Georgia is half occupied and fully European-Giorgi Kvirikashvili

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Thursday, 21 April 2016 15:22

Georgia is half occupied and fully European,-the Prime Minister of Georgia said today during the speech in PACE spring session.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili called to the partners to make the decisions “all of them to be proud.”
“European Council is the institute we call be Europeans. European Assembly is the forum for the politicians and politic statements. We demand only one thing in that year: Let’s make the decisions to be proud. Be critical but help us to built our country, country which is half occupied and fully European”-Giorgi Kvirikashvili said. 

Prime Minister of Georgia made a sign in Golden Book of PACE

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Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:57

The Prime Minister of Georgia made a sign in Golden Book of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Pedro Agramunt. They made a joint conference after the meeting.
PACE sessions will continue till 22 of April. Tedo Japaridze, Eka Beselia, Guguli Magradze, Levan Berdzenishvili, Irakli Chikovani, Davit Bakradze, Giorgi Kandelaki and Chiora Taktakishvili have being participating in these meetings from the Georgian side. 

Our fundamental values may not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism, says Austrian President

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 19:47

Speaking on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Austria’s membership in the Council of Europe, the Austrian President Heinz Fischer underlined the importance of the 47-nation organisation as an irreplaceable platform where new forms of intergovernmental and parliamentary co-operation were and continue to be developed.

Recalling the importance of respecting the values embodied by the Council of Europe, he stressed that these fundamental values may not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism.

Referring to the migration and refugee crisis, he called for increased cooperation and co-ordination which had to remain high on the European agenda in order to avoid the instrumentalisation of the issue by right-wing organisations, for xenophobic positions or to incite nationalist emotions.

The President announced that he will leave office at the beginning of July. Quoting Willy Brandt, “War is no longer the ultima ratio but rather the ultima irratio“, he concluded by saying that the most important objective he could not achieve during his time in office was to eliminate the madness of war in human society.

The PACE and the International Organizations support Georgia-Manana Kobakhidze

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:43

The Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe (PACE) and the International Organizations support Georgia. This is really important for us-this statement was made by the Vice Speaker of Georgian Parliament, Manana Kobakhidze in the interview with Newsday in Strasbourg.
“This is the result of the democratic reforms which have being implementing in Georgia. It is important that the Prime Minister of Georgia will deliver the speech in the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe. Giorgi Kvirikashvili will have an opportunity to speak about the reforms ongoing in our country from the Tribune of the PACE", - Manana Kobakhidze said.
According to her, before making the important decision about visa liberalization, the Prime Minister is able to persuade the European Parliament, that Georgia really deserves the positive decision about visa liberalization process.
“Georgia really deserves to be the member of European family” - Manana Kobakhidze said. She also noted that the meeting by the Prime Minister with PACE President Pedo Agramunt, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is important and will promote more positive from Georgia. 

Girona in Spain is the winner of the 2016 Europe Prize

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 13:41

The 2016 Europe Prize – the highest level of the Prize which is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to the town most active in promoting the European ideal – has been awarded to the town of Girona (Spain).

Girona is very active in its many initiatives which demonstrate its strong commitment to Europe. It seeks to be an educational and solidarity-based city and supports projects to raise awareness among the local population of the causes of economic inequalities and to promote tolerance, dialogue, the values of a culture of peace and respect for human rights. Girona received the Flag of Honour in 1984 and the Plaque of Honour in 2013.

Four other towns, namely Bamberg and Sinzing in Germany, Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine and Lublin in Poland, were also shortlisted for the Prize, and their applications commended.

Created by PACE in 1955, the Europe Prize is the highest distinction that can be bestowed on a European town for its actions in the European domain. The prize consists of a trophy, a medal, a diploma and a scholarship to be spent on a study visit to European institutions for young people from the winning town.

Eight Plaques of Honour, eight Flags of Honour and 12 European Diplomas – which also form part of the Europe Prize – were also awarded. Full details here.

Council of Europe standards ‘a guiding light’ for Turkey, pledges Prime Minister

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 12:55

Addressing PACE, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told parliamentarians: “Turkey is an inseparable part of Europe”. He said Turkey saw the Council of Europe as one of its main partners in bringing about future reforms, and declared that the Council’s standards – including those of the European Convention – constituted a “guiding light” for Turkey.

