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Monday, January 31
Georgian citizens to have new electronic identity cards from summer

Citizens of Georgia will be able to become owners of new electronic identity cards from summer 2011, 24 Hours reports.

Deputy Justice Minister of Georgia Giorgi Vashadze made the statement at a press conference, held at the Civil Registry Agency on January 28.

According to Vashadze the citizens will enable to pay payments using this cards. The card’s cost will be Gel 30. ID cards will be produced by the company «Muhlbauer», which won a tender announced in this regard.

As Vashadze noted the company «Muhlbauer» is one of the largest companies producing secured documents and has 25 years of experience in this sphere.

The new identity cards will be like plastic ones. According to Vashadze, introduction of new identity cards will simplify contacts between citizens and state and private sectors, and will also entail reduction of state expences by 30-40 percent.

From 15 February to July 15 – Ossetian passportisation date

Rezonansi writes that in the region of Akhalgori on February 15 there will begin an Ossetian passportisation process, which will be voluntarily. As local residents of Akhalgori report, the dilemma people face is that they should have either Georgian or Ossetian citizenship cancelled.

Analyst in Caucasus issues Mamuka Areshidze says that the printing of such passports has not yet been decided. ”The issue stands as such: why should Tskhinvali citizens get Ossetian passports when they already have Russian ones?,” Areshdize says.