Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ADLE), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, will make a fact-finding visit to the country from 17 to 18 September 2019.
Discussions will mainly focus on recent political developments, the independence of the judiciary, the judicial reform, the functioning of the High Council of Justice, and the organisation of elections.
In Tbilisi, Mr Corlatean and Mr Kern are due to meet, in particular, the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs, as well as the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality. Talks are also scheduled with various parliamentary committees, the political groups represented in Parliament, and the Georgian delegation to PACE.
The co-rapporteurs will also meet the Chair of the Central Election Commission, representatives of the judicial authorities, the Public Defender, and representatives of the diplomatic community and NGOs.
PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE) and Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), have condemned the ongoing “borderisation” of the administrative boundary line with South Ossetia by the Russian Federation.
“These illegal actions by the Russian Federation undermine stability in the region and split families and people. We call upon the Russian authorities to cease these actions and to allow free movement of people across the administrative boundary lines with South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” said the co-rapporteurs following a recent visit to Tbilisi.
“We wish to reiterate our strong support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and call upon the Russian Federation to fully respect its membership obligations and accession commitments to the Council of Europe in this regard, as outlined in several Assembly resolutions on the consequences of the war between Russia and Georgia,” added the co-rapporteurs.
Strasbourg, 16 April 2018 - A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a monitoring visit to Georgia from 17 to 18 April 2018. The delegation will examine the situation of local and regional democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the country in 2004.
Rapporteurs on local and regional democracy, Mr Michail ANGELOPOULOS (Greece, EPP/CCE) and Mr Stewart DICKSON (United-Kingdom, ILDG) will focus on the developments in the field of local and regional democracy occurred since the adoption of the last Congress recommendation, on 19 March 2013.
Meetings are scheduled, in particular, with the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Ms Maia TSKITISHVILI, the Minister of Finance, Mr Mamuka BAKHTADZE, the Speaker of the Parliament, Mr Irakli KOBAKHIDZE, the Deputy Auditor General, Ms Ekaterine GHAZADZE, and the First Deputy Public Defender, Ms Tamar GVARAMADZE.
The delegation will hold discussions with the National Delegation of Georgia to the Congress and members of the executive board of the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG). The rapporteurs will also exchange views with the Mayor of Tbilisi, Mr Kakha KALADZE, members of Tbilisi City Hall, and the Chairman of the City Council of the Mtskheta Municipality, Mr Gela BAKRADZE.
The delegation will also meet with representatives of the opposition.
The draft report and recommendation will be examined and submitted for approval at the Monitoring Committee at one of its next meetings before its submission for adoption by the Congress Session.
Georgia ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 2004. The countries which have ratified the Charter are bound by its provisions. The Charter requires compliance with a minimum number of rights, which form the European bedrock of local self-government. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities makes sure that these principles are observed.
The project (Budget - €2.72 million (EU Investment: €2.5 million) aims to restore the environmental quality of the Black Sea, supporting Black Sea partner countries in tackling common environmental challenges and helping them to enhance their ability to perform marine environmental monitoring and collect data on the status of the Sea – which is crucial for knowledge-based decision-making.
Countries covered: Georgia, Russia, Ukraine
- To improve the availability and quality of data on the chemical and biological status of the Black Sea;
- To improve partner countries’ ability to perform marine environmental monitoring in line with the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
ACTIONS IN BRIEF
The project supports the partner countries to:
- Review national monitoring systems and tools for assessing data;
- Conduct national pilot monitoring studies;
- Implement obligations under relevant Conventions and Agreements, including the development of indicator-based reporting on compliance;
- Develop and implement cost-effective and harmonised monitoring programmes, in accordance with reporting obligations under multilateral environmental agreements;
- Enhance capacity and regional cooperation in monitoring by organising joint cruises;
- Facilitate marine environmental information sharing between Black Sea countries – upgrade and operate the web-based Black Sea Water Quality Database;
- Disseminate knowledge and best practices, and raise public awareness.
The project builds on the results of a preparatory action – EMBLAS I (2013-14).
The first meeting of the EU-Georgia Mobility Partnership Local Cooperation Platform took place on 9 June 2017 in Tbilisi. Representatives of EU Institutions, EU Member States, Georgian authorities and international organisations discussed the mechanisms for dialogue and for monitoring projects under the Joint Declaration on a Mobility Partnership between the European Union and Georgia. The meeting highlighted ongoing projects on legal migration and mobility, fighting irregular migration, reintegration and asylum.
Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, tackled the importance of the Mobility Partnership, which remains the key framework for the EU and Georgia in steering migration and mobility issues. He also referred to the need to ensure a reliable structure and mechanisms for the dialogue under the Mobility Partnership and for the monitoring of projects. The latter should ideally involve an online monitoring tool which is also available to the public.
A kick-off meeting launching a new EU-funded project under the Mobility Partnership “High Fidelity – Exercising for Asylum Procedures", a joint initiative of Georgia and Estonia, also took place after the meeting.
