Estonian Embassy in Tbilisi :: News & Events http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss WiseCMS 2.0 hille.lepp@vm.ee hille.lepp@vm.ee Estonia has been helping Georgia in vocational education development for the last 10 years http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-827 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 12pt; line-height: 150%;"><b><span lang="EN-AU" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;'>On 6<sup>th</sup> of October</span></b><b><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>, the international project within which Estonia shared its experience and best practices in the sphere of vocational education with Georgia was completed. This has been the third vocational education project that Innove has implemented in Georgia within the past 10 years. </span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 12pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>During the past 10 years, Estonia has been helping Georgia in modernizing its vocational education in order to make sure that it remains sustainable and meets the needs of the labor market. The various projects implemented within this timeframe mainly focused on training for teachers and school administration as well as curriculum development: 24 new modules for the upgrade of curricula were created in collaboration with teachers from Estonia.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In addition, successful practices of employers’ and vocational schools’ cooperation (of which Estonia sets an excellent example) were shared, and various options for the promotion of vocational education domestically and internationally were introduced.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Last week, the meeting of Georgian and Estonian partners who had been working together on the latest project ‘Transfer of Estonian Best Practices to Support the Competitiveness of Georgian Vocational Education and Training Sector’ took place in Georgia. The two-year venture concluded with a seminar in Batumi held for all the parties who had taken part in the project: 17 heads of vocational schools from Georgia and Estonia and Foundation Innove, which had spearheaded the project, represented by Katri Targama, Lea Orro, Aili Kõiv and Kaie Piiskop. In addition, invitations for the official completion ceremony on 4 October went out to the Estonian Ambassador to Georgia, Kai Kaarelson, Georgian Deputy Minister of Education, Ketevan Natriashvili, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of the Adjara Municipality, Inga Shamilishvili and adviser in the Estonian Ministry of Education, Erkki Piisang. The participation of the representatives of employers from Estonia and Georgi was expected as well. The cooperation project for vocational education was financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; line-height: 150%;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>"We have worked with Georgian vocational schools and the Ministry, and we are pleased to hear the words of appreciation from both sides. The highest recognition was that the Deputy Minister of the Georgian Ministry had thanked us for long-term cooperation by flying from Tbilisi to Batumi (the flight is 5 hours!) just to stay with us for an hour. The Deputy Minister also expressed a desire to continue vocational education projects, "</span></i><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'> described Lea Orro the atmosphere of the event.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>All projects in the field of vocational education in Georgia have been completed, but the countries’ cooperation in the sphere of education will continue. Estonian experts will be assisting their Georgian counterparts in matters concerning general education. <br> <br> Additional information about Innove’s international projects can be found on the </span><span lang="ET"><a href="http://www.innove.ee/en/organization/international-cooperation"><span lang="EN-US" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font color="#0000ff">web page.</font></span></a></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="ET"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/innove.ee/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=1459320940817807"><span lang="EN-US" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font color="#0000ff">Gallery</font></span></a></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:25:35 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-827 Starting from June residence permit applicants must make a reservation for service time http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-822 <strong>Starting from 1st of June, people must reserve a time to apply for a residence permit or extension of residence permit from Police and Boarder Guard Board (PBGB) Service Office. Reservation can be done by phone or through PBGB webpage.<br></strong> <br><br><table width="100%" class="newsItemContentTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 0px;"><div class="uudistekst laiendatudUudis"><p>According to PBGB identity and status bureau chief expert Liis Valk around 300 residence permit or extension applications are submitted every week. “Reservation system gives applicants the opportunity to plan their time more comfortably and receive faster service. Additionally, reservation allows to plan service office worktime better, said Valk. <br><br>According to PBGB identity and status bureau chief expert, people can reserve a time to apply for a residence permit or its extension via address <a href="https://broneering.politsei.ee/" target="_blank">https://broneering.politsei.ee/ </a>and through information number 612 3000.<br><br>“Reservation is necessary when applying for a residence permit. Reservation is not obligatory when applying for residence permit card or other identification documents, but everybody can use the opportunity to avoid long waiting lines for other applications as well,” Valk added.<br><br>Reservation is necessary when applying for residence permits in all PBGB Service Offices.</p></div></td></tr></tbody></table> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:28:21 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-822 EU Twinning Project launches e-Georgia knowledge quiz http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-820 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3">25 April 2017, TBILISI - EU Twinning Project “Support to Strengthening of e-Governance in Georgia II” together with Georgian Data Exchange Agency (DEA) launched e-Georgia knowledge quiz on Facebook yesterday.