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Pilot Saakashvili ready for flight!2010-09-01 11:19
Mikheil Saakashvili has been so deeply absorbed in playing with his liberal economy that he missed the moment when Georgia's civil aviation became a candidate to the European Union's "black list". This situation may jeopardize signature of the European Common Aviation Area treaty, as the president was told directly by minister of economy and sustainable development Vera Kobalia. Knowing how much the lady wants to join the EU, Saakashvili ordered immediate stiffening of air security standards.
It turns out that in the heat of the moment the Georgian leader liberalized flights both economically and technically still refusing to admit his own mistakes and accusing the transport administration's ex leadership calling on current leaders managing small aircrafts to action.
"We set a course for total economic liberalization that refers to simplified business registration and facilitated conduct of business but technical liberalization is inadmissible, and it has been a gross mistake of recent years. The task will be to promptly introduce all necessary laws to stiffen air security norms into parliament. We have air companies that stick to rigid norms and there are those who don't comply with any standards at all", - Saakashvili was rebuking the government's idlers.
Commenting on the situation Irakli Menagarishvili, Center for Strategic Studies director, remarked:
- Indeed, following well-known amendments in 2003 Georgia started dramatic liberalization of the economic life and public management. It was done in a rather aggressive manner. Then, as it turned out, there was some exaggeration in certain directions. Cutting the state machine, which was a positive phenomenon on the whole, all structures that the state depends on to execute its functions, were cut too. The structures had to be revived and abolished regulations had to be reintroduced after the economy faced a number of problems - including EU integration announced by the Georgian society and government. Harmonization of the Georgian legislation with the EU regulations needed adjustment of what was changed in Georgia in line with the European requirements. By all appearances, this is true for the air security too. There mustn't be any particular difficulties: legal framework as well as practical part of the bodies in charge of civil aviation control must be brought into balance.
The expert also remarks that it's up to professionals to decide how much time and expenditure it might take.