Published in Politics
Tuesday, 08 February 2022 16:13

On February 8-11, the Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili, and the Georgian Delegation will pay an official visit to the United Kingdom.
Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Lords John Francis McFall, and members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees of the House of Commons will meet with the Speaker.

Jonathan Djanogly, the Head of the Inter-Party Parliamentary Group on Georgia in the United Kingdom, and members of the parliamentary group are scheduled to meet as well.

During the visit, Shalva Papuashvili will meet with David Quarrey, Adviser to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on International Affairs, Chris Heaton-Harris, Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Richard Burge, Head of the London Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony Smith, Chief Executive of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

The Speaker, together with the delegation, will hold meetings with local experts, representatives of the fields of culture, education, and business, as well as the Georgian students.

The Parliamentary Delegation includes MPs: Nikoloz SamkharadzeNino TsilosaniGiorgi Khelashvili, and Teona Akubardia, as well as the Head of the Speaker's Cabinet, Levan Makhashvili.

Georgian delegation to participate in PACE session

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:26

The Summer Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) takes place on June 21-24 in Strasbourg. The Permanent Delegation members of Georgian Parliament Irakli Chikovani and Tamar Taliashvili are participating in the session.

The delegation members will join the debates and hold bilateral meetings with various delegations’ heads and PACE officials.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will mark the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) with an event on this topic at its Summer plenary session, taking place from 21 to 24 June 2021 in a hybrid format, allowing members to participate remotely or attend in person in Strasbourg.

This event, an initiative of PACE President Rik Daems, will include speeches by: Nadia Murad, winner of the 2016 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize and the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize; Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe; Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium; Anca Dana Dragu, President of the Romanian Senate; Elisabeth Moreno, French Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities; and Dubravka Šimonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences. Zita Gurmai, PACE General Rapporteur on violence against women, will highlight the way forward to make progress with the signature, ratification and effective implementation of the Istanbul Convention.

The Assembly will also hold current affairs debates on "The situation in Belarus: a threat to the whole of Europe", and “The need for an effective solidarity mechanism between European countries to relieve migratory pressure on front line countries”, with the participation of Panagiotis Mitarachis, Minister of Migration and Asylum of Greece.

In addition, the Assembly will discuss the protection of fundamental rights and the legal implications of Covid passes or certificates; the socio-economic crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic; and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children’s rights.

The agenda also includes debates on ‘Should politicians be prosecuted for statements made in the exercise of their mandate?’, ‘Transparency and regulation of donations to political parties and electoral campaigns from foreign donors’, and on ‘Enhancing participation of women from under-represented groups in political and public decision-making’.

The parliamentarians will debate media freedom, the situation of the Crimean Tatars, public trust and the people’s right to know, as well as the European policy on diasporas, with the participation of the Director General of the International Organization for Migration António Vitorino. The fight against Afrophobia in Europe is also on the agenda, with the participation of E. Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

In the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó will address the Assembly and answer questions. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will also take part in a question and answer session.

Reports on the recent parliamentary elections in Bulgaria and Albania will be discussed. PACE will also elect a judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Croatia.




UNWTO General Assembly attended by the Georgian delegation has opened officially

Published in World
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:18

The Georgian Vice Premier, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze  participated in the official opening of the 22nd General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held in Chengdu, China from 12 to 15 September 2017. The event brought together up to 1500 delegates from 150 countries across the world. 
On the sidelines of the General Assembly, Mikheil Janelidze held a brief meeting with representatives of the Chinese Authorities. Highlighting the importance of developing people-to-people contacts and co-operation in tourism, the Chinese side thanked the Georgian delegation for participation in the General Assembly.

The 22nd General Assembly will approve candidacy for the post of UNWTO Secretary-General for the period 2018-2021The 105th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, meeting in Madrid, Spain, on 12 May 2017, recommended Zurab Pololikashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to Spain, as a nominee for the post of Secretary-General for the four-year-period starting January 2018. The Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration Giorgi Chogovadze also attends the General Assembly.

The Delegation of Georgia leaded by President Margvelashvili will arrive Warsaw today

Published in Politics
Thursday, 07 July 2016 16:30

The Delegation of Georgia leaded by President Margvelashvili will visit Warsaw for participating in NATO Warsaw Summit today. According to the Presidential Administration, Giorgi Margvelashvili will deliver a speech. He attend the working dinner with the members states of Alliance.  
In the frames of the summit, NATO-Georgia Commission session will be held. It will be attended by the Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze. The Defense Minister of Georgia Tina Khidasheli will participate in interoperability platform meeting.
In the frames of the summit, the bilateral meeting of the President, Foreign Minister and Defense Minister of Georgia is planned. 

Celebratory Reception of Georgian Delegation

Published in Politics
Friday, 17 June 2016 17:22

By the end of his official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the celebratory reception marking the Independence Day of Georgia.
The event hosted by Embassy of Georgia was attended by Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmaier, who delivered a speech.
Pursuant to the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany wholeheartedly supports Georgia's European aspirations and cooperation process. Walter Steinmaier considers that Georgia has scrupulously complied with all the tasks set out by the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.
"I am a strong supporter of Georgia's visa liberalization issue. I understand that citizens of Georgia are willing to enjoy visa-free travel benefits with Europe, after Georgia performed the mandatory steps expected by the EU. I firmly believe and would like to emphasize that we can solve this issue and we will take right decision for both nations. However, to achieve set goal, we need to demonstrate firmness, diligent labor and unity. Our intensive dialogue throughout last 2-3 weeks has been a clear indication of the continuation of our close and constructive relations and aims at finding solutions to the existing challenges. Joint celebration of Georgia's National Holiday is a clear indication of Georgian-German unity," - Frank-Walter Steinmeier noted.
Pursuant to Steinmeier, by the 25th anniversary of its independence, Georgia managed to implement quite ambitious reforms in terms of drawing closer to Europe. 
"I believe that Georgia and Georgians can be proud not only of independence, but of the centuries-old traditions in terms of Georgian language, literature and arts as well as the results that have been achieved in view of approximation and cooperation with Europe after these 25 years of independence. You can be proud of very ambitious internal reforms implemented by Georgia during this period of time. Dear Prime Minister, dear Giorgi, I would like to assure you that Germany wholeheartedly supports the process of approximation of Georgia to Europe. Similarly, as we noted during our meeting today, we support not only independence of Georgia, but also territorial integrity of Georgia. During our meeting today, we discussed the situation on the occupied territories of Georgia," - Frank-Walter Steinmeier noted.
Pursuant to him, Georgian-German relations are based on a firm fundament that is necessary to cope with the challenges faced by the both countries.
In his speech Prime Minister thanked the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany for supporting Georgia and the warm welcome. He also emphasized the need of deepening Georgian-German relations and expressed hope that the support will continue in the future as well.
" Germany was the first nation to open its embassy in Tbilisi in April 1992, which was inaugurated by one of the brightest German statesmen Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who helped the newborn state to take the very first independent steps of statehood. Since then, Germany has been a staunch supporter of Georgia's independence, sovereignty and, most importantly, of our territorial integrity. We are extremely grateful for that. Germany's support to Georgia is based on our shared values and is fundamental to us as we implement our European and Euro-Atlantic integration agenda," -Giorgi Kvirikashvili indicated.
The celebratory reception in Berlin was attended by diplomats, businessmen and politicians.

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