Georgia is Returning to its Place at the European Table

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Joseph Larsen

Joseph Larsen

a policy analyst, Georgian Institute of Politics

When the Soviet Union dissolved on New Year’s Eve, 1991, it was replaced by 15 newly-independent countries with vastly different cultures and levels of development. One of those countries, Georgia, emerged with the determination to shed its Soviet baggage and return to Europe as a modern, functioning nation-state. For this country, Europeanisation became synonymous with “desovietisation.”

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Georgian PM Reshapes and Reshuffles Cabinet

Giorgi Kvirikashvili

In a move designed to cut red-tape and bureaucracy, the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced a number of significant changes to the make-up of his cabinet on November 13. In the biggest move, the Ministry of Energy and the natural resources management component of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Protection will be incorporated into one ministry: the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. This new mega—ministry will be led by Dimitri Kumsishvili, first deputy prime minister and erstwhile minister of finance.

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Georgia in the UK

Tamar Beruchashvili

Tamar Beruchashvili

Ambassador of Georgia to the UK

With 2017 marking 25 years since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the United Kingdom, we are happy to celebrate the anniversary as strategic partners, committed to further deepening and widening our cooperation in all fields. Continue reading Georgia in the UK

Georgia Leads Emerging Europe in Ease of Doing Business Report

Georgia is the easiest place in emerging Europe to do business, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Doing Business report, which compares conditions for doing business in 190 countries across the world. Among the top 20, Georgia, with a ranking of 9th, has implemented the highest number of business regulation reforms since the launch of Doing Business in 2003—a total of 47.

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After Its Significant Rise the Georgian Economy May Now Fall

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Maximilien Lambertson

Maximilien Lambertson

Analyst, Eastern Europe, EIU

Since the 2003 “Rose Revolution”, Georgia has been the darling of the former Soviet region, shooting up the business environment and anti-corruption rankings. This has done wonders for its international reputation, attracting significant foreign direct investment which underpinned robust economic growth in the years up to the 2008 global financial crisis. Continue reading After Its Significant Rise the Georgian Economy May Now Fall

EU Visa-Liberalisation Strengthens Georgia’s Pro-Western Path

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Tomasz Filipiak

Tomasz Filipiak

Political Scientist, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

On 2 February 2017, the inhabitants of Georgian capital, Tbilisi, saw the city’s two landmarks — the Bridge of Peace and the TV tower lit up in the colours of the EU flag, marking the day when the European Parliament adopted a visa-free regime for Georgia. Continue reading EU Visa-Liberalisation Strengthens Georgia’s Pro-Western Path