The two Ministers discussed issues relating to the co-operation in the NATO frames. Mikheil Janelidze thanked Daniel Mitov for Bulgaria’s active practical support in strengthening Georgia’s defence capability. The Georgian Foreign Minister welcomed the fact that the Embassy of Bulgaria will act as NATO Contact Point Embassy in Georgia next year.
The two Ministers highlighted the current security environment in the Black Sea region and the ongoing developments in Georgia’s occupied territories.
Mikheil Janelidze and Daniel Mitov expressed their readiness to promote the further enhancement of relations and co-operation between their two countries, particularly, in the spheres of international transportation, trade, tourism and culture.
The Council of Europe presiding country considers the decision taken by the Committee of Foreign Ministers to be of particular importance
In his final speech at the the 126th session of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Daniel Mitov highlighted the Council of Europe’s activity in terms of Georgia.
Daniel Mitov put particular emphasis on the importance of 4 May 2016 decision taken by the Committee of Foreign Ministers to ensure the protection of human rights in Georgia’s occupied territories.
In his speech, Daniel Mitov also discussed the Georgia-Council of Europe 2016-2019 Action Plan and expressed the hope that Georgia would successfully implement it.
The document includes the projects due to be carried out in Georgia by the Council of Europe in 2016-2019 aiming at the co-operation with the Georgian authorities in the spheres of the enhancement of protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
The 126th meeting of the Committee of Foreign Ministers of the Council of Europe was held in Bulgaria on 17-18 May 2016. Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze took part in the meeting.
Chair of the Committee of Ministers Daniel Mitov and Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni paid an official visit to Georgia in order to hold high-level meetings and to launch the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia for 2016-2019.
In Tbilisi, Daniel Mitov and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni exchanged views with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, as well as with the Chair of Parliament David Usupashvili and parliamentarians from majority and opposition parties.
Together with the Georgian Foreign Minister Janelidze, the Chair of the Committee of Ministers and the Deputy Secretary General launched the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia for 2016-2019.
The Action Plan, with a total budget of more than 20 million euros, focuses on protecting and promoting human rights, including social rights; ensuring justice, strengthening democratic governance, as well as developing confidence-building measures and countering corruption, money-laundering, cybercrime and manipulation of sports competitions.
"We highly appreciate the implementation of the previous Action Plan for Georgia and the efforts shown by the local authorities. The latter gives us reasons to believe that the new one will be equally successfully translated into practice", said Daniel Mitov and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.
Bulgaria supports Georgian visa liberalization process - the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Daniel Mitov said today at the meeting of his counterpart Mikheil Janelidze. As he said, Georgia should continue the process of implementing reforms.
“We support Georgian visa liberalization process. Georgia should implement reforms according to the Action Plan. Georgia should continue to fulfill the terms and improve them. I think that this country should continue it’s work against organized crime, money laundering and corruption,”-the Foreign Minister of Bulgaria said. He also emphasized the importance of relations between the people.