Georgia-EU cooperation committee establishes subcommittees

The tenth meeting of the Georgia-EU cooperation Committee was held in Brussels on Sept.14 at the level of deputy ministers, in the frames of the Georgia-EU political dialogue, the Georgian foreign ministry said.

The meeting discussed the issues of Georgia-EU relationship, priority trends and future prospects of cooperation. Attention was focused on the issues of cooperation in the bilateral as well as multilateral formats of European Neighborhood Policy and Eastern partnership; process of talks regarding the Association Agreement, possibility of creation of the free and comprehensive free trade zone, simplification of visa regime and its further phased liberalization as well as the possibilities of deepening cooperation between Georgia and the European Union in the fields of transport and energy.

From the Georgian side the meeting was chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania and from the European side – by Gunnar Vigand, Director of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for External Relations.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of various ministries of Georgia and the Directorate General.

At the tenth meeting of the Georgia-EU cooperation Committee, subcommittees of Georgia-EU cooperation were set up: on the issues of transport, energy and environmental protection and on the issues of employment, social security, public health, training, education and youth, culture, audiovisual policy, science, technologies and innovations.

The discussions were also focused on the state of security and stability in Georgia. The Georgian side emphasized the importance of further intensifying the European Union’s role in strengthening security in the country, enhancing the scope of the EU Monitoring Mission’s activity, effectively conducting Geneva talks, as well as implementing the European Union’s non-recognition policy.

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