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Friday, March 29
Anti-Corruption Agency detains four on fraud charges

The officers of Anti-Corruption Agency under the State Security Service of Georgia have detained 4 citizens of Georgia: Guram G., Giorgi K., Tariel I. and Ramaz I. for appropriating a sum of money in especially large quantities through fraud.

As the State Security Service informs, an investigation has established that the members of the organized group promised a director of one of the company to cancel imposed encashment and release his bank account from distraint imposed by the state and in return demanded payment in an amount of GEL 2 700 000. The members of the mentioned group were convincing the director that through their influence and contacts in the Ministry of Infrastructure they would ensure that few dozen millions of worth large-scale infrastructure projects are passed to him without participation in tender and competition.

The members of the organized criminal group took possession of the part of the demanded amount of money – USD 10 000 through deceit and fraud of the company representatives, when they were detained by the officers of Anti-corruption Agency.

The investigation also established, that Giorgi K., one of the members of the organized criminal group, during parliamentary elections of 2016 and presidential elections of 2018, took in total GEL 350 000 from the representative of the above-mentioned company, in three stages, as if for the purpose of funding of the elections and for high-ranking officials of the State Security Service.

The investigation is in progress on the fact of appropriating a sum of money in, especially large quantities through fraud (Article 180, paragraph II, subparagraph “A” and Paragraph III, subparagraph “B” of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which envisages from 6 to 9 years of imprisonment). (IPN)

EU-funded projects present their achievements to Georgian media to mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership

On 27 March, EU-funded regional projects organized an informal gathering with leading media outlets in Georgia. The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss the tangible results and opportunities that the EU delivers to the citizens of Georgia through its regional programmes and to strengthen cooperation with journalists.

The event was dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership and Georgia was the first country to host such a media event.

At the event, the EU Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) Black Sea Programme presented the newly introduced, innovative waste management practices in the Georgian city of Kutaisi. This environmental programme brings together the efforts of Georgian, Moldovan and Armenian local authorities, NGOs, scientists, and activists, with the aim to reduce the amount of plastic waste in rivers.

The Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation project (EaP TC) presented its initiatives on cultural and economic cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan and Georgia and Armenia.

In addition, the EU-funded programme Mayors for Economic Growth showcased the best practices of two Georgian municipalities, Gori and Bolnisi, on how to use EU funds to support agribusiness and tourism development in the regions.

The EU framework programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, also presented its activities in Georgia, including the CURE project, aimed at finding solutions for asthmatic diseases. Beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ programme, which offers opportunities to Georgian youth to study in the EU, shared their experiences.

The event was attended by several ‘Young European Ambassadors’ (YEAs) from Georgia. They presented the initiative and explained how YEAs foster cooperation and sustainable links between young people in Georgia and youth organizations from the EU and its Eastern partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. (