PACE President to make official visit to Georgia

Published in World
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 19:51

Strasbourg, 29.06.2016 – Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make an official visit to Georgia on 30 June-1 July 2016, during which he is due to meet the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Georgian delegation to PACE.

Mr Agramunt will also participate in the 25th Annual Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, to be held in Tbilisi on the theme “25 years of parliamentary cooperation: building trust through dialogue”. In this context, he will address the Assembly at its Opening plenary session and will meet the OSCE PA President.

PACE President Pedro Agramunt and the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, David Usupashvili, will make a joint statement to the press on Friday 1 July at 6.15 pm, at the Exhibition Centre “Expo Georgia”, Akaki Tsereteli Ave. 118, Tbilisi (Hall 3, Speaker’s VIP Office).

Margvelashvili: We will return from the NATO Warsaw Summit so that we will be able to deepen and reinforce our country’s defensibility

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 16:15

The President of Georgia has addressed the gathered guests invited to the solemn ceremony and stated that Defence Institution Building School is another important institution and step forward in terms of professional staff training, as well as for creation more stable, firm and secure region. “Our country is facing the most difficult challenges, while at the same time, we offer great opportunities.
Even more country both, in Europe and Asia, sees the importance of our region; sees that resilient development is significantly important, profitable and beneficial for our region as well as for globally stable European and Asian geopolitical development processes.
We have repeatedly reiterated that we see stability through integration into the NATO. We have taken several firm steps in this regard. Today, when we are talking about for creation this important new institution, this is that success, which we brought from Wales in 2014.
However, success was achieved through the heroic work and the heroic efforts of several Georgian military servicemen, to whom we always respect. As stated the President of Georgia, the package that we brought from Wales comprised the significant content and throughout the two years the Georgian government gained to implement this content and this plan. “We are announcing today as well, that the Georgian state will continue its path in terms of reinforcing the defensibility of the country and the region at large, and this step is not directed against any country, but on the contrary, if we look objectively, all of our neighbors and partners should be interested in strengthening the stable and powerful country, as well as resilience and powerful Georgia.  
We will return from the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016 so that we will be able to deepen and reinforce our country’s defensibility”, - was stated by Giorgi Margvelashvili. The Defence Institution Building School was based by Defense Ministry's Professional Development Center.
The school stipulates the professional development programs as for civilian and high-rank military servicemen of defense and security sector, as well as for representatives of civil society.  The Secretary of the National Security Council Mrs. Irine Imerlishvili, the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of Georgia Mrs. Anna Dolidze, as well as Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Mr. Tacan Ildem, the German Ambassador to Georgia Mrs. Bettina Cadenbach and the representatives of legislative and executive branches.

The President of Georgia Awarded the Honorable Consul of Georgia to Paraguay with the Golden Fleece Order

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:04

By the order of the President of Georgia was awarded the Honorable Consul of Georgia Mr. Conrado Pappalardo Zaldívar to the Republic of Paraguay, for Georgia’s outstanding support and the strong support for the Georgia’s national interests on international level, with the Golden Fleece Order.
The President of Georgia has hosted Mr. Conrado Pappalardo Zaldívar at the Presidential Palace, today and personally presented the honorary reward.

The President of Georgia attended the Media Conference

Published in Politics
Friday, 17 June 2016 16:55

The President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has participated in the annual conference of the European Journalism Training Association, which focused on “Media Literacy - New Realities”. The Head of State has addressed the audience and spoken about the role of Media in the development of democratic society. As stated by the President of Georgia the prerequisite of the democratic country is the independent media.
“We are in a very important part and the process of our state development, of the democratic development, and lots of this depends upon media, upon the independent media. Media has actually played an important part in really crafting and developing the society. Georgians are very interested in Media; they are very interested in politics. Actually, they hate us - politicians, but they love media; they love media reporters; they love the questions that they give.
They are very much into politics and they are very much into discussions about how our society develops, and actually, that’s what has guaranteed democratic development of our country”, - was stated by the President of Georgia.  Giorgi Margvelashvili has emphasized that having communication with media, also means that you have contact with society.
“Media sources really bring you what society thinks. They have this possibility to talk with you and give you the information what society thinks. As a politician, you can always use communication resources to communicate with society, but you never know what they really think, unless you have a person who in a mystical way brings this issue to you. Therefore, from a perspective of audience, from a perspective of respondent, I really look at journalist as a person who is giving me information about the most crucial issues that society thinks.  
I was always impressed, actually, by the level of Georgian media; by the level of how our media works, how well-educated our journalists are, how they are prepared for the interview. It is always impressive to interact with Georgian media and actually, this is what makes democratic process work”, - was stated by the President of Georgia. EJTA Tbilisi 2016 is the annual conference of the European Journalism Training Association that was hosted by the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs for the first time in Georgia. The conference involves the Georgian, European and American journalists, as well as media researchers and media representatives.
As a part of the conference, Friedman Prize Award Ceremony will be held. The Pulitzer Prize winner Mr. Joshua Friedman will present an award prize to winners.

