Georgia: With Minister of Interior about reforms and strengthening rule of law
Brussels (30th May) - Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, met with the Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Irakli Gharibashvili in Brussels today.
They discussed latest developments in Georgia and the EU-Georgia bilateral agenda. Commissioner Füle welcomed the efforts of the government to strengthen the rule of law as part of the democratic transformation of the country. In this context he recalled the latest joint statement of High Representative Catherine Ashton and him related to the recent proceedings against former members of government. He stressed the need to ensure that the legal proceedings are fair, transparent and free of any political interference; and in general that law is applied in a fair transparent way and in line with the EU's and Georgia's common European values.
Commissioner Füle welcomed the commitment of the Georgian government to further deepen its engagement with the European Union. He underlined the EU’s continued determination for political association and economic integration with Georgia and the high ambitions Brussels and Tbilisi have in this respect for the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius this November.
Commissioner Füle acknowledged the steps being taken by Georgia to introduce reforms in the field of law enforcement, and urged more rapid progress in protecting the rights of minorities. He also noted that personal data protection was a key commitment of Georgia in the context of the on-going visa dialogue and the Association Agreement.
He underlined the important role the Ministry plays in the long-standing cooperation with the EU on a number of practical projects in the fields of border management and migration, police cooperation, and emergency management.
Commissioner Füle also reiterated EU´s commitment to Georgia's territorial integrity and stated that the EU is taking very seriously any incidents along the administrative boundary lines with South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The EU Monitoring Mission is addressing the situation on the ground; specific concerns are raised with all Geneva Discussions participants bilaterally and will also be discussed in the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism meeting this Friday and the June round of the Geneva Discussions.