Meeting with President of the European Council

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:39

To celebrate the historic event of visa liberalization, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, accompanied by the Georgian delegation, visited today Brussels, Europe's political center.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili held his first meeting in Brussels with President Donald Tusk of the European Council. Donald Tusk congratulated the Head of Georgian Government on the launch of visa-free travel to EU/Schengen Area member states, also expressing hope that Georgia will remain as determined in achieving the goals defined in the European integration agenda.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked Donald Tusk for his personal contribution to Georgia's visa liberalization and congratulated him on his reelection as President of the European Council.
According to the Prime Minister, visa liberalization is a strong incentive for further achievements towards EU integration, and Georgia will make full use of the opportunities offered by EU political association and economic integration.
The meeting in Brussels was attended by Georgia's Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Science Alexandre Jejelava, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Victor Dolidze, and the Prime Minister's Foreign Adviser Tedo Japaridze.

Tedo Japaridze’s Visit to the US

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Friday, 13 January 2017 10:02

Tedo Japaridze, the Prime Minister's Foreign Affairs Adviser, is visiting the United States of America.
During the visit, meetings will be held with Stephen Healey (Chair of the USIP Board of Directors), Straub Talbot (President of the Brookings Institution), Senator Richard Lugar (President of the Lugar Center), and John Bolton (Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute).
During the meetings, the parties will discuss relevant US foreign policy issues in relation to Georgia under the new Administration, regional security, and Georgia's progress in implementing reforms. Tedo Japaridze's US visit started on January 9.

Prime Minister Meets the Ambassador of Bulgaria

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:20

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting with Desislava Ivanova, newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia. 
The diplomat congratulated Giorgi Kvirikashvili on victory in the parliamentary elections and reiterated Bulgaria's support for Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
During the meeting, it was emphasized that, in 2017-2019, the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria will serve as the NATO Contact Point Embassy to Georgia, while January-June 2018 will mark Bulgaria's EU Presidency. According to the ambassador, Bulgaria will provide Georgia with institutional support.
The need to intensify the bilateral relations was also emphasized at the meeting. The Prime Minister of Georgia stressed the importance of advancing the relations between the two countries to a substantially new level because, besides being Georgia's staunch partner, Bulgaria can also share its valuable experience in the path to NATO and EU integration.
Special attention was also paid to deeper bilateral economic relations, and joint agricultural projects were planned as well.
The meeting was attended by Tedo Japaridze, the Prime Minister's Foreign Affairs Advisor. 

Tedo Japaridze Appointed Prime Minister’s Advisor

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Friday, 09 December 2016 17:31

Tedo Japaridze has been appointed as the Prime Minister's Foreign Affairs Advisor. According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, Tedo Japaridze is an acclaimed and extremely experienced topnotch professional whose work, as part of the team in the foreign direction, will be of crucial importance in implementing Georgia's preeminent goals.
"I would like to congratulate you on this important occasion, because we believe that Mr. Japaridze's work on foreign issues will serve greatly our priorities," the Prime Minister stated and thanked Tedo Japaridze for accepting the offer.

National Security Council Discusses the Planned Reforms by the Ministry of Defense

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Friday, 16 September 2016 15:22

The National Security Council meeting was held at the Presidential Administration with the invitation of the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili. The discussion at the meeting was focused on determining Georgia’s military forces for 2017 and the upcoming reforms planned by the Ministry of Defense.
As the Secretary of the National Security Council, Mrs. Irine Imerlishvili emphasized, Georgia’s Armed Forces is comprised of thirty-seven thousand soldiers.
“The number of the personnel of the military forces is approved annually by the National Security Council. The final result should be approved by no less than two-thirds of the members of the National Security Council. The two permanent members - Mr. Davit Usupashvili and Mr. Tedo Japaridze could not attend this meeting due to their absence in Georgia. All other members have participated in the meeting and unanimously supported the decision made by the tCouncil. Georgian Military Force includes thirty-seven thousand soldiers, excluding the reserve. This document along with the draft budget will be sent to the Parliament”, - stated Mrs. Imerlishvili.
The second important issue discussed at the meeting was the planned reforms that should be implemented by the Ministry of Defense. The Minister of Defense has informed the members of the National Security Council about these upcoming reforms.
“The details of these reforms will be discussed with the non-governmental organizations, as well as, with the interested persons and experts in the area of defense and security”, - stated Mrs. Imerlishvili.
The Minister of Defense, Mr. Levan Izoria, and the Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, the Major General Mr. Vakhtang Kapanadze, have made reports on the above mentioned issues.

Prime Minister’s Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany has started

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:44

Prime Minister's Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany has started. Giorgi Kvirikashvili will hold a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The sides will discuss bilateral relations between Georgia and Germany, the cooperation issues between EU and Georgia and the regional developments. After the meeting, the Prime Minister and German Chancellor will held a joint press conference.
During the visit, Giorgi Kvirikashvili will hold bilateral meetings. Prime Minister will hold a meeting with the President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert, the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Education and Research Johanna Wanka, Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag Norbert Rottgen.
Prime Minister will deliver a public speech at the "Friedrich Ebert Foundation". He will discuss the country's foreign policy, importance of European integration as well as the situation in the region.
At Humboldt University Giorgi Kvirikashvili will deliver a lecture on the topic of "Georgia's European Way". During the visit, the Georgian-German business forum will be held with the participation of Georgian and German business representatives.
By the end of his visit to Federal Republic of Germany, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will attend a reception marking the 25th anniversary of reclaiming independence.
The Georgian delegation includes Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Interior Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Minister of Education Alexander Jejelava, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Keteval Bochorishvili, Business Ombudsman Giorgi Gakharia, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament Tedo Japaridze.

