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Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration, and the special friendship and partnership between the two countries, were the key issues discussed during today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.
Held as part of the Prime Minister's visit to Davos, the meeting underlined the close partnership between the two countries and Estonia's considerable support for Georgian institutions' alignment with European standards.
Irakli Garibashvili thanked Alar Karis for firmly supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and the country's European and Euro-Atlantic integration. In response, Alar Karis reassured the Head of Georgian Government of Estonia's unwavering support for the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
In discussing Georgia's progress toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Irakli Garibashvili emphasized that Georgia completed the European Commission's self-assessment questionnaire ahead of schedule, and now is anticipating the European Commission's relevant decision, while counting on Estonia's firm support on the path to European integration.
The conversation also touched on the importance of Georgia's integration into NATO.
The meeting underlined the successful partnership between the two countries in the areas of innovations, digital technologies, and education, also in the field of defense. The parties emphasized the importance of deeper economic cooperation and the need to tap into the full potential in this regard.
The conversation also involved the ongoing military action in Ukraine. Irakli Garibashvili reaffirmed Georgia's solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
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The Prosecutor General of Georgia Irakli Shotadze and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Georgia Kelly Degnan handed over certificates to the participants of the training related to cryptocurrency crimes conducted with the support of the US Department of Justice.
According to the administration of the Prosecutor General of Georgia, the four-day training on cryptocurrency crimes, in which prosecutors, investigators from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Security Service and the Investigative Service of the Ministry of Finance participated, ended.
The event was attended by the Deputy Prosecutor Generals, Resident Adviser to the United States Department of Justice, Lena Owens and representatives of the United States Embassy in Georgia.
The Prosecutor General of Georgia Irakli Shotadze thanked the United States Embassy in Georgia and the US Department of Justice for their support. According to the Prosecutor General, new recommendations have been developed with American experts to search and seize digital assets, which will be an important guide for prosecutors and investigators in the fight against cybercrime. Also, a special unit for seizing cryptocurrencies will be created with the support of the US Department of Justice.
According to the US Ambassador Kelly Degnan, the United States will continue cooperation with Georgia in this direction in the future. As she said, a group of the best experts was selected for the training and they shared their practices and experience with the participants.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America emphasized the importance of close cooperation in the future in strengthening the justice system and the fight against cryptocurrency-related crimes.
The four-day training at the General Prosecutor’s Office was led by Andrew Zhigielskiy, Christopher Wongs, Tom Dogherts and Nikhil Bhagats-experts in the field of the cybercrime investigation of the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Cryptocurrency-related crime training covered important topics such as criminal use of virtual assets, search and seizure of virtual assets, analysis of cryptocurrency-related criminal cases, international cooperation in cybercrime cases, etc.
In order to increase the effectiveness of the fight against cybercrime, a number of important training activities are planned in cooperation with the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia and the US Department of Justice.
Within the framework of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili met with his Finnish counterpart, Pekka Haavisto.
At the meeting, the sides reviewed the agenda of cooperation between the two countries.
The Ministers stressed that Georgia-Finland cooperation has been successfully developing for over 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Special attention was paid to Georgia's European integration as the main direction of the country's foreign policy. Ilia Darchiashvili thanked his Finnish counterpart for his strong support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for the country's European aspirations, and stressed the importance of international support in the difficult security environment in the region and in the world in general.
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This week, the Parliament holds the Debates, Ministerial Hour and the Interpellation as the Speaker, Shalva Papuashvili stated at the Bureau. “We have a busy week with the Debates, Ministerial Hour and the Interpellation”.
According to him, after the political statements and consideration of the Bills on the May 24 plenary session, the floor will be given to the debates on “European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia”.
On May 25, the Parliament hears the Regional Development and Infrastructure Minister, Irakli Karseladze within the Ministerial Hour, and on May 27, pursuant to paragraph 5, Article 149 of the Rules of Procedure, the Prime Minister; Foreign Affairs Minister; Economic MInsiter; and the Justice Minister will answer the questions within the Interpellation.
On 24 May, the Council of the European Union adopted the fourth tranche of €500 million under the European Peace Facility (EPF).
This will allow the EU to further support the capabilities and resilience of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country, and protect the civilian population against the ongoing Russian military aggression.
This disbursement brings the total amount of support under the EPF to €2 billion.
The scope of the equipment to be provided in the new support package is in line with the current priorities as expressed by the Ukrainian government. A total of €490 million for military equipment are designed to deliver lethal force for defensive purposes, and another €10 million will cover the provision of equipment and supplies, such as personal protective equipment, first aid kits, and fuel.
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Cooperation between Georgia and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), current military activities witnessed in Ukraine and security environment in the region were among the main topics of discussion at a meeting held today between Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia and Helga Maria Schmid, OSCE Secretary General.
The Head of Government of Georgia expressed gratitude to the OSCE Secretary General for the efforts made towards a peaceful conflict resolution and rebuilding of trust among the war-torn communities in Georgia, thereby stressing the role of an OSCE Co-Chairmanship in the Geneva International Discussions (GID) and within the format of incident prevention and response mechanisms. It was once again highlighted at the meeting that the following round of GID should be held in the nearest future.
It was noted that irrespective of the difficult challenges faced in the security and humanitarian conditions on the ground, the Government of Georgia remains committed towards a peaceful conflict resolution initiative and democratic development of the country.
Irakli G+aribashvili and Helga Maria Schmid spoke about the military activities witnessed in Ukraine. The Prime Minister of Georgia reiterated solidarity towards Ukraine and stressed the importance of having the war ended in the shortest period of time.
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