"The dispute has ended with the victory of the state,"- Tea Tsulukiani, the Justice Minister of Georgia made a statement a few minutes ago.
According to her, only part of the Strasbourg decision on Rustavi 2"s case is not subject to appeal - the cancellation of the suspension mechanism.
"The state has won the dispute with a full victory. The Chamber composed of seven judges decided unanimously that it is no longer appropriate to maintain the application of the suspension mechanism and it is removed. They found inadmissible all complaints of "Rustavi 2" . They found inadmissible the complaint on property rights of brothers Kharamanishvili and " TV Sakartvelo". They unanimously ruled that the right of the brothers Karmanishvili and TV " Georgia" regarding the fair court, which is linked to Nino Gvenetadze was not violated. There is no need to discuss the complaint in this case, "Tea Tsulukiani said.
A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a periodic visit to Georgia from 10 to 21 September 2018.
During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT following the previous visit in 2014. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment of persons in police custody and the situation of prisoners in penitentiary establishments, in particular those in high-risk and semi-open prisons, as well as juvenile inmates. In addition, the delegation carried out visits to several psychiatric hospitals and, for the first time in Georgia, to an immigration detention facility.
In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice, Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Internal Affairs, David Sergeenko, Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, and with several other senior officials from the aforementioned Ministries. In addition, the delegation had meetings with Nino Lomjaria, the Public Defender (Ombudsperson) and staff of the National Preventive Mechanism Department of her Office, as well as with representatives of international and non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT (Head of delegation)
- Marzena Ksel, 1st Vice-President of the CPT
- Gergely Fliegauf
- Alexander Minchev
- Ceyhun Qaracayev
- Vytautas Raskauskas.
They were supported by Borys Wόdz (Head of Division) and Natacha De Roeck of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by an expert, Clive Meux, forensic psychiatrist, Oxford, United Kingdom.
The delegation visited the following places:
Establishments under the responsibility of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
- Temporary Detention Isolator (TDI) in Batumi
- TDI in Dusheti
- TDI in Khashuri
- TDI in Kobuleti
- TDI in Mtskheta
- TDI in Rustavi
- TDI in Samtredia
- TDI in Tbilisi
- Old Tbilisi Police Department Division No. 7
- Temporary Accommodation Centre of the Migration Department, Tbilisi
Establishments under the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice
- Pre-trial and High-Risk Penitentiary Establishment No. 3 (Prison No. 3), Batumi
- Pre-trial and High-Risk Penitentiary Establishment No. 6 (Prison No. 6), Rustavi
- Pre-trial and High-Risk Penitentiary Establishment No. 7 (Prison No. 7), Tbilisi
- Pre-trial and Closed-Type Penitentiary Establishment No. 8 (Prison No. 8), Tbilisi (Gldani)
- Pre-Trial and Closed-Type Penitentiary Establishment No. 9 (Prison No. 9), Tbilisi
- Rehabilitation Establishment for Juveniles No. 11 (Juvenile Prison), Tbilisi (Avchala)
- Semi-Open and Closed-Type Penitentiary Establishment No. 15 (Prison No. 15), Ksani
- Medical Establishment for Pre-trial and Sentenced Inmates No. 18 (Prison Hospital), Tbilisi (Gldani)
Establishments under the responsibility of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs
- Batumi Health Care Centre (Khevalchauri Psychiatric Hospital)
- National Centre of Mental Health named after Academician Bidzina Naneishvili (Kutiri Psychiatric Hospital)
- East Georgia Mental Health Centre (Surami Psychiatric Hospital)
The members of the Parliament of Georgia late on Saturday night issued a resounding vote of confidence in the new government, following a full day of hearings with the Prime Minister-designate Giorgi Kvirikashvili and his proposed cabinet. The new government, which retains 13 ministers and brings in five new faces following the elections which returned the ruling Georgian Dream with a strengthened mandate, presented its programme for the coming term. President Margvelashvili confirmed the appointment of PM Kvirikashvili with a decree this morning. The Prime Minister has two days to appoint the ministers.
The ministerial changes and four-year governmental plan were approved by 110 votes in favour, 19 against and 21 abstentions.
Prime Minister Kvirikashvili thanked his team, the MPs and the people of Georgia for the smooth but intensive process of the elections and government confirmation. Following the vote he made a call for unity, saying: "We are given today a historic opportunity to make over the coming years an enormous contribution to the future positive development of our country. I urge you all to put anything personal aside and focus on the tremendous effort ahead of us."
