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Georgia is today more stable, democratic and prosperous than ever - a reliable partner for the EU and a shining example of progress in a region which is strategically important for us” - says Clare Moody, a member of the European Parliament in her article titled 'Georgia's EU visa waiver should not be politicised' which has been posted on EUOBSERVER website

Georgia's EU visa waiver should not be politicised

By CLARE MOODY

The EU is much in need of a success story. It is no secret that a string of recent events have seriously put the Union’s cohesion and external credibility to the test: Brexit (which is, of course, close to my heart), public disagreements over the response to migration and the EU’s response to terrorism and security concerns to name just three.Against this backdrop, Georgia’s bid to gain visa-free travel to the Schengen zone has suffered numerous delays, despite the country having been recognised as "ready" in December 2015. The EU should now embrace Georgia’s success.The procedure for a third country to obtain visa liberalisation is on paper quite straightforward. Countries must meet a number of strict criteria, evaluated and assessed regularly through dialogues and reports.The European Neighbourhood Policy supports this approach - more for more, rewards for reforms. It is the core of the EU’s much-discussed “soft power” approach to security and development.In line with this, Georgia since 2012 has ratified seven international conventions as well as adopted eight national strategies, more than 60 legislative amendments and around 70 bylaws, instructions and regulations.

განთავსების თარიღი: 07.09.2016
 

Message from the Ambassador

Dear Reader,

Georgia regained its independence exactly 25 years ago, on 26 May, which marks the Restoration of Independence Day. With independence began the struggle for freedom. Freedom defined broadly; freedom as liberation from foreign domination; freedom from internal constraints, prejudice and old habits; freedom as emancipation both for individuals and a nation as a whole.In today’s globalised world, when all we talk about is interdependence one may rightly wonder what is the meaning of independence? In Georgia’s experience, I believe, the meaning lies in the ability to make one’s own choices and in the duty of others to accept it. It is relational category, which is the very reason for political action.Georgia made its choice 25 years ago to pursue European and Euro-Atlantic integration. It was a political choice determined by our culture and identity. It was and still is the only choice that is compatible with the pursuit of freedom and this is why no cost seems to be too high. We have remained true to this choice, almost in defiance of geography and against many historic odds.

http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=15145e579b&id=ffb79bb555

განთავსების თარიღი: 20.06.2016
 

Message from the Ambassador 

Dear Reader,

Georgia's Association Agenda with the EU is bearing fruit (pun intended), but the potential is there for much more. This was the message delivered by Cecilia Malmström when the Commissioner visited Tbilisi in March and launched new economic and business integration initiatives. The trade Commissioner's visit was quickly followed by that of Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Avramopoulos, emphasising the role visa liberalisation has to play in this process. The file is since March in the hands of the European Parliament and Council, and we look forward to a swift decision which will enable the full implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement and, ahead of Parliamentary elections in the Autumn,  demonstrate the tangible benefits that Georgia's reforms and EU integration path deliver to citizens.

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=15145e579b&id=19e7738d36&e=%5BUNIQID

განთავსების თარიღი: 08.04.2016
 

Message from the Ambassador Dear Reader,The year began in Georgia with the change of the prime minister. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, known in Brussels in his previous capacity as a Foreign Minister, assumed his position in January, vowing to push forward reforms, reduce confrontation and improve political climate in the country before the elections. He began his official visits abroad with Brussels, underscoring that the European choice of citizens of Georgia is a priority for successive heads of government. Achieving visa liberalisation was an issue that dominated discussions since its political, economic and strategic importance cannot be underestimated for my country. In December, the Commission recognised Georgia's full implementation of necessary reforms under the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan and gave its green light to take the process forward.

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=15145e579b&id=1908bd0cf6&e=3f625faa0e

განთავსების თარიღი: 22.02.2016
 

საქართველოს მისიის ყოველთვიური საინფორმაციო ჟურნალის დეკემბრის ნომერი

განთავსების თარიღი: 13.01.2016
 

Georgia in Brussels

October

Message from the Ambassador

Dear Reader,

We are delighted to note that this month marks just over one year since the provisional application of Georgia’s Association Agreement with the EU. The economic arm of that landmark agreement – the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area - is already bearing fruit. In the first seven months of 2015, Georgian exports to the EU were, at $100.5 million USD, up 84 percent year-on-year and 149 percent higher than the same period of 2013. In fact, a third of all Georgian exports over that same period went to EU countries. And in December, we will celebrate the first anniversary of the ratification of the AA by the European Parliament. 

