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Georgia's EU Path at Risk Over Foreign Agents Law, Says Brussels

European leaders have cautioned Georgia that its efforts to align with the EU have effectively stalled due to the enactment of a law concerning foreign agents, as reported by BTA.

According to the conclusions reached at the EU summit, the law governing non-governmental organizations is seen as regressive in terms of meeting the EU's accession criteria for Georgia.

Energy Minister proposes establishing ‘mega grid’

Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar has urged member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to work together to establish a "mega grid."

Bayraktar, who addressed the gathering of SCO energy ministers via videoconference, suggested that SCO member states could join forces for this project.

Georgian 'foreign influence' bill signed into law

The speaker of Georgia's parliament said on Monday he signed into law a controversial "foreign influence" bill adopted despite mass protests, Western condemnation and a presidential veto.

Georgia's parliament adopted the divisive law last week, overriding a presidential veto on the measure, which critics say is anti-democratic and mirrors Russian legislation used to silence dissent.

Prosecutor orders investigation into fire at catering factory linked to mass food poisoning in schools

A Supreme Court prosecutor has ordered officials in Lamia to investigate the causes of a fire that completely destroyed the factory of a catering company that has been linked to an outbreak of food poisoning among primary schoolchildren.

The Giannitsis factory, which was located in an industrial part of the Central Greece city, was completely gutted in a fire on Sunday evening.

Vucic speaks by phone with Kobahidze

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke by phone with Georgian PM Irakli Kobahidze about all challenges facing Serbia in the regional and international arenas, matters of significance for Serbia-Georgia relations as well as further development of political and economic relations and introducing direct flights between Belgrade and Tbilisi.

Hungary urges EU to emulate Georgia's ‘Russian bill’

Hungary would encourage other European Union members to adopt laws similar to Georgia's highly contested "foreign influence" law, a senior official of the Central European country said on May 17.

The bill's adoption has prompted unprecedented protests in Tbilisi and a blizzard of international condemnation, including from the EU.

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