March 15, 2023
EU Holds its Regional Ambassadorial in Tbilisi
The EU regional Ambassadorial is taking place in Tbilisi on 14-15 March. The Ambassadorial is attended by the Heads of the EU Delegations in the Eastern Partnership countries, Central Asia, Ukraine, Turkey, as well as senior officials from the EU External Action Service and the European Commission, as well we colleagues EU officials from Moscow, Ankara, OSCE, etc.
Speaking to journalists, Michael Siebert, Managing Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Co-operation and OSCE, explained the objectives of the Ambassadorial, involving discussing EU policy towards the countries of the region, accession of some countries to the EU, communications, connectivity, bridging across the Caspian sea and other topics.
Asked about the EU’s intention to adopt a law similar to the one rejected by Georgian society last week, he said that he could understand that this was a topical issue in Georgia, as last week Georgia had “fortunately” rejected the law that would regulate NGOs….
He also noted: “I have seen many videos in the last week where European flags have been waved in very courageous moments. I have seen this woman waving European flag against the water cannons, so this is the picture that stays in my head.”
Mr. Siebert noted the full programme of the visit, saying that in addition to the Ambassadors’ meeting itself, “we also have bilateral consultations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and nine opposition parties, all parties in Parliament, and more, with civil society organizations”.
He stressed that “these stakeholders are a very important part of a vibrant civil society and a necessary ingredient of any democracy, and very much needed to move Georgia forward towards the EU”.
Another ambassadorial participant, Katarina Maternova, Deputy Assistant of the European Commission’s Directorate for the Eastern Neighbourhood, echoed her colleague’s remarks….
Ms. Maternova emphasized that later this year Georgia, along with Ukraine and Moldova, will be in included in the enlargement package….
March 15, 2023
Head of the State Security Service held meeting with the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia
Head of the State Security Service of Georgia Grigol Liluashvili held meeting with the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia, the Co-chair of Geneva International Discussions, Toivo Klaar.
Current situation in the occupied territories and across the occupation line, as well as challenges in the security field have been discussed. Attention has been given to the matter of so-called illegal borderization process.
Talks have been held on the most complicated challenges developed in the region and their possible effects both in global, as well as regional security contexts.
Particular attention has been attached to the matter of unconditional release of the citizens of Georgia serving illegal imprisonment in the occupied territories.