The Agrarian Issues Committee supported the document for ratification

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Monday, 20 February 2017 17:15

The Committee considered the Change N1 to the Grant Agreement between Georgia and USA of December 22, 2015 on Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth.
The Deputy-Finance Minister, Giorgi Kakauridze spoke about the changes. As noted, the project aims at improvement of economic management and administration, establishment of global business standards, increase of competitiveness in target sectors, effective management of natural resources of Georgia and creation of market-oriented job opportunities.
The change envisages increase of the allocation by USAID with 13.1 ml USD. The total allocation constitutes 57,298,636 USD. The grant amount also increases with 14 ml. 970 k. USD.
The project directions remain unchanged: conflict mitigation and reconciliation; education; infrastructure; agriculture; private sector competitiveness and environment. The grant for agricultural activities has increased with 700 000 USD to constitute 3 ml. 260 k. USD. The Committee supported the document.
The Committee considered and endorsed the supervisory plan of the spring session, envisaging hearing information about various agricultural activities and respective decision-making.

FILLON: UKRAINE AND GEORGIA HAVE NO PLACE IN NATO AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:36

Former Prime Minister of France, presidential candidate of the country Francois Fillon has declared that Ukraine and Georgia have no place in NATO and the European Union. He told this in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, reports RIA Novosti
“I will remind you about the irresponsible statements of those who wanted the entry of Georgia and Ukraine in NATO. You just need to admit that Ukraine and Georgia are not designed to enter the EU and NATO,” said French ex-Prime Minister.
Fillon has criticized Western countries for waging an aggressive policy against Russia, he noted that Russia has a lot of responsibility, but not by her. According to him, the military competition with Moscow is a big mistake. He also called the false question of missile defense near the Russian borders.
“Is it always the West has been a reliable partner? Isn’t he deceived Russia on Libya, in Kosovo, for economic partnership with the EU? Why did we need to deploy missile defenses near the Russian border? We made a lot of mistakes,” said Fillon.
Earlier the candidate in presidents of France Francois Fillon has declared that relations with Russia – a strategic issue for Europe’s future. According to Fillon, the issue of restoration of relations with Moscow is very important for Europe, and for this repair it is necessary to solve the Ukrainian question and to respect the Minsk agreement.

More opportunities for Georgia through science and innovation

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Monday, 23 January 2017 14:50
The science community in Georgia has been informed about the range of funding opportunities open under the EU-funded Horizon 2020 programme. At a conference on 17 January, Georgian scientists and researchers were informed about how to receive grants from Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions for making their scientific and innovative ideas a reality and strengthening research centres in Georgia.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers' careers and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA enable universities, research centres, and companies to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly EUR 80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

The Venice Commission Delegation to service the working visit to Georgia

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:10

The Venice Commission Delegation, with invitation by the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, is serving the working visit to Georgia on January 20.
The Delegation, chaired by the President of the Venice CommissionMr. Gianni Buquicchio, will hold the meetings with the Chairman of the Parliament, the representatives of the executive and legislative authorities and the President of Georgia. On the first day of the visit, the Commission will visit the Parliament to meet with the Chairman.
The Venice Commission will also meet with the representatives of the Factions “Patriots of Georgia” and the Minority Factions.

Georgia: new agricultural cooperatives to be presented in Dusheti

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:40
The EU-funded European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and Oxfam invite media representatives to a presentation of three agricultural cooperatives in the Dusheti Municipality on 25 January.
The agricultural cooperatives ‘Pomodorna’ , ‘Saaragvo’ and ‘Maghrani Naturaluri’ have been  established in the framework of the EU-funded project ‘Supporting Agricultural Co-operation in Georgia’These cooperatives will contribute to the development of agriculture and trade in Dusheti through theproduction of several varieties of tomatoes, elite potato varieties and grain in an ecologically clean environment and using specially designed and fully equipped storage.
The EU-funded ENPARD programme is being implemented in Georgia since 2013. The main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia by offering support to rural development and agriculture. Programme assistance is provided to the government and NGOs working directly with communities on the ground.

