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The News in Brief

Monday, April 8, 2024
Prepared by Messenger Staff

Economy Minister Announces Decision on Tbilisi's New Airport Development

Levan Davitashvili, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, stated that at the Economic Council, discussions centered on energy incentive mechanisms and the development of the new Tbilisi airport. Davitashvili noted that decisions were reached concerning government approval for new support mechanisms and the airport's development.

"At the Economic Council, we discussed the mechanisms of energy incentives, which we had discussed with the private sector. New mechanisms for supporting energy projects from renewable sources, as well as the last auction. We introduced this information to the members of the Economic Council, and a decision was made that the government should already approve the new support mechanisms, which were discussed by the Economic Council.

Also, we talked about the new airport in Tbilisi, and we actually heard the results of the study, which was conducted by the Asian Development Bank together with the Association of Airports. Several options for the development of the new airport were discussed, and the economic council made a decision on how to develop the new international airport in Tbilisi," Davitashvili said.

Public Defender: Vetting Not Instant Solution for Judicial System

Levan Ioseliani, Georgia's Public Defender, emphasized that vetting alone cannot instantly fix all issues within the country's judicial system.

Ioseliani raised concerns about the effectiveness of vetting processes in Albania and Ukraine, suggesting they may not guarantee better outcomes, particularly regarding judiciary independence.

"We tend to get caught up in something and we don't like to delve into the content. While 'vetting' may be a popular term today, what results will it actually lead to? If there's a possibility of worsening outcomes, then we should think twice. Looking at the example of Albania, it resulted in worse outcomes there. I've also seen reports regarding Ukraine, and I can't say that vetting has brought better results there, particularly in ensuring the independence of the judiciary," Ioseliani stated.