A MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE MIGRATION DEPARTMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
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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.
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.
EU Foreign Affairs Council: Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia in focus
The EU Foreign Affairs Council took place on 24 April, with the situation in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova as priority topics.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba addressed the EU ministers via video conference, and briefed them about the latest developments on the ground and Ukraine’s military priorities and needs, especially in terms of ammunition and missiles.
EU High Representative Josep Borrell highlighted that in total the EU and its member states have already facilitated the delivery to Ukraine of over €13 billion in military support.
He also updated ministers on EU military support to Ukraine in the context of the three-track plan. On track one, the EU adopted an assistance measure under the European Peace Facility worth €1 billion to address Ukraine’s most immediate needs. EU member states are also finalising work on track two, to facilitate joint procurement. Lastly, the European Commission will soon present concrete proposals on how to ramp up the European defence production capacity under track three.
Ministers were also informed about the activities of the EU Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine), which has already exceeded its initial target by training over 16,000 Ukrainian soldiers. The EU aims to train a total of 30,000 soldiers by the end of 2023.
EU Foreign Ministers also held an informal exchange with the Georgian Foreign Minister, Ilia Darchiashvili, and confirmed that Georgia has made significant progress in many key reforms. They also highlighted that rule of law, human rights, media, civil society and independent state institutions are important elements for each country aspiring to join the EU.
Concerning Moldova, the Foreign Affairs Council established a new civilian EU CSDP partnership mission (EUPM Moldova), reached a broad agreement on a new framework for sanctions against those who destabilise the country, and on allocating further €40 million coming from the European Peace Facility to support Moldova’s defence capabilities.
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Prime Minister departs for Brussels
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, together with a delegation, has set out on a visit to Belgium.Within the scope of the visit, Irakli Garibashvili will hold high-level bilateral meetings at both NATO and the EU.Led by the Prime Minister, the Georgian delegation consists of Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili and Head of the Government Administration Revaz Javelidze.Press Service of the Government Administration
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