PACE co-rapporteurs carry out a monitoring visit to Georgia

Published in World
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 10:31

Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) and Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, are to make a fact-finding visit to the country from 28 to 30 March 2017.

The main focus for the visit will be the political climate and political pluralism following the last parliamentary elections, the priorities for the new government, and constitutional and judicial reform.

Meetings are foreseen with the President, Speaker of Parliament, Prime Minister and Foreign, Europe and acting Justice Ministers, as well as the head of the Constitutional Court, the Constitutional Reform Commission, the Chief Prosecutor and the Public Defender.

The co-rapporteurs will also meet the representatives of all parliamentary groups, as well as civil society organisations and experts.

The President of the Republic of Latvia Will Pay a State Visit to Georgia

Published in Politics
Monday, 27 March 2017 14:45

The President of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady, Mrs.  Iveta Vējonewill will pay a three-day visit to Georgia. They will be hosted by the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the First Lady, Mrs. Maka Chichua.
The official welcoming ceremony will be held tomorrow at the Presidential Palace. As a part of the visit, presidents will hold tete-a-tete and extended meetings. They will also hold a joint press conference and sign mutual documents.
President Vējonis will lay a wreath at the memorial of soldiers, fallen in fight for Georgia’s independence and hold a working dinner with the Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia.
On March 28, presidents will attend a friendly football match between Georgia and Latvia.
On March 29, presidents will visit the occupation line in Khurvaleti, after which they will visit Kvareli and open a Latvian investment project.
The state visit will end on March 30.

The President of Georgia and the President of the Republic of Belarus Hold a Tete-a-Tete Meeting

Published in Politics
Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:25
As a part of the official visit to the Republic of Belarus, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a tete-a-tete meeting with the President of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Aleksandr Lukashenko. The meeting was mainly focused on the prospects of further strengthening cooperation in political, trade-economic, and cultural areas. One of the main talking points was the issues of regional security. The parties have also discussed the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia. President Margvelashvili has thanked President Lukashenko for his support of Georgia’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and non-recognition policy. According to President Margvelashvili, by signing the so-called Treaty on Alliance and Integration, the Russian Federation has begun annexation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region. If conducted, the announced referendum on integrating Tskhinvali to the Russian Federation will have extremely negative outcomes for the security of Georgia and the entire region. President Margvelashvili has underscored the extreme importance of the international community’s firm position in regard to illegal actions taken by the Russian Federation, in order to avoid annexation of the occupied territories of Georgia. The President of Georgia has expressed concern on the fact that Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region are still inaccessible for the international community and the European Union Monitoring Mission is the only international mechanism on site, which, despite the mandate, is not allowed to enter the occupied territories of Georgia. This further worsens the situation of human rights. The conversation has also touched upon the incident that took place on May 19, 2016 in the village Khurcha. The parties have also discussed the growing dynamics of economic and trade relations between Georgia and the Republic of Belarus and the importance of further strengthening this cooperation. According to President Margvelashvili, Georgian side expresses readiness to share its experience in regard to economic reforms, e-governance, and fight against corruption with Belarusian colleagues. As noted at the meeting, the Republic of Belarus is interested in those opportunities, which Georgia opens up for its partners through the Free Trade Area Agreement (DCFTA) and active cooperation with other regions. The two presidents have also expressed their readiness to strengthen cooperation in the areas of education and innovation. As highlighted at the meeting, opening of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to Georgia, announced in April, 2015 during President Lukashenko's visit to Georgia, significantly contributes to the further development of bilateral relations between the two countries. The parties have expressed hope that this visit will further strengthen the existing relationship between Georgia and the Republic of Belarus.

The Official Visit of the President of Georgia to the Republic of Belarus Has Begun

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:32
The official visit of the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the Georgian delegation to the Republic of Belarus has begun. The President was greeted at the National Airport by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Mikhail Rusyi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Vladimir Makei, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Georgia Mr. Mikhail Miatlikov, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Belarus Mr. Davit Kotaria. As a part of the visit, the President will hold official meetings tomorrow. He will meet with the President of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Aleksandr Lukashenko both in tête–à–tête and extended formats. Following the extended meeting, the two presidents will sign a joint document and hold a joint press conference. President Margvelashvili will also take part in a tree planting ceremony at the Independence Palace and lay a wreath at the Victory Monument. As a part of the visit, President Margvelashvili, together with the Georgian delegation, will hold meetings with the Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Mikhail Myasnikovich and the Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Mr. Vladimir Andreichenko. The President will also meet with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Andrey Kobyakov, both in tête–à–tête and extended formats. As a part of the cultural activities, the President will visit the State Museum of the Great Patriotic War, as well as the cultural and sports complex, Minsk-Arena and Belarus' High Technologies Park. The President will also deliver a public lecture at Belarusian National Technical University. At the end of the visit, President Margvelashvili, together with the Georgian delegation, will lay a wreath at the memorial complex, the Mound of Glory. The Georgian delegation will return to Georgia on March the 2nd. Among the members of the Georgian delegation are the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Mr. Giorgi Gakharia, the Head of the Administration of the President Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, the Secretary of the President for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Parliamentary Secretary of the President Mrs. Ana Dolidze, and the Advisor to the President in Economic Issues Mrs. Maia Melikidze.

