THIRD SESSION OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WAS HELDTHIRD SESSION OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WAS HELD

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Thursday, 22 October 2020 14:47

On the 21st of October, 2020, the third session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates was held through videoconferencing. The Turkmen delegation was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, while the Emirates side was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

After exchanging warm greetings and highlighting the high dynamics of development of bilateral relations, the Ministers started to discuss a number of key issues in political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.  The high level of trustworthy dialogue between the leadership of two countries was underlined.  It was also specifically noted that the high-level contacts play the primary role in further promotion of interstate ties.      

The Ministers reiterated the importance of cooperation between the external policy agencies of the two states. Emphasizing that at present year the 25th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates has been reached, the parties expressed satisfaction with the results of the work accomplished during the past period. Special accent was made on collaboration within international organizations, including the UN, OIC, Non-Aligned Movement. Gratitude expressed to the Emirates side for the support of Turkmenistan’s Neutrality and the initiatives of the state in the area of energy and ecological security, sustainable transport, sport and others.  As is known, Turkmenistan is calling for the advancement of peaceful dialogue, emphasizes the role of preventive diplomacy and adheres to the “open door” policy.  In this regard, the Turkmen side noted the significance of the UN General Assembly resolution declaring 2021 as the Year of International Peace and Trust initiated by the President of Turkmenistan. It was especially noted that Turkmenistan will be glad to welcome representatives from the UAE on the occasion of the relevant events planned for the upcoming year.  

Speaking about the threats and challenges of the present, the parties noted the significance of strengthening international cooperation in combatting the global pandemic. The Ministers exchanged views on further steps for overcoming the social and economic impacts of the pandemic on world scale. 

The trade and economic relations between the two countries were thoroughly discussed. The interest of both states in expanding the spectrum of cooperation between the governmental and private entities, as well as the enhancement of the investment climate was expressed. An exchange of views took place on the application and development of transport potential of Turkmenistan and the UAE.  It concerned the issue of setting in motion the maritime, railway and air transport, application of port infrastructure for the promotion of bilateral and multilateral trade and economic relations.  In this regard, the importance of the World “EXPO-2020” was stressed, in which Turkmenistan intends to take active part.  It was noted that Turkmenistan is open for cooperation on the implementation of the energy and infrastructural projects, particularly the construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.         

The parties underlined the importance of “green economy” and exchanged views on the use of stable energy, advancement of innovative technologies and expert knowledge in the field of renewable energy.  In this regard, the interest of Turkmenistan in expanding collaboration in the framework of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was expressed.      

The Ministers discussed the issues of cultural and humanitarian scope and spoke for the strengthening of practical cooperation in the area of science, education, culture and sport.   

In the end of the session, the parties expressed satisfaction with the successful work of the current meeting and spoke for the upkeep of active work of the third session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates for the coming future.

Upon the outcomes of the talks, Protocol of the Third Session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Opening of the Winter Session 2020

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Monday, 27 January 2020 17:04

Adopting its final agenda at the opening of the 2020 Winter Session, the Assembly decided to hold an urgent debate on the theme “International obligations concerning the repatriation of children from war zones”, as well as a current affairs debate on “Recent developments in Libya and in the Middle East: what consequences for Europe?”. The Session opened this morning with the election of Rik Daems (Belgium, ALDE) as the new PACE President.

The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the Georgian Foreign Minister and President of the Committee of Ministers and the newly-elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will address PACE and answer questions.

Debates on the agenda include a complementary joint procedure between the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations, the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland, and reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

Parliamentarians will also discuss threats to media freedom and journalists’ security, a report on “Democracy hacked? How to respond?” and the protection of freedom of religion in the workplace.

The Assembly will hold two joint debates – one on migrant trafficking and missing refugee and migrant children, and another on organ transplant tourism and trafficking in human tissues and cells.

A report on minimum standards for electoral systems and a report on the observation of elections in Belarus are also on the agenda.

 

SESSION OF THE FOREIGN MINISTERS’ COUNCIL OF THE CIS PARTICIPATING STATES WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT

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Friday, 11 October 2019 09:51

On October 10, 2019, the Session of the Foreign Ministers’ Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in the MFA of Turkmenistan.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan E.Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Z.Mnatsakanyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus V.Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan M.Tleuberdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Ch.Aydarbekov, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova T.Molcean, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan S.Muhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Kamilov, as well as the Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee – Executive Secretary S.N. Lebedev participated to the Session.

In the beginning, the talks were held in narrow format, during which the participants exchanged views on key components of the international agenda, as well as the vital aspects of cooperation on the CIS space. The parties noted the success of Turkmenistan’s Chairmanship in the CIS in present year and underlined the initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov aimed at the development of political-diplomatic dialogue with involvement of authoritative international structures.  

Then, the session continued in wide format. During the meeting, the parties discussed the issues of cooperation in political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres. The collaboration between the external policy agencies of the CIS participating states, provision of security and stability were considered specifically. The parties agreed that only by coordinated actions it is possible to attain political and economic integration and address the contemporary challenges in timely manner.    

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CIS countries were also invited to participate to the events on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Neutrality of Turkmenistan which will be held in December of 2020 in Ashgabat.

According to the outcomes of the Session of the Foreign Ministers’ Council of the CIS participating states, the following resolutions were adopted: “On the Action Programme for Activating Partnership between the external policy agencies of the Commonwealth participating states,” “On the draft of the Address of the Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States participating countries to the People of the Nations of the Commonwealth and World Community on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of  the Soviet People’s Victory in 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War,” “On holding the next Session of the Foreign Ministers’ Council of the CIS participating states” and “On holding the Games in the CIS countries.”

