“The EU Foreign Affairs Council’s Conclusions on Eastern Partnership points to the strategic importance of the EaP to the EU, as well as to Georgia Europe integration aspirations” – David Zalkaliani
“The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union has adopted a very important document, which will serve as the basis for the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit. We have worked very intensively with our partners to ensure that all of our priorities are reflected in this document” - Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani said when assessing the Conclusions adopted by the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
According to him, the document includes important issues such as Georgia's European aspirations and European choices. The document also reiterates support for Georgia's territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty, while the EU's involvement in conflict resolution is outlined as a priority. In the words of the Minister, the document also emphasizes the need to strengthen transport and energy ties, in which the Black Sea region plays an important role.
"Most importantly, the document says that the Eastern Partnership is of strategic importance to the European Union, and this gives us reason to say that the final declaration that will be adopted at the next Eastern Partnership Summit will be comprehensive and will cover all key areas important for us," Zalkaliani said.
The Council approved conclusions the on Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020, reaffirming the strategic importance of the partnership for the EU, and the joint commitment to building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity and stability.
Colleagues congratulate David Zalkaliani upon his reappointment to the position of Foreign MinisterSecretary General of the Council of Europe, as well as Foreign Ministers of Romania, Hungary and Lithuania congratulate their Georgian counterpart, David Zalkaliani, upon his reappointment to the position of Foreign Minister.
“I would like to confirm my respect to the efforts exerted by the Georgian Government in terms of overcoming challenges arisen in the healthcare sector and the priorities introduced by Georgia during its chairmanship of the committee of ministers of the council. I am convinced that your share of work in the council will only continue to grow as per your mandate and grow into brilliant cooperation. You have always demonstrated that in this regard the organisation can rely on Georgia’s support, as Georgia represents a country that has never stopped active efforts to strengthen our common European values and standards,” – noted Marija Pejčinović Burić in her address.
The Lithuanian Foreign Minister expressed readiness to further deepen cooperation with Georgia across the board. The head of the Romanian diplomacy, Bogdan Aurescu, in turn, expressed hopefulness that Georgia and Romania will establish a strategic partnership in order to capitalise on the existing achievements as well as build a bilateral dialogue across the board allowing to further deepen cooperation between the two states.
It is noteworthy, that in their addresses Zalkaliani’s colleagues, once again, underscore their confirmation regarding the support of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration, along with Georgia’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.
The EU commits a further €55 million for the development of agriculture and rural areas in Georgia
The fourth phase of the EU’s ENPARD programme will provide extended assistance in the food safety and SPS sector to enhance consumer protection and promote EU exports of Georgian products. The programme will also continue to support rural development to further improve living conditions for a larger proportion of the rural population in Georgia.
TBILISI. December 17, 2020 – The EU Ambassador to Georgia H.E. Carl Hartzell and the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. David Zalkaliani today signed an agreement to kick off the fourth phase of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD IV) worth €55 million (approximately GEL 215 million). The Acting Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia Mr. Levan Davitashvili also attended the signature event. The programme aims to enhance consumer protection, promote EU exports and improve livelihoods of rural population in Georgia. It is part of the wider assistance package mobilized by the EU and Team Europe to support Georgia’s COVID-19 recovery.
“We are happy to announce today our continued cooperation with the government of Georgia under the fourth phase of the ENPARD programme. Since 2013, with over GEL 500 million budget, the EU’s ENPARD programme has been providing extensive support to make Georgia’s agriculture more competitive and to improve living standards in rural areas. Looking forward, we would like to see more Georgian farmers, cooperatives and small and medium size enterprises better equipped to produce high quality products and export to the EU. We also support better infrastructure and services, growth of tourism, more effective local public-private partnerships and entrepreneurship in rural areas. This will help create new employment opportunities and will maximize the country’s economic growth,” stated Carl Hartzell, EU Ambassador to Georgia.
“ENPARD programme brings concrete results for our country and particularly for our rural population. As a result of this program, the quality of products, the employment opportunities for our citizens and the EU exports are significantly improving. Even more important is the implementation of this programme at in the pandemic context. The financial support provided to Georgia under the fourth phase of ENPARD is part of the wider EU assistance supporting Georgia’s COVID-19 recovery,” stated David Zalkaliani, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
“Georgia is one of the outstanding countries of the Eastern Partnership that has successfully carried out all three phases of ENPARD programme. We believe that the fourth phase will be implemented successfully as well. This is a remarkable volume of assistance, € 55 million, of which € 31 million is going to be the direct budget support. However, a very important and efficient part of the assistance is a € 24 million technical and grant component, which is going to have a complementary effect on the implementation of our policy also developed in close partnership with the EU,” stated Levan Davitashvili, Acting Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.
