Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala told the European Parliament's plenary session on Wednesday that managing the consequences of the Russia-Ukraine conflict will top the list of priorities of the Czech Republic, which took over the rotating six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) on July 1.
Under the slogan "Europe as a task," the Czech Presidency's five priorities are managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine's post-war recovery; energy security; strengthening Europe's defense capabilities and cyberspace security; the strategic resilience of the European economy; and the resilience of democratic institutions.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the country's grain harvest is projected to reach 60 million tons this year.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Markiyan Dmytrasevych said Ukraine would have to export between 30 million tons and 40 million tons of grain from this year's harvest to free its storage facilities.
The official said by the end of October, Ukraine will lack capacities for storing 10-15 million tons of grain due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict that damaged storage infrastructure and blocked exports through the Black Sea.
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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.
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 Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Mikheil Sarjveladze hosted the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, H.E. Petr Mikyska to discuss the directions and priorities of the Committee.
"It was an interesting and fruitful meeting. We introduced to the Ambassador the strategy and main directions of our Committee's activities. Special emphasis was placed on the protection of the rights of persons in the occupied territories and, in this regard, the need for important steps in the international arena to force the occupying state and, consequently, the criminal group operating directly in the occupied territories to retreat, for example, in the case of Zaza Gakheladze.
Among other priorities, it is important to ensure the standards set out in the Association Agenda for the protection of human rights, which should be typical of a country with a claim to Europeanness. In this regard, the Ambassador expressed commitment and desire to be involved in this process and participate in planning various joint projects", - M. Sarjveladze commented.
Administration of the Parliament of Georgia
Tbilisi, 17 September, 2020. The Czech Development Agency continues to support Georgian healthcare system by launching new instrument “Tied Financial Donation”. The first beneficiaries in Georgia are state Republican hospitals in Batumi and Rukhi, which will get Czech medical devices.
A contract was signed today on behalf of the Czech Development Agency by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi, Mr. Petr Mikyska, Mr. Irakli Gvazava Acting Director of Rukhi Republican hospital and representative of Batumi Republican Hospital to lay foundation for new cooperation.
The two hospitals are newly built and started partial functioning after COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. However, not all the departments have necessary equipment. Recognizing the problem, the aid aims to ensure modern technologies are provided to both hospitals in order to enhance and improve services provided by them.
The new Republican Batumi hospital is designed for 170 beds. For the first time in its history, hospital will offer citizens the service of midwifery and pediatric medical care and Czech products are designed for it. Meanwhile, Rukhi Republican hospital is designed for 220 beds and by getting new equipment, they will improve surgical and intensive care departments.
The new cooperation also involves trainings for hospitals’ staff, provided by Czech professionals, who will share their experience and simplify the use of new technologies. The Czech Republic will continue to support both hospitals in the future.
New equipment will be delivered in two stages before the end of 2020. Total cost amounts to EUR 371 000, from which Batumi Republican hospital will get EUR 186 000 and Rukhi Republican hospital EUR 185 000.
The Tbilisi Czech Beer Days 2020 (Welcome to the Czech Beer Days at Pub “U LVA”) take place on June 23-25, showcasing the finest of Czech beer and cuisine. The newly opened Czech beer pub “U LVA” on Abashidze 24 is hosting the events from 19:00 until 23:00. The initiative is brought by the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic. The motive behind this festival is to introduce Czech culture and it is an amazing way to do so.
The opening held on June 23rd at 19:00 had a very lovely atmosphere. The welcoming hosts of the place along with the guests made the event very special. One of the highlights of the night was the authentic Czech beer, such as Pilsner Urquell. Highlighting and bringing to the forefront these traditions enriches the local community and it’s a great initiative that is being brought about.
At the opening of Czech beer Days Tbilisi 2020 was attended by the Czech ambassador to Georgia Petr Mikyska, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia.
The event aims at introducing traditional Czech Beer - a delicious beverage with a rich flavor and Czech cuisine. During the Czech Beer Days visitors have an opportunity to benefit 1+1 offer on purchasing beer (buy one 0.5 L of Pilsner Urquell and get one for free) and 50% discount on national Czech dishes.
We want to remind that Pilsner Urquell was first brewed in 1842 in Plzeň (Pilsen) in Western Bohemia (part of the Czech Republic) and is regarded as the historically first lager type beer. This crisp, refreshing golden lager was made with local ingredients: sweet Moravian barley, delicately bitter Saaz hops, soft Pilsen water, and bottom-fermenting H-strain yeast. The beer was named after the city where it was brewed - Pilsen, where it is still brewed today. Over the last 178 years, pilsner-style lager has become the world’s most popular beer, with seven out of 10 beers in the world imitating this innovation. There are many pilsner-style beers out there, but only one original.
By Alex Klimczyk
Six Czech companies producing medicine technique will visit Georgia between 18th and 21st June 2018. They will hold presentations of their products for Georgian companies and representatives of hospitals, clinics, Ministry of Health of Georgia and Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Ajara. The presentations will take place both in Tbilisi and Batumi. The main goal is to demonstrate high quality Czech products in the field of medicine equipment to their Georgian partners. The Czech Embassy in Georgia invites everyone interested to come to the presentations.
Batumi: 19th June 2018, 10:30 – 12:30, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Ajara (119, Revaz Komakhidze Str.)
Tbilisi: 21st June 2018, 15:30 – 17:30 (followed by a reception), Czech Embassy, Tbilisi, (37, Chavchavadze Ave., block VI)
For registration call 577 79 70 92
Discussions focused on main aspects of Georgia-EU relations and plans for co-operation in the future. The sides positively appraised the progress Georgia has made in the process of European integration and the reforms implemented in the country. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili thanked Tomáš Pernický for the Czech government’s firm support for Georgia.
The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister brought to the attention of the Czech Ambassador plans for the elaboration of a road map for European integration reaffirming the Georgian Government’s firm will to use all mechanisms of co-operation with the Government of Georgia, including the Association Agreement and "20 deliverables for 2020".
Highligting the importance of the fifth Eastern Partnership summit held in Brussels, on 24 November and the declaration adopted there, the sides emphasized that 2018 will be an eventful year in terms of Georgia-EU and Georgia-NATO relations.
On closing, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili underlined the excellent relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic adding that 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic.