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Cooperation Council: EU and Georgia look ahead to signature of Association Agreement next autumn

December 13, 2013

The EU has congratulated Georgia on the continuing consolidation of Georgian democracy as revealed by the recent presidential election, during the EU-Georgia Cooperation Council meeting held yesterday, 12 December in Brussels. A press release said the EU also welcomed the constructive role played by both sides in parliament during the period of cohabitation, which ended with the inauguration of the new President.

The EU stressed “the importance of continued respect for political pluralism and media freedom as the hallmarks of a healthy democracy.” The EU called for criminal prosecutions to be conducted in a transparent and impartial manner, to avoid any perception of political motivation. It also flagged the protection of the rights of people belonging to minorities as a priority issue, requiring sustained attention.

The EU was represented by Linas Linkevičius, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, on behalf of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and by Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy. The Georgian delegation was headed by Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze, who chaired the Cooperation Council, and by Alex Petriashvili, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
The two sides discussed recent developments in conflict resolution in Georgia. The EU reconfirmed its support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and its commitment to conflict resolution efforts in Georgia, including through its co-chairmanship of the Geneva International Talks and through the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia. The EU signalled its concern at moves to install obstacles to free movement across the Administrative Boundary Line with the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Both sides looked ahead to the signature by autumn 2014 of the Association Agreement, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, initialled at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, at the earliest opportunity, with a view to pressing forward with implementation in order to bring their benefits to their citizens. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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Press release
EU-Georgia Cooperation Council - Photo gallery
EU-Georgia Cooperation Council - Photo gallery - round table 
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage - Georgia and Moldova one step closer to privileged relations and increased trade with EU (02-12-2013)
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage - Georgia

EU Delegation to Georgia

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