Georgia: New EU support to boost trade, private sector development and justice reform
European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, is due to announce new EU financial support for Georgia today, during his visit to Tbilisi where he is taking part in the ratification of the Association Agreement/DCFTA by the Georgian Parliament.
The new package will target trade, private sector development and justice sector reform, a press release said, adding the programme is designed to contribute to further political association and economic integration with the EU under the Eastern Partnership initiative.
“With the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, Georgia needs to implement a series of reforms to move closer to EU standards. The new funding confirms our strong support to modernisation efforts and the country’s ambitious goal of getting closer to the EU,” said Stefan Füle ahead of the visit.
This fresh EU funding will assist Georgia in the implementation of the DCFTA. It will support small businesses, enabling them to gain the positive effects of the agreement. The funding will also help boost core trade institutions and ensure a smooth continuation of reforms in priority trade-related areas such as food safety, consumer protection, market surveillance and competition.
This process will create enhanced economic opportunities for all, including vulnerable groups such as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the press release said.
In the justice sector, the new EU assistance is expected to improve the administration of justice, consolidate the rule of law and strengthen human rights’ protection in line with international and European standards. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
The EU is shocked by the reports of the circumstances surrounding the crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight in Eastern Ukraine yesterday and the loss of many lives. “Our thoughts are with the many whose relatives and friends were on board,” a statement by the spokespersons of the EU’s External Action Service said.
The circumstances must be clarified without delay and the international investigation must shed full light on this tragedy, the statement said.
The EU calls on all parties in the region of the crash to provide full access to the crash site, so that it can be secured immediately, to cooperate fully and to share all relevant information.
“This is another stark illustration of why it is so urgent to bring this conflict to an end,” the statement said, adding: “Without prejudging the facts behind the crash, we call on all parties to stop the senseless loss of life in Eastern Ukraine, to refrain from any escalatory acts, and to agree to an immediate ceasefire.” (EU Neighbourhood Info)