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The News in Brief

Monday, April 15
By Mariam Chanishvili

European Council Allocates € 45 million for Georgia

The European Council made a decision on 12 April to allocate up to €45 million in macro-financial assistance to Georgia.

The assistance will help cover Georgia's financing needs, support economic stabilization and structural reforms.

This is the third operation for Georgia since the country's military conflict with Russia in August 2008.

Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and the EU Member States for supporting Georgia's development, the country's political course and democratic reforms.

“Georgia will irrevocably continue its reforms towards the European integration and such a clear support from our Western partners is certainly appreciated,” reads the PM’s statement.

Tbilisi Mayor, Parliament Chair play with Nigerian Students in Reconciliation March

The Chairman of the Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze, Tbilisi Mayor, Kakha Kaladze and the President of the Georgian Football Federation, Levan Kobiashvili participated in the friendly match on Saturday, to reconcile the residents of the Beliashvili Street in the outskirts of Tbilisi and Nigerian students after a clash about a week ago.

Tbilisi Mayor Kaladze, former footballer of Milan and Dynamo Kiev, initiated the game.

“We are holding a friendly match, and I am glad that football unites,” said Kaladze.

Kobakhidze noted that it is important to support the people who are visiting Georgia.

A video was released in the social network on April 8, showing the incident between the Nigerians and Georgians at the sport stadium on Beliashvili Street, Dighomi District.

Nigerian students claim that racism was the reason of the aggression, while the locals stated that the students did not let kids play on the pitch and verbally abused them, which stirred the confrontation and left several Nigerian students physically and verbally abused.