hosting such significant event, which contributes to the mobilization of efforts on assisting the prevention and control of the NCDs, thus contributing to the overall task on protecting the rights of all people to have the best state of health.  The Address on the outcomes of WHO European High-Level Conference on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases devoted to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was  recited.

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