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Q1:Hello,girls! It isless thantwodaysbeforethe sessionandI canseethat youareworkingreallyhard. Organisinganevent always requiresmucheffort and highresponsibility. Howdid youcomeupwiththeideaof head-organising? Q2: Howdidyouget acquaintedwitheachother? Describewhat areyour friend's(theother HO)best qualities?


Q3: Areyouinvolvedinother social initiatives?

Q4: Anyrandomandfunny fact about theorgateam?

Q5: Describeyour emotions duringyour first session


A 1: Mariam - I have already been an HO of the Tbilisi School Session and it was a great experience! The event went really well and when the board of EYP Georgia approached me with a suggestion to organise MRSC, I was willing to take this responsibility. Still, my dream is to head-organise a session in my hometown, Khashuri. Tatuli Honestly, I never intended to be an HO. I haven?t been an organizer before, but Mari invited me to join her and I agreed without doubts. A 2: Tatuli - We met at Telavi 2nd Regional Session in 2013, where we were both members of the media team. At first we didn` t communicate that much, but during the session we experienced a lot of crazy moments together, which brought us really close. We even have a tradition ? to meet each month on 13th, as it is our lucky

number. Mari is a positive, super-kind person, who is always ready to help and to support you. And she always gives people nice presents ? for example, she brought me a Starbucks thermo cup from the US. Mariam - For me the funniest qualities are the best! For example, Tatuli is always panicking. And late. T: I always have an important reason for being late! A 3: Tatuli - I give free English classes on voluntary basis. Mariam - I have been a member of the Red Cross and several Georgian NGO` s. A 4: One of our orgas has a cat whose name is Neil Patric Harris. The cat has its own Facebook page, by the way!

Q6: Howdoyoudeal with stress?

Name: Tat ul i Dol baia & Mariam Kapanadze Occupat ion: Mariam - freshman of Pre-Med in Dickinson University. Tatuli - studies Sociology in Tbilisi State University Invol ved in EYP since: Mariam - 7th National Selection Conference of EYP Ukraine in 2013. Tatuli - 2012, Rustavi 2nd Regional Session

Q7: What wouldyourather doduringtheGAif youwere adelegateagain?

Q8: Your spiritual animal?

Favorit e TV series/ movie: Mariam - Friends/ The Darjeeling Limited. Tatuli - Games of thrones/ Birdman

A 5: Mariam - I was confused and scared. But I really liked that chairs always tried to encourage and to support me, especially during the GA. I am glad that I` ve made some good friends there. Tatuli - I was quite skeptical, because I had already participated in similar projects and didn` t like them that much. I wanted my ideas to be heard, but I was not able to express what I wanted to. Though, official positions, especially media team, attracted me a lot and I decided to continue my EYP path. A 6: We both dance ? or rather perform awkward dance moves for some seconds and continue our work. Other people may get shocked if they see it but it really helps. A 7: Mariam - I like answering questions in the debates ? you can

never be sure what you will be asked about, which makes it quite exciting. Tatuli - My favorite part is a sum-up speech. No matter how emotional the topic is,I try to combine emotions with objectivity. A 8: Mariam-Penguin; Tatuli - Bunny A 9: Mariam - I would host a TV show about food, travel around the world and taste different cuisines. Tatuli: - Draw rich people` s portraits. A 10: Tatuli - Bear hunt. Although it is not an actual energizer, it makes me much more active!

Q9: If youhadatasktoearn 1milliondollars,what would youmost likelydotoget it?

Q10: Best TBgamewhenyou aretiredandrunningout of energy?

Q11:Your advicefor newcomers?

Mariam - Hi Ha Hu! A 11: Mariam - Just take it easy, man. Tatuli - If you join-join! A 12: Mariam - NSC?s in Ukraine and in Kutaisi. Tatuli - IF in Tbilisi!

Q12: Next applicationwould befor?


