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Thursday, September 13
Plastic Bags to be banned gradually from October in Georgia

The Government of Georgia, within the Green Economy and Environmental Policy, has adopted regulations that will come into play on October 1 and will gradually ban the use of single-use plastic bags.

The Prime Minister of Georgia, Mamuka Bakhtadze noted that the government is developing the green economy policy very actively.

"As you know, in recent years the whole world has struggled with the use of plastic packaging materials. The environment is most commonly damaged by plastic products. The Government of Georgia, as part of its green economy and environmental policy, has adopted regulations, said Bakhtadze.

Plastic waste remains a double challenge, regarding sea pollution and recycling, since they can have severe downsides on the environment and health.

EU civil protection program extended until May 2019

Eastern Neighborhood countries will be able to benefit from an additional six months of support from the EU-funded Program on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries (PPRD East 2).

PPRD East program is the EU-funded flagship initiative aiming to increase the disaster risk management capacities and capabilities of the Eastern Partner countries, including Georgia.

The extension also envisages the continuation of work on regional cooperation towards the implementation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

Since 2010, the EU has provided close to 4.5 million on disaster preparedness in Georgia. The EU is preparing further assistance targeting civil protection, emergency management and the implementation of Georgia's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear strategy. (By Mariam Chanishvili)