Building bridges between Georgia and Armenia

Published in Politics
Friday, 13 January 2017 10:20
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan to Georgia to improve the cross-border bridge connecting Georgia with Armenia. The project is part of the EU’s Integrated Border Management regional initiative. It represents another step forward in the implementation of Georgia’s plans to modernise and upgrade its infrastructure to EU standards.
The Sadakhlo-Bagratashen bridge checkpoint is the main crossing between Georgia and Armenia. An upgrade of the existing infrastructure will improve the transit of people and goods across the border. The Northern Corridor Modernisation Project has a budget of EUR 10.3 million and is essential for supporting regional trade and cooperation between the two countries.
Dimitry Kumsishvili, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Georgia, commented: “I hope that our successful partnership will continue and that significant projects will be implemented for the advancement of water supply and sewage systems, energy, transport, agriculture and tourism.”
 

EU identifies key deliverables for the Eastern Partnership

Published in Politics
Monday, 19 December 2016 13:35
The European Commission and the European External Action Service have identified 20 key deliverables for the Eastern Partnership by 2020. The targets were published in a joint working document, "Eastern Partnership – focusing on key priorities and deliverables", on 15 December.
The document is to contribute to the joint work of EU Member States and EaP Partner countries and highlight actions in key priority areas such as economic development and market opportunities, strengthening institutions and good governance, connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change as well as mobility and people-to-people contacts. The EU Member States and EaP Partner countries agree that the EaP needs to focus on delivering tangible results to citizens.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative between the European Union and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
 

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia meet to discuss rare bird preservation

Published in Society
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:40
The Emerald biogeographical evaluation Seminar for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia will take place in Georgian capital Tbilisi on 1-2 December on the topic of bird species in these countries.
Experts from the Council of Europe, country delegations, NGOs of nature conservation and land owners together with Emerald network experts and observers will meet to discuss species, examining the Emerald site proposals for each targeted country. The conference aims to evaluate levels of rate bird species in the proposed and candidate Emerald sites.
The EU-funded programme Emerald Network of Nature Protection Sites, Phase II, is a joint EU-Council of Europe initiative, which contributes to the establishment of the Emerald Network in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and the Russian Federation.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF DUAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION IN SOUTH CAUCASUS

Published in Politics
Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:05

President of Georgia Congratulates to Armenian Counterpart on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Armenia’s Independence

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:50
The President of Georgia Congratulates to the President of the Republic of Armenia, H.E. Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Armenia’s Independence
“Your Excellency,
It is my pleasure to extend my most sincere congratulations to you on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the restoration of Armenia’s independence. On this notable day, I would like to express my deepest respect, on behalf of the Georgian nation, toward the Armenian people.
Taking this opportunity, allow me to emphasize that the friendship between Georgia and Armenia is based on deep historical and cultural traditions. I strongly believe that with our joint efforts we will manage to overcome the current challenges that our countries face and will further strengthen our cooperation for the mutual benefit.
Your Excellency, let me reaffirm my deepest respect to the friendly Armenian people. I wish you peace and prosperity”, - stated the President in the official letter.

Grassroots organisations in Georgia and Armenia meet to develop energy efficiency

Published in Economics
Friday, 16 September 2016 10:47
A regional grassroots network of organisations will meet to discuss energy efficiency and climate change, under the EU-funded Civil society Local Energy Efficiency Network (CLEEN) project, in partnership with the Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) network. Two meetings are being organised with the aim of increasing citizen participation in decentralised energy production, to establish cooperation between local grassroots organisations and to give citizens a stronger voice in policy making.
A meeting on energy efficiency takes place on 19-21 September in Bakuriani, Georgia and a workshop on energy cooperatives will take place on 26-28 September in the Armenian city of Ashtarak. Anna Samwel, head of WECF branch office Georgia, said: “We see grassroots organisations grow strong, self-confident and more professional with the CLEEN programme, working with the local governance and making a real difference in their communities.“ CLEEN (Civil society Local Energy Efficient Network) is a 3-year EU-funded project that aims to build a partnership of civil society organisations (CSOs), as well as to strengthen CSOs’ capacities in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The project focuses on energy efficiency and cost savings, and increased accountability of local and national authorities on this issue. WECF coordinates this project, and provide technical expertise. 