The Member of the Faction “Georgian Dream” Dimitri Tskitishvili on behalf of the Majority held the meeting with PACE Monitoring Committee Rapporteurs, Boriss CILEVIČS and Kerstin Lundgren.
The parties touched upon ongoing political processes in Georgia, including the Constitutional changes, judicial reform etc. The guests asked about openness and involvement of the opposition and civil society in these processes and openness of the Majority for cooperation. The parties resumed the primary issues of the visit.
Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) and Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, are to make a fact-finding visit to the country from 28 to 30 March 2017.
The main focus for the visit will be the political climate and political pluralism following the last parliamentary elections, the priorities for the new government, and constitutional and judicial reform.
Meetings are foreseen with the President, Speaker of Parliament, Prime Minister and Foreign, Europe and acting Justice Ministers, as well as the head of the Constitutional Court, the Constitutional Reform Commission, the Chief Prosecutor and the Public Defender.
The co-rapporteurs will also meet the representatives of all parliamentary groups, as well as civil society organisations and experts.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in reaction to the extention of the mandate of the EUMMTuesday, 13 December 2016 11:00
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the decision of the Council of the European Union from December 12 to the extension of the mandate of the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia until December 14, 2018.
The EUMM is the only international mechanism in Georgia, which significantly contributes to security and stability, confidence building and prevention of escalation of situation on the ground after the war between Georgia and Russia in 2008. The effective work of the EU monitoring mission once again testifies to the unwavering commitment of the Georgian Government to the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Georgian side expresses its gratitude to the European Union and the member states for their support to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the peaceful resolution of the Russia-Georgia conflict and peace processes.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia urges the international community to strengthen their efforts, in order to enable the EU Monitoring Mission to enter the occupied territories of Georgia and fully implement their mandate.
Representatives of the Department of Prevention and Monitoring of the Public Defender's Office monitored the Joint Return Operation on September 27, 2016. Representatives of the Department of Prevention and Monitoring attended the deportation of 39 Georgian citizens from various European countries at the airport of the German city of Dusseldorf and the Creek capital Athens.
The deported persons were handed over to the escort of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia on board by border police officers of Germany, Switzerland and Greece (in Dusseldorf and Athens). The deportation was coordinated by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union FRONTEX. The process of checking and travelling was monitored non-stop. No force or special means were used during the return operation.
No incident has taken place on board. However, there were a few gaps. In particular, the doctor of the Georgian escort had not been properly informed in advance of the medical conditions and diagnoses of certain persons on board, while one of them had obvious signs of mental disorder. The National Preventive Mechanism believes that doctors should be fully informed of health conditions and diagnosis of persons on board in order to be ready for providing an appropriate intervention.
Conversation with the deported persons revealed that the sealing of their cell phones and the opportunity to have telephone contact with families a few hours before the deportation are still problematic.
It should be noted that like the previous monitoring, the deported people were allowed to make telephone calls only after the representatives of the Department of Prevention and Monitoring of the Public Defender's Office notified the FRONTEX representatives of the problem.
GIORGI MGHEBRISHVILI CONDUCTED MONITORING OF ADJARA UNITS OF THE MIA IN CONNECTION WITH OPENING SEA SEASON
Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili, the Minister of Internal Affairs visited Adjara region in connection with opening of the tourist season and personally got acquainted with the activities of the units.
The Minister of Internal Affairs was at Sarpi border checkpoint and Batumi Airport. Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili talked to the border-controllers and patrol officers and received detailed information about their activities. The Minister conducted the coastline monitoring during his visit by the high-speed boat of the Patrol Police Department of the MIA.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs sent additional forces to Adjara region, in particular to Batumi and Kobuleti for ensuring the public order during sea season. Civilians’ and traffic safety shall be protected by 270 patrol officers. They will be patrolling in Batumi Boulevard by electric cars and so called Segway. Number of the patrol police officers has been increased by 200 in Batumi Airport and Sarpi border checkpoint.
The Security Police Department of the MIA also increased the number of its personnel for the sea season. The Department has a new building. Adjara Division employs up to 1000 security police officers while the Batumi Boulevard is protected by 100 police officers.
The Border Police Coast Guard Department of the MIA has expanded its capacities. The Department increased the number of its personnel; it operates floating transport means in full readiness and conducts maritime patrolling in 24-hour regime for protection of the safety of holidaymakers.
The Emergency Situations Management Department of the MIA meets the sea season with the relevant equipment. The wooden as well as metal rescue towers are repaired from Sarpi to Choloki. All watch towers are provided with the first aid pharmacy. Seasonal lifeguards have passed training courses in the first medical aid. This year, for the first time, they were given medical ventilation apparatus, which will help them to give the first aid in a more effective way. With the purpose to prevent risks, the swimming area (line) indicating buoys are accommodated in the sea. Signboards providing the holidaymakers with the information on the risk places for swimming in Georgian and English languages are installed on the beach. At the same time, the divers have passed the relevant training for raising their qualification skills. The number of the water devices for the rescue unit has been increased, the equipment of the rescue-divers – renewed and the number of seasonal lifeguards reached 135 persons