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Manana Kobakhidze:
“Court sessions are now public. Over the years, the court system was closed to the media. They were prevented from even entering the yards of the court buildings, let alone recording video footage.”

On 30 September 2014, on Rustavi 2’s talk show Archevani, the Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Manana Kobakhidze, stated: “It is very important that court sessions are now public. I would like to say that over the years, the court system was closed to the media. They were prevented from even entering the [...]

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Paata Zakareishvili:
“According to the Agenda of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union, Georgia is obliged to decriminalise the Law on Occupied Territories.”

On 22 August 2014, in an interview with the Russian edition of the BBC, State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Paata Zakareishvili, addressed the issue of punishment for entering Georgia’s occupied territories. According to Mr Zakareishvili, an administrative penalty should be set instead of criminal responsibility imposed upon certain persons. During the [...]

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Nodar Khaduri:
“Despite the fact that wages are being increased in the public sector, they still fall short of the private sector wages.”

On 7 October 2014, during the session of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, Minister of Finance of Georgia, Nodar Khaduri, stated that the private sector is competing with the public sector in the field of wages. He also pointed out that the wages in the public sector are lower as [...]

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Kakha Kaladze:
“People detained for illegal arms possession are released based on a plea bargain.”

On 6 September 2014, the Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Kakha Kaladze, responded to the increasing number of murders in the country and stated: “It is very important to tighten the law on the purchase, storage and possession of arms. There have already been multiple facts of detaining people who carry arms and then releasing [...]

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Giorgi Gachechiladze:
Giorgi Gachechiladze talks about the “severe” social inheritance.

On 1 October 2014, a hearing on Parliamentary Committee reports was held at a plenary session of the Parliament of Georgia. After the hearing on the Committee on European Integration’s report, Parliamentary Majority MP, Giorgi Gachechiladze, delivered a speech. He assessed the work done by the committee and its contribution to the signing of the [...]

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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“A hundred abandoned factories have been put up for sale. We are letting businesses purchase state-owned property for the symbolic price of GEL 1.”

Product of Georgia, a new governmental programme, was presented on 20 October. The aim of the programme is to support micro and small entrepreneurship. Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, attended the presentation of the programme and spoke about its goals: “The Government is presenting a programme for developing local production. A hundred abandoned factories [...]

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Nodar Khaduri:
“No particularly high bonuses have been distributed in the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia.”

On 11 September 2014, in terms of FactCheck’s new Check Your Fact service, our reader, Tsotne Giorgadze, asked us to verify the accuracy of a statement made by the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Nodar Khaduri. On 10 September 2014, the Minister of Finance of Georgia stated: “No particularly high bonuses have been distributed in [...]

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Davit Onoprishvili:
“As the GDP and the economy were increasing during Saakashvili’s rule, Georgia was paradoxically almost the only country in which the unemployment rate was not decreasing and poverty was increasing.”
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Levan Izoria:
“Exactly one of the preventive measures is the special police control. Unlike Saakashvili’s raids which were based upon the Law on Police, the special police control is not repressive by its nature.”
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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“Trade turnover between Georgia and the European Union increased by 15% in the first half of 2014 as compared to the same period of 2013. In addition, a 41% growth in export and an unprecedented 9% growth in import as compared to 2013 have also been recorded.”
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Nodar Khaduri:
“According to the World Bank, Georgia has the highest economic growth. If we have a 6% economic growth, the country holding the second position in our category – Armenia, has a 3.2% growth.”
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Nodar Khaduri:
“The implementation of infrastructural projects decelerated in the first half of the year. This process accelerated to a great extent in the second half of the year (including the receipt of grants). I do not see anything alarming in it (budget execution). The tax plan has been completed by nearly 102%.”
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