</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3">Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser and the DEA Chairman Irakli Gvenetadze officially opened the quiz. In the words of Estonian Minister the EU Twinning Project, that is led by Estonia is a good example of the cooperation between Estonia, the European Union and Georgia. “Estonian experts together with colleagues from other EU Member States have advised Georgia on the legal framework of e-governance, e-strategies and e-services during the past year and a half,“ Mikser said. The DEA Chairman Irakli Gvenetadze encouraged all Georgians, especially the youth, to take the quiz and learn more about digital developments in Georgia. “The biggest challenge for us to day is to get people using e-services and I hope that this quiz will increase awareness about the e-Georgia,” Mr<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Gvenetadze noted.</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3">The quiz has 10 general knowledge questions about e-Georgia, EU support to Georgia and e-Estonia. The quiz is open only for Georgian citizens residing in Georgia. The grand prize is a new iPhone, second prize a smart phone and the third prize HD headphones. All prizes will be drawn from those entries in which all questions have been answered correctly. Lucky winners will be drawn at the end of May 2017. </font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3">EU Twinning Project “Support to Strengthening of e-Governance in Georgia II” was launched in October 2015 with the aim to strengthen the e-governance in Georgia. The duration of the Project is 21 months and is funded by the European Union in the amount of 1.3 million Euro.</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3">The Project is implemented by Estonian e-Governance Academy in cooperation of Estonian State Chancellery and Italian ICT Consortium CSI-Piemonte (Torino, Italy). The main Georgian partner is LEPL Data Exchange Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3">How much do you know about digital Georgia? Test your knowledge &amp; win great prizes!</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/egovernancegeorgia/"><font color="#0000ff" face="Calibri" size="3">https://www.facebook.com/egovernancegeorgia/</font></a></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><u><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3">Further information: </font></span></u></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3">IVAR TALLO Resident Twinning Advisor </font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="mailto:ivar.tallo@ega.ee"><font color="#0000ff" face="Calibri" size="3">ivar.tallo@ega.ee</font></a></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3">551 070745</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3"><br></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Calibri" size="3"><br></font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:18:27 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-820 Foreign Minister Mikser: hard work takes Georgia’s EU integration forward http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-819 <p>On April 24, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser acknowledged the determination of Georgia to carry out reforms as part of the EU integration process at the meetings with the leaders of Georgia in Tbilisi. The Foreign Minister congratulated Georgia on the visa liberalisation with the EU and reaffirmed strong support for the Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia. Foreign Minister Mikser met with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, the PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze and the Chairman of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze.<br><br> According to Mikser, the determined and strong homework to achieve the visa liberalisation has taken Georgia’s EU integration substantially forward. “The entry into force of the visa liberalisation with the EU is a significant step that will improve tourism, contacts between people and will strengthen business ties,” Foreign Minister Mikser said and reaffirmed the on-going Estonian support. “The implementation of the Association Agreement and reforms must continue. Our cooperation with Georgia is aimed at that,” he added.<br><br> According to the Estonian Foreign Minister, the success of Georgia is an example for other Eastern Partnership countries. He added that the Eastern Partnership is one of the priorities of the Estonian presidency of the EU Council. The Eastern Partnership Summit will take place in Brussels during the Estonian presidency. “We are working to achieve ambitious outcomes that would motivate all Eastern Partnership members to further develop their countries. The Summit must send a clear message of EU commitment and demonstrate the citizens of eastern partners how cooperation leads to concrete benefits. It is necessary to maintain the governments’ motivation to carry out reforms,” Foreign Minister Mikser said.<br><br> Security and Georgia’s strive towards NATO were also subjects discussed at the meetings. “Georgia is already a partner of NATO who significally contributes to the security of the alliance,” Mikser said.&nbsp; “I am glad that the Warsaw Summit sent a clear signal that NATO would like to strengthen cooperation with Georgia. Estonia is ready to support Georgia in this in every way,” he added and encouraged Georgia to use different opportunities for practical cooperation with NATO.<br><br> According to Foreign Minister Mikser, Georgia is one of the most important development cooperation partner countries for Estonia. “We will continue to support Georgia’s EU integration, particularly with training and aid to implement reforms. In the last two years, 50 projects have been carried out in Georgia in the framework of development cooperation. We focus mainly on sharing our experience in reforming education, supporting entrepreneurship, strengthening democratic institutions and developing e-governance,” Foreign Minister Mikser said. This year, Estonia will again contribute almost one million euros for different projects.