Irakli Kobakhidze, Georgian Parliament Speaker; Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Mikheil Janelidze, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; and Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, opened a two-day international parliamentary conference in Tbilisi on December 4, 2017 – “EU and Partners – Embracing Diversity for Stronger Unity.”
Bringing together representatives of the European Parliament and 17 parliaments of the European Union Member States, Candidate States and Eastern Partnership countries, the conference aims to discuss integration with the European Union as a framework for promoting internal reforms, and point out the benefits and challenges associated with the EU-inspired transformation.
Representatives of the Georgian Government, international organisations and the prominent leaders of civil society are taking part in the discussion.
Niels Scott – Head of the United Nations in Georgia; and Tamar Khulordava – Chairperson of the European Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, addressed the participants of this international forum with welcome remarks.
Five major discussion panels of the conference, on December 4-5, will focus on the political and economic reforms inspired by the Association Agreements in different countries, EU partnership instruments and cooperation frameworks, legislative challenges on the way to implementing the EU-driven reforms, and on economic impacts of the European integration on business and trade.
Some special attention at the conference will be provided to discussing citizen expectations before and after the integration with the European Union, ways of countering anti-European propaganda, and to the future of the European Union, considering the 60th anniversary of the European cooperation.
The international parliamentary conference “EU and Partners – Embracing Diversity for Stronger Unity” is organized by the Parliament of Georgia, on the initiative of the European Integration Committee of the Parliament, with support from the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).