Extracts from the joint press briefing by Nika Gilauri, Georgian Prime Minister, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 05/03/2009 First transmission: 05/03/2009
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Nikoloz Gilauri, Georgian Prime Minister, hold a joint press conference after his visit to the Commissioner. Nikoloz Gilauri's first visit to the European Commission after his recent nomination as Georgia's Prime minister, on 6 February, was the occasion to discuss EU-Georgia bilateral relations. After the recent war between Russia and Georgia, the EU has provided 6 million euros in humanitarian aid for people affected by the conflict. An international donor's conference for assisting Georgia's economic recovery will be held in Brussels on 22 October 2008. A civilian European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia was deployed on 1 October 2008. Relations between the EU and Georgia started in 1992 just after Georgia regained its sovereignty in the wake of the break-up of the Soviet Union. Bilateral relations have further intensified since the 2003 "rose revolution" which brought to power a new Georgian administration committed to an ambitious programme of political and economic reforms.
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||Exterior view of the European Commission building
||Arrival of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Nikoloz Gilauri, Georgian Prime Minister.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, on the events in Georgia: Since the summer, the EU has proven that it stands ready, not only to give the political support, but also to give substantial financial support and a rather fast support; we want to continue to provide strong political, practical support to help Georgia face the great challenges that lie ahead; we will continue to support the questions of sovereignty and territory integrity.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Benita Ferrero-Waldner: during my trip to Georgia (on 16 February), we could sign a joined statement on political conditionality, linked to the EC's additional assistance of up to 500 million euros, pledged at the donor's conference, and this was advancing on democratic reform and serious efforts for resettlement of the IDP's (Internally displaced persons), and a sensible application of the law on the occupied territories.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Nikoloz Gilauri, Georgian Prime Minister: The cooperation between EU and Georgia has become closer and closer; one part of it is the donor's conference, and the other is the EU monitoring mission, which is important for our country, for having a stable situation in Georgia; the idea of an Eastern partnership, a new wave of this reform, is also very important for Georgia and we welcome the Eastern partnership idea, which we would like to see successful.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Benita Ferrero-Waldner: it is important that the Geneva talks go on, and that we speak very clearly about every possible progress forward and but also the negative incident in order to hope to solve those questions in the future; we are very steadfast on the questions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia; we do not accept recognition of independence because these are Georgian territory but, at the same time, it is important to have a dialogue with Russia.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Nikoloz Gilauri: Any donor or any money that is coming to Georgia or that is spent on any project, you can find it on an Internet website because it is absolutely transparent; we held meetings with Georgian NGO's and with donors, together with the government on a monthly or 2-month basis to explain where and how the money is spent.
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