Parliamentary Forum Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine on "Tripartite inter-parliamentary cooperation, new approaches among the countries members of the" Eastern Partnership "and the association agreement (with the EU)", started in Tbilisi on Monday, May 4,informs the press service of the legislature.
The two-day forum opened in the Georgian parliament on the initiative of the European Integration Committee and with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
" Sides taking participation in the forum will discuss the following issues: new mechanisms of expansion of parliamentary cooperation between the three countries, the Parliamentary Assembly Euronest – if it meets or not the format of the challenges of the Member States format, needs of the regulation and diversification", - said in a statement.
At the end of the Forum country's participants of "Eastern Partnership" and the Association Agreement with the European Union will be held a signing ceremony of the joint declaration on the initiative of the inter-parliamentary cooperation.
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.
Georgian Airways FlyVista from August, 28 will launch flights on the route Tbilisi - Kiev (airport "Kiev") - Tbilisi. Schedule provides fly from Tbilisi to Kiev at 13:00, from Kiev to Tbilisi at 15:25. Flight time is 1 hour 45 minutes.
According to a press release from the airline, flights will be operated from Tbilisi to Kiev three times a week - on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays – by Aircraft Boeing 737-300 with cabin only economy class, which will be offered food and drinks to be paid on board .
Ticket price in one direction – is up to $ 99, including all airport taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased at the office of the General Agency Sales FlyVista in Kiev - Ukrainian Handling Company, in accredited travel agencies, as well as on the web page of the company.
Free baggage allowance on the flights - 20 kg and 7 kg hand baggage.
FlyVista is airline operating scheduled passenger flights to neighboring countries in Tbilisi. Currently FlyVista is already flying from Tbilisi to Teheran and plans to open flights to Moscow, Almaty, Prague, Minsk, Istanbul and Baku.
Deputies of the Parliament of Georgia from autumn will work simultaneously in Tbilisi and Kutaisi, said a member of the parliamentary majority Manana Kobakhidze.
According to Kobakhidze parliamentary sessions will be held in the new building in Kutaisi, and offices and committee hearings - in old building in Tbilisi.
"The parliamentary session will be held in Kutaisi on Wednesday and Friday. As for the meetings of the bureau, committee hearings, and varieties of activities, including meetings with citizens - will be held in Tbilisi. Overall, the work and the life of the parliament will be in Tbilisi" - said Kobahidze.
Representatives of the parliamentary minority of "United National Movement", which, as in the past, that was ruling party achieved to move the parliament to Kutaisi, they believe that the separation of the two cities will lead to additional costs.
"The parliamentary majority has done everything possible that Kutaisi did not obtain of being parliamentary city. Up today, you can congratulate the members of the parliamentary majority - they will have two working cabinets, in western Georgia - Kutaisi, and in eastern Georgia – Tbilisi, said the representative of the United National Movement.
Georgia was affected by technical failures in its handling of American passports and visas, and therefore the process of issuing of these documents may be delayed indefinitely, as it was noted at the American Embassy in Georgia on Thursday, July 31st.
Bureau of Consular Affairs of the State Department earlier reported of a technical failure in the processing of passports and visas. And it was emphasized that this problem affects systems for processing documents in the world, and does not apply to any specific type of citizenship papers or certain types of visas.
Georgian citizens who have planned special trip to the United States also need to contact a customer service representative. In this case, in addition of providing personal data, it is necessary to describe the reasons for urgent request for a visa to USA.
"We draw your attention to the fact that only urgent humanitarian cases, which will be supported by relevant documents, will be considered" - say the embassy.
The American side apologizes for the inconvenience and delays in obtaining passports with visas of the United States and hopes that it will be able to solve this problem soon.
"Thank you for your patience and understanding of the situation ... We do our best to solve the problem and return your passport with the visa of the United States, as soon as we can complete the processing of passports", - noted in the embassy.
At the inauguration of the President of Georgia in Tbilisi will arrive 53 official delegations from both the friendly countries and international organizations, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maia Pandzhikidze.
"Today leaders of GPB (Georgian Public Broadcasting) announced about rupture of the contract with the TV Company PIK.
Simply to say, the channel is closed. PIK disappeared from the satellite. Argument of the public broadcaster allegedly unauthorized broadcasting by satellite Hotbird 13 degrees. And our silent protest on October, 15 "- wrote journalists of only in Georgia Russian-language channel "PIK ".
Giorgi Baramia, Chairman of the Government of Abkhazia and Giorgi Asanidze, Georgian Parliament Majority Member met with IDPs from Abkhazia compactly settled at Mukhiani 2nd micro-region, Tbilisi. They got acquainted with the IDPs' living/social issues and promised to resolve them in their favor.
The Chairman of the Committee on Health Care and Social Issues, Otar Toidze spoke about the renewal of an agreement between "The Government of Georgia and the Republic of Turkey on Cooperation in Social Protection Sphere” with the members of the Turkish delegation.
Today, the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, David Bakradze took part in the Conference "European Eastern Neighborhood – between the Authoritarian and Democratic Transition”, held in Sweden, where the discussion was held on the topic "What can and shall EU do”.