Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Territorial Integrity of Georgia and its Integration into the European Union: Motion

9:40 am

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I move:

That the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence:- welcomes an impressive growth of political relations and co-operation in a variety of fields over the last few years between Ireland and Georgia, and expresses hope that bilateral ties will continue to further deepen; the newly opened Georgian Embassy will contribute to this process;

- reaffirms Ireland’s unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders;

- welcomes Georgia’s progress achieved on its European integration path and is of the opinion that the EU-Georgia Association Agreement/DCFTA represents an important step in the European way of Georgia and its citizens and opens up qualitatively new perspectives in bilateral relations;

- supports further integration of Georgia in the European Union, and emphasises the need for Georgia to focus on successful implementation of the European Union Association Agreement in the coming years;

- commends the progress achieved by Georgia in implementing the EU-Georgia visa liberalisation action plan, and supports the urgent completion of the visa liberalisation between Georgia and the European Union, a process that is of most importance for the future European integration of Georgia;

- underlines that Ireland and Georgia should continue close co-operation with the aim to further deepen Georgian-Irish partnership both in bilateral and multilateral formats, and work together towards an open Europe of unity and solidarity, to contribute to global peace and security.

I am glad that the motion has cross-party support. The motion, as listed, supports the territorial integrity of Georgia and its further integration into the European Union.


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