President BY ANNA IOSEBIDZE Who is the president of an EYP session? It is the most widely recognized individual of the session, who plays a crucial role in uniting every participants?interests, who serves as a linchpin of different teams and committees and whose contribution and dedication to the session are of incalculable value. This is a person who is always there to support, encourage and cheer up anyone in need of it, who definitely has a strong background of previous achievements and thus


totally deserves the above mentioned recognition. The President of Mtskheta Regional Selection Conference 2015, Giorgi Gugenishvili is contributing invaluably not only to this particular session, but to the Georgian branch of the European Youth Parliament in general as well. He is currently a member of the board of EYP Georgia and leads the committee of Human Resources. Due to his position, he has to conduct or at least

attend most of the interviews, thus I guess that the vast majority of you is more or less familiar with him. And even though you would probably agree that at first he leaves the impression of an extremely experienced and even over-experienced EYPer, Giorgi in fact joined EYP only two years ago and throughout this short period of time worked with such a dedication, that managed to become one of the most widely respected and beloved


alumni of this organisation. However, he has also gained the reputation of a highly intimidating and strict person. I surveyed the participants of the session and asked them to describe Giorgi using adjectives. The answers that truly mirrored his versatile character were very diverse and varied from "academic", "stubborn", "honest", "passionate", ?slow? and "handsome" to "the silent killer". One of the delegates has mentioned, that he was positive for an unknown reason that Giorgi would certainly have a wife and possibly even a kid (to calm down the ladies, this is not true and our Mr.President is yet a bachelor). As you can obviously see, all of the answers I received were more that interesting,

but the portrayal which probably was the most precise of all and which I could not agree more with, stated that Giorgi is the kind of guy who always takes the time to explain an inside joke when he notices you are the only one not laughing. As for me, if I was asked to characterize him, I probably could not be able to resist myself from saying that with his spirit and incredible personality, which is a unique combination of positive qualities I have never seen in anyone else, he has become my source of inspiration and has served as my role model since the very first time we met. I have had the privilege of working with him couple of times and one out of countless but probably the most memorable thing he

taught me is that as a famous quote of Charlie Chaplin goes, ?Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself?. This phrase is automatically associated with Giorgi and is the first thing that comes to my mind with his name. He even has a T-shirt with these words on, which I am pretty sure he will be wearing during the second day of the committee work. The very last point I can make is that I have noticed this article is beginning to turn into a long love letter for Giorgi, however Mr.President indeed has a very special place in my heart just as I know he has in many others? and it is very hard to withhold the positive words that come to your mind when talking about him.

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WHOARE WE As we won't have much chance to see you people around and get to know you as much as other officials because our heavy schedule, we just wanted to grab this chance to get in touch with you and explain who we are exactly and how are you reading this issue right now. So, we are the Editors of the session, people who assembled and lead the Media Team of the session! We believe that issues filled with articles and elegant design elements will catch your attention for at least several minutes. We focus on creativity, group work and the spirit of the session to hunt down every single moment and record it in any possible way, be it in the article, photo or the video!


Lotsof Love! TheTwoAnimal-lover Editors

The Editors are the mascot of the session, they unite a team of journalists as a one and through never ending struggle with extremely over packed schedule they still manage to overcome the obstacles and get all of the Media materials together.

Mariam: Books for sure, the same goes for Matte.

I decided to present our editors with very funny game, all of us are fully aware of the fact, that editors have to cooperate and have to know each other?s intentions in order to get the work done on the highest quality. The game is simple: both of the editors were asked questions they had to answer for themselves and then guess what their co-editor would?ve answered the very same question.

Q: Your co-editor?s annoying habit?

Q: What is the most important thing to consider while being an editor?

Matte: TV-Shows, the same for Mariam..

Matte: Creativity. I guess, she would stick with a detailed plan. Mariam: Well worked out plan. But Matte definitely considers creativity as a more important aspect.

