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30 May. Saturday
Saakashvili Appointed as Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa Region
Georgia’s former president said Odessa should become “the main city, the capital of Black Sea”.
Opposition, NGOs Call for Scrapping Majoritarian Part of Electoral System
They want it to be replaced by regional-proportional system with multi-mandate constituencies.
President Speaks Out Against Bill on Banking Supervisory Agency
Margvelashvili indicated that he will have to veto the bill if it is approved by the Parliament.
29 May. Friday
Economy Ministry Building Put on Sale
Starting price of the building, located in the center of Tbilisi, is USD 6 million.
April GDP Growth 0.9% - Preliminary Data
Economy grew 2.6% year-on-year in the first four months of this year.
New Chairs of Two Parliamentary Committees Elected
European integration and agrarian committees will be led by Berdzenishvili and Samkharauli respectively.
Bill Against Involvement with Illegal Armed Groups Abroad Passed with Second Reading
Vote on provision criminalizing "calls for violent actions" delayed.
28 May. Thursday
Bill on Differentiation of Drug-Related Offenses Passed
Bill, passed with first hearing, differentiates drug possession offense from illegal sale of narcotics.
MPs Approve Georgia’s Further Contribution to EU’s Mission in Central African Republic
Georgia will send five officers to CAR and one logistics officer to Mali to be part of EU’s missions.
Constitutional Court Orders Overhaul of Majoritarian Part of Electoral System
In a landmark ruling the court said existing, long-standing system undermines equality of vote.
27 May. Wednesday
Georgian Justice Minister Visits Ukraine
“The visit aims at deepening cooperation between the two countries,” the Georgian Justice Ministry said.
Ex-UNM MPs Speak About Reasons Behind Quitting Party
UNM failed to “renew” itself to win back public’s confidence, four ex-UNM MPs said in a statement.
26 May. Tuesday
Georgia Marks Independence Day
Independence Day was marked with festivities and outdoor events in Tbilisi and other parts of the country
Defense Minister Visits Georgian Troops in Afghanistan
She marked the Independence Day together with Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan.
25 May. Monday
Four MPs Quit UNM Opposition Party
This is the first time when high-profile members of UNM quit the party since 2012 elections.
Business Associations Slam Bill on Banking Supervisory Agency
Business lobby groups have warned that the bill, if approved, will put banking sector in jeopardy.
24 May. Sunday
President’s Office Warns Against Bill on Banking Supervisory Agency
GD MP, who co-sponsored the bill, criticizes c.bank for “not reflecting interests” of ruling coalition.
23 May. Saturday
PM Garibashvili: ‘Riga Summit Success for Georgia’
Opposition says government failed to achieve desirable results from Riga summit.
22 May. Friday
Georgia in Riga Summit Conclusions
“I’m very optimistic about liberalizing visa regimes for Ukraine and Georgia,” Juncker said.
Preparations Underway for Marking Independence Day
Some of the central squares and streets will be closed to traffic in runup to and during events.
21 May. Thursday
Georgian PM: ‘We Expect to Get EU Visa Waiver Maybe Next Year’
“Political decision has already been made, now technical procedures remain,” the PM said in Riga.
EU’s Tusk: ‘Riga Summit Not About Announcing Giant Steps’
Partnership with its Eastern partners will go forward “step-by-step”, President of European Council said.
C.Bank Chief Says ‘No Additional Pressure on GEL Expected in Medium Term’
Lari gained 3% on May 21, rising to a one-month high against U.S. dollar.
Merkel Says Georgia, Ukraine Not Yet Ready for EU Visa Waiver
“A lot still needs to be done” by Georgia and Ukraine in this regard, she said ahead of EaP summit.
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