The Prime Minister also spoke about his country’s commitment to hosting refugees fleeing the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, pointing out Turkey was now hosting the highest number of refugees of any country in the world: “Our country is open to these people and, more importantly, our hearts are open to these people.”

The recent EU-Turkey deal was reducing the numbers crossing the Mediterranean by sea and could save lives, he pointed out, but a permanent solution would involve tackling the root causes of the conflict.

On terrorism, Mr Davutoglu made an appeal for victims of terror attacks to be treated equally: “We should not discriminate between those who lose their lives to terrorism – our reaction should be the same.” He also urged support for the Council of Europe’s new protocol on “foreign fighters”.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili to meet Thorbjørn Jagland today

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 09:40

In the framework of official visit in Strasbourg the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili will hold the meetings today. According to the press-office of Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili will meet the Secretary General Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. The joint press conference will be held after the meeting. 
The Prime Minister of Georgia and the Georgian Delegation will attend the ceremony dedicated to the 25thanniversary of independence of Georgia. 

Urgent debate on the situation of refugees and migrants under the EU-Turkey Agreement

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Monday, 18 April 2016 14:40

Adopting its final agenda at the opening of the 2016 Spring session, the Assembly decided to hold this afternoon a current affairs debate on “The case of the 'Panama Papers' and the concern about fiscal, social justice and public trust in our democratic system”. The debate will be opened by Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC).

The Assembly decided also to hold, on Wednesday 20, an urgent procedure debate on “The situation of refugees and migrants under the EU-Turkey Agreement of 18 March 2016”, and a second one under the title “After the Brussels attacks, urgent need to address security failures and step up counterterrorism co-operation”, the following day.

The President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the Prime Ministers of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, and Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, are among leading personalities due to address the Assembly during the session.

The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will be on the agenda, with debates on a stronger European response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the human rights of refugees and migrants in the Western Balkans and the new challenge posed by forced migration.

Other items on the agenda include debates on assessing the impact of measures to improve women's political representation, preventing the radicalisation of children, humanitarian concerns with regard to people captured during the war in Ukraine, the handling of international public health emergencies, and the fight against antisemitism in Europe.

José Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Spain, will adress the parliamentarians.

 

The Session: speeches by the Prime Ministers of Georgia and Turkey

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Saturday, 09 April 2016 12:58

Strasbourg, 08.04.2016 - The President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the Prime Ministers of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, and Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, are among leading personalities due to address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe during its spring session (18-22 April 2016).

The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will be on the agenda, with debates on a stronger European response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the human rights of refugees and migrants in the Western Balkans and the new challenge posed by forced migration.

Other items on the agenda include debates on assessing the impact of measures to improve women’s political representation (with the participation of Elena Boschi, Italian Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with Parliament), preventing the radicalisation of children, humanitarian concerns with regard to people captured during the war in Ukraine, the handling of international public health emergencies, and the fight against antisemitism in Europe. There has also been a request for an urgent debate on “The Savchenko case”.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Daniel Mitov, will address the Assembly in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, will present his annual activity report 2015. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, will answer questions from parliamentarians.

The Assembly will also be evaluating the partnership for democracy in respect of the Palestinian National Council.

 

Discussions at PACE

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Thursday, 24 December 2015 14:43

Europe's migration and refugee crisis and international terrorism will take centre-stage at the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, 25-29 January 2016).

The migration crisis will be addressed with reports on "The Mediterranean Sea: a front door to irregular migration" and on "Organised crime and migrants". The European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, will attend the debates (to be confirmed).

With regard to international terrorism, reports on "Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq" and "Combating international terrorism while protecting Council of Europe standards and values" will be the focus of discussions.

The Assembly will also elect its President for a one-year term, renewable once.

Among the other items on the agenda are reports on "Escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of Azerbaijan" and on "Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water". The situation in Kosovo* and the role of the Council of Europe will be debated as well.

Parliamentarians will also be called upon to decide whether to grant the request for partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly submitted by the Parliament of Jordan.

Among the prominent figures who will be addressing the Assembly (to be confirmed) are the President of Bulgaria Rossen Plevneliev and the Captains Regent of San Marino Lorella Stefanelli and Nicola Renzi.

Daniel Mitov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, will address the Assembly in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will make his annual statement.

* All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

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