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Friday, May 15
President issues order on Georgian troops’ participation in the Central African and Mali missions

The President of Georgia has issued a new order on GAF troops’ participation in the Central African and Mali military missions.

Giorgi Margvelashvili submitted his order to the Parliament for approval. The decree calls for a five-strong group of soldiers deploying to Central Africa for participation in the rapid response team, while one soldier will be sent to Mali and take part in the EU training mission.

The President’s decree will be reviewed by the Parliament’s Defense and Security Committee before it is put on the plenary session agenda. National Security Council Secretary Irina Imerlishvili will be the reporter on the issue. (IPN)

EU to Allocate ˆ50 m in Support of Judiciary Sector in Georgia

The European Union will allocate ˆ50 million in support of the judiciary sector of Georgia.

On May 14, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, David Bakradze and Gerhard Schumann-Hitzler, Director for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission, will sign two financing agreements with a total budget of ˆ60 million at the Government Administration of Georgia.

The Agreements foresee ˆ50 million in support of the judiciary sector and ˆ10 million in support of the Human Rights programmes within the framework of the EU initiative -"More for more".

The given EU assistance implies support for implementing priority reforms under the Association Agreement and the Agenda of the Association Agreement. Namely, ˆ50 mln assistance will address improving the Justice administration system, consolidating the rule of law, strengthening human rights protection in line with international and European standards, sharing best European experience, supporting the independence of judges and increasing capacity of court staff.

With the support of respective government agencies, the programme will promote establishing effective system of governance, promotion of Human Rights, the Rule of Law and respect to fundamental freedoms.

ˆ30 million of the 50 mln assistance will be implemented within the framework of the EU budgetary Assistance. Georgia will receive the funding in annual tranches during four years. The remaining ˆ20 mln will address the implementation of the projects in the above-mentioned directions. (Frontnews)

Slovenia’s National Assembly ratifies EU-Georgia Association Agreement

The National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia has ratified the Association Agreement (AA) between Georgia and the European Union (EU).

Members of the general representative body of Slovenian Parliament voted in favour of the ratification of the EU-Georgia deal on May 13.

The document was approved following a majority vote, 69 votes in favour and 3 against.

The important deal was signed by Georgia and the EU on June 27, 2014 in Brussels. European Parliament approved the EU-Georgia deal on December 18, 2014.

The Republic of Slovenia is the 21th EU member state to ratify the EU-Georgia deal.

Other countries that have already ratified the important deal are: Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Finland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia, Romania, Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria.

EU Association deals need to be ratified by all 28 EU member countries before the agreement can be fully implemented. Therefore seven EU member countries still need to ratify the deal. (

I did not know that the war was beginning – Patriarch

“I did not know that the war was beginning; the government did not consider it necessary to notify me,” said Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II said on an Imedi talk show yesterday, referring to the August War of 2008.

“The country was going to war and yet the Patriarch did not know anything about it," said His Holiness.

He recalled that period and described it as a very difficult time for Georgia. "I decided to go to Gori anyway. We saw brave men lying dead in the field. Our trip was so dangerous that our car was escorted. Gori was a dead city,” the Patriarch said.

Ilia ll said the Abkhaz and the Ossetian peoples should know that their progress and development can only be achieved together with their Georgian neighbours. "I am sure that there will be a time when Ossetians and Abkhazians will understand this and will return again into Georgia’s fold,” said the Patriarch. (IPN)