EU in Georgia: New Head of EU Delegation appointed
Earlier in September, Carl Hartzell was appointed as Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia.
As the EU's top diplomat in the country, Ambassador Hartzell oversees the bilateral relationship between the EU and Georgia, and the work of the Delegation including political and economic affairs, as well as cooperation.
He represents the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission and works under the direct authority of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in implementing the EU’s foreign policy.
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ILIA DARCHIASHVILI HAS MET WITH HIS SPANISH COLLEAGUE
Within the framework of the 4th summit of the Council of Europe in Iceland, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, José Manuel Albares.
At the meeting, the sides talked about the fruitful cooperation between the two countries in both bilateral and multilateral formats.
Discussions focused on Georgia’s progress on the path of European integration, implementation of the European Commission’s 12 recommendations and the importance of granting the candidate status to Georgia. In this context, the role of Spain as the Incoming EU Presidency was emphasized.
Ilia Darchiashvili thanked his Spanish colleague for his strong support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, as well as for the country's European aspirations.
The sides once again confirmed their commitment to continue and further intensify the fruitful cooperation between the two countries.
It should be noted that the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, is participating in the 4th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe, which is being held in Reykjavik.
The delegation led by the Prime Minister includes Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili and Head of Government Administration Revaz Javelidze.
Delegation from Turkmenistan visited Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts
As part of the visit of the Turkmen delegation to Georgia to participate in the conference dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Magtymguly Pyragy, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia organized an introductory visit of representatives of Magtymguly National Institute of language, literature and manuscripts of the Academy of Science of Turkmenistan to Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Manuscripts Center on May 18, 2023.
The guests were familiarized with the stored in the center’s archives historical manuscripts, collections of historical documents published in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, which are of historical value.
During the visit, a meeting was also held with the Director of the Center, Zaza Abashidze, at which issues of further cooperation between Magtymguly National Institute of language, literature and manuscripts of the Academy of Science of Turkmenistan and Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts were discussed.
The parties noted that the establishment of direct contacts between scientists of the two countries, deepening scientific cooperation, holding joint events at the international level will contribute to strengthening cultural and humanitarian ties between the two peoples.
EU: Georgia should not allow hazardous Russian aircrafts into its territory
The European Union (EU) recommended Georgia align with EU sanctions against Russia, including the aviation sector, and not allow hazardous Russian aircrafts into its territory. This was announced by EU Lead spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy Peter Stano at a press conference in Brussels on 11 May.
On 10 May, Russian authorities decided to lift the air travel ban with Georgia.
Peter Stano reminded that due to Russia’s illegal aggression against Ukraine, the EU and a number of other countries sanctioned Russian aviation and do not allow flights from, to or over Russia.
“The EU encourages Georgia, aspiring to become an EU candidate country, to align with the EU and other countries in their sanctions against Russia also in the aviation sector, and to remain vigilant regarding any possible attempt to circumvent them.”
He added that due to EU sanctions, 95 percent of the Russian fleet cannot renew and upgrade their aircraft, which is vital in maintaining the required international technical and safety standards. Therefore, Stano emphasised that Georgia should not allow perilous Russian aircraft on its territory.
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Committee for European Union of the German Bundestag visits Tbilisi
A delegation from the committee for European Union affairs of the German Bundestag will visit Georgia from May 2nd to 5th, 2023. Members of the delegation are: Christian Petry (SPD, Head of delegation), Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU/CSU), Michael Sacher (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN), Thomas Hacker (FDP) and Dr. Harald Weyel (AfD).
During the visit, meetings are planned with the Minister of Justice, H.E. Rati Bregadze, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, H.E. Levan Davitashvili, and Deputy Foreign Minister, H.E. Teimuraz Janjalia.
Furthermore, the delegation will hold talks with the Speaker of the Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili and the chairmen of several committees of the Georgian Parliament.
The program is completed by exchanges with representatives of civil society, the media, business and cultural institutions.
As Georgia submitted an application for membership to the European Union in March 2022 and has had the prospect of joining the EU since June 2022, the talks will concern necessary reforms and the structure of relations and cooperation between Georgia and the EU.
Against the background of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the focus will also be on coordinating questions of foreign and security policy, as well as on the regional effects of the war and geopolitical aspects.
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