The meeting of Roman Kakulia with the EU Ambassador to Georgia
The Chair of the Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee, Mr. Roman Kakulia and the EU Ambassador to Georgia, Mr. Janos Herman discussed the Committee oversight functions on DCFTA-deriving EU assistance program implementation.
The parties overviewed the general economic situation in the country and agreed on further improvement of economic policy documents to be formulated into the uniform strategic paper related to economic development.
Mr. Herman asked about the legislative initiatives developed under the Committee aegis. The parties agreed on exchange of information regarding the laws developed in terms of harmonization with EU legislation.
David Dondua comments on the meeting with EU Ambassador to Georgia
The European Union’s position with respect to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia is clearly manifested in a great number of its statements and official comments, including in the statement issued on 8 April by the European Union External Action Service on the so-called presidential elections and the referendum conducted in Georgia’s occupied Tskhinvali region.
Statements like those made by the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis and the Co-chair of the Geneva International Discussions are totally unacceptable and contradict the European Union’s policy and position with respect to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The briefing by Roman Kakulia
“It is a very important message to the investors that make the decision in favor of Georgia regarding investing in Georgia”, - the Chair of the Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee, Roman Kakulia echoed the free trade agreement with China.
He spoke about importance of the agreement signed on May 13 in Beijing and stated that the agreement is finalization of cooperation since 2015 ensured by the Prime Minister of Georgia. “It is not the today’s decision – we chose the free market as the main direction of our economic development. The Agreement of May 13 is continuation of this approach. It is a very important message to the investors that make the decision in favor of Georgia regarding investing in Georgia. For the potential investors it is important to receive the message that Georgia allows introduction to the important market and operation thereon such is Chinese market. It is an important opportunity”.
The Agreement, other than positive messages and opportunities, is accompanied with challenges. “These challenges are inadequate and minor compared to the opportunities the Agreement offers. Those people trying to find negative context in everything will state that the country such is China and the widest scale industry in China allows reduction of prime cost and transportation costs and it was not adequate to the competitive price that can be established in this country. In theoretical and practical terms, we can find several niches of the production towards which it can be real but again, it is not adequate to the opportunities offered in the Agreement to our country and the accent of our Government is based on this philosophy”.
He underlined that Georgia-China free trade agreement is the opportunity for the local entrepreneurs to introduce their production to Chinese market free from customs taxes.
The meeting of Zviad Kvachantiradze with the EU Ambassador to Georgia
The Chair of the Diaspora and Caucasus Issues Committee, Zviad Kvachantiradze held the meeting with the EU Ambassador to Georgia, Janos Herman to discuss visa liberalization, ongoing processes in EU and migration problems.
The parties also touched upon the interests of EU to Georgia, namely on migration issues. As Mr. Herman stated, migration is one of the acute challenges for EU states and EU is interested in role and capacities of Georgia in this regards. The issue shall have one coordinator in the Parliament.
As Z. Kvachantriadze noted, the Parliament works on this issue and migration and related issues are concentrated in Diaspora Committee.
Mr. Herman asked about the action plan and the priorities of the Committee. The parties discussed future cooperation and agreed on regular meetings. “Business relations with the Head of EU Representation are very interesting and last for years. At the meeting today, we discussed cooperation prospects between the Committee and the EU Representation” – Z. Kvachantiradze stated.
White House's Leader has an influence on the world events-Janos Herman
„Obviously, the leader of the White House has an influence on the world events. It’s important for us that ongoing process in Georgia is based on the choice of Georgian people and we agree with it. There is an agreement, the document which works out many important issues and we are moving forward in this direction,”- this statement was made by Janos Herman, the EU Ambassador to Georgia in the program Border Zone./Пограничная ZONA/.
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The meeting of the Speaker with the EU Ambassador to Georgia
The Speaker, Mr. David Usupashvili held the meeting with the EU Ambassador to Georgia, Mr. Janos Herman to discuss visa liberalization, pre-electoral environ, regional security and EU ongoing events.
Speaking about visa liberalization, Mr. Herman gave the positive estimation to Georgia in implementation of assumed obligations and noted that the process will soon come to the logical end. The parties discussed pre-electoral environ and the Parliamentary Elections in October.
As Mr. Herman stated, it is important to hold pre-election processes in democratic manner to ensure peaceful electoral environ. The parties also touched upon Georgia-EU relations and future cooperation.
The Speaker hoped that the political parties in the new Parliament will actively continue cooperation on EU integration with European structures.