President of the Republic of Lithuania

Reforms are needed for Georgia and its people

2013-11-07

Thursday, November 7, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, David Usupashvili. The meeting focused on preparations for the Vilnius Summit to be held in late November, as well as ongoing reforms and recent presidential election in Georgia.

"Ongoing reforms are first of all needed for Georgia and its people. They will serve to promote the country's development and modernization and will open greater opportunities in relations with the European Union," the President said.

She underlined that implementation of reforms is also important in seeking visa liberalization for Georgia which would facilitate travelling to the EU member states for Georgian people.

According to the President, preparations for the upcoming Vilnius Summit are going smoothly, Lithuania is preparing for the event very responsibly. The summit is expected to see the initialing of an Association Agreement with Georgia, including a free trade agreement.

The President noted that while moving down the EU path it has chosen, Georgia must ensure that there is no selective justice and abuse of political opponents in the country and seek transparent legal proceedings, fair trial and the rule of law. The situation of minorities also needs to be improved. Other necessary steps include adoption of anti-discriminatory and data protection laws and fighting corruption.

Copyright - Dž. G. Barysaitė 

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2013.11.07 08:39

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