Published in Politics
Thursday, 03 November 2016 10:21

The Information Analytical Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs presents the statistical data on the visitors having crossed the state border of Georgia during the last month, in particular: In October 2016, the country was visited by 527 157 visitors, which is more by 4,5% than the index of the same period in 2015.
The number of visitors in January-October, 2016 amounted to 5 406 188, that is more by 8,1 % than the index of the same period in 2015. Number of tourist visits has reached 2 372 351 which is more by 19,7% than the index of the same period in 2015. According to the new method of a conditional division the visitors having crossed the state border of Georgia in January-October, 2016 is the following:
a) Tourist – 215 620 visits (40,9%, of general number; increase by 20.9% in comparison with the index of the same period in 2015);
b) Transit – 121 511 visits (20.9% of general number, decrease by 23,% in comparison with the index of the last year 6,6%);
c) Other – 190 026 visits (36.1% of general number, increase by -3% in comparison with the index of the last year).
The most of the visits in September, 2016 were paid again from Armenia (-2,1%), Azerbaijan (10.1%), Turkey (-16,6%), Russia (+13%), Ukraine (+15.8%) and Iran (+344.3%); positive position is also retained by the EU countries: respecting the increase of the number of arrivals to Georgia in January-October the following countries take leading position: Latvia, Lithuania, Germany and Italy (relevantly 27%, 12%, 8% and 7%), Central Asian countries - Kazakhstan (35%), among the countries of Easter Europe – Belarus (30%), Middle East – Israel – 59%), and Asian countries - UAE (13%). Also, the number of tourists form the United States of America has also increased by 10 %.

Georgia proved that it's young but pro-western democratic country-Researcher of Atlantic Council

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:33

According to the Researcher of Atlantic Council, Georgia has once more proved that it is young but pro-western style democratic country.
He commented on the parliamentary elections in Georgia and said that the fact of some politicians have left political parties is unfortunate.
“Unfortunately they leave politics. They are professionals and I hope that one day they will return to politics. As for the parliament, this is a component of democracy,”-he said. 

US Congressman Tom Marino comments on parliamentary elections in Georgia

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 11:30

US Congressman Tom Marino comments on parliamentary elections in Georgia and congratulates Georgian People on democratic elections. This information was published by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
According to the Congressman, the fact that free election was held third time in Georgia after 2012 means Georgian people’s progress in democratic way.
“I can say that forming government and the opinion of people is important in this country. This is a great progress,”-he said. 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Parliamentary Elections in Georgia

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:55

The United States congratulates the people of Georgia for the successful completion of yesterday’s parliamentary elections, which affirm Georgia as a leader of democratic reform in the region.  We note that the OSCE election observation mission assessed both the October 8 elections and the October 30 run-offs as competitive and administered in a manner that respected the rights of candidates and voters.  Political leaders from across the spectrum played an important role in urging all their supporters to show restraint during the electoral period so that Georgian voters could freely make their own decisions.  We are concerned, however, about isolated incidents of violence and intimidation and urge accountability as well as a thorough and balanced investigation in accordance with the rule of law.  We now encourage political leaders from all parties to work together in pursuit of goals important to all Georgians, including democratic consolidation, security, and economic prosperity. We look forward to working with the new government and parliament to support Georgia’s democratic and economic development, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

Georgia: EUMM reaches out to future journalists

Published in Society
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:26
The European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) launched a new outreach project to university-level students last week. Georgian and Azerbaijani students from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), who are aspiring to become journalists, received a short overview of the Mission’s background and its work, as well as the EU-brokered Six-Point Ceasefire Agreement in Georgia and challenges related to its implementation.
The lecture was followed by a Q&A session, during which the students heard about the history of EU civilian crisis management in Georgia, past and current conflicts, the wider regional and geopolitical context, and the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
The European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is an unarmed civilian monitoring mission of the European Union, deployed in September 2008 following the EU-mediated Six-Point Agreement, which ended the August 2008 war. The EUMM aims to ensure that there is no return to hostilities, to facilitate the resumption of a safe and normal life for the local communities living on both sides of the boundary line with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, to build confidence among the conflict parties and to inform EU policy in Georgia and the wider region.

