The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili will pay a visit to Batumi and attend the Conference of European Constitutional Courts’ XVII Congress on the topic of the "Role of Constitutional Courts in upholding and applying Constitutional Principles".
President Margvelashvili will deliver a speech at the conference and address chairmen of more than 40 European countries’ constitutional courts.
Official reception will be held for the participants of the conference, on behalf of President Margvelashvili.
Aside the member states of the European constitutional courts, the President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, Mr. Gianni Buquicchio will also take part in the conference. Mr. Buquicchio will hold a meeting with President Margvelashvili on June 29 and discuss issues related to the constitutional reform of Georgia.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has not considered the request of the Chairman of the Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze to convene the special session and called on the Parliament not to adopt uncoordinated constitutional amendments in the accelerated manner.
"My refusal has a political content. I call on the Parliament not to adopt uncoordinated amendments in the accelerated manner. I encourage the Parliament to return to the recommendations and remarks suggested by the Venice Commission and propose the improved version of the Constitution. Let us create a document of agreement; the document that will be based on consensus and the fundamental principles proposed by the Venice Commission. We should not cause problems for the development of the Georgian democracy.
I hope that in this difficult period, respected deputies, the Parliamentary majority will not get involved in this extremely accelerated regime and continue to discuss the Constitution according to the principles that I have proposed", - stated President Margvelashvili.
The President has also assessed yesterday's decision of the parliamentary majority regarding the constitutional reform as an amendment that aims at reducing the power of the President’s Institute.
"Refusal of a transition to the proportional system - this amendment entirely changes the proposed project of the constitutional reform, which has been discussed by the Georgian society and the Venice Commission.
The name itself - fundamental amendments to the Constitution - and our expectation imply that the Georgian society would have taken another step in improving the Constitution; however, the only fundamental change which was made, was reducing the power of the President’s Institute. This concerns to the indirect presidential election system, functions and rights of a commander-in-chief and abolition of the National Security Council, all included in the draft; overall, all issues that we have been discussing from the very beginning when the Constitutional Commission was formed. This is a version of the Constitution, which has been adopted as a result of the attitude, directed against the President’s Institute”, - pointed out the President.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Mr. Stepan Poltorak, as a part of his two-day official visit to Georgia.
The parties have discussed Georgia-Ukraine bilateral cooperation in the area of defense and the prospects of further strengthening these relations.
President Margvelashvili has reaffirmed his strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and pointed out that Georgia and Ukraine face similar threats and aggression from Russia and share common goals in the foreign policy.
According to the President, Georgia condemns aggressive and illegal actions taken by the Russian Federation in Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine in all formats.
On behalf of the President of Ukraine, Mr. Poltorak has thanked President Margvelashvili for his personal contribution in supporting Ukraine at the international arena.
The conversation has also touched upon the preparation for the prospective visit of the President of Ukraine to Georgia, which will be held in the nearest future.
The meeting has also been attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Minister of Defence of Georgia Mr. Levan Izoria, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Mr. Vladimer Chachibaia and the Secretary of the President of Georgia for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze.
South Koreans are voting in a presidential election, called early after a huge corruption scandal brought down their former leader. Liberal Moon Jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger. The election is being closely watched at a time of economic uncertainty and heightened tensions with North Korea. Mr Moon wants to increase contact with the North in contrast to ex-leader Park Geun-hye who cut almost all ties.
Observers are expecting a high turnout at the ballot boxes, with numbers boosted by younger voters, as South Koreans choose from 13 candidates.
Polls close at 20:00 local time (11:00 GMT), with the winner expected to be announced soon after.
The Belt and Road cooperative initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, aims at promoting multi-beneficial development via enhancing international cooperation, docking development strategies and utilizing complimentary advantages. The Belt and Road Initiative has progressed successfully for more than 3 years. It has become an important international public goods, with broad international cooperative consensus reached, a number of important early outcomes harvested.
To further strengthen the docking of development strategies of countries, and to deepen pragmatic cooperation, the Chinese side will host the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14th and 15th, 2017 in Beijing. It will be an important cooperative platform for each side to jointly discuss and construct the Belt and Road as well as to share mutual beneficial cooperation outcomes, thus is highly concerned by international community.
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, with openness, inclusiveness and mutual beneficial being its notion, welcomes friends from all over the world. There are more than 100 countries and international organizations, which support and actively participate in the Belt and Road initiative. It is far beyond the traditional understanding of regions along the road. It was extednded westward to the western part of European and Africa, southward to Australia and New Zealand, eastward to South Pacific and Latin America. As a matter of fact, any country agrees the Silkroad spirit of peaceful cooperation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual beneficial, is welcome to be a partner.
On the invitation of the Chinese government, 28 Heads of States and Governments, as well as officials, scholars, entrepreneurs, financiers, journalists from 110 countries have confirmed their participation, including 9 Vice Prime-Ministers, 7 Foreign Minister, 190 Minister-level officials from 92 countries. In addition, 89 leaders and representatives of 61 international organizations will take part as well. Altogether, participants will exceed 1200.
The Belt and Road cooperation between China and Georgia had a good start. Georgia is an important partner of the Belt and Road Initiative, who made great contribution to cooperation in associated areas. H.E. Mr. Kumisishvili, First Vice Prime-Minister and Finance Minister of Georgia, and H.E. Mr. Gakharia, Economy Minister of Georgia will join the high-level meeting of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation this time. The high-level meeting is an important part of the forum, which aims at enhancing exchanges among government, industry and academia, so as to promote pragmatic cooperation in related fields. The Chinese side believes and hopes that First Vice Prime-Minister Kumsishvili and Minister Gakharia, will discuss issues of common interests and cooperation potential with parties, to achieve more pragmatic cooperation outcomes.
The Chairman of Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze held the meeting with the President of the Senate of Philippines, Aquilino Pimentel III. The parties discussed bilateral relations. Mr. Kobakhidze offered set up of Friendship Group for intensification of inter-Parliamentary cooperation.
The parties noted importance of Friendship group cooperation, exchange visits and sharing experience. Mr. Kobakhidze introduced the ongoing reforms in Georgia and expressed commitment for sharing experience.
The parties discussed cooperation in various spheres, including tourism. Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze participates in the IPU 136th Assembly in Bangladesh. Simultaneously, he holds the bilateral high rank meetings.