ENPARD IV will provide extended assistance in the food safety and sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) sector to enhance consumer protection for citizens of Georgia and to promote exports of Georgian products to EU Member States. ENPARD IV will build on the achievements of the Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) programme and of previous ENPARD phases. It will provide further support to the National Food Agency (NFA) for improved inspection and control systems and for continuation of the legal approximation process including enforcement of newly adopted regulations. It will also support food business operators in their efforts to adapt to the sectoral reforms.
In addition, ENPARD IV will further support rural development and will improve living conditions for a larger proportion of the rural population in Georgia, rendering the rural development sector more dynamic and effectively contributing to Georgia’s economic and social development. The fourth phase of ENPARD will improve the economic and social integration of vulnerable households in disadvantaged rural regions of Georgia, including eco-migrants, conflict affected people, ethnic minorities, Georgian returnees and migrants. The action will continue to enhance civic participation in the regions of Georgia through increased civil society involvement in local decision-making processes and will continue to actively promote and encourage participation of youth and women, noting the specific needs and constraints of these groups.
Press Release of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan took part in the OSCE Ministerial Council
On December 3, 2020, the 27th meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) began in the format of a videoconference, in the capital of the Republic of Albania, Tirana.
The Turkmen delegation was headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov.
The agenda of the meeting is very busy. On the first day of the meeting, the addresses of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and the President of the Organization's Parliamentary Assembly were heard. The report of the OSCE Secretariat was also presented to the attention of the participants. This was followed by plenary sessions, during which the heads of delegations, heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the OSCE participating States and the partner countries for cooperation made statements.
The parties assessed the current level of cooperation in political, economic, environmental and humanitarian directions in the OSCE area. Special attention was paid to security issues, protection of human rights and freedoms, and the fight against the global pandemic. The need to strengthen the work of the OSCE through closer coordination and cooperation, improved strategic planning and openness to reform was emphasized.
Speaking at the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan reaffirmed Turkmenistan's commitment to multifaceted cooperation with the OSCE. The participants were presented with specific proposals to improve cooperation on the OSCE platform, in particular, in the field of social, economic, environmental and energy security.
"Our country will continue to make every effort to establish the principles of international law, the ideals of humanism, justice, tolerance, mutual respect as factors that determine modern relations between states," R. Meredov said.
Turkmenistan proposes to widen cooperation in the area of nature protection and climate change on the OSCE platform
Speaking today at the OSCE Ministerial Council held online, the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan R.Meredov underlined the importance of nature protection and climate change issues. As is known, the ecological safety is one of the priority spheres of cooperation between the countries within the OSCE.
The head of Turkmen delegation stated the importance of search for effective and modern resolutions of ecological problems. In this regard, the proposal was voiced on the preparation of the Comprehensive Ecological Programme of OSCE which will help to concretize the priorities of the Organization in the nature protection field.
“Such Programme could become a good basis for the development of projects in the area of protection and rational use of the interior, land and water resources in the OSCE member states,” said Minister Meredov.
Georgia welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s forthcoming visit to Georgia scheduled for 17 and 18 November
Georgia welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s forthcoming visit to Georgia scheduled for 17 and 18 November, the Georgian Foreign Ministry reports.
Within the framework of the visit, the Secretary of State will hold meetings with Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, President Salome Zourabichvili and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani. Mike Pompeo will also meet with Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II.
High-level meetings within the scope of the Secretary of State’s visit will focus on the priorities under the United States-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership, as well as on prospects for further enhancing cooperation in the areas of defence an security, trade and economy, democracy, people-to-people contacts, education and cultural exchanges.
The parties will discuss the security environment in Georgia and the wider region and will highlight cooperation between the countries as a way to further strengthen regional and international security. Talking points will also include the democratic and economic reforms taking place in Georgia.
The U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to Georgia once again points to the firmness of U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership and reaffirms the commitment of the two countries to enhance their cooperation aimed at further reinforcing the partnership based on shared values and vision. The visit provides yet another proof that the United States remains strongly committed to supporting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the country’s continuous democratic development and European and Euro-Atlantic integration.