The new government brings together a team of experienced and well-qualified ministers. In an effort to ensure stability, 13 ministers serving in the previous government will continue in their functions, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Defense Levan Izoria and Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani.
Among the new names, Victor Dolidze will serve as State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The Prime Minister praised the incoming State Minister as "an experienced and good diplomat" and "constructive partner" for Georgia's European path - Dolidze has extensive experience in EU and international affairs having served as Permanent Representative to OSCE and Parliament speaker for European affairs. His predecessor David Bakradze has been appointed Ambassador to the US.
Former Minister of Economy Dimitri Kumsishvili will take up the post of Finance Minister, retaining his role as first deputy prime minister, while Georgian Dream party secretary General Kakha Kaladze will be deputy prime minister, returning to the post of Energy Minister he held before a temporary leave to run for elections. The Ministry of Economy will be led by Giorgi Gakharia, the former business ombudsman and Chairman of the Economic Council, while Zurab Alavidze will become Minister for Regional Development and Infrastructure. In an effort to streamline policy-making the Diaspora Issues portfolio has been merged with the Foreign Ministry.
The government's action plan for 2016-2020 - "Freedom, Rapid Development and Welfare" - will be based on earlier offered Four Point Reform Agenda, which prioritises new tax benefits, infrastructure plans, governance reforms and an overhaul of the education system. The aim of the government's economic policy will on the one hand develop private sector and on the other hand ensure to help the Georgian people in most need of state support.
Meeting with Election Observation Mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)Thursday, 15 September 2016 11:35
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting with the representatives of the Election Observation Mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The parties discussed electoral environment in the country as well as the ongoing political processes.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili reasserted the readiness of the Government of Georgia to ensure holding of elections in democratic, free and transparent environment and provide maximum support to the effective activities of the monitoring missions.
"Very important election is ahead of us. The role of the Observation Mission is great in this process. For the purpose of evaluation pre-election environment and elections, Government of Georgia has invited number of international organizations, including: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament, Arab League, African Union, International Republic Institute, National Democratic Institute, etc," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted.
During the meeting it was noted that within the frames of international observation mission,around 400 observers will monitor the Parliamentary Elections of October 8.
PACE pre-election mission is headed by Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/CD), Maryvonne Blondin (France, SOC), Jordi Xuclà (Spain, ALDE), IngebjørgGodskesen (Norway, EC) , Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL), BorissCilevics (Latvia, SOC), co-rapporteur for the monitoring of Georgia, Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE), co-rapporteur for the monitoring of Georgia.
PACE also plans to designate a 32-member delegation to Georgia on the election day to observe the voting process.
Meeting at the Administration of the Government of Georgia was attended by Minister of Justice of Georgia Tea Tsulukiani, Vice Speaker of the Parliament Manana Kobakhidze and deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gigi Gigiadze.
The Law on Registration of Land will fully enter into force starting from August 1. This is an important issue for the local community that will support development of the agriculture industry as well as better organization of the land market, - with these words Prime Minister of Georgia assessed the Law during today's Government session.
Pursuant to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, only 25% of the existing land plots in Georgia are registered. This poses a problem for the private sector, since the population is not able to capitalize their and fully utilize their property for the economic purposes."It is a welcoming fact that land registration scheme has been simplified. In the process of land registration, state provides substantial support to the population, including through channeling the financial instruments. I consider that after the termination of the project we will have much healthier and fuller picture. This will help development of the agriculture sector on the one hand as well as better management of land market. At the same time, this is a social issue - since more than 50% of the population is involved in the agriculture sector and this is an important project for ensuring that population stays in the rural area," - Prime Minister state.Following the provisions of the Law, mediation, request of information and other notarial services will be completely free for the society, - articulated the Minister of Justice. According to Tea Tsulukiani, the society will be able to receive the service envisaged by the project during one year."The question of inaccurate surveying drawings will also be addressed to remove the problems faced by the farmers throughout past several years. The registration of the land plots shall take place during one year. This process was hampered by various problems before," - Tea Tsulukiani noted.Head of the Government requested the Minister of Justice to create a mechanism that will eliminate the risks of the abuse of the provisions of the law."It is crucial to ensure that registration of land plots is conducted via correct and transparent process," - Prime Minister noted.
The participants of the Ambassadorial discussed the issues of Georgia’s democratic development in the frames of the working session.
The Heads of the Georgian diplomatic missions met Minister of Justice of Georgia Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Corrections Kakha Kakhishvili and First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Manana Kobakhidze, who addressed the representatives of the Georgian diplomatic corps focusing on the reforms carried out by the Georgian Parliament and Government and on the future plans.
