President of the Republic of Lithuania

Successful Georgian-EU cooperation is conditional on Georgia’s progress of democratic reforms

2010-05-18

Tuesday, May 18, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė received Georgia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze.

In the meeting, the President and the Minister discussed Georgia's relations with the European Union, the outlook for the agreement on facilitated visa regime, preparations for negotiations on Georgia's EU association agreement, and Lithuanian-Georgian bilateral relations, and exchanged views on possible ways to tackle the issue of the Georgian-Russian conflict.

"The success of Georgia's cooperation with the European Union depends on how much progress Georgia makes in implementing democratic reforms vital for its political and economic system," President Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined at the meeting.

On May 12, the European Commission released a report which gives an assessment of Georgia's progress in implementing the European Neighborhood Policy and identifies those public sector and economic areas where progress is still lacking.

As stated by the European Commission, Georgia needs to continue its democratic reform efforts so as to ensure political pluralism and media freedom, implement government decentralization, reform its civil service, and enhance independence of the judiciary.

According to the President, Georgia's progress of implementation of the reforms recommended by the EU, improvement of business climate and facilitation of free movement of goods would improve Georgia's economic relations both with the European Union as a whole and with individual Member States, including Lithuania. The President also noted that efforts to strengthen democracy would demonstrate Georgia's strong political will and commitment to go towards Western democracy and NATO integration.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė emphasized that local election to be held on 30 May would be another test of democracy for Georgia.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.05.18 15:25

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