Visit of Lado Gurgenidze, Georgian Prime Minister, to Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and press briefing (extracts)

Type: Visit to the Commission   Reference: I-055881   Duration: 11:22:29  Lieu:
End production: 06/12/2007   First transmission: 06/12/2007
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, received Lado Gurgenidze, Georgian Prime Minister, on 6 December 2007 in Brussels. Their talks focused on the situation in Georgia, especially in the run up to the presidential elections of 5 January 2008, but also on the democratization process of the country.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
11:18:51 Title 00:00:04
11:18:56 Exterior view of the Berlaymont Commission building 00:00:05
11:19:01 Joint arrival of Lado Gurgenidze, Georgian Prime Minister, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy 00:00:16
11:19:17 General view of the working breakfast (5 shots) 00:00:33
11:19:50 Arrival of Lado Gurgenidze and Benita Ferrero-Waldner to the VIP corner 00:00:05
11:19:55 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that now Georgia has to slowly start building up a credible system of democratic checks and balances; first encouraging steps have been taken by the Parliament, like for instance the implementation of many of the Council of Europe's, the so called Venice Commission's recommendations, like the electoral code and also the establishment of the office of a public defender in order to ensure more protection of civil liberties; so a lot has already been done, but a lot still remains to be done (2 shots) 00:00:48
11:20:43 Cutaway 00:00:05
11:20:48 Lado Gurgenidze (in ENGLISH) saying that he has updated Benita Ferrero-Waldner as to the various measures were taken to ensure the upcoming elections are free and fair and democratic, and that the media expect to do it; they are delighted of constantly hearing that many observers will be sent by their friends and partners in Europe, for the elections campaign period, for the elections day and for the immediate aftermath of the elections as well 00:00:32
11:21:20 Cutaway 00:00:05
11:21:25 Lado Gurgenidze (in ENGLISH) saying that they have also discussed the new social policy measures that they have now implemented in order to achieve greater social cohesion because that is crucial for the further enhancement of the stability in Gerogia's development; they have discussed the several important areas in which they are very much helpful they can achieve tangible progress and results with the EU, such as the free trade agreement, the visa facilitation, and related issues 00:00:37
11:22:02 Cutaway 00:00:05
11:22:07 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that in the aftermath they will certainly watch out and they hope that also Russia will understand that on South-Ossetia and on Abkhazia, things should remain as they are; there should be territorial integrity of Georgia 00:00:22
11:22:29 Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Lado Gurgenidze leaving 00:00:07
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