<br><br> According to Mikser, the cooperation between Estonia and Georgia, who this year in June will celebrate the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations, is successful and constructive in every field.<br><br> Other subjects discussed at the meetings included the relations with neighbouring countries, regional security and the recent developments in Georgia.<br><br><br> Photos: <a class=" icon-external" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/72157680919353991%C2%A0">https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/721576809...</a></p><p>Additional information:<br><br> Mariann Sudakov<br> Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br> Communication Department<br> (+372) 521 6821<br> (+372) 637 7628<br><a href="mailto:press@mfa.ee">press@mfa.ee</a><br><a class=" icon-external icon-EE" href="http://www.vm.ee/">www.vm.ee</a></p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:24:54 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-819 Mikser in Khurvaleti: South Ossetia and Abkhazia integral parts of Georgia http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-818 <p>On 24 April Foreign Minister Sven Mikser visited the administrative boundary line of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia near the village Khurvaleti and reaffirmed support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “South Ossetia and Abkhazia are integral parts of Georgia,” emphasised Mikser.</p><p>Mikser stressed that it is important to find a peaceful solution to the conflict and to achieve this, the Geneva International Discussions must continue. “Unlawful Russian activity in the occupied territories damages the efforts to find a peaceful solution and therefore threatens regional security and stability,” Mikser said. He also considers it important to maintain the attention of the international community on the occupied territories of Georgia.</p><p>Mikser expressed concern over the impact of Russian activities on the human rights and the humanitarian situation in the occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Foreign Minister emphasised the importance of the contribution of the only international monitoring mission, the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia, to the security and the containment of tensions in Georgia.</p><p>Photos of the visit to the administrative boundary line in Khurvaleti: <a class=" icon-external" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/72157680919353991">https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/721576809...</a></p><p>Additional information:<br> Mariann Sudakov<br> Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br> (+372) 521 6821<br> (+372) 637 7628<br><a href="mailto:press@mfa.ee">press@mfa.ee</a><br><a class=" icon-internal icon-EE" href="http://www.vm.ee/">www.vm.ee</a></p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:32:10 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-818 Foreign Minister Mikser visits Georgia http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-817 <p>On&nbsp;24 April, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser paid an official visit to Tbilisi to meet with the leaders of Georgia and discuss the integration of Georgia into the EU and NATO, the upcoming Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, and developments in the neighbourhood of Georgia and in Europe.<br><br> Foreign Minister Mikser&nbsp;met with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, the Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and the Chairman of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze.<br><br> They&nbsp;also discussed the Eastern Partnership, Estonia-Georgia relations, cooperation in international organisations and the situation in occupied territories.<br><br> Foreign Minister Mikser&nbsp;visited the administrative boundary line of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia in the village of Khurvaleti and he will lay a wreath at the Memorial of Heroes in Tbilisi.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>Additional information:<br> Mariann Sudakov<br> Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br> (+372) 521 6821<br> (+372) 637 7628<br><a href="mailto:press@mfa.ee">press@mfa.ee</a><br><a class=" icon-external icon-EE" href="http://www.vm.ee/">www.vm.ee</a></p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:23:46 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-817 Visa liberalization for Georgian citizens in force from 28 March 2017 http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-812 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><ul style="list-style-type: disc; direction: ltr;"><li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;">Starting from 28 March 2017, Georgian citizens, holding valid biometric passports, will be exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to the Schengen Area for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. This means that as of this date Georgian citizens in possession of a valid biometric passport no longer have to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa (C). </p></li><li style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'>Therefore, the consular section of the Estonian Embassy in Tbilisi will no longer accept short-stay-visa applications from Georgian citizens with biometric passports who intend to travel to Estonia on 28 March 2017 or later. </p></li><li style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'>However, the visa exemption does not mean that travelers will be automatically allowed to enter the territory of Estonia and other Schengen countries. Georgian citizens must be able to present to the border police all the documents explaining the purpose and conditions of their stay. </p></li><li style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'>For details, please refer to the <a href="http://www.eu-nato.gov.ge/ge/news/7032"><font color="#0563c1">FAQ section of the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (in Georgian)</font></a>, or <a href="https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/georgia/21427/european-union-gives-final-approval-georgian-visa-free-travel_en"><font color="#0563c1">Delegation of the European Union to Georgia</font></a>. </p></li><li style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'>Georgian citizens with non-biometric passports have to apply for visa as usually, despite the visa liberalisation.