The direct air link to be established between Georgia and India

Published in Economics
Monday, 26 December 2016 16:45

The direct air link to be established between Georgia and India. This statement was made by the Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze at Parliament. According to him, this agreement was made with Indian side during the visit with Indian Delegation.
"We have very active relations with India. My deputy Zviad Gonadze returned from India today. We talk about direct air traffic, innovation, trade, education and cooperation "- Janelidze said.

MEETING OF PRIME MINISTERS OF TURKEY AND GEORGIA

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:32

"On behalf of the Government of Georgia, I strictly condemn the series of terrorist attacks occurring in Turkey in the recent past and express solidarity with the families of the victims, people and authorities of the Republic of Turkey" noted H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia in his conversation with H.E. Binali Yildirim, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey held at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul today.
Discussions were focused on the significance of the strategic partnership between the two countries. It was noted at the meeting that Republic of Turkey and Georgia have been developing the cooperation in various directions with a shared effort for a great number of years. Parties spoke about the significance of the Eurasia Tunnel Project, which is officially launched today. In the opinion of the Prime Minister of Georgia, tunnel connecting the continents of Europe and Asia creates new transport opportunities and gives rise to a significant role of the initiative with a revisiting concept on the Silk Road. Focus has been made on the current trade and economic relations existing between the two countries and prospects for their further advancement. Hosting Prime Minister invited the visiting colleague and delegation of Georgia to a business lunch after the official meeting in Istanbul.

EU identifies key deliverables for the Eastern Partnership

Published in Politics
Monday, 19 December 2016 13:35
The European Commission and the European External Action Service have identified 20 key deliverables for the Eastern Partnership by 2020. The targets were published in a joint working document, "Eastern Partnership – focusing on key priorities and deliverables", on 15 December.
The document is to contribute to the joint work of EU Member States and EaP Partner countries and highlight actions in key priority areas such as economic development and market opportunities, strengthening institutions and good governance, connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change as well as mobility and people-to-people contacts. The EU Member States and EaP Partner countries agree that the EaP needs to focus on delivering tangible results to citizens.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative between the European Union and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
 

Mikheil Janelidze has congratulated Qatar on its national holiday

Published in Politics
Thursday, 15 December 2016 15:05

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has attended the reception evening dedicated to Qatar’s national holiday. Mikheil Janelidze appeared with a speech before the attending audience congratulating the State of Qatar and the Qatari people on their national holiday.  
According to the Minister, the relations between the two countries are successful and co-operation between the Foreign Ministries, as well as various line ministries have gained a fresh momentum.
“Qatar’s business interest in Georgia keeps rising and relations between the private sectors of Georgia and Qatar are gradually strengthening. Introduction of direct flights between the two countries is worthy of special mention, in this context. It is a very important decision which will be put into practice tomorrow. Such direct flights to be performed three times a week create far greater prospects for the development of people-to-people contacts, for closer ties between business communities, which, I hope will become even more intensive in the future and will be followed by concrete projects” – the Minister said. At the end of the meeting Mikheil Janelidze thanked the Embassy of Qatar to Georgia for its contribution to the further development of relations between the two countries.

Georgia to get visa-free access to the EU

Published in Politics
Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:50
Georgian citizens will have the right to travel to the Schengen area without a visa under an informal deal struck between European Parliament and Council, reached on on 7 December.
Parliament´s rapporteur, Mariya Gabriel said: “We are entering the final phase towards visa exemption for Georgian citizens. It was extremely important to reach a deal today, to move forward in parallel with the revision of the suspension mechanism and to be ready for a simultaneous entry into force.
“I am glad that the Council backed our commitment to deliver as soon as possible. At the end of the day we must keep in mind that this is for Georgian citizens to come closer to the European Union – in terms of mobility, as well as in terms of political path.”
The deal will require confirmation from member state representatives (Coreper) and to be endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee and the Parliament as a whole. Formalisation of the deal is likely to take place in January.
 

Georgia: EU monitoring mission's mandate is prolonged

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 10:41
The European Union will continue to fully support Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. The European Council has prolonged the mandate of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) Georgia until 14 December 2018 and has also allocated a budget of EUR 18 million for the coming year.
Although the situation in the country is relatively stable, EUMM's contribution remains key. EUMM has successfully launched a number of small confidence building projects under its new facility and will increase those. It has also seen an important positive development with the resumption of the incident prevention and response mechanism in Gali.
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.

Carlo Natale's statement on visa liberalization of Georgia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 14:38

“I am sure that visa free regime will be available for Georgians in the nearest future,”-this statement was made by the Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Georgia Carlo Natale.
“We are waiting for progressive news from Brussels where the meeting is scheduled. A huge step was taken last week. I am sure that visa free regime will be available for Georgians in the nearest future,”-Carlo Natale added. 

The trilateral negotiations on visa liberalization issue of Georgia will hold today

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:57

The trilateral negotiations on visa liberalization issue of Georgia will be discussed today, between EU Council, EU Parliament and EU Commission in Brussels. This information was published yesterday, by the Foreign Affairs Minister of Slovakia Miroslav Lajčák.
“Within the frames of trilateral meetings, we will meet in European Parliament at December, 13. We are waiting that COREPER will discuss this issue on December, 20,”-he said. 

Georgia: EU monitoring mission's mandate prolonged for two years

Published in Politics
Monday, 12 December 2016 14:57

The Council prolonged the mandate of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia, EUMM Georgia until 14 December 2018. It also allocated a budget of €18 million for the period from 15 December 2016 to 14 December 2017.
The EUMM contributes to stabilisation, normalisation and confidence building between the conflict parties after the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. The mission provides civilian monitoring of parties' actions, including full compliance with the EU-brokered Six-Point Agreement and subsequent implementing measures throughout Georgia. It also informs European policy in support of a durable political solution for Georgia.
The main tasks of the civilian mission EUMM Georgia are the following:

  • Stabilisation: monitoring the situation of the stabilisation process and on freedom of movement and actions by spoilers, as well as on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The mission operates a 'hotline' to deal with incidents;
  • Normalisation: monitoring the normalisation process between the conflict parties and how people are affected;  
  • Confidence building: contributing to the reduction of tensions through liaison, facilitation of contacts between parties and joint projects;
  • Contributing to informing European policy regarding the conflict.

Although the situation in the country is relatively stable, EUMM's contribution remains key. EUMM has successfully launched a number of small confidence building projects under its new facility and will increase those. It has also seen an important positive development with the resumption of the incident prevention and response mechanism in Gali.
The mission is headquartered in Tbilisi and has three field offices in Gori, in Mtskheta and in Zugdidi. The mission started on 1 October 2008. It is currently headed by Kęstutis Jankauskas and has 200 EU monitors working for the mission.
The European Union continues to fully support Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. The EU actively supports conflict resolution efforts through the work of EUMM but also the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus (EUSR) and his co-chairmanship of the Geneva International Discussions to which EUMM participates.

PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA BRINGS CONDOLENCES TO THE TURKISH NATION

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Monday, 12 December 2016 10:16

PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA BRINGS CONDOLENCES TO THE TURKISH NATION:
I wish to express most extreme concerns about the terrorist attack occurring in Istanbul, which killed dozens of people. Let me bring deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims, people and authorities of Turkey.
I categorically condemn any and all forms of violence, which victimize human lives and are aimed at threatening people. We stand by the countries, which have announced a ruthless fight against terrorism. We join their undertakings and believe that we can combat brutalities only through shared efforts.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili

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