Working meeting with government

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:22

Foreign policy priorities and regional developments were discussed during the working meeting at the Administration of Government of Georgia. Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, representatives of executive and legislative branches of Government attended the meeting.
The participants of the meeting listened to the information provided by the President concerning his visit in the United States of America and discussed issues related to Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
The conversation touched upon domestic ongoing processes and regional developments.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Defense Tinatin Khidasheli, Head of State Security Service Vakhtang Gomelauri, Head of Georgian Intelligence Service Davit Sujashvili, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Parliament of Georgia Tedo Japaridze, Security Council Secretary Irina Imerlishvili and head of the Administration of President of Georgia Giorgi Abashishvili attended the meeting.

The Foreign Relations Committee unanimously supported the draft resolution on “Imprisonment of the Member of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Nadiya Savchenko”

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:20

The Committee unanimously supported the draft resolution by the Free Democrats Faction. With the draft resolution, the Parliament of Georgia calls on Russian Government to:

  1. Without delay free Nadiya Savchenko and other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens or to extradite them to Ukraine;
  2. Not admit victimization of N. Savchenko and other Ukrainian citizens arrested, creation of threat for their lives and violation of their fundamental rights.

According to the reporter, Irakli Chikovani, Russian Federation shall not be authorized to arrest, detain, accuse or judge the Ukrainian citizen for alleged crime committed on Ukrainian territory.
Recalling the issues under February 12, 2015 Minsk Agreement on exchange of hostages and the persons illegally detained in the context of Eastern Ukraine conflict, “since January, 2015, N. Savchenko enjoys the Parliamentary immunity of the Member of PACE, which has not been annulled by the arrested and that Russian Federation, as the party to the “General Agreement of Council of Europe on Privileges and Immunity” and the optional protocols thereto, shall respect the obligations assumed under the international law”.
As Giorgi Volski stated, it is a well-formulated, noteworthy and strict document with correct indication to the international law norms and the addressees.
“It is the voice of all victims of Russian aggression not only in Georgia but in other countries where Russia has committed similar aggression, also it is the voice of the people subjected to injustice by Russian Federation. The Parliament of Georgia, with the resolution, expresses the voice of these countries and these people”, - Nugzar Tsiklauri stated.
As Tedo Japaridze noted, the Committee has only editorial remarks to the document, shared by the initiator.


The Meeting of the Speaker with PACE President (Video)

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Thursday, 07 May 2015 16:36

David Usupashvili met with Anne Brasseur. The parties spoke about events in Georgia and in the region, Russian occupation of Georgian territory and situation in Ukraine.

The Speaker thanked Mrs. Brasseur for adoption of the supportive resolution for Ukraine and noted that Georgia will always support the resolution. The parties also considered the Constitutional, electoral, judicial and municipal reforms and agreed to enhance relations between Georgia and CoE.

The meeting was attended by T. Japaridze, L. Berdzenishvili, I. Chikovani and T. Bokuchava. After the meeting, the parties made the joint statements.

“This visit is one more expression of enhancement of Georgia-CoE relations. We agreed to work in this direction. Sometimes, when we have the problem with quorum in the Parliament, it is due to the fact that 10-12 MPs are occupied in PACE, striving not only for Georgia but for Europe. This is the platform, where Georgian politicians participate in construction of Europe, solution of European issues”, - the Speaker stated.

PACE is an important European institution, actively facilitating Georgia to hold the democratic reforms and creation of institutional environ. “Let me remind you that in line with CoE recommendations, we have implemented the most important reforms in judicial sphere, municipal sphere, in political system, legislation on political parties, electoral system and many other spheres. Let me also remind you that the Venice Commission, well-known in Georgia, acts under the aegis of this organization and many other instruments, with which CoE supports Georgia”. “For me, as for the PACE President, it is important to visit the countries first of all to have the personal contacts; also to better understand the country, people, politicians and civil society, to meet media. So, I thank you for the interest, expressed in my visit”, - Mrs. Brasseur stated.

The Parliamentary Delegation of Georgia plays an important role at PACE sessions. “You shall be proud of your delegation, which is very active, particularly at Committee sittings, playing an important role. The Georgian delegation, in terms of attendance, is the 4th country amongst 47 countries. I think, it is important for MPs, to have contacts with their counterparts but it is also important to better understand Georgia. It helps us in development of democracy, rule of law and human rights protection. All democratic forces shall stand beside the civil society and religious leaders to fight against hatred and intolerance as it undermines democratic system and is a real threat – it is the message from CoE” – A. Brasseur stated.

Geo-political situation and Ukraine vents touched particularly the region and Georgia. “We shall find the joint solution. Violence can never be the solution, it is hard but we shall proceed. On our turn, by means of the Parliamentary delegation, we shall find the way out. After termination of suffrage to Russian delegation, they decided not to work with us. They still are the members. We want to talk with them and I hope we will find the way to continue this dialogue but one of the main principles CoE is based on, I will reiterate it here, in Georgia, is territorial integrity. No one has right to violate this principle and it concerns Abkhazia and South Ossetia as well”. She also spoke about Constitutional, electoral Code and judicial reforms. “Some steps have been made but it is important that there is no impunity, is it a civil society or a politician – all breaches shall be punished. Jurisdiction shall be transparent and the system – reliable”. Solution of the problems in the country is possible with bilateral dialogue and mutual respect. “I hope you will find the solution for your problems to continue protection of your citizens”.

The visit started on May 6 and will be accomplished on May 9. A. Brasseur will meet the legislative and executive, as well as judicial authorities.

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