NAC visit to Georgia / Meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission
At the invitation of the Georgian authorities, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will visit Georgia on 7 and 8 September 2016.
On 7 September, the Secretary General will chair a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission in Tbilisi, with the participation of the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
On 8 September, in Tbilisi, the NATO Ambassadors and the Secretary General will also meet the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia David Usupashvili and members of the Parliament. They will have a meeting with The Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria and the Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. Outreach activities will be organized, during which the NATO Ambassadors will engage with members of the opposition parties, media and NGOs.
During the visit, the NATO Secretary General will deliver a speech at the National Library.
The media program will be communicated at a later stage on both NATO website (www.nato.int/) and the website of the Office of the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia (www.eu-nato.gov.ge), and handed to media representatives upon accreditation. It will include restricted access by selected visual media to some of the scheduled events. The opening of the meetings, and unrestricted access to press conferences. Some of the key events will be as below. On the first day:
- Coverage of the opening remarks of the NATO-Georgia Commission meeting
- Joint press conference of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Georgia, H.E. Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili (Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel).
- Inauguration of the new premises of the Information Centre on NATO and EU with the participation of the Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and the State minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze.
During the second day, the following main events are open for media coverage:
- Opening remarks at the meetings with members of the Parliament and the President of Georgia
- NATO Secretary General’s speech
- Press Conference by the President of Georgia and the NATO Secretary General
Precise timings and locations will be provided upon accreditation.
Live coverage of the media events is foreseen and will be made available by NATO on web streaming and via satellite. The NATO TV/Radio Office in Brussels will make available video and still photographic material via the NATO website and upon request in broadcast quality.
Prior accreditation is required and must be made through this website: http://mfa.gov.ge/NAC/form.aspx. The submission of applications for accreditation is now open and will close of business on 1 September (Tbilisi time). Applications received after that deadline might not be considered.
Media can pick up their accreditation passes on 6 September from 11 a.m. at the Radisson Blu Iveria. Media passes must be picked up in person upon presentation of a valid I.D. card or passport.
A media centre with appropriate facilities will be set up at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi. It will include work space, complimentary Wi-Fi and LAN internet connections, printers, a CCTV system broadcasting in English, French, Georgian and Russian, telephone (local) and fax lines, photocopiers.
The media center will be open as follows:
- 06 September – from 11h until 21h
- 07 September – from 10h – 21h
- 08 September – from 7h – 20h
Security screening will take place upon entering the venues, which frequently results in long lines and delays. Media representatives should time their arrival on site accordingly. Those media representatives wishing to bring in TV, photo or large recording equipment (including SNGs or OB vans) must arrive at the venues ahead of time for security checks.
Transport / accommodation
Media representatives interested in covering the events should make their own arrangements regarding transport to Tbilisi, accommodation and / or visa.
Mrs. Khatuna Saginadze
Georgian Media Coordinator
|Mr. Damien Arnaud
NATO Media Coordinator