EU speeds up signing of the Association Agreement
26 December, 2013
EU speeds up signing of the Association Agreement
The European Union is willing to speed up the signing of the Association Agreements (AA) with Georgia and Moldova to August 2014 “at the latest”, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on 20 December.“This aspiration to come closer to the European Union is shared also by the people of Georgia and of Moldova,” he said. “The European Council’s message is that we will stand by the side of these countries in their choice, and that we are willing to speed
up the signing of the agreements with them.”
Georgia and Moldova initialed their Association Agreements at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in late November. Afterwards EU officials stated that they would sign the AA with both countries before the end of the term of the sitting European Commission – 31 October 2014. According to statements made by Georgian officials, they will be able to sign the agreement in September 2014.
Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili is sure that Georgia will be ready to sign the agreement in August.
“Georgia is moving fast to meet its requirements for signing the Association Agreement with the EU,” Gharibashvili stresses.
Minister of Integration in Euro-Atlantic affairs Alexi Petriashvili believes that the EU statement is one more sign of support for Georgia, but also indicated that the Eastern Partnership states face challenges. And he confirmed that carrying out democratic reforms would make Georgia ready for the historical moment.
But in contradiction to positive messages delivered by the Georgian Dream majority, almost all members of the opposition United National Movement asserted that the current Georgian Government lacks the ability to carry out real reform. They also emphasize that the coalition is pursuing and putting pressure on political opponents. They are sure that this deters the signing of the Association Agreement.
Commenting on the speed-up, Lincoln Mitchell, an associate Research Scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, told Georgian Journal, “My sense is that the EU needs some good news to counter the events in Ukraine, and Georgia may be a beneficiary of that.”
Head of the Centre of European Research, Kakha Gogolashvili, told Georgian Journal that the speed-up was anticipated. He stressed that Russia was the “major factor” for the decision. “Of course, the EU can wait. However, the organization sees the challenges and serious threats from Russia and it has made a political decision,” Gogolashvili said.
Political analyst Khatuna Lagazidze assessed the “symbolic changing” of the date positively, though it does not prevent foreseeable problems with the federation.
“You know that just one month is a change,” Lagazidze told Georgian Journal. “However, statements from the Government that Russia will not create problems are a bit naïve… Georgian government should collaborate and consult with pro-west opposition and experts; think and write down a ‘catalog’ of possible threats and make an action map of how to reduce the threats.” She emphasized that the Georgian Government should be very active with the West and the United States.
“We should make steps; make them pay attention to our problems. There are issues concerning Russia that Georgia will not be able to get rid of alone,” Lagazidze said. However, according to her, the current Georgian Government seems to hesitate in this regard.
She also stated that Georgia might not be able to fulfill all the obligations required for signing the agreement: “However, the EU should not make the same mistake as it did concerning Ukraine, when the organization could not assess Russian threats adequately, and it should sign the agreement with Georgia.” She stressed that the EU will still be able to carry out reforms even after signing the agreement, “especially, when there is an active civil sector in Georgia.”
The analyst said that the ongoing legal procedures against former officials of Georgia might be counterproductive for a government presumably on a democratic course. “Cases which are launched concern misuse of millions of Lari. Of course the cases should be investigated. However, the process should also be transparent and legal in the eyes of Georgians and foreigners. Unfortunately, the ruling party is acting in a strange way and creating problems and causing questions to be raised.”
Analyst Korneli Kakachia thinks that the EU considered geo-political resonance, “especially after the situations regarding Ukraine and Armenia …through the decision the EU will deliver serious political assistance to Georgia and Moldova.”
Print
Other Stories
Eka Beselia: “You will not be able to stop me, to make me stay silent, to disappear me!!!
MP Eka Beselia has posted an open letter on her Facebook page, following reports of sex tape leak.
CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2018: Georgia got 58 out of 100
According to the CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2018, Georgia scored 58 and was consequently ranked as 41 among 180 countries.
83% of Georgians support integration into the NATO, 78% into the EU – NDI
83% of NDI respondents support Georgia's integration into the EU, - the poll results of the National Democratic Institute say.