Q: Your co-editor?s best characteristic? Matte: High sense of responsibility. Mariam: He's extremely reliable, always has your back no matter what.

Matte: I don?t think we?d be co-editors if she had one Mariam: Actually, I don't think we annoy each other at all, even a bit. Q: Tv-shows or movies?

Mariam: Most likely, TV-Shows. But Matte would probably go for movies. Q: Drama or action? Matte: Action. I'm completely sure she would agree with my choice. Mariam: Action. The same for Matte. Q: Who is bossier?

Q: What do you find

Matte: She!

the hardest for an editor? Matte: Time-management. The same goes for Mariam. Mariam: Time-management. I'm positive both of us would agree on this one.

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Q: Modern or vintage? Matte: Vintage. She will go for vintage as well. Mariam: Modern. Matte will be down for the same. Q: Funny interviews or serious? Matte: Serious. Mariam enjoys serious ones just like me. Mariam: Funny ones, I guess. But I'm sure Matte would only go for serious interviews. Q: Books or movies? Matte: Books, for both of us.

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Mariam: That?s me, Matte couldn't agree more with me, than right now. Q: What is the question you are always asked while being an editor?

Matte: ?Can we postpone the deadline a bit??. The same for Mariam. Mariam: 1000 different formulations of whether postponing the deadline is possible or not. I'm sure Matte gets asked the same as well. Q: Minimalistic or maximalist? Matte: Maximalist. Most likely, Mariam would agree. Mariam: Maximalist, both of us agree on this one.


9THNATIONAL SELECTIONCONFERENCE BYTAMTATSVERAIDZE After hosting a Regional Selection Conference in late June, one of the historic cities of Georgia, Kutaisi, will have a privilege to host another event held by European Youth Parliament Georgia. Starting on the 15th of August, 9th National Selection Conference will gather round 150 participants to discuss some of the most controversial issues of today?s Europe. The session promises to be the most significant session held by our National Committee this year. Generally, National Selection


Conferences are held to find the bests among the bests. Actually, the road to NSC is not as simple as it may seem. If you would like to become a delegate of such an important event, you have two options. Either you become a devoted delegate and attend RSCs from which you may automatically get selected for the NSC, or you need to apply for the event when the call is launched and then go through all the selection stages. If you are lucky enough to become a delegate, then you will be able to join in the competition.

WHAT? Kutaisi?15 ? 9th National Selection Conference of EYP Georgia

WHERE? Kutaisi, Georgia

WHEN? 15-19 August

On the NSC, a group of officials, more specifically, members of the Jury, are in charge of selecting the delegates to represent our country on the International Session, after precise observation. This year, EYP Germany has an honour to hold 80th International Session of European Youth Parliament in Leipzig. Delegates of Kutaisi?15 will struggle to get a spot in the Georgian Delegation for this session. The president of Kutaisi?15 will soon be revealed. To catch up with all the news and calls concerning the 9th NSC, follow the official facebook page of EYP Georgia. For further information, contact the Organising Team at

Are28HeadsBetter ThanOne? BYANNAIOSEBIDZE

The notion of two heads being better than one has become a widespread belief, but does it similarly apply to 28 heads? On the level of the European Union (EU), this question can easily be interpreted as if merging the resources of 28 Member States is a wise and prudent decision or not. This riddle seems to be endlessly accompanying the Member States of the European Union themselves. The first time it has arisen, intensive consultations on national and international level led to the unified and definite ?YES?. The Member States realised the need for the EU to act as a security provider, thus laying the foundation for the Europe?s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). However, after more than a decade, the Member States vacillate between the two potential answers to the same question. The continuously growing defence budget cuts clearly reflect this ambivalence of

