Irakli Garibashvili: Strong strategic partnership between Georgia and the US is key to regional and Euro-Atlantic security

Published in Politics
Friday, 05 November 2021 10:18

In today's geopolitical environment, the strong strategic partnership between Georgia and the US is key to the two countries' shared interests and regional and Euro-Atlantic security, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated during today's meeting with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Erika Olson. The Head of Government emphasized the unwavering bipartisan US support for Georgia enabling the country to achieve considerable progress across a variety of directions and to press on the right track toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

The meeting focused on the security environment and challenges in the Black and South Caucasus regions.
The Prime Minister singled out the importance of political stability in Georgia, also underlining that, now that the recent elections are over, it is crucial to concentrate on the agenda of the country's development.
Irakli Garibashvili also pointed out that Georgia remains a loyal and reliable ally of the United States in the region. The parties discussed the situation in Georgia's occupied territories and the threats posed by occupation, also the daily humanitarian problems encountered by the citizens on either side of the occupation line. Special attention was paid to the importance of ensuring peace and stability in the region. In this context, the meeting highlighted the Peaceful Neighborhood Initiative-a new peace format proposed by the Prime Minister of Georgia in the UN-and the importance of the engagement of American and European partners in this process. The American side also underscored Georgia's tremendous contribution to the recent evacuation effort from Afghanistan. The conversation also revolved around Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration and the reforms implemented to that end. The Head of Government expressed hope that concrete steps will be taken in the nearest future to start the implementation of the decision of the NATO Summit in Bucharest.

The meeting at the Administration of the Government was attended by US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan and Georgian Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani.

Press Service of the Government Administration

Results of Council of Europe/European Union joint projects in Georgia

Published in Society
Friday, 03 November 2017 18:25

Today, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia and the Council of Europe have presented the results of their eight joint projects in Georgia conducted in 2015-2017 with a total budget of 3.7 million euros, funded by the EU (90%) and Council of Europe (10%) and implemented by the Council of Europe.

The country-specific projects have assisted with the application of the European Convention on Human Rights; civic integration of national minorities; strengthening the Georgian Bar Association; improving healthcare in prisons; countering money laundering; promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media; protecting internet freedom; as well as ensuring free and fair elections.

“Such projects and active co-operation with European institutions are very important for the reform process in Georgia, especially on its way towards the European and Euro-Atlantic integration,” said David Zalkaliani, First Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia who opened the event.

Cristian Urse, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, said: "We are taking stock of three years of extensive cooperation with the EU in Georgia, and the results are very positive. Our Partnership for Good Governance has enabled the Council of Europe and the EU to develop and implement cooperation activities with many national partners – ministries and public institutions, media or law professionals, and NGOs. As a result, the Georgian stakeholders' capacity to upheld and promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law in many fields has been raised and consolidated." He underlined the readiness of the Council of Europe to continue co-operation with the Georgian authorities and other actors in the years to come.

Vincent Rey, Head of Co-operation at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, stressed: “These projects and co-operation are based on our shared goal to promote European values in Georgia in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. Across the eight areas, we have already recorded tangible results – from improved health in prison to training of law professionals on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the training of media regulators.”

  • Among the results of the country-specific projects are the following:
  • More than 1,300 judges, prosecutors and lawyers have been trained on European Human Rights Convention provisions, and the database of the European Court case law in Georgian is to become operational by the end of 2017;
  • Georgian Bar Association has received operational support, with electronic examination procedure for conducting the Bar entrance exam having been updated;
  • Some 100 journalists have received training on fighting cultural and gender stereotypes, responsible reporting during pre-election campaign and on the mission and role of regional broadcasters;
  • Expert advice has been given to the Georgian authorities in developing strategies for improving healthcare quality control in prisons and managing crises in the penitentiary system;
  • Legal support was provided in the run-up to the October 2016 parliamentary elections and September 2017 local elections; 
  • Three sessions of Georgia’s Internet Governance Forum were supported;
  • Work to combat money laundering has intensified and will continue in 2018 when a National Risk Assessment is to be finalised.

In April 2014, the European Union and the Council of Europe agreed to implement targeted cooperation activities with EU’s Eastern Partnership countries to bring them closer to European standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. In addition to eight country-specific projects, Georgia has also participated in 14 regional initiatives.

 Factsheet on results of projects in Georgia
 Factsheet on results of regional projects in which Georgia participated

 

President Margvelashvili Holds a Farewell Meeting with the Ambassador of Latvia to Georgia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:52

The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a farewell meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Georgia, Mr. Jānis Zlamets, who has finished his term in Georgia.
At the meeting, the parties have discussed the importance of further enhancing economic and political cooperation between Georgia and Latvia. The conversation has also touched upon Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
President Margvelashvili has thanked Mr. Zlamets for his personal contribution to the development of Georgia-Latvian relations and wished success in his future endeavors.

Defence Minister delivers a lecture in the Occupation Museum

Published in military
Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:34

Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria delivered a lecture in the framework of the Project “No to Occupation”. In his address to the representatives of Gori and Kaspi self-governing bodies, non-governmental organizations and local students, Levan Izoria highlighted the implemented and planned defence reforms.

Minister focused on the challenges currently faced by Georgia and the threats expected from Russia, which, according to Minister`s words, is a real problem not only for Georgia and but for the whole western world. Minister Levan Izoria, in consideration of the current threats, underlined significance of the practical steps undertaken by Georgia and emphasized NATO deterrence policy.

One of the key topics of the conversation was the reforms carried out in the field of defence with the aim of strengthening Georgia`s defence capabilities. Minister also informed the attendees about the Georgia Defence Readiness Programme (GDRP), which is implemented in cooperation with Georgia`s strategic partner- the United States. When talking about the Georgian foreign policy priorities, Minister reviewed NATO-Georgia cooperation, Georgia`s Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations and different aspects of Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP). Levan Izoria also presented the future plans of the Ministry of Defence, in particular, the basic components of Total Defence Concept. Later on the meeting went on in a question and answer format. The questions asked to Minister concerned compulsory military service, reserve and mobilization system, the current situation on the occupied territories and Georgia`s NATO membership prospects.

The meeting with Minister of Defence was held under the support of the organization “Bridge of Friendship-Kartlosi” in the multi-profile school of Kaspi Municipality where the Occupation Museum is located.

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