7 April 2010 - Inaugural meeting of the Georgia-NATO Interparliamentary Council held in Tbilisi
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Georgia-NATO Interparliamentary Council (GNIC) today held its first meeting in Tbilisi. This was an opportunity to take stock of Georgia’s active involvement in the NATO PA and discuss the wide range of reforms that the country is implementing as it moves towards further NATO integration.
NATO PA Vice-President Assen Agov (Bulgaria) recalled that the Assembly decided to create the GNIC in November 2008 as a parliamentary counterpart to the NATO-Georgia Commission and a clear demonstration of solidarity with Georgia in the aftermath of the August conflict. The NATO PA worked closely with the Georgian delegation to develop a framework for comprehensive cooperation. Mr Agov stressed that the GNIC provides a dynamic, flexible arrangement involving the Assembly’s leadership and the Georgian delegation to the NATO PA and which will provide guidance and continuity for an ongoing Assembly programme of activities focusing on
The creation of the GNIC followed a series of statements and measures adopted by the NATO PA in the immediate aftermath of the August 2008 conflict, Mr Agov noted. The Assembly’s then-President, José Lello (
Mr Agov concluded that the GNIC provides an important tool to take the already intensive cooperation between the NATO PA and Georgia to the next level and assist
Giorgi Kandelaki, leader of the Georgian delegation to the NATO PA also called the GNIC “an important platform for communication with the NATO PA” and “a tool to inform NATO parliamentarians about the ongoing challenges
Mr Kandelaki presented the recent steps taken by the Georgian authorities to further democratic processes in the country. Efforts focused in particular on improving majority-opposition relations and the representation of the opposition in state institutions, and strengthening the independence of the judiciary and the freedom and plurality of the media. Mr Kandelaki noted that the 30 May local elections were seen by many as an important test for
First Deputy Minister of Defence Nikoloz Vashakidze presented
Mr Vashakidze concluded that while
The meeting of the GNIC in
A report of the visit will be available soon on our web site.