“Dream” refuses to help the EU – what does it mean? Who arranges it?
The Georgian Dream is refusing EU assistance – a cheap loan aimed at the country, the probability of which was already reduced to zero after the unilateral annulment of the “Charles Michel Agreement”.
The European Union (EU) has repeatedly warned the Georgian government that it would suspend € 75 million in non-compliance with the terms of its next tranche of macro-financial assistance, including its commitment to judicial reform.
On August 31, the European Union said in response to the authorities that the request would be met and that Georgia would no longer receive another tranche of macro-financial assistance. It was also reiterated that the necessary conditions for receiving this amount had not been met and that future assistance would be appropriate for progress.
The leaders of the Georgian Dream say that they are giving up the next tranche of the European Union, 75 million euros, because they have accumulated money in the budget, the economy is developing and the country no longer needs to borrow.
Ramaz Gerliani, president of the Center for Economic Transformation, tells us that EU money cannot be considered a loan because of its low interest rate.
According to him, this assistance has repeatedly played a crucial role in Georgia’s progress.
What does it mean to refuse EU aid? What problems can this create for the country? Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
Learning will resume again at a distance
Due to the epidemiological situation in the country, the Interagency Coordination Council decided that on September 15, students will continue their distance learning. At this stage, however, the remote mode will only last until October 4.
“Until October 4, the work of educational institutions will be limited and this applies to both state and private kindergartens.” – Giorgi Ghibradze, Chief of the Operational Staff at the Interagency Coordination Council, stated about it at a briefing held at the Government Administration.
Yesterday, Education Minister Mikheil Chkhenkeli said that schools would be opened only in cities or villages where the virus-positive rate would be below 4%.
According to Amiran Gamkrelidze, head of the National Center for Disease Control, 15% of the coronavirus-infected population in Georgia is under 17 years old. According to him, in the case of persons under 19 this figure is up to 20 percent.
There is only one “Pfizer” vaccine produced in Georgia, with which vaccination is possible only for persons under 16 years of age according to the existing protocol in the country.
Another decision made by the Coordinating Council on 31 August concerns public transport. Transport will resume operations on September 13 instead of September 4.
Georgia in a demographic pit
This year, Georgia was left without a natural increase – the number of deaths exceeded the number of births. Demographers also attribute this to the cowardice and think that the picture will not improve much in the coming years.
For the first time since 2007, the death toll in Georgia has exceeded the birth rate. If in 2019 the natural increase was 1,637 people, the 2020 figure is as follows – minus four thousand seventeen (-4017). Covid increased the death rate in Georgia by 5.1%.
According to 2020 data, the number of married people is about 7 thousand less than in 2019 – 16 359 people.
Demographers predicted a decline in the birth rate even without Covid, because today children in Georgia are born to women who were born in the 90s – and in those years very few children were born.
The birth rate is expected to decrease in 8-10 years, the population will also decrease, at least we will not really be more than we are. “ – says demographer Gia Meladze.
Biden will meet Zelensky today
Today, US President Joe Biden will host Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House.
“This visit will reaffirm the United States’ continued support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression.” – We read in a statement issued by the White House on August 29.
According to the statement, the leaders will discuss energy security, the fight against corruption and the Zelensky reform plan.
“The president is looking forward to his visit on Wednesday, and to strengthening the ties that exist between our two countries,” he said. – said the White House spokesman in an interview with Radio Liberty.
The meeting will take place two days later than originally scheduled, as Biden’s agenda is busy with measures to deal with Hurricane Ida and the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
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Zaza Saralidze on the video: I can not kill you anymore
The father of the murdered child, Zaza Saralidze, whose bribery was released by the editor of “Exclusivenews” on August 30, perceives the recordings as an attempt to blacken him. The video footage, the date of which is unknown, shows how Alexander Khojevanishvili, a member of Giorgi Gakharia’s team, hands over the sheet to Zaza Saralidze.
The video is recorded for a few seconds, no sound is heard, the place and time of the meeting are not identified.
According to “Exclusivenews”, Saralidze was bribed. The editor of the publication claimed that he had received various compromising information about Saralidze’s bribery, including video material. According to him, this video was recorded a few days ago.
“From December 1, 2017, first Kotsaktiv ran over the name and grave of my murdered son, then the killers were caught and Natsaktiv ran over …
The only person, I emphasize, was and is Alexander Khojevanishvili from the government of that time, who accepted me humanely and accepted the pain of my family, when I knelt down and begged for help and the deputies of the dream shrugged their shoulders and spoke to me only in the language of law. I did not see, the law was only to protect you, the representatives of the elite “, – Zaza Saralidze writes on Facebook.
The United States has moved its diplomatic mission from Kabul to Qatar, saying the Taliban must gain international recognition.
The last American soldier left Kabul yesterday. The 20-year US war in Afghanistan is over. The US diplomatic mission will no longer work in Kabul.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has explained that Washington has moved its diplomatic mission to Doha, the capital of Qatar, where the Taliban have a political office.
“Our troops have left Afghanistan,” Blinken said in a statement on Afghanistan policy. “A new chapter has begun in US-Afghan relations.” “The military mission is over, a new diplomatic mission has begun”,– Said the Secretary of State.
A fun concert, asphalt villages and squares in cities – is that what people want?
On the Facebook page of every self-governing city and community municipality, you will definitely come across one paved street, a gravel road, a painted facade, a roadside tractor, and local officials wrapped around it or water pipes in a village.
There is a lot of activity in the pre-election regions – it looks like this on the social network and it is written in detail which project cost what, how much the state spent for the implementation of this or that infrastructure project.
Most of the pre-election infrastructure works are financed from the central budget and are actively promoted on the social media pages of the municipalities.
At first glance, there is nothing wrong with paving the road or arranging the square, but these activities of local governments raise a number of questions.
For example, Eto Arsanidze, a member of the Racha Community Organization, complains that no important project for the city is ever considered in public and that everything is learned post-factum when the project is approved and work begins. This was the case, for example, during the rehabilitation of Kostava Street, where black metal dams were installed, which disappointed many Ambrolauri residents and even reminded them of cemetery grills.
Read and see more in Eka Kevanishvili’s article.
Afghan refugees in a temporary shelter in Tbilisi. Thousands of Afghan refugees have been placed in US military bases, Red Cross camps and other temporary shelters throughout Europe, including Georgia. Read on and see more here.
Journalist Medea Imerlishvili had to fight with Kovid 4 months ago. In early May, when she became ill, the pandemic was not as widespread as it is today, although Medea was still writing about clinics that were hastily granted the right to accept co-patients. Medea Imerlishvili’s position has not changed today either.