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Georgian Wine Exhibition in Bordeaux to Open Late July

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Georgian Wine Exhibition in Bordeaux to Open Late July

- Georgia’s Minister of Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili, has confirmed that from July 31 to November 5, the center of wine civilization- Cité des Civilisations Du Vin in Bordeaux, France, will open its doors for the Georgian wine exhibition. “It is a very important exhibition- Georgia is the first invited country and it is the proof that Georgia is the motherland of wine, the cradle of viniculture,” Davitashvili stated at the special press-conference on Wednesday
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On Tbilisi’s Green Spaces

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On Tbilisi’s Green Spaces

- Interview. Tbilisi was once green, when it was founded as the capital of Georgia more than 15 centuries ago. However, through the vicissitudes of history, most of the forests covering the emplacement of the city have been burned or cut down. Many gardens and parks developed by Georgian kings and noblemen in the 18th century were destroyed by invasions and though, in the soviet era, many parks were laid, most of them nowadays face threats from the city’s urban development and the mushrooming of multi-story blocks
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Georgia's NATO Membership: A Definitive Decision Has (Yet) to Come

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Georgia's NATO Membership: A Definitive Decision Has (Yet) to Come

- OP-Ed. The break-up of the Soviet Union marked the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, whose members embarked upon integration with NATO. An intrinsic consequence of the Pact’s disappearance, however, was that NATO, and the United States in particular, found itself in disarray, incapable of organizing the Alliance’s expansion in a cohesive way, and having lost the means to leverage its foreign policy
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President Vetoes Bills of Self-Government and Election Codes

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President Vetoes Bills of Self-Government and Election Codes

- The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili has vetoed the amendments adopted by the parliament to the Self-government Code and Election Code. Margvelashvili said he added motivated remarks to the drafts and sent them back to the parliament. Self-Government Code amendments were adopted by Parliament on June 30 with the third reading, which envisages reduction of self-governing cities. Among 14 municipalities in Georgia, seven are self-governing cities (Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Gori, Telavi, Akhaltsikhe, Mtskheta and Ambrolauri), will lose their status and be transformed into municipalities
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Has the Russian Occupation of Georgia Been Chalked off the Western Agenda?

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Has the Russian Occupation of Georgia Been Chalked off the Western Agenda?

- INTERVIEW. It finally happened this month: the presidents of the United States and Russian Federation meet face to face for the first time. Just a day before that, however, Trump traveled to Warsaw where he quite nonchalantly berated Russia in his strongest terms yet, calling on the Kremlin to “stop destructive activities in Ukraine and elsewhere”. Elsewhere being a rather broad term, surely encompassing Georgia as well, right? Yet, the South Caucasus definitely wasn’t mentioned and it’s not for a lack of destructive actions on Russia’s part: the aptly named “creeping occupation” continues here, as does the “borderization” process, and despite Georgia’s successes on its European path, Abkhazia and South Ossetia seem to be in no rush to ever consider foregoing their “independent status”
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US State Department Terrorism Report Mentions Georgia

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US State Department Terrorism Report Mentions Georgia

- The State Department of the United States (US) released its annual report -Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which reads that Georgia, a longstanding member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, continued its strong engagement with the United States across a range of counterterrorism-related issues and remained a solid U.S. global security partner. It also says that Georgian authorities continued to work toward greater information sharing with U
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Russia Restricts Georgian Airways Flights

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Russia Restricts Georgian Airways Flights

- Russia’s Ministry of Transport has imposed restrictions on Tbilisi-Moscow flights of the airline company Georgian Airways. Russian media reports that the decision of the Russian Transport Ministry was followed by the restriction set by Georgia on the Russian owned Ural Airlines on performing flights from Moscow’s Zhukovsky Airport to Tbilisi. “Georgian aviation authorities must fulfill their obligations towards the Russian side and give Ural Airlines permission for these flights," Russian news agency Ria Novosti quoted the statement of the Russian ministry
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Russia Works on Extending its Corridors to the South Caucasus

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Russia Works on Extending its Corridors to the South Caucasus

- Russian-Georgian relations have witnessed a number of interesting developments in the recent period. Progress has been made on the issue of opening/controlling trade routes through Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia breakaway territories, while Russia on July 15 announced that works are starting on the Avaro-Kakhetian road – a 85 km highway which will connect Dagestan with Georgia’s Kakheti region. The numbers of Russian tourists are up and the same trend is observable in bilateral trade contacts between the countries
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MEP Addresses Georgian Gov’t over Two High-Profile Cases