Then Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov and the Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee – Executive Secretary S.N. Lebedev held the press conference.  It was noted that the Session of the Foreign Ministers’ Council of the CIS participating states was held in open and constructive manner with effective results.

33rd Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 16:21

The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will meet from 18 to 20 October 2017, in Strasbourg, France, at their 33rd session, under this year’s heading of “Decentralised policies for the successful integration of migrants”. At this session, they will hold an exchange of views with young refugees and prominent political figures, who will talk about the specific problem of integrating child migrants.

In the context of its monitoring activities, the Congress will examine reports on the situation of local and regional democracy in Switzerland, Italy and Serbia. A recommendation on the observation of the local elections in Finland (9 April 2017) will be presented for adoption. Members will also be informed of the conclusions of the report on the elections to the Council of Elders in Yerevan, Armenia (14 May 2017) and they will discuss the outcome of the fact-finding mission conducted in Belgium. A round table on the situation in Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is also scheduled.

The agenda includes three thematic debates: the first is debate on young people and open government in the fight against corruption, which includes the presentation of a report on transparent public procurement at local and regional level and an exchange of views on the youth perspective on the fight against corruption. The other two debates concern the role of European regional associations and organisations in co-operation and regional democracy in Europe and women’s participation in political life at regional level. Several reports will also be examined for adoption, in particular those on “Regional and minority languages in Europe today” and “A better future for Europe’s rural areas”.

The 33rd of Session the Congress will offer the opportunity to celebrate two anniversaries: the 10th anniversary of European Local Democracy Week and the 10th anniversary of the Congress’ Dosta! Prize for municipalities, which will be awarded, for the 6th time, to municipalities which have conducted ground-breaking projects to foster the integration of Roma.

The guest-speakers at the 33e Session include Milan CHOVANEC, Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, and Thorbjorn JAGLAND, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

At this session, the Congress will also welcome some forty youth delegates, who will be invited to take part in all of the debates and meetings.

President Margvelashvili Does Not Convene the Special Session of the Parliament

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 10:07

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.

Nino Goguadze delivers the speech at PACE Session

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:03

The Member of the Parliamentary Delegation, Nino Goguadze delivered the speech at PACE Session. She spoke about importance of activity of the Committee against Torture and the latest changes to the penitentiary system of Georgia.  
The European Committee against Torture is a very effective CoE instrument for prevention of torture and inhuman treatment in member states. The CAT has played the paramount role in terms of significant changes and improvement in European countries. In case of Georgia, the CAT reports and recommendations were of utmost importance in transformation of punishment-oriented system into modern penitentiary system”.
As she noted, Georgia will further cooperate with CAT.
Georgia has achieved significant improvement in this term, especially in penitential system which was noted and the achievements and positive changes have been emphasized in my speech. It is important that we continue cooperation with this institution and the recommendations and reports thereof regarding Georgia become more and more positive. Georgia fulfills assumed obligations”.

Mariam Jashi delivered the speech at the general debates of the 61st Session of the UN Committee on Status of Women

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Monday, 20 March 2017 13:25
Within the 61st Session of the UN Committee on Status of Women, the Chair of the Education, Science and Culture Committee, and the Head of the Georgian Delegation, Ms. Mariam Jashi delivered the speech at the general debates. She spoke about the priority topic of the 61st session concerning provision of economic capacities of women. She noted that during 25 years since restoration of independence, Georgia has provided formation of the strong legislative base, including development of the law on gender equality and set up of the Commission on Gender Equality Issues in the Parliament. Georgia actively works on ratification of Istanbul Protocol, which was recognized as a particularly important step by the international partners. She emphasized the fact that since Elections 2016, the ratio of women participation in the Parliament is historically the highest (15%) and 18 female MPs out of 23 occupy the leading positions. She noted that at every stage of educational system, Georgia maintains high gender balance and in 30% of families, women are who provide main economic income. “Despite our evident progress, Georgia shall work on quotation system in the Parliament and Municipalities for wider representation of women and shall study the innovative approaches how to increase women participation on the decision-making positions in in public and private sectors”. She underlined the circumstance that “accessibility to education only is not enough for girls. High education quality and compliance of knowledge with labor market variable requirements is much more important for economic facilitation of women”. With this approach, we will be able to reduce 35% difference between incomes of men and women. Deficit of 37 trillion USD for UN Sustainable Goals makes increase of innovative financing even more important, she stated.

The President of Georgia Appoints the First Session of Parliament

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Thursday, 17 November 2016 17:05

The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has signed a legal act according to which the first session of the Ninth Parliament is appointed on November 18, at 12:00 pm.
The President has passed the legal act following the consultations of the Administration of the President of Georgia with all participating parties

President of Georgia will convene the first session

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 14:08

After publishing final protocol by Central Election Commission the President of Georgia will convene the first session which will be opened by him. Giorgi Margvelashvili will deliver a speech. This statement was made by the Press Speaker of President Eka Mishveladze today, at press conference.
As for the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, according to her, after publication of SEC’s summary protocol, President will appoint Supreme Council first session.
18 of November is the time when CEC should publish the results of the 2016 parliamentary elections. 

Visa Free regime for Georgia will not be discussed at EU Parliament's next session

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:30

The issue of visa free regime with Ukraine and Georgia has not been approved in agenda of next European Parliament’s session which will be held at October, 24-27. Eurointegration.com.ua published this information.
According to the newspaper, the evidence is the agenda, which is published on the website of the European Parliament.  The issue of visa free regime with Ukraine and Georgia has not been approved in a draft agenda.

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