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  1. Baku and Tbilisi discussed issue of investment in the reconstruction of Georgia's highways
    Baku and Tbilisi discussed issue of investment in the reconstruction of Georgia's highways
    Baku and Tbilisi discussed issues of investments in the reconstruction of Georgia's highways in the territory of Georgia, said the head of the Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. "Along with the launch this year of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, we discussed the issues of roads (reconstructions - IF-Az), infrastructure and investment in them. It is a very important project for us, "- said M.Dzhanelidze in Baku on Monday at a briefing with his Azerbaijan counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov. According to him, Georgia intends closely cooperate with Azerbaijan in the framework of regional and international projects to improve its economic and transport capabilities. He added that Baku and Tbilisi are paying special attention to cooperation in the sphere of energy and transport. "We discussed the implementation of the pipeline "Southern Gas Corridor". We continue works in this direction and we intend to increase the capacity of transit" - said M.Dzhanelidze. Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Nodar Javakhishvili, in September, 2016 announced its intention to build and upgrade high-speed motorway at east-west directions from the borders of Azerbaijan to the Georgian Black Sea ports, as well as on the north-south direction, i.e., over the arteries, that binders Russia, India, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan. This is because the more relevant became the movement of goods from China to the West, and vice versa. The works will be implemented in the frameworks of the spatial arrangement in the years 2016-2020. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stressed the importance of the creation of new transportation routes to Georgia was able to "realize their full potential and became a transport and logistics hubs, connecting Europe and Asia". According to prime-minister, in this context, a great role is played by road infrastructure across the country according to modern European standards. For this purpose, the period up to…

     

  2. Pentagon chief left Georgia
    Pentagon chief left Georgia
    Deputy Defense Minister Mikheil Darchiashvili, Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland and Defense Attache Colonel Matthew Dimik saw off the Secretary of Defense from the Tbilisi International Airport. During the visit, an American colleague stayed with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania. The head of the Pentagon held a meeting in the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, with the Prime Minister and President of Georgia. At a meeting in the Ministry of Defense Secretary of Defense once again highlighted the importance of the partnership of America and Georgia, and expressed his willingness that the United States will continue actively cooperate with Georgia in the field of defense. Chuck Hagel praised the package, that was made to Georgia on Welsh summit. Secretary of Defense visited the National Training Center "Krtsanisi" and met with the Georgian military and the United States Marines. With special thanks he noted the Georgian military men in international peacekeeping missions and sacrifice made by the Georgian people.
  3. Georgian parliament begins debate of the draft bill "On the State Language"
    Georgian parliament begins debate of the draft bill
    Parliament begins debate of the initiated draft bill "On the state language."

    Tomorrow the project will be discussed at a meeting of the Committee for the Protection of Human Rights. Together with a draft bill "On the state language" changes are made to the draft bill "On broadcasting". The legislative package was initiated at the opened autumn session. The initiator is the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Science, and the author is a group of lawyers and linguists.

    The project defines the status of the state language, guarantees to protect it, especially the use of state and other languages, the ability to choose the language of education, the principles of the use of the state language and other issues. The project envisages the establishment of a department of the state language and the Permanent Commission on the state language, as well as measure of charge and sanctions for demand penalties of the law "On the state language".

    With regard to the amendments to the law "On broadcasting", is added the item, according to which those media outlets that broadcast in the national language, in the manner prescribed by law, if necessary, can be used and non-state languages, but not more than 10% of the time TV - or radio- broadcasting. However, the translation and dubbing of audiovisual products being shown by the broadcaster, is used the state language, except for cases prescribed by law.

    As stated during the meeting David Usupashvili, the committee for a long time works on a project that before the initiation was sent to the examination to the Venice Commission, where from a detailed report came. According to Usupashvili, during considering will be the possibility of taking into account the views of international, competent experts.

    "We went such a long way before initiation the project was sent for examination, as we guided by the highest national importance and sensitivity of the issue, which relates to a very serious topic", - said David Usupashvili at the meeting of the Bureau.

    Comments on the draft have the budget office of Parliament, regarding the financial part. In particular, as was said at the meeting of the Bureau, is planned to create the Department of a state language with 50 employees and the allocation of its operation 3million Gel, but is not specified how this amount was calculated, and how it will be distributed.