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MEP Addresses Georgian Gov’t over Two High-Profile Cases

- European Parliament Member Rebecca Harms, who arrived in Tbilisi on an official visit, has addressed the Georgian government over two most high-profile cases – Turkish citizen Mustafa Emre Cabuk’s case and the case of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. The MEP stated at the special press-conference that teaching in a school linked to Gülen is not a crime and called on the government to grant a political asylum to Cabuk
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Lado Ataneli‘s Star Opened in front of the Tbilisi State Opera Theater

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Lado Ataneli‘s Star Opened in front of the Tbilisi State Opera Theater

- On July 7, famous Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli’s star was opened in front of the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater. On the same day, he sang scenes from Verdi’s ‘La Forza Del Destino’ and Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ with his friends, prominent opera singers Iano Alibegashvili and Badri Maisuradze, who is also Artistic Director of Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater. With nearly 40 operas to his credit, Lado Ataneli fitted well in Don Carlo and Scarpia’s costumes once again
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Giorgi Mikadze Becomes Visiting Professor of Berklee College of Music

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Giorgi Mikadze Becomes Visiting Professor of Berklee College of Music

- Giorgi Mikadze, a young and exceptionally talented Georgian musician, a rising star of classical music, jazz, pop and contemporary, is well-known in the modern music world, having achieved numerous successes in concerts and contests. He has lived in the US for the last few years and works tirelessly to popularize Georgia through his educational and concert life. He recently announced that he has now become an visiting Professor of the most prestigious music college of the world – Berklee
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Religious Organizations Unite to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls

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Religious Organizations Unite to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls

- The family is an assenting unit based on equality, where people live harmoniously and treat each other with respect and affection and also care for each other, - read a statement by the Administration of Muslims of All Georgia following the July 11 conference ‘The Role of Religion in the Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls’. “A favorable family environment is essential for a person’s personal development and full realization of his/her potential
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Passenger Flows Up in Georgian Airports

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Passenger Flows Up in Georgian Airports

- According to the six-month statistics of 2017, the number of passengers passing through Georgian airports has increased by 48.61 percent, while the number of air transported goods is up by 40.07 percent according to the data of the Civil Aviation Agency. 1,609.183 passengers were transported by regular and charter flights in Georgian airports for the first six month period of 2017, which is 48
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A Decade of Success: EU Bank Marks 10 Years in Georgia with New Loans

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A Decade of Success: EU Bank Marks 10 Years in Georgia with New Loans

- The European Investment Bank (EIB) marked the tenth anniversary of its activities in Georgia with major new loans and a keynote speech by Vice-President Vazil Hudák at the 14th Batumi International Conference. A EUR 250 mln loan, signed by EIB Vice-President Vazil Hudák in the presence of Georgian Prime Minister Girogi Kvirikashvili and European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefcovic, will be used to upgrade Georgia’s priority road infrastructure
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Georgia’s European Way - Ensuring Regional Stability Conference Opens in Batumi

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Georgia’s European Way - Ensuring Regional Stability Conference Opens in Batumi

- The 14th annual international conference Georgia’s European Way - Ensuring Regional Stability started in Batumi on Thursday. The two-day conference will focus on European security, economic and geopolitical issues, new forms of cooperation between the EU and its associated partner countries, and the role of Georgia in the process of regional stability. EU energy security, diversification of the energy markets and the process of energy market liberalization are said to be among the themes of particular focus at the conference this year as Georgian government representatives and high-ranking delegates from Europe gather in the Adjara capital
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Georgian MPs' Visit to Moscow Angers Georgians, Delights Russians

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Georgian MPs' Visit to Moscow Angers Georgians, Delights Russians

- For the first time since the Georgia-Russia August 2008 war, three Georgian parliamentarians from the Russian-affiliated Alliance of Patriots of Georgia (APG) went to Moscow to hold bilateral meetings with Russian political parties. This step of the APG MPs, Giorgi Lomia, Ada Marshania and Nato Chkheidze, amid negative reactions from most Georgian political parties and ordinary citizens, but was followed by positive assessment from the Russian side
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Tbilisi Mayor’s Office Employee Detained for Bribery

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Tbilisi Mayor’s Office Employee Detained for Bribery