Karen Karapetyan appointed as prime minister of Armenia

Published in World
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 17:41

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Tuesday appointed Karen Karapetyan as the country's new prime minister, according to a government statement. Prior to his appointment as prime minister, Karapetyan worked as deputy general director for international projects at Gazprom Energy Holding.
Karapetyan is a member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).He served as the mayor of Yerevan in 2010-2011. The outgoing prime minister, Hovik Abrahamyan, resigned on Sept. 8 after serving in the post for three years.
Abrahamyan said in a statement that Armenian society remained polarized, and called for the society and the government to work for the welfare of all citizens. He said that he resigned from his post to give the president an opportunity to form a new government.

Climate Business is in Focus of IFC Operations in Europe and Central Asia

Published in World
Thursday, 08 September 2016 15:57

Istanbul, Turkey, September 7, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, provided over $800 million to support 22 climate-smart investment projects in Europe and Central Asia in fiscal year 2016, helping its clients improve resource and energy efficiency, expand sustainable urban infrastructure, and increase access to renewable energy.
Over $220 million of the total was invested in green buildings projects in Turkey, Bulgaria and Georgia, helping to reduce water, heat and energy consumption and losses in commercial buildings. About $240 million was directed to renewable energy projects in Turkey and Armenia, to support the rehabilitation and development of hydro, solar and wind power stations.
A particularly important theme for IFC was sustainable cities, which focuses on developing modern, energy-efficient urban infrastructure, including public transport, water and solid waste management, through state-of-the-art projects and public-private partnerships. In FY16, IFC supported the expansion of the Istanbul metro and Heksagon waste management company in Turkey, which offers solutions to turn urban solid waste into energy and fertilizer, and is now looking for similar sustainable projects across the region.
The year also marked IFC’s first green bonds transaction in the region with the Turkish Bank TSKB, to attract institutional investors to finance a portfolio of green projects across industries.
“Every third dollar of our investments in the region over the past year was climate smart,”  said Tomasz Telma, IFC Director for Europe and Central Asia. “In addition to finance, we provide advisory services to manufacturing companies and financial institutions across the region to maximize impact, and leverage private sector resources to improve efficiency and invest in new technologies.”
In FY16, IFC invested over $2.9 billion in Europe and Central Asia, including $570 million in mobilized funds, to support the growth of sustainable private companies and contribute to long-term economic development across the region.
IFC’s goal is to make climate investments 28 percent of its annual new commitments by 2020.

Serzh Sargsyan didn’t meet with the representatives of occupation regime

Published in Politics
Friday, 02 September 2016 17:16

According to the Armenian side, the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan didn’t meet with the representatives of occupation regime. This statement was made by the Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Gigiadze. As he noted, media published the information about possible meetings today morning. 
“Armenia is a friend country of Georgia. It recognizes the sovereignty of Georgia and its territorial unite. We continue cooperation with official Yerevan,”-Gigi Gigiadze said.

TAIEX to help EN Countries deal with tax evasion

Published in Politics
Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:25
Tax fraud as a criminal offence will be discussed by experts from Austria, Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova and Russia in the Belarusian capital Minsk this week. The two-day workshop is organised by the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument of the European Commission (TAIEX) in cooperation with the Department of Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee of Belarus.
The event aims to help improve Belarusian legislation concerning the activities of financial investigations bodies against tax fraud and evasion in the country. International experts will advise on how to improve the implementation of the legislation on the activities of FIBs against organised crime connected with the tax fraud. The participants will also discuss new schemes and innovative approaches such as horizontal monitoring.
TAIEX is a demand-driven tool that supports partner countries with the approximation of national laws, regulations and quality standards to those of EU Member States in the framework of Cooperation or Association agreements signed with the EU. In the Eastern Neighbourhood, TAIEX works with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
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