Ilia II to visit Russia

Published in Politics
Friday, 18 November 2016 12:15

His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan bishop of Bichvinta and Tskhum-Abkhazia will visit Russia. According to the Archpriest Kakhaber Gogotishvili, Ilia II will meet Russian Patriarch at November, 19.
On November 20, the total mass in the cathedral will be performed, in which the various Orthodox patriarchs and their representatives will participate. After that the Russian Patriarch will hold a reception for his 70th anniversary.

ITC delegation has paid a visit to Georgia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 03 November 2016 13:00

The delegation of the International Trade Centre led by the ITC Programme Coordinator for the Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
arrived in Georgia. The visit was organized through the efforts of the Georgian Foreign Ministry. 
The International Trade Centre actively cooperates with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The visit of the ITC serves several goals, in particular: fully engaging Georgia in the export promotion project involving the six countries of Easter Partnership, due to start in the spring of 2017; implementation of projects aimed at developing the small- and medium sized businesses  in Georgia and ensuring their maximum participation in international trade; promoting the use of opportunities offered by the DCFTA; identifying products with a prospect of being exported to the EU market during the next two or three years. On 2 November, the ITC delegation held a closing meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania. The members of the delegation spoke about the specific directions and prospects of co-operation that have been identified during the meeting. The ITC delegation pledged to work out a plan for the promotion of export of country-specific products, upon which the project will be agreed with the government of Georgia and its implementation will be started.

Rome Pope's visit in Georgia

Published in Society
Friday, 30 September 2016 14:49

Rome Pope will be met with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, the Parliament’s Chairman Davit Usupashvili and the His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II at Tbilisi International Airport. Rome pople will visit an overwhelmingly Orthodox nation constantly at odds with Russia, and in Azerbaijan he'll encounter a largely Shi'a Muslim society, in both cases pushing peace and reconciliation.
Rome Pope will meet Giorgi Margvelashvili at the President Palace. 300 guests will attend this meeting including the representatives of Legislative and judicial authorities, international organizations, diplomatic corps and religious confessions.
On October 1, the Pope will celebratedMass at Mikheil Meskhi stadium and preach to the audience.

VISIT OF THE AMBASSADOR OF PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AT THE CEC

Published in Society
Thursday, 22 September 2016 15:34

Today, Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia and Giorgi Javakhishvili, the Secretary of the CEC met H.E Ji Yanchi, the Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Georgia.

Preparatory processes for the Parliamentary Elections of October 8 and existing pre-election environment in the country were the topics of discussion during the introductory meeting.

According to the statement of H.R Ji Yanchi, the conduct of parliamentary elections in democratic and peaceful environment is of high importance for the country’s further development.  

The CEC Chairperson, during the meeting, placed emphasis on the activities implemented by the Election Administration for ensuring professionally organized transparent elections.

PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA TO VISIT MOLDOVA

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:50

H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia will visit Moldova by the official invitation of H.E. Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of Moldova made at a bilateral meeting in New York.
Parties expressed readiness to further deepen bilateral relations between the two countries. Discussions were also related to the advancement of trade and economic relations, along with the prospects of cooperation in the sector of tourism. Prime Ministers have agreed to hold the first meeting of the Inter-Governmental Economic Commission of the two countries, which is expected to take place early next year.
Prime Minister of Moldova expressed his keen interest in sharing Georgia's experience of successfully implemented reforms. Georgian Government welcomes this initiative. Prime Minister Kvirikashvili confirmed his willingness to support his Moldavian colleague in this process. Heads of Governments in both countries deem the current cooperation of Ministries of Interior, Justice and Agriculture to be productive and fruitful, as in other areas of interaction.
Prime Minister of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister of Moldova for his support towards the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.

PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Georgia

Published in Society
Saturday, 10 September 2016 12:55

A seven-member, cross-party delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/CD), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Georgia on 13-14 September 2016, to assess the election campaign and political climate prior to the parliamentary elections on 8 October.

In Tbilisi, the delegation is due to meet the Speaker of Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Internal Affairs Minister and the Chair of the Central Election Commission, as well as the head of the National Communications Commission.

The delegation will also meet leaders and representatives of parties running in the election, as well as representatives of the media, NGOs and the diplomatic community.
A full 32-member delegation from the Assembly will return to the country to observe the election itself.
The pre-electoral delegation will issue a statement at the end of the visit.

Members of the delegation:

Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/CD), head of the delegation
Maryvonne Blondin (France, SOC)
Jordi Xuclà (Spain, ALDE)
Ingebjørg Godskesen (Norway, EC)
Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL)
Boriss Cilevičs (Latvia, SOC), co-rapporteur for the monitoring of Georgia
Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE), co-rapporteur for the monitoring of Georgia

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