- Otar Abesadze, employee of Tbilisi City Hall, has been arrested by officers of the Anti-Corruption Agency of the State Security Service (SSS) of Georgia on charges of accepting bribes. The SSS says that in May 2017, Abesadze promised a certain citizen an accelerated issue of a permit for the opening of café Tivi and the relevant documentation, and in return received $ 3,000
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Georgian Wine Exhibition in Bordeaux to Open Late July
Georgian Wine Exhibition in Bordeaux to Open Late July Georgia’s Minister of Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili, has confirmed that from July 31 to November 5, the center of wine civilization- Cité des Civilisations Du Vin in Bordeaux, France, will open its doors for the Georgian wine exhibition. “It is a very important exhibition- Georgia is the first invited country and it is the proof that Georgia is the motherland of wine, the cradle of viniculture,” Davitashvili stated at the special press-conference on Wednesday   Read More ...
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On Tbilisi’s Green Spaces
On Tbilisi’s Green Spaces Interview. Tbilisi was once green, when it was founded as the capital of Georgia more than 15 centuries ago. However, through the vicissitudes of history, most of the forests covering the emplacement of the city have been burned or cut down. Many gardens and parks developed by Georgian kings and noblemen in the 18th century were destroyed by invasions and though, in the soviet era, many parks were laid, most of them nowadays face threats from the city’s urban development and the mushrooming of multi-story blocks   Read More ...
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Georgia's NATO Membership: A Definitive Decision Has (Yet) to Come
Georgia's NATO Membership: A Definitive Decision Has (Yet) to Come OP-Ed. The break-up of the Soviet Union marked the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, whose members embarked upon integration with NATO. An intrinsic consequence of the Pact’s disappearance, however, was that NATO, and the United States in particular, found itself in disarray, incapable of organizing the Alliance’s expansion in a cohesive way, and having lost the means to leverage its foreign policy   Read More ...
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President Vetoes Bills of Self-Government and Election Codes
President Vetoes Bills of Self-Government and Election Codes The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili has vetoed the amendments adopted by the parliament to the Self-government Code and Election Code. Margvelashvili said he added motivated remarks to the drafts and sent them back to the parliament. Self-Government Code amendments were adopted by Parliament on June 30 with the third reading, which envisages reduction of self-governing cities. Among 14 municipalities in Georgia, seven are self-governing cities (Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Gori, Telavi, Akhaltsikhe, Mtskheta and Ambrolauri), will lose their status and be transformed into municipalities   Read More ...
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Has the Russian Occupation of Georgia Been Chalked off the Western Agenda?
Has the Russian Occupation of Georgia Been Chalked off the Western Agenda? INTERVIEW. It finally happened this month: the presidents of the United States and Russian Federation meet face to face for the first time. Just a day before that, however, Trump traveled to Warsaw where he quite nonchalantly berated Russia in his strongest terms yet, calling on the Kremlin to “stop destructive activities in Ukraine and elsewhere”. Elsewhere being a rather broad term, surely encompassing Georgia as well, right? Yet, the South Caucasus definitely wasn’t mentioned and it’s not for a lack of destructive actions on Russia’s part: the aptly named “creeping occupation” continues here, as does the “borderization” process, and despite Georgia’s successes on its European path, Abkhazia and South Ossetia seem to be in no rush to ever consider foregoing their “independent status”   Read More ...
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US State Department Terrorism Report Mentions Georgia
US State Department Terrorism Report Mentions Georgia The State Department of the United States (US) released its annual report -Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which reads that Georgia, a longstanding member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, continued its strong engagement with the United States across a range of counterterrorism-related issues and remained a solid U.S. global security partner. It also says that Georgian authorities continued to work toward greater information sharing with U   Read More ...
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Tags: Wars |  Terrorism | 
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Georgian, Ukrainian Presidents Visit Occupation Line
Georgian, Ukrainian Presidents Visit Occupation Line Within the framework of the official visit to Georgia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, accompanied by his Georgian counterpart, Giorgi Margvelashvili, visited the occupation line that divides occupied South Ossetia (Tskhinvali) from the rest of Georgia. At the occupation line village Odzisi the Head of the Analytical Department of the State Security Service of Georgia provided the presidents with the information about the existing situation at the breakaway Tskhinvali   Read More ...
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Noble Partner 2017 to Be Launched in Georgia in Late July
