The European Commission has allocated 2.3 billion euro for the realization of gas and energy projects, 200 million euro of which will go on the building of gas pipeline Nabucco. At the same time, the new EU commissioner on energy, Gunter Ettinger, declared the money is frozen until final approval of investment decision, Kommersant writes.
The Georgian capital is implementing a special project to improve traffic safety – Working Together for Safe Traffic Movement. In accordance with the program, aimed at safer movement of transport, construction companies carrying out road works should protect work zones with the help of modern equipment and road signs, Business Georgia reports.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has officially opened a new Georgian-Turkish school in Batumi. He said efforts to reform the education system were continuing and the government was taking efficient steps to that end, Georgia Today reports.
A mourning ceremony was on Tuesday in the capital of Abkhazia in connection with the funeral of the first president of the republic Vladislav Ardzinba, reports Yuga.ru. Ardzinba died aged 64 on March 4 in a Moscow hospital after a protracted illness. After the civil funeral rites on March 5, which took place in the cultural center of the Armed Forces of Russia in Moscow, the body of the former president was delivered to Abkhazia. On the news of his death, all celebrations and sporting contests in the republic were canceled.
A high-level delegation from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA OSCE), headed by President Joao Soares and the special representative on Nagorno-Karabakh and Georgia, Goran Lennmarker, has arrived in Tbilisi within the framework of a tour of the South Caucasus, reports News of Georgia.The representatives of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly arrived in Georgia late on Monday, leaving on Wednesday. They visit Armenia on March 10-13 and Azerbaijan on March 13-16.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered the Defense Ministry to hold discussions with South Ossetia on the signing of a deal on a Russian military base in the South Caucasus republic, RIA Novosti reported.
This January, the Georgian government signed a six-month contract with one of the most powerful lobbying firms in Washington – the Podesta Group. According to the deal, worth $300,000, the company will support the Georgian authorities in Congress and in relations with the executive powers of the U.S., as well as provide mass-media management services. According to documentation presented to the U.S. Justice Department, Podesta will also organize meetings between the representatives of the Georgian authorities and members of Congress and executive authorities. The Podesta Group was founded in 1988 by the brothers Tony and John Podesta – reports Business Georgia.
The next meeting of the NATO-Georgia committee will take place on March 12 at the headquarters of the military alliance in Brussels, the Georgia Times reports.
On March, 7 in Teheran University has started tarted the seminar "Prospect of security and cooperation in the South Caucasus", in the course of which will take place the exchange of opinions between the experts and politicians of the region, reports Georgia Online ("Грузия Online").
President Saakashvili said that the young Georgian state had withstood three tsunamis.
The leader of the Democratic Movement - United Georgia opposition party Nino Burjanadze said on Friday she made her trip to Moscow “not to make a fuss, but to assist the process of settlement of Georgian-Russian relations."
The leader of the party "Democratic movement united Georgia" Nino Burjanadze said that she "came to Moscow not to make a fuss, but to assist the process of settlement of Georgian-Russian relations"
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has met in Moscow with Nino Burjanadze, a former speaker of the Georgian parliament and leader of the Democratic Movement - United Georgia opposition group.The head of the Russian government said that Russia was ready for dialogue with political groups in Georgia.
The education minister of Azerbaijan, Misir Mardanov, and the governor of Georgia’s Kvemo-Kartli region, David Kirkitadze, have discussed institutes of higher education from Azerbaijan establishing branches in Tbilisi, Trend news agency reportsAn Education Ministry statement said that in the course of the meeting with the governor, Mardanov also discussed the possibilities of teaching the Georgian language in Azerbaijan.The minister noted the special attention paid to Georgian in schools in the Azerbaijani regions of Qakh, Balakan and Zaqatala.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev expressed on Thursday his condolences to his Georgian counterpart Mikhail Saakashvili over Wednesday’s deadly explosion at a mine in Georgia’s Tkibuli, the Trend news agency said.
Russia has new evidence of crimes carried out by Georgian forces during their attack on South Ossetia in August 2008, Russia's special investigations committee said on Thursday.
The West may use Georgian infrastructure for the transit of military cargoes to Afghanistan.
Valery Kvaratskhelia: "Russia should speak with honest politicians" Leader of the "Neutral Georgia" party Valery Kvaratskhelia in an interview with VC expressed doubts that former Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli, who has recently signed a cooperation agreement with the “United Russia,” will manage to improve Russian-Georgian relations.
Exposition of the Museum of Oriental Art of Georgia
Journal of the Caucasus visited the VI Biennale of poets, held in the framework of the Moscow International FestivalServed Shota Iatashvili - Georgian poet and writer