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Zurab Tkemaladze:
“Mr [Giorgi] Tevdoradze, you confirmed with your signature that the construction of the new Parliament building would cost GEL 1.6 million and then you amended this seven times… you finally gave up when the amount reached GEL 200 million. The final cost of the construction was equal to GEL 360 million.”

On 26 July 2014, at the plenary session of the Parliament, the member of the Parliamentary Majority, Zurab Tkemaladze, addressed the Parliamentary Minority MP, Giorgi Tevdoradze. He stated that Mr Tevdoradze, when holding the position of the Mayor of Kutaisi, signed a document according to which the construction of the new Parliament building would cost [...]

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Zurab Japaridze:
“We had two economic forecasts regarding the external and domestic debts. The first one was at the beginning of 2013 whilst another was at the beginning of 2014. Now we have a third one, following this report. These forecasts keep getting worse.”

On 23 July 2014, whilst discussing the Budget Implementation Report, the Parliamentary Minority MP, Zurab Japaridze, stated that the economic forecast concerning the external and domestic debts changed three times, worsening every time. FactCheck took interest in the domestic and external debts of the country and verified the accuracy of the aforementioned statement. According to [...]

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Eka Beselia:
“In 2005, the Parliament issued a recommendation to the Public Defender himself. Neither the Parliament nor the Committee which I now represent has sent any recommendations to the government structures.”

On 31 July 2014, at the extra plenary session of the Parliament, the Public Defender of Georgia presented the 2013 annual report of his office. The Chairman of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of the Parliament, Eka Beselia, made a statement at the session: “Particular facts of rape and deprivation of life have [...]

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Aleksandre Baramidze:
Aleksandre Baramidze talks about the probationary period for judges.

On 24 July 2014, the first hearing of the amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts was held at the plenary session of the Parliament (the amendment was adopted on 1 August after the third hearing). During the hearing, the Deputy Minister of Justice, Giorgi Baramidze, made a statement:  “We often hear [...]

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Giorgi Kvirikashvili:
“From 1 September 2014 the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union will be enacted. This means that the customs duties with all of the 28 EU countries will be nullified.”

On 26 August 2014, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, talked about the enactment of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. The Minister stated:  “From 1 September 2014 the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union will be enacted. This means that [...]

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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“The 23 July 2014 United Nations Human Rights Committee Summary Report calls upon our government to investigate the myriad of potential human rights abuses by the previous government that to date have been ignored.”

On 6 August 2014, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, sent a response letter to the American Senators. The letter stated:  “I also agree with you that the legal process surrounding the prosecution of former government officials must be above all reproach and all cases must be dealt with in a fair, transparent and [...]

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Giorgi Kvirikashvili:
“We have the lowest taxes in the region, simplified border procedures, a corruption-free environment and very good public services. None of the countries in our region can offer such conditions to the West.”

On 24 July 2014, in his interview with the British newspaper, The Guardian, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, stated: “We have the lowest taxes in the region, simplified border procedures, a corruption-free environment and very good public services. None of the countries in our region can offer such conditions [...]

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Giorgi Kadagidze:
“The profitability of the commercial banks is 14.5% annually. This means that their yearly profit is 14.5% of the total capital which is definitely not a ‘super-profit’ or a ‘mega-profit’ if such terms even exist.”
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Dimitri Khundadze:
“According to the United Nations, the population of Georgia is expected to reduce by 1,170,000 people by 2050 while the populations of Azerbaijan and Armenia are expected to grow by 34% and 7%, respectively. The birth rate is reduced and the number of abortions, according to the official data, is more than a 100 per day.”
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Chiora Taktakishvili:
“We are talking about the statements according to which, from September, the Parliamentary committees will resume their work in Tbilisi. I would like to say that this is a violation of the Constitution of Georgia.”
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Nodar Khaduri:
“If we take away the GEL 165 million, which we spent on education, defence and agriculture, from the 2012 budget expenditure, it is clear that we spent a significantly bigger amount of money last year than in 2012, even though we couldn’t entirely gather the revenues.”
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Davit Onoprishvili:
“The economic growth in our region was substantially reduced in 2013. This does not only include the South Caucasus, Commonwealth of Independence States members and former Soviet Union states but Eastern Europe in general. I wouldn’t even mention the European Union where the economic growth was under 1% or didn’t occur at all.”
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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“In a very short time we did what the United National Movement couldn’t do for the nine years of their rule. We raised the wages of military personnel and increased social assistance for the families of fallen soldiers.”
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