Noble Partner 2017 to Be Launched in Georgia in Late July NATO-backed Noble Partner-2017 multinational drills will be launched on July 30 in Georgia with its European and regional partners and troops from 11 countries. “Strength through Partnership” – is the main message of the multinational exercise Noble Partner, to be held in Georgia for the third time. Georgia, USA, UK, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Romania, Slovenia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine will join forces for the training   Read More ...
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Russia Restricts Georgian Airways Flights
Russia Restricts Georgian Airways Flights Russia’s Ministry of Transport has imposed restrictions on Tbilisi-Moscow flights of the airline company Georgian Airways. Russian media reports that the decision of the Russian Transport Ministry was followed by the restriction set by Georgia on the Russian owned Ural Airlines on performing flights from Moscow’s Zhukovsky Airport to Tbilisi. “Georgian aviation authorities must fulfill their obligations towards the Russian side and give Ural Airlines permission for these flights," Russian news agency Ria Novosti quoted the statement of the Russian ministry   Read More ...
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Russia Works on Extending its Corridors to the South Caucasus
Russia Works on Extending its Corridors to the South Caucasus Russian-Georgian relations have witnessed a number of interesting developments in the recent period. Progress has been made on the issue of opening/controlling trade routes through Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia breakaway territories, while Russia on July 15 announced that works are starting on the Avaro-Kakhetian road – a 85 km highway which will connect Dagestan with Georgia’s Kakheti region. The numbers of Russian tourists are up and the same trend is observable in bilateral trade contacts between the countries   Read More ...
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MEP Addresses Georgian Gov’t over Two High-Profile Cases
MEP Addresses Georgian Gov’t over Two High-Profile Cases European Parliament Member Rebecca Harms, who arrived in Tbilisi on an official visit, has addressed the Georgian government over two most high-profile cases – Turkish citizen Mustafa Emre Cabuk’s case and the case of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. The MEP stated at the special press-conference that teaching in a school linked to Gülen is not a crime and called on the government to grant a political asylum to Cabuk   Read More ...
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Lado Ataneli‘s Star Opened in front of the Tbilisi State Opera Theater
Lado Ataneli‘s Star Opened in front of the Tbilisi State Opera Theater On July 7, famous Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli’s star was opened in front of the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater. On the same day, he sang scenes from Verdi’s ‘La Forza Del Destino’ and Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ with his friends, prominent opera singers Iano Alibegashvili and Badri Maisuradze, who is also Artistic Director of Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater. With nearly 40 operas to his credit, Lado Ataneli fitted well in Don Carlo and Scarpia’s costumes once again   Read More ...
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Tags: Theater | 
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Giorgi Mikadze Becomes Visiting Professor of Berklee College of Music
Giorgi Mikadze Becomes Visiting Professor of Berklee College of Music Giorgi Mikadze, a young and exceptionally talented Georgian musician, a rising star of classical music, jazz, pop and contemporary, is well-known in the modern music world, having achieved numerous successes in concerts and contests. He has lived in the US for the last few years and works tirelessly to popularize Georgia through his educational and concert life. He recently announced that he has now become an visiting Professor of the most prestigious music college of the world – Berklee   Read More ...
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Religious Organizations Unite to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls
Religious Organizations Unite to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls The family is an assenting unit based on equality, where people live harmoniously and treat each other with respect and affection and also care for each other, - read a statement by the Administration of Muslims of All Georgia following the July 11 conference ‘The Role of Religion in the Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls’. “A favorable family environment is essential for a person’s personal development and full realization of his/her potential   Read More ...
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Passenger Flows Up in Georgian Airports
Passenger Flows Up in Georgian Airports According to the six-month statistics of 2017, the number of passengers passing through Georgian airports has increased by 48.61 percent, while the number of air transported goods is up by 40.07 percent according to the data of the Civil Aviation Agency. 1,609.183 passengers were transported by regular and charter flights in Georgian airports for the first six month period of 2017, which is 48   Read More ...
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Seedstars World Comes to Tbilisi
