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Press Conference of Press Speaker Khatia Moistsrapishvili

Press Conference of Press Speaker Khatia Moistsrapishvili

Close attention is paid to the horrible fire that took place at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, with Georgia standing in solidarity with the people of France during this time.

Press Speaker Khatia Moistsrapishvili started her press conference with the developments that took place in Paris yesterday. The Press Speaker underlined President Salome Zourabichvili’s immediate reaction through her Twitter account, stating that Georgia stands with the people of France during this time.

“Notre Dame Cathedral, the symbol of Paris and of the entire Christian world, survived these horrible events with real courage. Today, the world is unified toward a new reality and that reality is to restore Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral,” said Moistsrapishvili.

The Press Speaker briefed media outlets on President Nikos Anastasiades’s historic visit to Georgia and his schedule.
“The Press Speaker of the President of the Republic of Cyprus assessed correspondingly the head of state’s visit. He is the first Cypriot President that pays an official visit to Georgia,” stated the Press Speaker.
The Presidents of Georgia and Cyprus will hold one-on-one talks as well as an expanded-format meeting, before issuing joint press statements and participating in a document signing ceremony.

As part of the official visit, meetings with Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Chairman of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze are planned. President Nikos Anastasiades and First Lady Andri Anastasiades will also meet Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II. Furthermore, a Cyprus-Georgia Business Forum is set to be held with the participation of the Presidents of Georgia and Cyprus, together with representatives of the private sector. The official visit will be completed on 18 April.

The Press Speaker also briefed the press on the President’s visit to Samtskhe-Javakheti, underlining that President Salome Zourabichvili visited to support small businesses and regional development. The President celebrated the “Day of the Georgian Language” during her visit and underlined the importance of opening a Georgian-language kindergarten in the region when discussing the issues linked to learning Georgian. The President will address this issue with the Prime Minister in the nearest future,” said Moistsrapishvili.
Khatia Moistsrapishvili paid special attention to the reshuffling process of the Presidential Administration and briefed media outlets on the issue of compensation that was given to dismissed employees. “I would like to bring your attention to the topic of compensations, which we’ve announced repeatedly. Information that either is meant to disinform or to formulate an interpretivist approach is spreading, however. The Budget Code of 2019 sets the size of the administration at 60 people and for that reason, it was necessary to reduce the size of the state machinery serving the previous Presidential Administration.

“As part of the reshuffling process, up to 63 professional public servants were dismissed. They have not been hired in other public service areas so far. According to the legislation, dismissed professional public servants are to receive three times the amount of a monthly salary, which in total adds up to 436,500 GEL for 63 former employees,” stated Press Speaker Khatia Moistsrapishvili.