the Member States. In fact, since its establishment, couple of successful missions were executed both, on sea and land under the frameworks of the CSDP, some of which fought to tackle the most problematic issues around the world. So, in light of such effective development of CSDP, what made the Member States to rethink their financial contribution to the military spending of the EU? While the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is the EU?s joint policy, the way common European strategies operate still leaves the Member States the chance to have absolutely different internal policies. As a result, individual states have maintained their own national policy and regulations which considerably differ from the others. The challenge in trying to work together is that each set of national regulations needs to be satisfied which significantly increases the cost of the missions. Consequently, despite the fact that the rate of security threats around the world and the number of missions that require advanced militaries are constantly growing, the financial contribution of the Member States is continuously

shrinking. As a result, the European Union has managed to launch only one new Common Security and Defence Policy mission since 2008. Moreover, the recent operations in Libya demonstrate that European countries?military forces remain dependent on American capabilities and without careful defence planning, the cuts will certainly undermine the credibility of Europe?s armed forces. The EU has contributed positively to the stability of a region, but how will the EU?s role as the provider of security evolve in the future? Will the EU?s military become more integrated or will the attempts at reaching this goal be terminated? Jorge Domecq, the chief executive of European Defence Agency states that ?cooperation is no longer an option, it?s a need?. And while it is true that experts and analysts from multiple European institutions and foundations agree that integration of European military forces is the best and the only way for European defense to remain efficient and effective, in the end, 28 Member States with different approaches have a final say in shaping the one single and joint answer to the question asked in the title of this article.


Futureof theEuropeanEnergySector BYLUKADZAGANIA

Climate change has been one of the leading issues for the international community for more than two decades now. In order to contribute to the fight against the climate change, the EU has drafted Europe 2020 plan, aimed for the improvement of the pollution levels of the union's energy sector. Europe 2020 is officially referred to as ?A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.? putting forward three mutually reinforcing priorities: 1) Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation. 2) Sustainable growth: promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy. 3) Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion. From that point onwards, Europe 2020 program can be considered as a key factor contributing to the healthy and bright future of the union. But, nonetheless, it goes without saying that there is still a vast amount of work left to do. In this case, the biggest aim of the EU is a focus on decreasing gas emissions and development of the renewable energy sources, which are becoming more and more popular all around the world. Particularly aim-point of the EU is to meet the 20/ 20/ 20 climate/ energy targets on time, which also include a reduction of the greenhouse emissions by 30% . The 20-20-20 targets represent an integrated approach to climate and energy policy that aims to combat climate change, increase the EU?s energy


"Around60%of theEU'stotal emissions comefromsectorsoutsidetheEUETS"

Carbon capture and storage The fourth element of the climate and energy package is a directive creating a legal framework for the environmentally safe use of carbon capture and storage technologies. Carbon capture and storage involves capturing the carbon dioxide emitted by industrial processes and storing it in underground geological formations where it does not contribute to global warming. The directive covers all CO2 storage in geological formations in the EU and lays down requirements which apply to the entire lifetime of storage sites.

security and strengthen its competitiveness. The climate and energy package comprises of four pieces of complementary legislation which are intended to be delivered on the 20-20-20 targets: Reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) The EU ETS is the most cost-effective tool for cutting industrial greenhouse gas emissions efficiently. The climate and energy package includes a comprehensive revision and strengthening of the legislation which underpins the EU ETS. National targets for non-EU ETS emissions

All in all, one could say that the overall plan represented in Europe 2020 does seem to be a very effective way for the EU to achieve secure and environmentally friendly energy sector in the long-run. However, considering the immense challenges that the member states have to face while implementing the targeted marks, as well as the pollution coming in from outside of the EU, very strong and efficient ideas should be brought in, ones that will make this plan into a real

Under the so called Effort Sharing Decision, Member States have taken on binding annual targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions from the sectors not covered by the EU ETS, including: housing, agriculture, waste and transport (excluding aviation however). Around 60% of the EU's total emissions come from sectors outside the EU ETS. National renewable energy targets Under the Renewable Energy Directive, Member States have taken on binding national targets for raising the share of renewable energy sources in their field of energy consumption by 2020. These targets, which reflect Member States different starting points and potential for increasing renewables production, range from 10% in Malta to 49% in Sweden.