Seedstars World Comes to Tbilisi On September 16 the 10 best startups from Tbilisi will be invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete to be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Tbilisi 2017. Seedstars World is a competition for startup companies, which are at the stage of development, which is held for the second time in Georgia. This year Seedstars competition will cover around 65 countries worldwide   Read More ...
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A Decade of Success: EU Bank Marks 10 Years in Georgia with New Loans
A Decade of Success: EU Bank Marks 10 Years in Georgia with New Loans The European Investment Bank (EIB) marked the tenth anniversary of its activities in Georgia with major new loans and a keynote speech by Vice-President Vazil Hudák at the 14th Batumi International Conference. A EUR 250 mln loan, signed by EIB Vice-President Vazil Hudák in the presence of Georgian Prime Minister Girogi Kvirikashvili and European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefcovic, will be used to upgrade Georgia’s priority road infrastructure   Read More ...
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Georgia’s European Way - Ensuring Regional Stability Conference Opens in Batumi
Georgia’s European Way - Ensuring Regional Stability Conference Opens in Batumi The 14th annual international conference Georgia’s European Way - Ensuring Regional Stability started in Batumi on Thursday. The two-day conference will focus on European security, economic and geopolitical issues, new forms of cooperation between the EU and its associated partner countries, and the role of Georgia in the process of regional stability. EU energy security, diversification of the energy markets and the process of energy market liberalization are said to be among the themes of particular focus at the conference this year as Georgian government representatives and high-ranking delegates from Europe gather in the Adjara capital   Read More ...
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Stoltenberg: We Do Not Recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as Independent States
Stoltenberg: We Do Not Recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as Independent States NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has commented on recent moving the occupation line further into Georgian territory after Thursday’s meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels, Belgium. Stoltenberg expressed concern over the recent developments in the breakaway regions of Georgia - Abkhazia and South Ossetia, adding that NATO does not recognize these territories as independent states and republics. “As the NATO Secretary General I declare that we are concerned having observed that the so-called border was moved for several times,” Stoltenberg stated, adding that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are integral parts of Georgia   Read More ...
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Georgian MPs' Visit to Moscow Angers Georgians, Delights Russians
Georgian MPs' Visit to Moscow Angers Georgians, Delights Russians For the first time since the Georgia-Russia August 2008 war, three Georgian parliamentarians from the Russian-affiliated Alliance of Patriots of Georgia (APG) went to Moscow to hold bilateral meetings with Russian political parties. This step of the APG MPs, Giorgi Lomia, Ada Marshania and Nato Chkheidze, amid negative reactions from most Georgian political parties and ordinary citizens, but was followed by positive assessment from the Russian side   Read More ...
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Tbilisi Mayor’s Office Employee Detained for Bribery
Tbilisi Mayor’s Office Employee Detained for Bribery Otar Abesadze, employee of Tbilisi City Hall, has been arrested by officers of the Anti-Corruption Agency of the State Security Service (SSS) of Georgia on charges of accepting bribes. The SSS says that in May 2017, Abesadze promised a certain citizen an accelerated issue of a permit for the opening of café Tivi and the relevant documentation, and in return received $ 3,000   Read More ...
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National Food Agency Issues Examination Results of Georgian Spices
National Food Agency Issues Examination Results of Georgian Spices The National Food Agency (NFA) of Georgia has issued the results of an examination of Georgian spices, following the recent warning issued by the New York City Health Department informing that spices from Georgia may contain a high level of lead. The NFA claims its specialists took 75 samples of spices from throughout the territory of Georgia, which it then sent to the Adjara Ministry of Agriculture laboratory research center   Read More ...
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Trump Meets Putin but Not Russian Hopes
Trump Meets Putin but Not Russian Hopes In politics, large gatherings of leaders, summits, etc. rarely yield immediate results. Throughout history there were numerous famous gatherings such as the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815), Congress of Berlin (1878) or Versailles Conference (1919) following the end of the World War I. If significant results ensued these events, they were either decided beforehand by lower level diplomats or during the conferences, with only a tiny group of leaders forging out the important clauses and other details   Read More ...
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BTU Launches New Phase of Digital Citizen Project
BTU Launches New Phase of Digital Citizen Project The Business and Technology University of Georgia (BTU) has announced the start of a new phase of its Digital Citizen project, an online global platform for employment aimed at offering digital retraining for people living in the regions of Georgia, with the possibility of being added to global employment platforms in the future. The innovative employment platform has access to 15 million vacancies globally, enabling specific job searches   Read More ...