  4. "Dnepravia" suspends flights from Kharkiv to Tbilisi and Batumi
    Airline "Dniproavia" from September, 1 decided to suspend flights from Kharkiv to Tbilisi, Batumi, Baku and Yerevan. It was reported by the Commercial Director of "Dniproavia" Sergey Posylaev. The company explains the decision for economic reasons, caused by the need for over flight of Russian territory. "After Russia banned Ukrainian airlines to fly over its territory, our routes are significantly lengthened. For example, flight Kharkov - Baku became almost twice long: it was lasted for 2.30 hours, and now – four. In proportion was increased cost of fuel, the crew and the other ", - explained Posylaev. Passengers of canceled flights were proposed refund or rebook flights with transfer in Kiev, Istanbul and others. Flights from Dnepropetrovsk to the Caucasus for the carrier lengthened not very critical: for 20-40 minutes, so the company keeps them in the schedule, and even keeps a promotional ticket prices. The company also continues to fly from Kharkov to Kiev, and on the winter schedule is planned flight to Ivano-Frankivsk. In UIA (Ukraine International Airlines), which was forced to re-route their flights to Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Almaty and Astana with the view of flyby the territory of Russia, was reported that for routes whose length increased significantly, increased the cost of tickets.
  5. Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mariamoba
    Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mariamoba
    Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates on August 28 one of the twelve major festivals of the year - Mariamoba. The festive services were held in all functioning Churches of Georgia.Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is set by Church for a long time. It is mentioned in the writings of St. Augustine and Hieronymus. Especially this holiday was celebrated in an Orthodox church in the 6th century after the victory Byzantine emperor over the Persians in Mauritius. Universal celebration of it was set since 582. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the second most important holiday of the Orthodox Church after the Resurrection. Not in vain this day is called the Mother of God of Easter. As the Gospel tells, it was the second Victory over death and hell, won by not a heavenly guest - the God-man, but the Earth's Virgin - the purest and most perfect of all the people, and yet one of us, the earth-born. Day of the Assumption of Mary is preceded by one of four multi-day Fasts - Dormition Fast. It is set in imitation of the Mother of God, that all her life, and especially before her Assumption spent time in prayer and fasting. Currently, the country is home for 4, 4 million of people, 84 % of whom are Orthodox Christians, more than 5 % - the representatives of other Christian denominations, more than 9 percent - are Muslims.
  6. The Georgian Foreign Ministry published a list of countries with which it will support the visa-free message
    The Georgian Foreign Ministry published a list of countries with which it will support the visa-free message
    The Georgian Foreign Ministry has published a list of countries whose citizens do not need visas for short-term visits to Georgia (up to 90 in every 180-day period). 1 Australia2 Austria3 Azerbaijan4 Albania5 United States6 Andorra7 Antigua and Barbuda8 UAE9 Argentina10 New Zealand11 Barbados12 Bahrain13 Commonwealth of The Bahamas14 Belarus15 Belgium16 Belize17 Bosnia and Herzegovina18 Botswana19 Brazil20 Brunei21 Bulgaria22 Germany23 Denmark24 Faroe Islands and Greenland25 The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland26 Areas of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Bermuda, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Gibraltar27 Dependent Islands of the United Kingdom - Jersey, Guernsey, Man28 Dominican Republic29 El Salvador30 Ecuador31 Spain32 Estonia33 Turkey34 Turkmenistan35 Japan36 Ireland37 Iceland38 Israel39 Italy40 Canada41 Qatar42 Cyprus43 Columbia44 The Republic of Korea45 Costa Rica46 Latvia47 Lithuania48 Lebanon49 Liechtenstein50 Luxembourg51 Mauritius52 Malaysia53 Malta54 Mexico55 Monaco56 Moldova57 Montenegro58 The Netherlands59 Territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles60 Norway61 Oman62 Panama63 Poland64 Portugal65 Romania66 Russia67 Greece68 South Africa69 San Marino70 Saudi Arabia71 France72 Territory of France - French Polynesia and New Caledonia73 Seychelles74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines75 Serbia76 Singapore77 Slovakia78 Slovenia79 Armenia80 Thailand81 Tajikistan82 Uzbekistan83 Ukraine84 Hungary85 Finland86 Kuwait87 Kyrgyzstan88 Kazakhstan89 Sweden90 Switzerland91 Czech Republic92 Vatican93 Croatia94 Honduras Citizens of EU countries can enter the country on the basis of issued by the Member State of identification cards and travel documents. The right to visa-free entry and stay for 90 days in each 180-day period are issued to the owners of the United Nations or its specialized agencies travel documents - Laissez-Passer. The same rules apply to citizens, with which Georgia has bilateral and multilateral agreements on visa-free agreement, which does not include specific dates of stay on the territory of Georgia (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan, Moldova,…
  7. Visa to Georgia will cost $ 50
    Visa to Georgia will cost $ 50
    From September 1, 2014 visa to Georgia will cost $ 50.

    Director of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Giorgi Tabatadze said that before the implementation of the amendments to the law "On the legal status of foreigners and persons without citizenship" on different types of visa acted different prices. However, after the amendments to the law will be involved, there will be no separation of the countries or by type of visa.

