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.
How does Czech Republic maintain sufficient green areas in the process of growing urbanization? Urban greenery is an integral part of general urban planning there. Czech experts will share the best practice of green urban planning in Czech Republic with Georgian colleagues.
On June 16, 2021, 13:00-15:00, the Embassy of Czech Republic in Georgia is organizing a presentation and a roundtable discussion Green Cities and Urban Planning: Czech Georgian Intersecting Issues, in cooperation with the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee of the Parliament of Georgia. The event will be held in the Parliament of Georgia (8 Rustaveli Ave.)
Ms. Maia Bitadze, Chairperson of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee, Parliament of Georgia, H.E. Petr Mikyska, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Georgia and Mr. Giga Gigashvili, Head of Environmental Protection Unit of Tbilisi City Hall will take part in the discussion. Visiting experts will present Czech normative framework and implementation practices regarding urban planning of Cities Green. Roundtable participants will have a chance to discuss Czech and Georgian current regulatory framework and practice of urban planning and identify intersecting issues for possible future partnerships. Meeting will be conducted in English and Georgian translation will be provided upon necessity.
Press-release Embassy of the Czech Republic in Georgia
Czech Republic continues supporting Georgia within its Development Cooperation framework. In this context, Mrs. Michaela Marksová-Tominová, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Jan Sliva, Head of the Czech Development Agency and their teams will be visiting Georgia on April 19-22, 2021. As part of the official visit, Czech delegation will meet Georgian counterparts and Czech Embassy’s local partners, including the project sites implemented with Czech support in Georgia.
On April 19th, the agency delegation will sign two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia. The MoUs cover two projects, implemented with Czech financial support in Georgia: Way to Home: Development of Adult Alternative Social Services in Georgia (Total budget: about 780 000 EUR) and Support to primary healthcare Strengthening in Georgia (Total budget 1 233 000 EUR).
In coming days, the delegation will also attend the Opening Ceremony of Multifunctional Regional Beekeeping Centerand visit the Rukhi and Batumi Hospitals. The newly built hospitals in Rukhi and Batumi were equipped with the modern technical appliances within the framework of Czech Development Agency’s financial support. The delegation will also pay the visit to the Zugdidi Screening Center constructed and equipped by Caritas Czech Republic (CCR) with the financial support of the Czech Development Agency. The visit will be concluded by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Finance and Economics of Adjara on Quantification of Health and Environmental Risks and Support for the Rehabilitation of the Former Batumi Refinery Site.
Press release of the Czech Embassy in Georgia
The fourth sitting of the OSCE PA General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions was dedicated to consideration of the draft resolutions. The Delegates have introduced five draft resolutions for consideration.
The draft resolution introduced by the member of the US Delegation, Mr. Benjamin Cardincalled on OSCE to combat violence and discrimination and underlined necessity and importance of development of common plan by the member states and support to the initiatives.
The member of the US Delegation, Mr. Christopher Smith introduced the draft resolution on elimination of sexual exploitation and trade of children by the persons committing the sexual offense in past. According to him, the statistics of sexual offenses against children is increasing and the member states need to develop clear and intact response policy.
The Committee heard the report by the member of the Czech Delegation, Ms. Ivana Dobesova about migration as the complex security challenge and discussed the draft resolution introduced by the member of French Delegation, Mr. Michel Voisin concerning the rights of the refugees.
The Canadian Delegate, Ms. Hedy Fry introduced the draft resolution providing the analysis of the state of migrants and refugees in terms of gender problems. Considerations were followed with debates, allowing the Delegates to express their positions for or against each paragraph of the drafts. In line with the Rules of Procedure, the draft resolutions were put for voting.
The Delegates introduced the amendments to the paragraphs the part of which was shared by the Committee, resulted in adoption of all five draft resolutions submitted at the Committee. Today, the Committee elected the responsible persons with secret ballot with the term of one year.
The Committee will be Chaired by the member of the Spanish Delegation, Mr. Ignacio Sanches and the member of the Czech Delegation, Ms. Ivana Dobesova was elected as the Deputy-Chair. The Committee elected the member of the Delegation of Cyprus, Mr. Adrian Kiriakos as the Rapporteur. The documents adopted by the Committee will be submitted to the plenary session.