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Giga Bukia:
“The United National Movement was paying GEL 1,000 [to farmers] to cut down the grape vines.”

On 26 September 2014, representatives of the government and the opposition took part in the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s Pirveli Studia TV programme. During the on air debates, MP Giga Bukia stated: “In the last two years, the grape harvest has finally become a celebration. Before, people were cutting down their vines through their tears. The [...]

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Gigi Tsereteli:
“The abortion rate decreased in the last decade. These are the data of the United Nations Population Fund.”

On 17 September 2014, at a plenary session of the Parliament, the Head of the Health and Social Affairs Committee, Dimitri Khundadze, presented the bill on the amendments being made to the Criminal Code of Georgia after the second hearing. The bill envisages the tightening of regulations concerning illegal abortions. Gigi Tsereteli, whilst giving a [...]

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Zurab Japaridze:
“The United National Movement had planned to spend GEL 182 million more on social care than the Georgian Dream coalition actually spent.”

On 30 September 2014, Rustavi 2’s talk show Archevani summarised the two-year rule of the Georgian Dream coalition. Social projects and especially the Universal Healthcare Programme were named as the biggest achievements of the government. As a response to this, Parliamentary Minority MP, Zurab Japaridze, stated: “As for the claim that now the state budget is [...]

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Zviad Dzidziguri:
“The mortality rate was constantly increasing until 2012. In 2013, this rate, including the child mortality rate, decreased.”

On 1 October 2014, whilst attending a plenary session at the Parliament, representative of the Parliamentary Minority, Zviad Dzidziguri, stated: “The mortality rate was constantly increasing until 2012. In 2013, this rate, including the child mortality rate, decreased and in 2014, for the first time in the last 25 years, a decrease is expected according [...]

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Gigla Agulashvili:
“A 62% growth of the export production [of wine] has already been recorded this year. If last year 47 million bottles of wine were exported, this year the export amounts to 43 million in just nine months.”

On 15 October 2014, during his speech at the plenary session of the Parliament of Georgia, the Head of the Agrarian Issues Committee, Gigla Agulashvili, stated:  “If we look at the dynamics of 2012 and 2013 and compare it to that of the current year, there is already a 62% growth in wine export. If [...]

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Zurab Japaridze:
“The government, this bureaucracy that currently governs, costs GEL 138 million more to the taxpayers whilst already in the first six months of this year, it has cost GEL 130 million more… Next year, the bureaucratic expenditures will be more by GEL 323 million as compared to 2012.”

On 30 September, as a guest of the TV programme, Archevani, Zurab Japaridze spoke about the increased governmental expenditures. The deputy noted that governmental expenditures increased by GEL 138 million last year and by GEL 130 million in the first six months of this year. In addition, according to Mr Japaridze, next year’s governmental costs [...]

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Giorgi Kvirikashvili:
“We have made a significant progress in different fields of the economy this year: the economy is growing, trade has grown by 12% and we have a noticeable growth in exports for the first time in recent years.”

On 30 September 2014, Giorgi Kvirikashvili talked about the positive changes in the economy. He focused upon the 12% growth in foreign trade and also referred to a high level of growth in exports in the current year. FactCheck took interest in this statement and verified its accuracy. According to the data of the National [...]

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Pavle Kublashvili:
“The processes, which took place from 1 August to 7 September, are evaluated in the statement of the non-governmental organisations. It concerns the purge, carried out by City Hall, during which 155 people were dismissed with 115 of them being let go because of their own personal statements.”
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Nodar Khaduri:
“TBC Bank didn’t attract foreign direct investment but portfolio investment, instead. In total, the volume of foreign investments, both direct and portfolio, has increased by 20%.”
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