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Students Support Social Entrepreneurship
Students Support Social Entrepreneurship Students for Support of Social Entrepreneurship, a student competition, initiated by the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) since 2012. This year the competition covered the whole of Georgia, and more than 100 students from the universities of Kutaisi, Telavi, Akhaltsikhe and Tbilisi participated in the competition. The competition aims at promoting the concept of social entrepreneurship in young people   Read More ...
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Nelkarisi Winery Opens in Kakheti
Nelkarisi Winery Opens in Kakheti Nelkarisi Winery has opened near the village of Shilda, in Kakheti region, uniting a wine factory, wine shop, restaurant and wine cellar. JSC Friends cellar was built in 2014 financed with $600,000 in the framework of the United Agro Project, with an overall investment budget of $4 million. The company produces 150,000 bottles of wine per year, selling it on the local market as well as exporting to Azerbaijan, European countries, the US and Great Britain   Read More ...
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Recycling: Gov’t & NGOs Start Extended Producer Reponsibility Campaign
Recycling: Gov’t & NGOs Start Extended Producer Reponsibility Campaign Few people in Georgia think of what happens when they throw something out in the trash. Two decades ago, waste wasn’t a big issue, since nothing was wasted because everything was valued. But with Georgia’s quick economic development has come rising awareness of the risks associated with poorly disposed of products- and Georgia finds itself far behind many others in seeking solutions to the challenge   Read More ...
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Polish Ambassador to Georgia on Poland-EU & Georgia-NATO Relations
Polish Ambassador to Georgia on Poland-EU & Georgia-NATO Relations Interview. Strategic Partner of Georgia– few countries in Europe can be called that (not that many of them aspire to be), but Poland certainly deserves this and many other accolades for fostering and strengthening Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations from the very beginning. However, Warsaw itself is at what you might call an all-time low in relations with the European Union, with its government accusing the Brussels leadership of an overbearing agenda and patronizing attitude   Read More ...
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EUMM in Georgia Comments on Borderization Activities
EUMM in Georgia Comments on Borderization Activities Following media reports and statements made recently over the information that a new ‘Green Sign’ has been installed in the vicinity of Bershueti (Gduleti) of Gori District at the occupation line with the breakaway South Ossetia region, the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) dispatched a patrol to the area to monitor the situation. “The EUMM can confirm that borderization activities took place in the Gduleti area in June, but is not able to confirm the installation of new ‘Green Signs’ during the past week,” the statement of the EUMM reads   Read More ...
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Anita Rachvelishvili Voted Best Female Singer at Bachtrack Opera Awards
Anita Rachvelishvili Voted Best Female Singer at Bachtrack Opera Awards Anita Rachvelishvili, the Georgian meezzo-soprano has been voted best female singer at Bachtrack Opera Awards for her performance as Dalila in Camille Saint- Saens Opera Samson and Dalila at Opera National De Paris. “Able to play woman who is in turn manipulative, loving and determined, she succeeds brilliantly and her duet with Samson is a thing of utter beauty” says Anne -Laure Faubert in her review from October 7, 2016 published on the Bachtrack website   Read More ...
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NGOs Call on President to Veto Self-Government Code Bill
NGOs Call on President to Veto Self-Government Code Bill After filing a lawsuit in Kutaisi City Court, Georgian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) requested the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, veto the Self-Government Code amendments adopted by Parliament on June 30 with the third reading, which envisages reduction of self-governing cities. The NGOs are protesting the decision to abolish the status for seven self-governing cities and reduce the number of municipalities. Among 14 municipalities, seven are self-governing cities (Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Gori, Telavi, Akhaltsikhe, Mtskheta and Ambrolauri), which will lose their status and be transformed into municipalities   Read More ...
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Places: Asia |  W. Asia |  Georgia |  Georgia |  Imereti | 
TBC Bank Signs Memorandum with Tbilisi State University
TBC Bank Signs Memorandum with Tbilisi State University On June 29, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between TBC Bank and Tbilisi State University, marking the start of their cooperation towards jointly implementing numerous educational and social projects planned within the memorandum framework. Popularization and promotion of the Georgian language under the 'Write in Georgian" (#წერექართულად) project, providing access to thousands of electronic books at the Saba online electronic library, carrying out special education trainings and employment programs for students, the creation of a special online branded shop for the university and realization of joint social activities and projects focused on the younger generation are just a few of the future projects already planned   Read More ...
