About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 15:46 - 29 Jun.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Margvelashvili: 'President Should Sign' Association Agreement with EU
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 21 May.'14 / 13:43

President Giorgi Margvelashvili said “it would be appropriate” if he, as head of the state, puts his name to the Association Agreement with the EU next month instead of the Prime Minister.

He said “consultations” will continue about who will sign it, but also added that important is the fact of signing this agreement itself and not who will sign it.

Who should sign the agreement has been an issue of discussion recently mainly in the context of ongoing speculation about President Margvelashvili and PM Irakli Garibashvili being at odds with each other, which has been rife especially after ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili publicly criticized Margvelashvili.

Although PM Garibashvili himself did not respond directly when asked last week who will sign the agreement, saying that that “Georgia will sign” it, some officials, including the state minister for Euro-Atlantic integration issues, Alexi Petriashvili, said that the PM will be signing the agreement on June 27 in Brussels.
 
Asked during an interview with Tbilisi-based Imedi TV on May 20 who will sign the Association Agreement, President Margvelashvili responded: “I share the opinion that the President should sign it.”

“But there is also one important constitutional clause according to which the President has the right to sign [international treaties] upon agreement with the government. This is a very important agreement and its signature is of strategic [importance] for Georgia, therefore consultations will definitely be held about it [who will sign it],” the President said.

“Important is that Georgia will sign this agreement and it is not really a matter of principle for me and I will not dispute if some other authorized person signs it, but I think that the President should sign it because the agreement involves issues that should be carried out in executive, legislative and judicial authorities; therefore I think that it would be appropriate if the head of the state signs it, although it will also be legitimate if other official signs it,” Margvelashvili said.

Asked about his relations with PM Garibashvili, President Margvelashvili responded: “We have a working relationship with the government.”

He said that describing these relations as “confrontation” is “exaggeration”.

Margvelashvili said that last week, when he met Garibashvili over dinner, they talked about having “more intensive and coordinated relations.”

Latest News
29 Jun.'17 15:46
EU: Dropping Charges over Khurcha Murder ‘Worrying’
The European Union delivered a statement at the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference.
28 Jun.'17 18:35
New Constitutional Law to Define Adjara’s Powers
The Autonomous Republic of Adjara will have more freedom to carry out its functions.
28 Jun.'17 18:10
Russian Official: New Law Enforcement Agency in Tskhinvali ‘Decided Matter’
‘Information-Coordination Center’ in Tskhinvali is going to enjoy wider powers than the one in Sokhumi.
28 Jun.'17 16:45
Georgia in U.S. Human Trafficking Report
The Trafficking in Persons Report puts Georgia in ‘tier one’ – the highest ranking.
27 Jun.'17 19:27
Margvelashvili Meets Azerbaijani Journalist’s Wife
Georgian prosecutors request interrogation of Afgan Mukhtarli.
27 Jun.'17 17:35
CSOs: Georgia’s Democratic Future ‘at Risk’
A group of 32 Georgian civil society organizations issued an appeal to the international community.
27 Jun.'17 16:02
President Announces Tentative Date for Municipal Polls
Municipal elections will be held at the end of the third week of October, 2017.
27 Jun.'17 12:44
Government Hires Rasky Partners for U.S. Lobbying
Boston-based company will support Georgia’s outreach efforts to the Congress, U.S. administration.
26 Jun.'17 18:24
UNM Names Mayoral Candidate in Tbilisi
Zaal Udumashvili will be the mayoral candidate, while Nika Melia will compete for Sakrebulo chairmanship.
26 Jun.'17 16:59
PM Kvirikashvili on Kakha Kaladze’s ‘Interesting’ Political Plans
Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze will reportedly be the ruling party’s mayoral pick for Tbilisi.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
55