    "Until now, there were different prices and now all the same, and for all types of visa will be required to pay $ 50" - said Tabatadze.

    For existing before visa fees, according to information posted on the web page of the Georgian Foreign Ministry, the price of visas were the following: one-time or ordinary multi entry visa up to 90 days-$ 50.

    Development Agency of the Ministry of Justice of the state services from September, 1 will not issue visas of Georgia. Visas will be issued by diplomatic missions and consular offices of Georgia abroad. Under the amendments, to get a visa at the state border of Georgia will be possible only in special cases.

    From September 1, comes into force a new law "On Legal Status of Foreigners and persons without citizenship", prepared by the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on behalf of the government commission on migration.

    According to the law, stay term in Georgia without a visa was decreased and instead of 360 days was determined for 90 days in a 180 day period. Also is canceled a visa free travel regime with a number of countries, but visa-free message will remain with the European Union, NATO, the Schengen area, the CIS and other key partner countries.

  8. Georgia does not acknowledge presidential elections in Abkhazia
    Georgia does not acknowledge presidential elections in Abkhazia
    The Georgian Foreign Ministry has called illegal presidential elections passing on Sunday in the unprompted republic of Abkhazia and called on the international community to condemn them.

    Tbilisi considers the holding of these elections is violation of the principles of state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    The European Union does not recognize the constitutional and legal frameworks within the elections are held in Abkhazia, according to a press release of the Head of EU diplomacy, Catherine Ashton.

    "The EU supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, as acknowledge by international law. In the light of reports about the "presidential elections" in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia on August 24, we again reiterate that the EU does not acknowledge the constitutional and legal framework within these elections are held", - is said in a statement.

    The presidency claiming four candidates: Chairman of security services Aslan Bjania, ex-Interior Minister Leonid Dzapshba, opposition leader Raul Khajimba and Minister Defense Mirab Kishmariya. Yesterday, they signed an agreement on measures to achieve national unity, in the frames of which the plan to create an advisory board to enhance dialogue and crisis management.

    The Sixth presidential elections in Abkhazia were held on August 24, 2014. Regular elections were to be held in 2016, but the acting President Alexander Ankvab in connection with an acute political crisis resigned on June 1, 2014, and the parliament of Abkhazia before retirement of Ankvab, on May 31, appointed acting president of Abkhazia the Chairman of the Parliament Valery Bganba and approved date of special presidential elections.

    According to the law on presidential elections, the head of state must be a citizen of the Republic of Abkhazia - Abkhaz nationality, at least 35 and no older than 65, who has resided in the country for at least the last five years to the day of voting.
    Abkhazian legislation defines elected presidential candidate, if, during the vote, he received 50% +1 vote, among voting members. If none of the candidates receive a sufficient number of votes, during two weeks announced second round where the winning is the one who put together a simple majority of votes.

    The Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Abkhazia is Batal Tabagua.

    According to official information, special presidential elections will cost the budget of the republic in 14.3 million rubles.

  9. In Baku is discussed the construction of the railway Marabda-Kartsakhi
    In Baku is discussed the construction of the railway Marabda-Kartsakhi
    The 20th meeting of the Georgian-Azerbaijan Coordinating Council was held in Baku. The Georgian delegation was headed by the Minister of Economy - Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili,Azerbaijan was headed by Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov. The parties discussed a number of issues relating to the construction of the railway section Marabda-Kartsakhi and the pace of construction works. Construction of the segment Marabda-Kartsakhi of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway was begun in 2008. Letting of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in operation is scheduled for 2015, and the test train will pass through this railway line at the end of this year. The Ministers emphasized the international importance of the railway line, and also discussed the prospects for economic development of the region within the framework of this project.
  10. Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia will hold joint military exercises
    Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia will hold joint military exercises
    Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia will hold joint military exercises; this agreement was reached at a meeting of defense ministers of the three countries in Nahchivan. This was announced on Tuesday by the head of the defense department of Azerbaijan Zakir Hasanov. The minister said that the objective of the exercise is to increase the military efficiency of the armed forces. During of Nakhchivan meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia - Zakir Hasanov, Ismet Yilmaz and Iraklii Alasania also agreed to hold meetings in this format twice a year, the organization of joint seminars and conferences, creating of trilateral format in military education and cooperation in the military technical sphere, said Hasanov. The minister said that it is planned to organize meetings of experts to explore promising areas of cooperation. The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia have also discussed the military-political situation in the region, had an exchange of views on issues of security and restore stability in the region. The parties also noted the effectiveness of development cooperation in this format.

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