About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 16:11 - 27 Nov.'15
EU's 500 mln Aid to Georgia under ‘Political Conditions’
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 20 Jan.'09 / 19:22

Democratic reforms are among “political conditions” under which EU will give up to EUR 500 million aid package to Georgia in three year time, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU commissioner for external relations, said in Tbilisi on January 20.

“Just now we have signed a joint statement, that indeed is the agreement how this [assistance] can be spent, that means there are of course political conditions that the European Union wants to see and we think that this is necessary and I am glad that we came to this agreement,” she said, while speaking at a joint news conference with Giorgi Baramidze, the Georgian vice premier and state minister for Euro-Atlantic integration, after the signing of the agreement.

“Vice Prime Minister has informed me and has confirmed to me that there is a new wave of reforms coming on legislation, but we want this legislation also to be seen implemented on the judiciary, on fight against corruption, on media freedom and freedom of assembly and we also want to see better dialogue between the political parties,” she added.

Along with democratic reforms, the EU Commissioner said, there was one more condition, envisaging that aid funds should not be spent for military purposes.

“We do not want to see any Euro spent on any military and I think that is the most important,” she said.

“Let me also say how important it is that even in difficult moments, Georgia is not being distracted from implementing the political and economic reforms and this is indeed something we have discussed in detail [with the Georgian officials],” Benita Ferrero-Waldner said.

At the news conference she has also outlined the main principles of EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, unveiled by her and European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, in early December.

The Eastern Partnership, which targets Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, aims at upgrading EU’s political engagement with these countries in number of areas, including the prospect for association agreements, integration into the EU economy and easier travel to the EU. A summit with participation of these six countries and EU is planned to take place on May 7.

The Georgian State Minister, Giorgi Baramidze, called the initiative “very important” and said that it would be “the framework within which Georgia will continue its cooperation with and integration to EU.”

Latest News
27 Nov.'15 16:11
Parliament Confirms New Chief Prosecutor
Irakli Shotadze, 32, became new chief prosecutor for a six-year term.
27 Nov.'15 15:41
EUR 100m EU Assistance Package for Georgia
New assistance package aims at supporting reforms related to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
26 Nov.'15 23:49
Informal Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting Held in Tbilisi
Ministers and senior officials from the foreign and healthcare ministries of EaP countries met in Tbilisi.
26 Nov.'15 23:13
Italy Ratifies EU-Georgia Association Agreement
Italy became the 27th EU-member state to ratify the treaty with Georgia.
26 Nov.'15 17:55
European Parliament Debates on Georgia
About two dozen MEPs spoke during hour-long debates in Strasbourg on November 25.
26 Nov.'15 14:50
Georgia’s Interior Minister Meets Azerbaijani President in Baku
Mgebrishvili met Aliyev in Baku on November 26.
25 Nov.'15 19:15
Sokhumi Condemns Turkey’s Downing of Russian Warplane
Both the Abkhaz leader and opposition bloc in the breakaway region released statements on the issue.
25 Nov.'15 17:53
Parliament Endorses Credentials of Two New MPs
New members joined the Parliament after winning October 31 MP by-elections in Sagarejo and Martvili.
25 Nov.'15 12:17
Tobacco, Alcohol Excise Tax Increase Planned
Government expects additional of GEL 90 million in tax revenues as a result of excise tax increase.
24 Nov.'15 20:39
Georgia Blocks Access to Pro-Islamic State Websites
Access to at least two Georgian-language pro-Islamic State group websites was blocked in Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2015, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.