The Georgian Foreign Ministry will present new digital software of diplomatic accreditation to the diplomatic corpsTuesday, 25 October 2016 10:20
By introducing the software the Ministry is offering to the members of diplomatic corps in Georgia an innovative, high technological, easily operable programme-based tool that shall enable an excellent service.
The software ensures, among others, efficiency of process (timelines, digital processing, incorporation with other existing databases, etc.), security of provided and managed data.
In addition to the new software, new type of accreditation cards are issued that have special technical features minimizing possibility of counterfeit.
New Digital Software of Diplomatic Accreditation is a result of joint efforts of the Diplomatic Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Public Service Development Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia with a generous support of SIDA, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Deputy Minister of Justice Gocha Lortkipanidze and representatives of the diplomatic corps will attend the ceremony.
Mikheil Janelidze has participated in the Conference of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in KrakowThursday, 20 October 2016 14:02
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze delivered a speech at the working session dedicated to the security of Poland and the EU new member states. Minister of National Defence of Poland Antoni Macierewicz also addressed the participants of the Conference.
In his speech, the Georgian Foreign Minister focused on the Euro-Atlantic security and on the decisions adopted by the Alliance in Warsaw – to ensure member states’ security, to promote stability along NATO borders and to help partners to strengthen defence capability. Mikheil Janelidze focused on the decisions adopted by the Alliance at the Warsaw Summit in terms of Georgia and underlined the Alliance’s readiness to enhance practical co-operation with Georgia.
Mikheil Janelidze informed the participants of the Conference on Georgia’s role in the region in terms of security environment and democratic and economic development. The Georgian Foreign Minister underlined that the reforms carried out in the country, the liberal economic policy, the democratic parliamentary elections once again demonstrated that Georgia is a trusty and important partner for the West.
Speaking of the Euro-Atlantic security, Mikheil Janelidze put special emphasis on Russia’s aggressive policy in the region, particularly on the military aggression against Georgia and the occupation of the country’s territories in 2008, as well as on Crimea’s annexation.
The working session was held in a Q&A format. The Ministers answered the questions put by members of the European Parliament and experts participating in the Conference.
Mikheil Janelidze took part in the Conference of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group on the invitation of one of the leaders of the Group, Vice President of the European Parliament Richard Charnetsky.
In the frames of a working meeting to Krakow, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met Minister of National Defence of Poland Antoni Macierewicz.
Discussions focused on close friendly relations between Georgia and Poland and on Poland’s strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Talking points included fruitful co-operation in the defence sphere and the process of implementation of the Substantial Package. Poland expressed its readiness to help Georgia in implementation of decisions adopted at the Warsaw Summit. Antoni Macierewicz welcomed the current reforms carried out in Georgia in the spheres of defence and security.
Mikheil Janelidze and Antoni Macierewicz participated in the Conference of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, where they delivered speeches. Mikheil Janelidze took part in the Conference as a guest of honour on the invitation of the Vice President of the European Parliament.
Tbilisi - Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia Janos Herman congratulated Georgia on conducting transparent and democratic elections in compliance with the high standards.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met Head of the European Union Delegation to Georgia Janos Herman.
Talking points included the parliamentary elections held on 8 October 2016. Janos Herman congratulated Mikheil Janelidze on orderly conducting of the competitive and fair elections and noted that the European Union, which thoroughly monitored the entire election process, associated itself with the findings of the OSCE/ODIHR and international monitors, in compliance with which Georgia has held transparent, free and democratic elections.
Mikheil Janelidze thanked Janos Herman for the positive assessment of the elections and underlined that the Georgian authorities would do its best for conducting the second tour of majority elections in accordance with high standards. The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked the EU and international community for observing the election process.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze took part in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, Partnership for Prosperity and Peace. The high-level conference was attended by the President of the EU Council the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, NATO Secretary General, UN Secretary General, President of Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking officials of various countries.
The Brussels conference aims at consolidating the efforts of the international community for the peaceful and stabile development of Afghanistan.
In his speech, the Georgian Foreign Minister paid special attention to Georgia’s efforts towards strengthening peace and stability in Afghanistan reaffirming the readiness to contribute to the development of this country.
“Georgia – the country that, despite its small size, continues to be at the forefront of international struggle against the scourge of terrorism. And I am proud that that my country is privileged to to assist Afghanistan in overcoming its immense security challenges and facilitating the return to the family of peaceful and democratic states” – the Minister said.