European Parliament urges visa waiver for Georgia

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Friday, 28 October 2016 14:05
The European Parliament has called on the Council to start negotiations on exempting Georgian citizens from EU visa requirements “without any further delay”. In a letter sent on 26 October to the Slovak Presidency, Civil Liberties MEPs invited the Council to open talks “as soon as possible at the beginning of November”.
MEPs reasoned that there is no real cause for delay for the talks on Georgia´s visa waiver, given that both the Parliament and the Council have approved mandates, and following the confirmation by the Commission that the country has fulfilled all criteria.  
MEPs complained that the Council decided that trilogues would not start before an agreement on the revision of the suspension mechanism is reached with the European Parliament”. They underlined that the interinstitutional discussions on the review of the suspension mechanism which allows a temporary reintroduction of visa requirements in certain situations – are ongoing, with negotiators actively seeking solutions on the remaining open issues. 
"Our guiding principle is that every country that meets all the benchmarks can benefit from visa liberalisation, and that is the case of Georgia”, said Mariya Gabriel, insisting that the EU must deliver on its promises. 
“There should be no further delay to move” on this file, she added, and reminded that visa liberalisation represents, in the context of the EU-Georgia partnership and the Eastern Partnership, a very concrete achievement for citizens.

It's important for NATO to deepening cooperation with Georgia-Jens Stoltenberg

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:55

It is too important for NATO to deepening cooperation with Georgia and it is also important for security of Georgia. This statement was made by the Secretary General of Alliance Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, at press-conference.
Journalist asked him if Georgia take part in new strategy of NATO’s Black Sea. Stoltenberg answered that the plan will be published in February.
“Georgia is strategic partner of NATO. We are cooperating in different issues. We have opened new center in Georgia several weeks ago. So this means that it is too important for NATO to deepening cooperation with Georgia and it is also important for security of Georgia,”-he said. 

Public Defender Congratulates Population of Georgia on Abkhazian Language Day

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:09

October 27 is the Abkhazian Language Day and I want to congratulate the Abkhaz community and all Georgia on this day. According to the Constitution, Abkhazian is the second state language. More than 6 500 languages exist in the world, majority of which, according to UNESCO, are in danger of extinction. The Abkhazian Language was, unfortunately, put on that list in 2011.
As per the Georgian legislation and the international law, the Georgian state is obliged to protect, develop and promote all endangered languages on the territory of Georgia, including the Abkhazian language and cultural heritage. Despite many hindering circumstances, I think that more actions can be carried out to save and develop the Abkhazian language. Preferably, the Abkhazian language teaching must be promoted and a variety of programs must be carried out to protect and promote the Abkhazian language in the areas densely populated by Abkhazians or where the relevant demand exists.
I would like to take this opportunity and inform the public that the Abkhazian language was added to the working languages of the Public Defender's official website and hence the Public Defender's activities will be regularly reported in the Abkhazian language. We hope that with this action we will contribute to the protection and development of the Abkhazian language.


Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia meet to discuss rare bird preservation

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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.

Georgia: EU reports on human rights, media freedom and anti-fraud measures

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:25
The European Union and the Council of Europe (CoE) will present the mid-term results of projects for Eastern Partnership countries to media in Tbilisi on 28 October. Representatives from Georgian government, EU Delegation to Georgia and Programmatic Cooperation Framework will present the progress of eight country-specific projects for Georgia.
Project leaders will highlight achievements in the application of the European Convention on Human Rights, healthcare and human rights in prisons, freedom and pluralism of media, internet freedom, combating money laundering and terrorism financing, support to the Georgian Bar Association, as well as electoral assistance and integration of national minorities. 
These projects are carried out in Georgia under the Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017 which is funded by the EU and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe. The total budget of the projects in Georgia is 3.6 million euros. In addition to these country-specific projects, Georgia also participates in 14 regional initiatives covering all Eastern Partnership.
The EU-Council of Europe Programmatic Co-operation Framework aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) to implement domestic reforms. It also aims to bring the countries closer to CoE and EU standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and improve the lives of citizens. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million.

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