Manana Kobakhidze summed up the Georgian legislative branch’s four-year activity and main achievements and focused on the legislative reforms.
Minister of Justice of Georgia highlighted the progress achieved in the sphere of human rights protection, focused on the pre-election environment and once again underlined the strong will and readiness of the Georgian Government to hold the elections in compliance with the high democratic standards. Tea Tsulukiani also presented a new project of the Georgian National Archives, which serves the purpose of highlighting the history of the Georgian diplomacy.
Kakha Kakhishvili spoke about the important reforms carried out in the penitentiary system and underlined that today Georgia’s penitentiary system is in full conformity with the EU standards.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze thanked his colleagues for participation in the Ambassadorial. First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani was a moderator of the working panel.
I have high expectations that political parties will manage to set their emotions aside and we will be able to hold truly functional elections, - Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated before the Cabinet Session. According to him, the first session of the Interagency Commission on Election Issues under the chairmanship of the Minister of Justice will be held today.
"As you are aware, the election campaign has been ongoing for a month now. So far, no incidents have taken place. The work of interagency council will be crucially important in terms of ensuring maximum comfort for all political subjects participating in the process. I would like to wish all of success to Tea Tsulukiani during today's session," - Prime Minister indicated.
Instead of preparing for the elections the government started preparation for electoral manipulation and electoral fraud. This statement was made by the member of the National Movement Irakli Abesadze. He commented on the changed in the electoral law by the Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani.
“Very active pre election process has begun and the government tries electoral manipulation and electoral fraud instead preparing for the elections, for the plans and projects. The government will not be allowed for it by us. Tea Tsulukiani issued a decree that significantly eases the issue of receiving identity card or passport. Some hundred people we have in Georgia. They live abroad,” Irakli Abesadze said.
The Director General of Rustavi 2 commented on the process after leaving the court. As Nika Gvaramia said after he was expelled from the process, he could not understand why he was expelled and if he be able to attend next processes.
" Nata Nazghaidze does it more frequently. She surprises her colleagues. Nata Nazghaidze is Urtmelidze in a dress, there is no difference between them,"- Nika Gvaramia said. According to him, all the officials, Nata Nazgaidze, Tamaz Urtmelidze and Tea Tsulukiani will end soon.
The Regional Policy and Self-Government, the Human Rights and Civil Integration and the Agrarian Issues Committees considered the draft on System Registration of Rights on the Lands Plots and Improvement of Cadastral Data, introduced by the Minister of Justice, Tea Tsulukiani.
The draft regulates legalization of registration documents on cadastral planning/surveying works and agrarian land plots, and defines authority of the municipalities and alternative means for dispute consideration. Land registration is to be simplified to become maximally available for the citizens.
The changes aim at elimination of complexities in land registration. The draft eliminates impediments and encourages registration procedure.
Tea Tsulukiani: “We had the land registration problem and it still exists today. We worked hard on these changes. We have problems in land registration since 90s and we do not want hasty and immature reform. We need the changes not entailing new problems but solving existing”. She spoke about novelties, implying new rule of registration:
- Development of uniform standard for surveying drawings;
- The surveyors will be certified;
- The state will assist the citizen to inquire documents certifying ownership;
- Public register to become co-participant of registration;
- Defected documents will be legalized based on fact statement;
- The state will assist the owners in dispute resolution.
As noted, the draft is entailed with the problems – only 25% of lands are registered in the country. The changes mainly aim at simplification and encouragement of registration. The impediments were revealed and the special legislative changes have been developed for elimination.Tea Tsulukiani also answered the questions.
The Chair of Agrarian Committee, Gela Samkharauli thanked the reporter and stated: “I would like to thank all the structures involved in the process. We all acknowledge the colossal works for detection of the problems necessary for reasonable implementation of changes”.
The Deputy-Chair of Human Rights Committee, Gedevan Popkhadze emphasized importance of the reform and noted: “None of the decisions in any of the spheres are universal, covering all the problems. It is not definition of land policy, the draft is the decisions for problem solution and meets the range of the problems we have”.
The Regional Policy Committee considered with the I reading the draft on Tax Code, introduced by the Deputy-Finance Minister, Lasha Khutsishvili. The draft envisages acceleration of economic growth, creation of favorable environ for start-up business, improvement of tax administration, facilitation to import, application of tax control and dispute period liability provision, definition of some terms. The Committee supported the draft.