According to Mikheil Janelidze, Georgia has been contributing for more than a decade to the strengthening of the regional security through cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats. Georgia is the largest non-NATO troop contributor to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and is determined to continue its support to NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan beyond 2016.
The Minister also spoke about the development of new transport corridor that will connect Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey and will give a strong impetus to increasing trade and humanitarian ties between the five countries.
Mikheil Janelidze emphasised that “Georgia will continue to serve the role of a reliable regional partner for Afghanistan, and has the potential to be of significant assistance in institutional and state-building process”.
The significance of the Eastern Partnership format has been discussed at the European Policy Centre in BrusselsTuesday, 04 October 2016 14:52
The significance of the Eastern Partnership format was discussed at the European Policy Centre in Brussels. Discussions, held on the initiative of the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, were attended by Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS,Thomas Mayr-Harting, the EPC think-tanks and Kent University analysts.
Talking points included the EU policy towards the Eastern partnership states, prospects for co-operation in the frames of this format and the current challenges. Participants of the meeting underlined Georgia’s impressive progress and the country’s efforts on its path towards the European integration. The Lithuanian Foreign Minister reaffirmed the strong support for Georgia, underlining that the EU, in its turn, must demonstrate its own readiness to keep its promises and the best example of this is Georgia, which has fulfilled all obligations under the visa liberalization and is worthy of granting the visa-free travel with the EU.
The Georgian Foreign Minister addressed the attending audience, focusing on the significance of the Eastern Partnership format on the path of Georgia’s European integration as a result of which Georgia has carried out numerous reforms and has become a leader in terms of democratic transformation, institutional development, the rule of law and the economic reforms. Mikheil Janelidze informed the participants on the recent economic and institutional reforms carried in the country. The Minister also spoke about Georgia’s democratic development and the upcoming parliamentary elections and cited the international observers’ intermediate reports and the international partners’ assessments of the democratic electoral environment in Georgia.
The meeting organised by the EPC was held in a Q&A format and was attended by the EU experts, representatives of media, research and analytical centres.
In the frames of the visit to Brussels, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Peter Javorčík, Permanent Representative of Slovakia holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Talking points included the procedures connected with the visa-liberalization issue. Slovakia holding the presidency of the Council of the EU underlined that the issue is actively discussed at the Council of the EU by the EU member states and that Slovakia is working on the successful and due completion of all necessary procedures.
Peter Javorčík expressed the hope that the discussions due to be held in the frames of the Council of the EU would yield positive results and that Slovakia would be granted a mandate to implement these procedures. Peter Javorčík once again underlined Georgia’s significant progress in terms of implementation of obligations in the visa-liberalization process. In conclusion, Mikheil Janelidze thanked Slovakia for the strong support.
The Foreign Affairs Minister Mikheil Janelidze will visit Brussels at October, 3-5. He will attend several events. According to the Ministry, Mikheil Janelidze will deliver a speech at an event organized by European Political Center and Lithuania Foreign Ministry on the theme: Policy Dialogue: What next for the eastern Partnership. The event will be attended by CEO of European Foreign Agency, the representatives of the University of Kent and European Political Center.
Mikheil Janelidze will attend Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, Partnership for Prosperity and Peace which will be attended by the representatives of UN, European Union and USA.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze attended the reception held to mark the Czech Statehood Day in Tbilisi where he appeared before the audience attending the event.
Mikheil Janelidze congratulated the Czech people on their national holiday emphasizing the friendly relations between the two countries and expressing his gratitude for the Czech Government’s firm support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. According to the Minister, Georgia places great value on the Czech support and experience in the field.
Speaking on bilateral relations, the Minister highlighted the active co-operation between Georgia and the Czech Republic in various areas expressing the readiness to promote the development of relations between the two countries in the sectors of business and economy. Mikheil Janelidze also thanked the Czech Ambassador to Georgia for his activities in Georgia.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met the Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia, Ambassador Janos Herman. Along with important issues relating to co-operation between Georgia and the EU, the sides discussed the introduction of visa-free travel with the EU. It was emphasised that final decisions will be adopted by the European Parliament and the EU Council in the near future and the procedures for granting visa-free travel to Georgia will be soon finalized.
Discussions also focused on the negotiations regarding the new association agenda due to start in October 2016. Mikheil Janelidze emphasised that the Georgian Foreign Ministry will continue to discuss the new Association agenda with representatives of public sector in order to ensure their maximum engagement.