The European Court of Human Rights, will notify its decision on the case Merabishvili v. Georgia

Published in World
Friday, 10 June 2016 21:58

14 June, the European Court of Human Rights, will notify its decision on the case Merabishvili v. Georgia (no. 72508/13). The decision will be made public around 10h00 Strasbourg time on Tuesday. 

Background on the case: The case concerns the pre-trial detention of a former Prime Minister of Georgia. The applicant, Ivane Merabishvili, is a Georgian national who was born in 1968 and is currently detained in a prison in Tbilisi pending criminal proceedings against him for a number of offences including vote-buying and misappropriation of property. Prior to the parliamentary elections of October 2012, which resulted in a change of power, Mr Merabishvili, one of the leaders of the then ruling party, the United National Movement (UNM),

exercised, for several months in 2012, the function of Prime Minister of Georgia. After the political coalition Georgian Dream had won the parliamentary election of October 2012 and formed a new government, Mr Merabishvili was elected Secretary General of the UNM, which became the major opposition force in the country.

Mr Merabishvili was arrested on 21 May 2013 following the institution against him of three sets of criminal proceedings for using an allegedly fake passport, embezzlement and abuse of authority. On 22 May 2013 an initial court decision, based on Article 205 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, was taken remanding Mr Merabishvili in custody on the grounds that there was a risk that he might abscond or interfere with the investigation. This decision was confirmed on appeal on 25 May 2013.

Subsequently, during a pre-trial session on 25 September 2013, he asked for his pre-trial detention to be replaced by a non-custodial measure of restraint. This request was examined and rejected on the same day, without explanation, in a brief statement given by the trial court judge.

Mr Merabishvili was convicted in February 2014 of the majority of the charges against him, including vote-buying, misappropriation of property and breach of the inviolability of another person’s home and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. The charge of abuse of authority was dismissed.

Mr Merabishvili’s appeal on points of law is currently still pending before the Supreme Court. Four additional sets of criminal proceedings for various offences involving abuse of official authority when he was Minister of the Interior between 2005 and 2012, launched against him between May 2013 and July 2014, are also currently pending against him.

Relying on Article 5 §§ 1, 3 and 4 (right to liberty and security / entitlement to trial within a reasonable time or to release pending trial / right to have lawfulness of detention decided speedily by a court), Mr Merabishvili alleges that the decisions of 22 and 25 May 2013 ordering his pre-trial detention were based on unclear legal rules – notably in that they did not give a specific time-limit for his detention – and lacked reasonable grounds and that the courts failed to carry out a proper judicial review of his request for release in its decision of 25 September 2013.

Further relying on Article 18 (limitation on use of restrictions on rights) taken in conjunction with Article 5 § 1, he alleges that the initiation of criminal proceedings against him and his arrest were used by the authorities to exclude him from the political life of the country, resulting in the weakening of his party, UNM, and preventing him from standing as a candidate in the presidential election of October 2013. He further alleges that this persecution continued during his pre-trial detention when, on 14 December 2013, he was removed from his cell and taken for a late-night meeting with the Chief Public Prosecutor who threatened him in order to obtain information about the death of the former Prime Minister, Zurab Zhvania, and about secret offshore bank accounts of the former President of Georgia. He further claims that, despite informing the authorities of this incident at the first opportunity at a hearing on his case on 17 December 2013, calling upon them to examine video footage from the prison surveillance cameras, no objective or thorough criminal investigation was ever launched into his allegations. Lastly, he emphasises that the international community has expressed concerns over the initiation of criminal proceedings against the leaders of the opposition party, including himself.