</p></li><li style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 8pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'>Georgian citizens who wish to stay for more than 90 days in Estonia need to apply for a national visa (D visa).</p></li></ul><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:52:12 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-812 Today 21.10.2016, Ambassador Kai Kaarelson presented her credentials to President Giorgi Margvelashvili http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-810 <p> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/30351543742/in/album-72157674113095252/">https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/30351543742/in/album-72157674113095252/</a>;</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/PresidentMargvelashvili/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&amp;fref=nf">https://www.facebook.com/PresidentMargvelashvili/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&amp;fref=nf</a>. </p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:08:20 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-810 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Georgia Kai Kaarelson presented copies of her credentials to Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-808 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"></p><span><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><strong><em> </em></strong></font></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><strong><em> </em></strong></font></p><font size="3"><span style='font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; 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Operators will serve visitors in English and in Russian. <BR><BR>Tbilisi Public Service Hall’s non-Georgian speaker visitors can obtain detailed information regarding: dual citizenship, temporary residency permit, founding company, property registration, etc. at aforementioned special desks.</P></FONT></FONT> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:36:40 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-802 Estonia considers the so-called parliamentary elections in South Ossetia to be illegitimate http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-800 <div> <div> <div><p>Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that yesterday's elections in the occupied Georgian territories of South Ossetia are illegitimate, because they contradict the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. “Declaring such elections legal would be seen as an approval of the ethnic cleansing that occurred in 2008 and legitimizing of the military occupation. That is not acceptable,” Foreign Minister Paet said.</p> <p>Paet stated that in order to guarantee the region's security and stability, it is important to continue with the Geneva international discussions and to provide access of the European Union Monitoring Mission to all the territory of Georgia, including South Ossetia.&nbsp; “We urge Russia to fulfil all of its obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement, including the removal of its troops to pre-conflict positions and allowing free access for humanitarian aid in the given territory,” Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said.</p> <p>Paet stated that the unilateral declaration of independence by the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia is contrary to international law. “Therefore yesterday’s elections fail to have any legal and constitutional basis,” he added.</p> <p><br> PRESS DEPARTMENT<br> 637 7618<br> 5695 2252<br><a href="mailto:press@mfa.ee">press@mfa.ee</a><br><a href="http://www.vm.ee">www.vm.ee</a></p></div> </div> </div> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:06:13 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-800 Estonia trains Eastern partnership countries on EU communication http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-799 <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Estonian</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP) and the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) held a high-level Eastern Partnership communication seminar in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tbilisi</st1:place></st1:City> from 7-8 April bringing together Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian public communicators, civil society representatives, international communication experts, civil servants and EU diplomats from the European External Action Service.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>The seminar was the first in the series of events aimed at training public communicators from Eastern Partnership countries on communicating EU-related issues. It will be followed by tailor-made courses for communicators and journalists in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Georgia</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Moldova</st1:place></st1:country-region>. The series will conclude with two study visits to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Estonia</st1:place></st1:country-region>.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>The Undersecretary of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, <st1:PersonName w:st="on">Kyllike Sillaste-Elling</st1:PersonName> said at the seminar that thanks to its own EU integration process more than 10 years ago, <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Estonia</st1:place></st1:country-region> knows how vital EU-related communication is. "Our experience showed that you have to start raising awareness as early on as possible and inform the public what these changes will bring about," she said.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>According to the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alex Petriashvili it is extremely important that <st1:country-region w:st="on">Estonia</st1:country-region> is assisting <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Georgia</st1:place></st1:country-region> in improving communication on the European integration process. "We are very grateful to both, the Estonian <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Eastern Partnership</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> and the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," said the minister. "<st1:country-region w:st="on">Georgia</st1:country-region> has excellent relations with <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Estonia</st1:place></st1:country-region> and we hope that on our path to the EU and NATO Estonia will be one of, if not the strongest supporters," he stressed.