Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

International Agreements

Photo of Pat BreenPat Breen (Clare, Fine Gael)
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364. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on when the EU Georgia association agreement will be ratified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47149/14]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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I plan to arrange for ratification of the EU Association Agreement with Georgia in the coming months, together with the Association Agreements with the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine respectively. My Department is currently completing the necessaryinternal preparatoryprocedures for this purpose.

In accordance with Article 29.5.2 of the Constitution, the prior approval of this House is required for the terms of these Association Agreements before they can be ratified on behalf of the State.

The Government has authorised me to move motions in this House seeking approval of the terms of these three Agreements and I hope to do so early next year. Subject to the approval of this House, my Department would take the subsequent technical steps to complete the ratification process for all three Agreements as soon as practicable thereafter.


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