TheDarkSideof theFreedom BYTAMTATSVERAIDZE In the Union, which is based on protection of Fundamental Human Rights and Equality, one can still become a victim of discrimination, humiliation and massive hatred. Destruction of previous political regimes emancipated the sources of media from the camouflaged information. In today?s Europe, we can write and publish whatever we want and whenever we want as the censorship barely exists. Freedom of speech and expression has become the main principle of the existence of the

European Union, but as long as it stays fully uncontrollable, it can become a huge threat for the citizens. Taking into account, the terroristic attacks, which were mostly defined as a result of irrepressible freedom and discrimination by the

extremists, a century-old question remains the same: How far one?s right to speak can go? Recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has once again shown that no one's rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others. A clash between European and Muslim views has become unavoidable and utterly dangerous. In the beginning of the story, we face


some islamophobic speeches, which then grow into a response from the Islamic extremist groups, mostly violent and connected to the massive terroristic attacks and eventually, the situation results in high increase of Islamophobia, generally, in the nations of the European Union which makes integration of minorities into the majorities almost impossible. For instance, after Charlie Hebdo attack, solely in France, aggression and hate speeches towards Muslims have become more frequent. How can European Union protect the freedom of speech and prevent violation of the freedom of expression at the same time? That is just another sensitive question Committee on Human Rights has to answer. According to the 9th Article of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance. Meanwhile, the 10th Article of ECHR highly protects the freedom of expression, which can evidently include islamophobic speeches and acts. Lately, it has become even more obvious that the co-existence of the above-mentioned Articles do not serve as guarantees of the protection of minorities as well as majorities. What the Union struggles to reach, is Religious Pluralism and integrity of minorities into the European pace of life. But a huge growth of Islamophobia in the Member States works as a sign that the path Europe stands on to increase the communication between the minorities and the citizens is blurred and inefficient.

TransatlanticTrade The trade is a matter that plays an essential role in the development of Socio-Economic environment around the world. Trade directs states? economy towards particular steps, as a result international prices and salaries are being planned and set ahead. As a prominent statesman Edmund Burke said: ?Free trade is not based on utility but on justice?. By this expression Burke tells us that neither free trade, nor justice are profitable enough for us, for society. But something that should be beard in mind is that transatlantic trade does not only include free local trade, it mostly includes international trade by itself. As probably Mr. Burke would agree international trade negotiations thrust democracy and often neglect social interests. The main reason behind it is either, constructing or supporting monopolist companies, that are meant to seize monopoly and control whole trading chain.


First, we must be able to have full understanding of what does transatlantic trade partnership represents. The EU intended to sign two far-reaching trade agreements: one with Canada (CETA Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and one with the USA (TTIP - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The main aim lays in the creation of jobs and increase of gross domestic product, which will itself result in economic growth and stability. However, the beneficiaries of these agreements are not citizens, but big corporations. Another issue that we must take into consideration is that The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU

"FREETRADEISNOTBASEDONUTILITYBUTONJUSTICE" and US. As a bilateral trade agreement transatlantic trade partnership takes responsibility towards regulating barriers to trade for big business, e.g. food safety law and banking regulations. Since the negotiations had begun, the process has been completely enigmatic and undemocratic. As a conclusion at this point, the society is somewhat aware of the core of the transatlantic trade issue. While supporting transatlantic trade partnership, we endanger our privacy, jobs, democracy, food and safety regulations and the list of similar vital issues, that does not seem to be coming to an end.