Eastern Neighbourhood: Forestry project highlights positive developments

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:25
An EU-funded forestry project has highlighted the progress made in the forestry sector at its final meeting in December. Attendees at the last meeting of the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) II Programme, from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia, suggested ways to ensure that the project’s results are long-term.
One of more important deliverables of the Programme is increased collaboration between neighboring countries on forest management. Other important achievements included inputs to country forestry sector programs, study tours to EU Member State countries and bilateral dialogue, building community and youth awareness about the importance of forests, promoting new protected areas, and forest biodiversity conservation.
Key long-term achievements will continue to benefit the region after the programme’s completion, such as the National Program Advisory Committees (NPACs) which was created by FLEG, and contributed towards the institutional reform process as well as providing independent and valuable data.
FLEG also contributed to making forest management and governance more transparent, built educational and professional capacity in the forestry sector, fostered collaboration between local communities and the forestry sector and facilitated community participation in the sector for sustainable forest management.

Eastern Partnership to develop regional energy cooperation

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:03
The Eastern Partnership Platform on Energy Security has hosted representatives from the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Participants gathered to discuss energy security, renewable energy, energy efficiency and nuclear safety at its 16thmeeting in Brussels.
The meeting focused on regional energy cooperation and EU-funded energy programmes and initiatives, such as: EU4Energy; the ‘Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy going East’; Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P); the EU technical Assistance Facility for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL); and the High Quality Studies to support the Activities under the Eastern Partnership (HiQSTEP).
Participants were looking for solutions to energy efficiency in the housing sector, discussing the construction of missing infrastructure links and ways to bring partner countries' energy-related rules more in line with EU rules.

Georgia should continue reforms to prevent corruption, says new report

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:20

In a report published today, the Council of Europe's anti-corruption body, Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), acknowledged considerable progress in reducing corruption in Georgia and improving the country’s standing in international indices, and called on the Georgian authorities to continue implementing  the reforms aimed at preventing corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors.
Among the positive developments noted by GRECO is the introduction of a monitoring mechanism for submitting asset declarations by public officials including parliamentarians, judges and high-level prosecutors.  It is crucial now that the new rules be extended to cover all prosecutors, that they are effectively applied in practice and kept under constant review.
GRECO noted measures taken to prevent corruption among the members of parliament and increase accountability of their work, and recommends further enhancing transparency of the legislative process through the publication of all draft legislation, and developing an enforceable code of ethics/conduct. It also called for mandatory disclosure of parliamentarians’ conflicts of interest, in order to monitor and determine when and how personal interests of MPs might influence the decision-making process.
GRECO stressed the need to carry on with the important reform of the judiciary. It is of prime importance that the bill on the third stage of reform which is pending before the Parliament should now be adopted and implemented. GRECO recommends reforming the recruitment, promotion and transfer of judges, introducing an objective and transparent system for the allocation of cases (e.g. via random assisgnment), defining more precisely disciplinary offences, and limiting immunity of judges to activities related to their participation in judicial decision-making (”functional immunity”).

 

Georgia in the report of Human Rights Watch

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Friday, 13 January 2017 16:38

Human Rights Watch, American-founded international non-governmental organization has published the 2017 World Report, which also refers to Georgia.According to the report, free access to communication operators network by the security services has caused risks in terms of privacy. 
It also says there is less chance law enforcers to be held responsible for their crimes.  According to the document other concerning fields are media freedom and LGBT people rights. 

EU Parliament to vote visa liberalization issue for Georgia at February 2

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Friday, 13 January 2017 13:55

The European Parliament will vote visa liberalization issue for Georgian citizens at plenary session at February 2. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is said in the European Parliament’s February agenda.
As you know, LIBE Committee supported visa free regime for Georgian citizens. 45 deputies participated in the voting. Only 2 deputies came against visa liberalization for Georgia. The Plenary session will hold in February.
Coreper confirmed an achieved agreement with European Parliament at 13 of December, 2016. As it is reported, Georgian citizens will allowed in Schengen Zone without visas in the nearest future.

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