January 25 – birthday of the second president of Georgia
The 25th of January marks the 91st birthday of the second president of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze.
Jack Shepherd from the UK detained in Georgia
A British man who went on the run last year after killing a woman in a speedboat crash on the River Thames has been detained in the former Soviet state of Georgia - says Reuters.
Georgia recognizes Juan Guaido as an interim president
Georgia recognized Venezuelan parliament speaker Juan Guaidó as an interim president.
Georgian PM aims to turn Georgian into a center of the region
Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze is in Davos to participate in World Economic Forum. He gave interviews to two media outlets – CNBC TV and Deutsche Welle.
Judges that served the violent regime of Saakashvili should not be in the Supreme Court, says Eka Beselia
Eka Beselia, a member of the parliamentary majority, held a press conference in the Parliament today.
Possible confrontation within the Georgian Dream Party?
Eka Beselia, a member of the ruling party, will hold a news conference in the Parliament at 12:00 today.
13 dead from swine flu in Georgia, emergency treatment to be free for all
13 people died from swine flu in Georgia so far, but there is no risk of epidemy, says Georgian Minister of Health.
Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili not ready for launching diplomatic dialogue with Russia
I'm not ready to give any advice to the legislative body about the launch of the diplomatic relations or dialogue with Russia
Georgia suffering the steepest drop in democratic quality in eastern Europe
According to the statistics for the Democracy Index 2018, published by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU),
“Let’s see if you can wrestle with women”- Interior minister to the opposition
Female Police officers were mobilized in front of the Gurjaani District Court where the case of Davit Kirkitadze, the member of the United Opposition was considered.
Georgian citizens can apply for temporary residency in France
150 permits for young specialists as well as additional 500 permits will be granted each year to go to work to France.
Numbers of Georgians seeking asylum in Germany has significantly decreased
According to Ambassador of Georgia to Germany Elguja Khokrishvili, the drop of asylum requests has been due to recently taken steps.
U.S. Congress supports Georgia with a new bill
Unanimously the U.S. approved the act, which calls for imposing sanctions on Russian actors for the commission of serious human rights abuses in the occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
‘Horn wrestling’ between opposition party leader and police chef
Yesterday on the 16th of December, clashes occurred between Nika Melia, leader of the United National Movement and Teimuraz Kupatadze, head of patrol police department in the village of Velistsikhe, Kakheti region (eastern part of Georgia).
Salome Zourabichvili officially becomes the fifth president of Georgia
The inauguration ceremony of president-elect Salome Zourabichvili took place in Telavi, Kakheti (eastern region of Georgia) on the 16th of December.
Fight erupt in paliament between Georgian MPs during session
Verbal and physical confrontation has occurred between MPs in the parliament.
Famous Georgians invited at the Inauguration of Salome Zourabichvili
The inauguration ceremony of president elect Salome Zourabishvili will be held in Telavi, Kakheti (eastern region of Georgia) on the 16th of December.
Exclusive interview with Lincoln Mitchell, American political analyst and Georgia expert
More than 20,000 people responded to the appeal of the opposition and gathered in front of the former parliament building in downtown Tbilisi last Sunday.
The after-pains of the presidential election in Georgia
Yesterday evening, at a meeting with his supporters in the Philharmonic Hall, the defeated candidate Grigol Vashadze made it clear that he didn’t recognize the result of the presidential elections and called for early parliamentary elections.
National democratic institute publishes their findings about the presidential elections in Georgia
A delegation of the National Democratic Institute, which included observers from five countries, analyzed the election process.
International media about the runoff presidential elections in Georgia
Although it didn’t hit the headlines, newspapers and broadcast around the world report about Salome Zurabishvili as the first woman who became president in Georgia.
100% of the ballot counted: Salome Zourabichvili wins
Yesterday on the 28th of November, the second round of the presidential election took place in Georgia.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
21.03.2019
22.03.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6816
2.6793
EUR
1
EUR
3.0439
3.0515
GBP
1
GBP
3.5499
3.5182
RUB
100
RUB
4.1689
4.2031
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6793
EUR
1
EUR
3.0515
GBP
1
GBP
3.5182
RUB
100
RUB
4.2031
March 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31