We are seeing further progress towards greater integration with the EU this week with the first visit to Brussels by Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister George Kvirikashvili. Visa liberalisation for Georgian citizens travelling across Europe will be a top agenda item during his meetings with European Commission officials, including Federica Mogherini, Johannes Hahn and Cecilia Malmstrom. We can report that Georgia is making substantial progress in implementing the Commission’s reforms required under the visa liberalisation action plan, and we are looking forward to a positive assessment in its next assessment, which is due to be published by the end of 2015.

At the same time, it is worth noting that Georgia is conscious of the need for such reforms to be applied to the territory as a whole. We are therefore closely monitoring the human rights situation in our occupied territories.

 

 

განთავსების თარიღი: 13.10.2015
 

Dear Reader,

We ended 2014 on a high note with the ratification of the Georgia-EU Association Agreement by the European Parliament and began 2015 with a successfull visit of Commissioner Hahn to Georgia. The continued implementation of the AA and DCFTA, the Riga Summit, the launch of the Tbilisi Silk-Road Forum and many other positive initiatives give great promise to the year ahead. Not least will be the prospects of the Georgian-Estonian film "Tangerines" at the Academy Awards next month. The tale of war and shared humanity in Abkhazia plays upon themes which increasingly resonate through Georgian cinema. The intersections between politics and culture are the focus of this edition of our newsletter. Last year showed that young Georgian artists are becoming increasingly noticed on the international scene, pushing boundaries and tackling bravely questions of social injustice, identity conflicts and violence that often accompany processes of transition. I hope some of what you will discover will encourage your interest in the Georgian art and culture and take up the NYT recommendation to visit Georgia in 2015!

Natalie Sabanadze 

http://belgium.mfa.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=223&info_id=28939

განთავსების თარიღი: 09.09.2015
 

Message from the Ambassador

Dear reader,On March 18, Russia signed the so-called treaty on alliance and integration with Georgia's occupied region of South Ossetia. This signature follows the signing of a similar treaty with another of Georgia's occupied regions, Abkhazia, in November 2014. It also took place amidst the ongoing Geneva International Talks. Georgia considers this to be yet another hostile move from the side of Moscow, which Tbilisi described as a step taken towards annexation of Georgia's regions. The signature was  met with widespread international condemnation since it represents not only an affront on Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity but also a threat to the regional security and a norms-based international order. For more on the implications of Russia's so-called treaties with Georgia's regions, see my column below.Natalie Sabanadze

http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=15145e579b&id=1912ecf15a&e=3f625faa0e

განთავსების თარიღი: 09.09.2015
 

What's At Stake In Riga?

Awkward silence or a strong message? The dilemmas facing the EU ahead of the May 21-22 Eastern Partnership summit in Riga are far from trivial. The backdrop is one of war in Ukraine -- and a range of other aggressive acts whereby Russia has violated the principles of inviolability of borders and peaceful relations with some of its neighbors.

The challenge for the EU is to respond to this crisis in a way that a) does not lead to an escalation of tensions; b) does not jeopardize international norms and principles; and c) does not appear to reward bullying, compromising its interests in the neighbourhood. Doing all three at the same time appears difficult, if not impossible. 

Since politics is the art of the possible, the EU and its partners are engaged in an effort to find a compromise of sorts. For Georgia, a small state which has already been a victim of military aggression and is continuously under pressure from Russia, it is essential that basic norms and principles are not compromised and our country’s aspirations and pro-European choice are recognized.

http://www.rferl.org/content/whats-at-stake-in-riga/27011689.html

განთავსების თარიღი: 09.09.2015
 

Georgia in Brussels

Special Issue Eastern Partnership Summit in Rgia

Message from the Ambassador

Dear reader,

The Eastern Partnership Summit is taking place in Riga today and tomorrow against a backdrop of war in Ukraine as well as a host of other aggressive acts by Russia. As the EU and its partners seek a resolution to this situation, Georgia is adamant that basic norms and principles must not be compromised and that our country’s aspirations and pro-European choice are recognized. To that end, the EU should at Riga uphold the right of sovereign nations to decide on their future and recognize that no third party can challenge their legitimate choices. Georgia’s European integration path is evident in the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement signed last year with the EU. Free movement of people will be key to maximizing the transformative and modernizing impact of these agreements. With all the technical requirements completed, we hope that Georgian citizens will soon enjoy visa-free travel across Europe. This would represent a tangible and valuable benefit from EU integration. It would boost tourism as well as student, civil society, and professional exchanges and business opportunities. This in turn would bring firsthand experience with the reality of the EU and lead to genuine transformation at the societal level. Read more. http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=15145e579b&id=47726fd40c

განთავსების თარიღი: 09.09.2015
 
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