Places: Georgia |  Tbilisi | 
Poland & the Coal Collapse: We’ll Have to Import from Russia
Poland & the Coal Collapse: We’ll Have to Import from Russia According to the publication Rzeczpospolita, the Polish company Weglokoks plans to import Russian coal and has already received permission from the government of the country to do so. This decision is dictated by "a huge backlog in production," notes Rzeczpospolita: this year Poland, which itself is a large coal country, may not have the 5 million tons of coal required to meet demand   Read More ...
Places: Georgia |  Poland |  Russia | 
5 Ways to Manage Your Digital Footprint
5 Ways to Manage Your Digital Footprint The internet revolutionized the way people work, get informed, entertain themselves or even shape their life experience. It is a fact: internet is an essential tool for a very large number of people worldwide. It enables fast, not to say immediate, sharing of information and goods. However, the ubiquitous nature of internet makes it a double-edged sword. When surfing online, everybody leaves footprints- usually unconsciously   Read More ...
Places: Georgia | 
Georgian Wool: Can It Become the “Golden Fleece” Again?
Georgian Wool: Can It Become the “Golden Fleece” Again? The ISET Economist, a blog about economics in Georgia and the South Caucasus by the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) By Rati Kochlamazashvili and Pati Mamardashvili. Back in 2014, Georgia and the European Union (EU) signed an Association Agreement, which included the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the EU and Georgia. While this agreement creates new opportunities for Georgia’s agricultural exports, high food safety standards in the EU market make it difficult to fully utilize these opportunities   Read More ...
Categories: Business | 
Tags: Economics | 
Places: Asia |  W. Asia |  Georgia |  Europe | 
Georgia Remains in Tier 1 of Countries Combatting Trafficking
Georgia Remains in Tier 1 of Countries Combatting Trafficking Georgia remains on the country list of those that have the highest level of fighting against trafficking, according to the United States (US) Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2017. Through the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the US State Department annually assesses actions carried out by 188 states to combat trafficking in persons. The US State Department assesment is based on such components as prevention of human trafficking, protection of victims of trafficking, criminal prosecution of perpetrators and collaboration between governments and civil society with respect to trafficking   Read More ...
Places: United States |  Georgia | 
TBC Bank’s SABA- Increasing Literacy & a Love of Reading
TBC Bank’s SABA- Increasing Literacy & a Love of Reading The most prestigious literary award in Georgia, the leading innovative web-platform of electronic books and social-literary projects is the result of 15 years’ work of SABA, the summarizing report of which was introduced to the public in TBC Gallery on June 26. SABA was founded by TBC Bank in 2003 to give society the chance to choose books and writers, and to increase literacy in Georgia   Read More ...
Categories: Books & Literature | 
Tags: Reading | 
Places: Georgia |  Georgia | 
Business Forum “Women in Business” was held by BUSINESS GEORGIA
Business Forum “Women in Business” was held by BUSINESS GEORGIA On June 28, at the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi, BUSINESS GEORGIA and Bank of Georgia organized a Business Forum “Women in Business”. The event's main goal was emphasizing the role of women in business, their achievements, difficulties and challenges. Providing required access to resources, and support of female entrepreneurs is key to ensuring women’s economic participation, and closing the gender gap. Therefore, the forum was an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge, experience, and connectivity among women business owners, setting the stage for new opportunities and promoting social dialog among women entrepreneurs and business leaders   Read More ...
Categories: Business | 
Places: Asia |  W. Asia |  Georgia | 
Bel Canto: Georgian Baritone Mesmerizes City of Verona
Bel Canto: Georgian Baritone Mesmerizes City of Verona The annual Arena di Verona Opera Festival was opened on June 23 by Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ with Georgian Baritone George Gagnidze in the title role. It merited a storm of applause and great appraisal in the Italian press. Nabucco was conducted by the outstanding maestro Daniel Oren (under whose baton Aida was performed in the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater just a few months ago)   Read More ...
Places: Georgia | 
Contemporary Chinese Artists in Tbilisi
Contemporary Chinese Artists in Tbilisi If you happen to be passing the Georgian National Gallery on Rustaveli Avenue, nip in to discover a marvelous exhibition of contemporary Chinese artists. Ai Weiwei, Hu Xiaoyuan, Li Shurui, Liu Wei, Lu Pingyuan, Lu Shanchuan, Ma Qiusha, Wang Guangle, Wang Sishun, Wang Yuyang, Xie Molin, Xu Qu, Xu Zhen, Yan Xing, Zhang Ding, Zhang Zhenyu, Zhao Yao and Zhao Zhao are on display there until September and GEORGIA TODAY went along to the opening to see what it’s all about   Read More ...
Places: Georgia |