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Friday, October 1
Georgia and Turkey Sign Agreement on Exchanging Electricity

Georgia and Turkey signed an agreement on exchanging electricity in Istanbul on September 29, 24 hours reports.

Georgia’s Minister of Energy Aleksandre Khetaguri and Turkey’s Minister of Energy Taner Yildiz signed the agreement on building a new high-voltage power line to boost the export of electricity from Georgia to Turkey.

According to the agreement, Turkey will provide electricity to Georgia in winter and Georgia will provide Turkey with electricity in summer.

”Turkey is one of Georgia’s most important partners”, - stated the Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri, who participated in the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum, held in Istanbul.

While delivering a speech at the forum, Nika Gilauri focused on the energy security issues and activities in the region, emphasizing the role of Georgia and Turkey in the process of reinforcing energy security. The Prime Minister also spoke about the significance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan project.

Meetings with the Prime Minister of Turkey and Turkish businessmen were held in the framework of the visit.

Strict public administrative code for environmental pollution

24 Hours reports that those who pollute the environment will be fined a large amount of money and that the law regulating this issue is already in force. If a public place is contaminated by a private person he or she will be fined 200 GEL and if it is done by a commercial person there is a fine of 1000 GEL.

"I want to remind people that the law is in force – the 146th paragraph of the administrative code foresees the rule of cleaning and the fine for breaking this law. If the contamination of a public place is carried out by a private person he will be fined with 200 GEL and if it is done by the juridical person there is fine of 1000 GEL. There will be no exceptions; this will be done with the cooperation of other law enforcing agencies. I call on people to comply with this law. We will do everything to enforce this law. The fine is pretty high but something serious has to be done against this problem,” said Minister of Environment protection Goga Khachidze .