23.06.2021

A regular meeting of the Council of HMA took place

On 8 June 2021, the first meeting of the Council of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia took place in New Athos.

The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Council of HMA, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar), Hierodeacon David (Sarsaniya), Arda Ashuba, Ruslan Pandaria, Omar Trapsh, Dionysus Yalanchidi, Alkhas Tkhagushev (communication via telegram), as well as members of the Council with an advisory capacity – Akhra Argun and Temur Dzidzaria.

4 questions were raised on the agenda of the Council:

  1. Final reports on the life and activities of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia for 2020.
  2. The issue of changing the law on VAT and other legislative and regulatory acts of the Republic of Abkhazia in relations between the state and religious organizations.
  3. Convocation of the III-rd Church-People’s Assembly.
  4. Discussion of the official visit of the leadership and deputies of the Republic of Abkhazia to the Syrian Arab Republic and a meeting with His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East.

Due to the pandemic and quarantine, the report on the life and activities of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia was made with a five-month delay.

The Chairman of the Council of HMA Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar) presented to the members of the Council reports on the life and activities of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia for 2020:

  • on lay ministry;
  • on the pilgrimage;
  • on festive and official events;
  • on educational activities;
  • on participation in official meetings and conferences;
  • on the Fund of the Church-Archaeological Museum and Office;

Hierodeacon David (Sarsaniya) made a report on the inner life of the monastery, on the activity of the Department for Social Service and Charity, and on the continuation of the “Independence” project.

The secretary of the Council, Germain Marchand made a report on the past meetings of the Council of HMA.

The member of the Council of HMA, Dionysus Yalanchidi made a report on the issue of changing the law on VAT and other legislative and regulatory acts of the Republic of Abkhazia in relations between the state and religious organizations.

The Council of HMA recommended to continue the process of changing the VAT law.

On the third issue, the Chairman of the Council of HMA, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar), gave information on the termination of the powers of the Council of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia on 15 May, 2021. Due to pandemic and a new wave of coronavirus infection, the next Church People’s Assembly was postponed to October 2021. The powers of the current Council of HMA have been extended until the next meeting of the Church-People’s Assembly.

On the fourth issue, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar), the Chairman of the Council of HMA, spoke on the official visit of the leadership and deputies of the Republic of Abkhazia to the Syrian Arab Republic and a meeting with His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East.

During the meeting, the members of the Council of HMA Ruslan Pandaria and Alkhas Tkhagushev made their proposals on the changing of the VAT law and other legislative and regulatory acts of the Republic of Abkhazia in relations between the state and religious organizations.