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>The head of the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Estonian</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> of Eastern Partnership, <st1:PersonName w:st="on">Marge Mardisalu-Kahar</st1:PersonName> noted that raising awareness on European Union is very important in the Eastern Partnership countries at the moment, because they need to explain to their people why reforms are necessary. "With these trainings we would like to improve the efficiency of EU-related communication in Eastern Partner countries," she added.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>The Public Administration Reform seminar “Improving European Union related public communication in the partner countries” is organised by the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Estonian</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> of Eastern Partnership in cooperation with GFSIS, Estonian Embassy in Georgia EU Delegation in <st1:City w:st="on">Tbilisi</st1:City>, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">United Kingdom</st1:place></st1:country-region>. The event is supported by the European Commission and the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>PRESS DEPARTMENT</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>637 7654</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal>533 66 159</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><A href="mailto:press@mfa.ee" target=_blank>press@mfa.ee</A><BR><BR><A href="/www.vm.ee">Ministry of Foreign Affairs</A></P> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:42:51 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-799 “Relief paintings” by Siim-Tanel Annus at the Tbilisi History Museum http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-793 <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; COLOR: #1f497d; FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: ET; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=ET> <P style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: inter-ideograph; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><FONT color=#000000>On the occasion of celebrating the 96<SUP>th</SUP> anniversary of the Republic of Estonia the exhibition “Relief paintings” by Estonian artist Siim-Tanel Annus was opened at the Tbilisi History Museum on February 24, 2014.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P></SPAN><P style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: inter-ideograph; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US">The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Tbilisi and with the support of Estonian public relations <A name=_GoBack></A>company Corpore.<BR><BR></P> <P style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: inter-ideograph; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US">Estonian artist Siim-Tanel Annus is a well-known graphic artist, painter and performance artist. In 1997 he represented Estonia at the 47<SUP>th</SUP>Venice International Art Exhibition in Italy. He has had around 60 solo exhibitions in Europe, USA and Asia and has participated in around 200 international art projects. The artist’s works can be found in Ludwig Museum Cologne in Germany, The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection Rutgers University New Jersey, U.S.A. and in national art museums in Estonia and Finland. His works are also featured in many private collections across the world.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: inter-ideograph; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US">At the Tbilisi exhibition the artist is showing relief paintings. He works as an alchemist and his creations are a mixture of various techniques and materials. The artist utilizes mixtures of sand, stone and glue, making 3-dimensional pictures. In the painting series Grapevine and Shells, the artist explores the fractal forms of the nature, searching for the original causes of life and being. In the painting series Prophets, Annus depicts the spiritual world of modern mankind with the surrounding teachers and unteachers, fortunetellers and witches. The central part of the exhibition is the painting series Cross, which presents countless lines and crosses, forming one big cross – the cross of the human kind. Perhaps the viewer will find his or her own small cross in there.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: inter-ideograph; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt" class=MsoNormal><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:20:00 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-793 Estonia supports the competitiveness of Georgian vocational education sector“ http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-792 <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><STRONG> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class=MsoNoSpacing><B>Cooperation project „Transfer of Estonian Best Practices to Support the Competitiveness of Georgian Vocational Education Sector“<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></B></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class=MsoNormal>Heads and teachers of 8 Estonian vocational education institutions met with their Georgian counterparts in Tbilisi 18.-20.02.2014. Seminars were held at the Tbilisi IT College premises.