Presidents of Georgia and Slovakia and First Lady congratulated International Child Protection Day to children

Published in Society
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:19

The President of Georgia, the First Lady and the President of Slovakia congratulated International Child Protection Day to 26th School Children of Batumi. The Presidents and First Lady watched the paintings made by them. The First Lady Maka Chichua congratulated International Child Protection Day to the children and thanked the teachers to care for them.
"Today is a special day, the day of our future, the children's day. Here I've seen how they work with children. it's a wonderful environment in which they live,”-Maka Chichua said. 

The President of Georgia held the face-to-face meeting with the President of the Slovak Republic

Published in Politics
Monday, 30 May 2016 14:33

As a part of the state visit of the President of the Slovak Republic H.E. Andrej Kiska, the Presidents have discussed the issue of further deepening relations between Georgia and Slovakia at the face-to-face meeting and emphasized that this visit is consider as a sign of special friendship and partnership between our countries. 
The discussion was focused on the recent developments in the occupied territories and on an increasing number of human rights violations in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions. The ongoing security environment was also highlighted, during the meeting.
The President of Georgia has expressed gratitude to the President of the Slovak Republic for continues support of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, also, for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-recognition policy. 
It was highlighted the contribution of the Slovak Republic to the EUMM and the engagement in the implementation process of the NATO-Georgia Substantial Package. Also, it was emphasized the strong support and valuable contribution of the Slovak Republic towards Georgia’s European Integration through the transfer of experience.  
It is interest of Georgian government to further strengthen political, economic, and cultural cooperation with Slovak Republic in the light of bilateral and multilateral relations.

Why Vladimir Putin refused to congratulate President of Georgia on 9 May

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:35

The Russian President Vladimir Putin did not congratulate the authorities of Ukraine and Georgia on 9 May, pointing out that he was sending his congratulations on Victory Day not to the presidents, but to the citizens of these countries.
‘Vladimir Putin congratulated the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, as well as the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine on the 71st anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War,’ reports the Kremlin press service.


Giorgi Margvelashvili: Our Armed Forces are reinforcing the image of our country and the global security too

Published in military
Thursday, 05 May 2016 13:30

The President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili congratulated the Armed Forces on the occasion of the 25th anniversary.
The President of Georgia attended the ceremonial event held on the territory of the 4th Mechanized Brigade and addressed the representatives of Armed Forces.
“Twenty-five years ago, when we, once again gained the independence and started to restore our statehood, we made the main step forward – begun to create powerful Armed Forces.
This move was stipulated through historical logic, by which our state was coexisted, during the three thousand years.
During this centuries, the small country, which was among the Empires, exactly with its Armed Forces, and with its fighters could maintain its independence and identity.
You are the successor of this most important and heroic tradition, today.
Today, you have been continuing the struggle of those predecessors, who brought our country until the 21st century. Today, proudly you are doing it, following our troop professionalism and your qualifications, not only in Georgia, but also various spot around the world.
You are strengthening our country’s image, global stability and moving forward our nation.
On behalf of the Georgian people, I would like to thank you for this service. I would like to bow the head in front of the fighters, who are not standing here, today, but logically their service and their soul are here, will be here in future and will strengthen our homeland.
Georgian state, each of citizen is grateful for that they can work, contribute, build the country and move forward in those democratic reforms, which we are implemented, with regard to the service that you are serving.
On behalf of the each Georgian citizen and Georgian state, I would like to express gratitude for this service.
I believe, that your appeal, your ability, your bravery, this tradition which we always had will push forward Georgia in future.
God bless your service and Georgia”, - was stated by the President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili.
The Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Mr. Davit Usupashvili, the Minister of Defence, Mrs. Tinatin Khidasheli, Chief of the General Staff of Georgian Armed Forces, Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Secretary of the National Security Council, Ms. Irine Imerlishvili, the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the other representatives of Armed Forces and invited guests have also attended the ceremonial event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Georgian Armed Forces.

Letter of Thanks to President of Georgia from NATO Secretary General

Published in Politics
Monday, 18 April 2016 14:30

Letter of Thanks to President of Georgia from NATO Secretary General:
Dear President Margvelashvili,
I would like to thank you for your letter following the terrible terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March, in 2016. 
NATO is an organisation based on the values of freedom, democracy, respect for the human rights and the rule of law -values that no act of violence shall ever undermine. We will continue to work side by side Georgia and out other partners to defend our shared values. 
I very much appreciate your expression of solidarity. 
yours sincerely,
Jens Stoltenberg

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