The situation in Eastern European countries is rather alarming due to the high rates of unregulated abortions, increasing maternal mortality rates, low rates of contraceptive use, lack of access to contraception and practically nonexistent widespread sexual education program. For example, Romania has the highest number of live birth of underage females and at the same time its maternal mortality twice exceeds the EU average rate, what is an unacceptable statistic for any country, which aims for stable birthrate growth. Moreover, sexual education curriculum has been debated and despised on by religious or cultural grounds. There have been made efforts to create universal sexual education curriculum but all of them failed due to the countries individual standards. Some parents still have right to withdraw their children from any class, would it be sexual education or any other subject immoral to them, because of their religious background and traditions they are against this kind of


education for the children and with that they represent a threat to the status of schools. But sexual education has to be taught in high school in order for children to be aware of their own reproductive rights. How can we find the way to guarantee children?s protection and their liberty to practice any religion? Reproductive rights active supporters often take into account abortion as a legal medical practice. Countries in which vast majority opposes the practice of abortion have not achieved anything, they just receive more criticism. Negative feedback was also received on the grounds of implementation of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine from the number of countries. The objection resulted from the opposition of defining sexual maturity of underage females. Genetic screening, which is a test used to determine whether a couple is at increasing risk of having a baby with a hereditary genetic disorder, nowadays has been argued for its usage because of the fear that, parents may want to genetically modify an embryo in sake for their own preference

and create ?designer babies? or get an abortion based on their dissatisfactory of baby?s genetic feature. Currently in many countries, genetic screening is used for medical purposes only. However, there still is conflict opposing traditional society to any kind of genetic testing supporters. It is worth to mention that, certain laws are usually implemented according to the common opinion of citizens, which states that other actors such as NGOs and even EU have limited power on them. To sum up, the problems regarding sexual and reproductive health should be taken care of because the access to reproductive rights in Europe is at a deadlock. Some measures must be taken in order for women to have control over their reproductive rights and be provided with consistent support.

HowBigIsEnough? The process of enlargement of the European Union through the accession of new member states began almost six decades ago and had been developing dynamically up until 2013, when Croatia became the latest member. Since then the territorial growth was paused as a consequence of many unsolved problems, which influence both the EU and potential candidate states. It seems obvious that in time of sharpened challenges in economic and social sphere, the aspect of expansion is not among the top priorities of the EU. Though it still remains a crucial point of the Union?s external policy, which is reflected in its relations with EaP countries and other perspective new members. The society?s outlook regarding enlargement shows that the vast majority of MS citizens is not favoring it. Surprisingly, even in those non-EU countries, which are pro-European, attitudes on joining the EU become more and more sluggish. This seems to be quite alarming for the governmental authorities. How can countries develop in cooperation when their citizens do not support their strategic goals? The countries, which have recently joined the EU, are commonly accused of decrease in its welfare, which has proved to be a delusion. Over the years the enlarged Union managed to cope with the existing tasks and to develop new initiatives. New members might bring along some problems, but the roots of socio-economic crisis are hidden far from the effect of expansion. The real issue is not in enlargement, but in its insufficient implementation. In fact territorial expansion is a successful tool of ?soft power?, which can bring significant benefits like peace-keeping, bridging differences and effective reforms, if used appropriately. By the time the EU becomes ready for further expansion it should reconsider the core principles of its enlargement. Countries willing to join the Union


should prepare and go through the long path of development. It is not about the destination ? it is about the journey: being a part of the European Union cannot be considered as an ultimate goal, but maintenance of high social and economic standards. Fruitful cooperation is a more important aspect of the topic than the perfect size of the EU or the necessity of having new members. Committee on Constitutional affairs will concentrate their work on searching for the way in which the EU can support and build mutually beneficial relationships with potential new members.



Daily Raccoon - 1st Issue  

Editors: Matte Dvalishvili & Mariam Demetrashvili Issue Delivered by the Media Team of Mtskheta Regional Selection Conference of EYP Georgi...

Daily Raccoon - 1st Issue  

Editors: Matte Dvalishvili & Mariam Demetrashvili Issue Delivered by the Media Team of Mtskheta Regional Selection Conference of EYP Georgi...