<o:p></o:p></STRONG></SPAN></P><P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Current event is part of a larger project, which aims to enhance the competitiveness of Georgian vocational education colleges in developing curriculum to meet the needs of employers and students. The project focuses on cooperation between 8 Georgian pilot colleges and 8 Estonian counterparts, the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science and Educational Quality Center. The duration of the project is from January 2014 to October 2015 and is supported by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">The outcomes of the project are: <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <UL style="MARGIN-TOP: 0cm" type=disc> <LI style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">development of 5-8 new modular curricula to meet the needs of the labor market and students; <o:p></o:p></SPAN> <LI style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">introduction of general competencies and integration of students with special needs; <o:p></o:p></SPAN> <LI style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">upgrading teachers pedagogical and andragogical competencies; <o:p></o:p></SPAN> <LI style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">analyses and further development of leadership competencies to enhance the quality related work in the colleges;<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <LI style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">enhance the effectiveness of cooperation with the employers, inter alia organization of on-the-job training;<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <LI style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">improve the attractiveness and international cooperation in VET.</SPAN></LI></UL> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:01:09 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-792 Border treaties between Estonia and Russia were signed by the countries’ foreign ministers http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-790 <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB><FONT size=3 face="Times New Roman">Today in Moscow, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov signed the State Border Treaty and the Maritime Border Treaty between the Republic of Estonia and the Russian Federation. The foreign ministers also signed a treaty between Estonia and Russia regulating the conditions of the location of embassies.</FONT></SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB>According to Foreign Minister Paet, a border that is clearly designated and accepted by both parties is essential to guaranteeing security for Estonia. “The existence of border treaties between neighbouring countries is more often the rule rather than the exception,” Paet said. “Legally defined borders between neighbouring countries are essential for avoiding misunderstandings on potentially critical and sensitive topic of territories – both during times of peace and in crisis situations,” he emphasized.</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB>“Our clear goal when looking to the future is that the state border with the Russian Federation be legally defined. The less open and unsolved major issues we have with Russia, the better,” noted Minister Paet.</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB>Foreign Minister Paet confirmed that Estonia's mission is to secure its future. “In Northern Europe, Estonia is the country most tightly integrated with international organizations. Therefore, it is important to know exactly where, physically, Estonia’s international commitments begin and where they end,” Paet said. “Our eastern border is also NATO’s collective defence border and it is the external border of the European Union’s common market,” the Estonian foreign minister remarked. He added that it is not possible to underestimate the significance of having a clearly defined and a functioning border, in terms of both security and economic policy.</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB>The agreement regulating the conditions and location of embassies will determine the conditions on the use of diplomatic properties, Paet said. “Estonia has used the Estonian embassy building in Moscow since 1922, but it has never belonged to us,” foreign minister Paet said. According to the agreement, Russia will grant the building to Estonia.&nbsp; </SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB><o:p><FONT size=3 face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB>PRESS DEPARTMENT</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB>637 7654</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB>533 66159</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB><A href="mailto:press@mfa.ee"><FONT size=3 face="Times New Roman">press@mfa.ee</FONT></A></SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB" lang=EN-GB><A href="http://www.vm.ee/"><FONT color=#800080 size=3 face="Times New Roman">www.vm.ee</FONT></A></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-ansi-language: ET" lang=ET><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:11:37 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-790 H.E. Mr. Priit Turk, Estonian Ambassador to Georgia visited “Guivy Zaldastanishvili” American Academy http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-796 <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ArialMT; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">On February 14, 2014 H.E. Mr. Priit Turk, Estonian Ambassador to </FONT></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ArialMT; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">Georgia and Mrs. Elene Gotsadze, the director of the </FONT></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ArialMT; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">Information Centre on NATO and EU visited “Guivy </FONT></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ArialMT; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">Zaldastanishvili” <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">American</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Academy</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. The guests visited NATO </FONT></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ArialMT; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">and EU Corner at the school library and met with secondary </FONT></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ArialMT; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">school students. Q and A session was held at the end of the </FONT></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ArialMT; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">meeting. Main topic of discussion was Georgia’s NATO and EU </FONT></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ArialMT; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">integration and the importance of youth engagement in the process.