“Words can no longer be controlled” – the story of the EU loan and the chain of problems
When the Georgian government agreed to a higher interest rate loan from the Asian Development Bank, many remembered the refusal of a cheap EU loan.
The government’s arguments are incomprehensible in both political and expert circles. However, the discussion of the loan issue has long gone beyond the purely financial or economic scope. In discussions or comments, at home or abroad, this topic is seen as part of the problems or light tensions that have recently emerged in the Georgian government’s relations with the European Union.
Added to this is the fact that the EU has raised serious questions with the Georgian authorities regarding the so-called SUS hearings, in which diplomats are also involved.
Against the background of all this, the political parties held meetings with the EU Ambassador and other European ambassadors at the EU Delegation on 23 September.
As Irakli Kobakhidze, the chairman of the Georgian Dream, said, the discussion was mainly about the pre-election environment and he was asked questions, but not about the “hearings”.
Opposition leaders joined the EU delegation after meeting with the Georgian Dream. Their messages to the embassy were mainly related to the fact that the “dream” is increasingly moving away from European values.
Yesterday, in front of the EU Delegation Office, the chairmen of the Georgian Dream and the National Movement almost physically confronted each other.
How did the chain of problems arise in the relations between Georgia and the EU before the elections? Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
What will it cost for the state to leave “Enka”, which has agreed on “cabal conditions”
Namakhvani HPP construction company Enka terminates the contract with the Georgian government and refuses to build the HPP.
The harms and benefits that Enka may leave Georgia are already being assessed.
The investor company explains the decision to terminate the contract by violating the terms stipulated in it and by force majeure. A political force majeure under a treaty is, among other things, “any public agitation or protest that prevents the construction or operation of a ‘project’ or a ‘project’ in general and lasts for more than 21 days in any six-month period.” The protest of the “Rioni Valley Defenders” in the tents lasts for 330 days.
“Enka” leaves the Rioni gorge at the pre-construction stage. At this point in the process, the company can ask the state to buy its owned lands and other transferable assets at a fair market price, and the government is obliged to buy it.
In 2020, the government will implement 121 plots of land, 325 hectares, to implement the Enka project[ მათ შორის 296 ჰა სახელმწიფო ტყის ფონდის ტერიტორია] Transferred ownership. Although “Enka” paid a symbolic price of 121 GEL for these lands, it can sell it back at the market price of the state.
Read more in Nastasia Arabuli article.
And yet, does Pfizer expire?
According to Amiran Gamkrelidze, head of the National Center for Disease Control, most of the Pfizer entering the country expires at the end of the year. Amiran Gamkrelidze tells Radio Liberty that the country will not have a problem with the vaccine.
According to the head of the National Center for Disease Control, at this stage, more than 600,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine are available:
“Since July 25, 1.5 million doses of vaccine have been imported into the country. Up to 880,000 have been used in two months. Up to 620,000 are left. Most of Pfizer, 65%, have until the end of the year, some before the end of November. There will be no problem in mastering. On the contrary, we will need more and we should all want to reach the target “, – Amiran Gamkrelidze wrote a short text message to Radio Liberty.
Questions about Pfizer’s timeline arose on September 22, after Tengiz Tsertsvadze, director general of the Center for Infectious Diseases and AIDS, complained to the media about the slowdown in vaccination rates, saying that Pfizer’s anti-coronavirus vaccine in Georgia The deadline expires.
Read more in Nino Tarkhnishvili’s article.
UN General Assembly: Irakli Gharibashvili will deliver a speech today
The Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili will deliver a speech at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. He has already held high-level meetings in New York and attended the opening of the Assembly.
According to InterpressNews, in his speech, the Prime Minister intends to focus on the challenges facing Georgia and the international community and the importance of joint efforts in solving them.
Speeches by world leaders have been taking place in the US since September 21st. Yesterday, the rostrum was occupied by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. Ukraine’s president has called on the United Nations to do more to respond to the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine – where government forces are still confronting Russian-backed separatists in a seven-year war that has killed more than 13,200 people.
Stay tuned for news on this topic In Radio Liberty News.
Who set up an “invisible supper” in Kakheti and whether the established rules were violated
On September 14, photos were posted on Facebook showing an invisible table and dozens of people around it.
According to the description, the supper is spread in the “Javakhishvili Cellar” located in the village of Akhalsopeli, Kvareli Municipality, and the event is organized by the company “Grata”.
Radio Liberty was interested in trying to find out how the company conducted the “event” during the coronavirus pandemic, when from September 10, 2020 the gathering of more than 10 individuals in the country is restricted, including holding a mass entertainment event.
We contacted the “Javakhishvili Cellar” in Akhalsopeli. A spokesman for the cellar (who did not want to be named) told us that the photos spread on the social network, which show a crowded table, were taken 3 years ago and have nothing to do with the pandemic.
“Then what was published on September 14 – that is the date of publication, otherwise the old photos were spread. These are really old old photos “ – claims the representative of “Javakhishvili Cellar”. However, the photos that were taken this year were confirmed to Radio Liberty by Irma Kodua, the director of the company “Grata”.
Read more in Giorgi Aladashvili’s article.
How to save children with “mystical syndrome” – Georgia has a new protocol
About a hundred children in Georgia were diagnosed with Post-Quantitative Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) within a few weeks of transmitting the coronavirus. This is a further complication of covidium that requires urgent hospitalization. Doctors are expecting an increase in cases today. Why do children get MIS-C, what symptoms should parents pay attention to, and what can be done about it? – Radio Liberty journalist Ani Burdul addressed these questions and other questions to Ivane Chkhaidze, Medical Director of Iashvili Central Children’s Hospital.
– Most of the children with MIS syndrome were treated at the Iashvili Clinic. Mr. Ivan, Dozens of children are diagnosed with post-Kovid complications in your clinic, what do most of them complain about?
MIS-C is the only case among post-comorbid complications that requires hospitalization and treatment.
This is such an acute problem that today we have the National Disease Management Protocol, in the creation of which we participated and, consequently, doctors know how to diagnose, treat and I can say that 90% of patients underwent treatment at Iashvili Clinic.
All other conditions, which we call long-term cough, with very rare exceptions, are not a problem and will go away on their own over time, such as low temperature, sleep disturbance, loss of taste and smell.
If you walk on the slopes of Turtle Lake, on the top of a rocky mountain, which overlooks Zhvania Street and the rest of Tbilisi, you will see a structure made of stones. The figures of different shapes are made of stones stacked on top of each other and leave the impression of a mini-fence. People walking there noticed a man doing this building. The stones balance each other and follow a continuous chain up the hill. The author was not found on the spot – his identity is unknown and we do not yet know whether he continues to build. This already built stone structure has not been demolished by anyone yet and it arouses curiosity among the people who get there.