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ArialMT; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:03:38 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-796 Estonia and United States Are Helping Georgia Fight Against Domestic Violence http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-780 On 4 November, Ambassador of Estonia Priit Turk, Ambassador of the United States Richard Norland, and Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Irakli Gharibashvili opened a conference in Tbilisi about the fight against domestic violence. The event is taking place in the framework of a joint Estonia-US development cooperation project entitled “Capacity Building for Georgian Authorities on Combating Domestic Violence”. <P><IMG border=0 hspace=10 alt="" vspace=10 src="http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/static/files/015/t2_ee-us_avamine.jpg"><BR>According to Ambassador Priit Turk, the experiences of Estonia and the United States in combating domestic violence provide support for the creation of a system that is effective in Georgian society. “The citizens of every country have the right to a decent living environment. We want to contribute to the prevention and reduction of domestic violence in Georgia through cooperation between Estonian and US experts,” said Ambassador Turk.</P> <P>Turk also stressed the importance of shaping public opinion in the fight against domestic violence. “In this context, the media also has a very important role in raising societal awareness and promoting discussion by publishing analytical problem statements,” stated Ambassador Turk.</P> <P>Ambassador Turk also expressed thanks to colleagues from the United States, the Tbilisi representation of the International Organization for Migration, and the Georgian partners for their cooperation in implementing the project.</P> <P>The Estonian Police and Border Guard College and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the Embassy of the United States to Georgia are carrying out a joint project with the objective of preventing intimate partner violence and putting together an intervention course. Throughout the course of the project, 15 trainings will be conducted about domestic violence in different regions of Georgia. The training programme is directed towards those who are associated with the field of intimate partner violence, such as officials from the Georgian Ministry of Internal affairs and Ministry of Justice as well as medical social organisation workers.</P> <P>The cooperative project was started in September 2012 and will go through the end of February 2014. The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Georgian Police Academy, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, and the International Organization for Migration’s Tbilisi representation were partners in the project.</P> <P>Georgia is a development cooperation priority country for Estonia and the fight against domestic violence is one of the priority themes for Estonia’s development cooperation programme for Georgia in the period 2012-2015.<BR><BR>Photo: <A title=http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/72157637336470343/ href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/72157637336470343/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/721576373364...</A><BR><BR></P> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 07:39:09 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-780 Development cooperation project on civil society in Tbilisi http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-770 <p class="MsoNormal">This month another Estonian-Georgian development cooperation project continued in Tbilisi with a second seminar for NGOs on advancement of the advocacy and participation capacity. The project, which is led by the Praxis Center for Policy Studies is mainly focused on the advancement of the capacity and ability of the Georgian NGOs in advocacy and policy making, in establishing and maintaining networks and cooperation among themselves and with the public sector, in evaluating the impact of advocacy work and to translate their knowledge and ideas into plans. The project will run until the end of this year and will cost approximately 50 000 euros.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:48:08 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-770 Documentary „Untold Herstories" http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-768 <p class="MsoNormal" align="justify"><img style="width: 480px;" title="Dokumentaalfilm " border="0" hspace="1" alt="Dokumentaalfilm " vspace="1" align="left" src="http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/static/files/057/untold_herstories.jpg" Untold="" Herstories??=""><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>On the International Women´s Day a new documentary „Untold Herstories" was premiered within the „Women's Rights - Art in Action" project, which was funded by the Estonian Embassy in Tbilisi. The documentary tells a story about three 19th century Georgian feminists´ Barbara Jorjadze, Ekaterine Gabashvili and Kato Mikeladze. The main aim of this film is to introduce the pioneers of Georgian feminists´ movement and to show that there is a historical legacy of feminism in Georgia.<br><br>The idea of this documentary came from the Independent Group of Feminists. Screenplay was written by Tamta Melashvili and the film was directed by Salome Sagaradze.<br><br></p><p align="justify"><iframe height="270" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/urRHSSkZoD0" frameBorder="0" width="480" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br></p><br> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:38:48 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-768 Estonian specialist start teaching food safety rules in Georgia http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-769 <p class="MsoNormal">This month another Estonian-Georgian development cooperation project started in Georgia, where Georgian entrepreneurs receive training on food safety rules. This will raise the quality of their products and will also give a positive impact for the Georgian trade.<br><br>The project will run until the end of this year and the cost of it will be approximately 50&nbsp;000 euros.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:11:20 GMT http://www.tbilisi.vm.ee/frontpage/news/aid-769