Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers are meeting in Tbilisi today and tomorrow to discuss reforms related to the European agenda just a few months ahead of the third EaP Summit meeting in Vilnius in November. A press release ahead of the meeting said Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid would take part in the second meeting of the Informal Eastern Partnership (EaP) dialogues bringing together Foreign Ministers and high level officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Ministers are also due to discuss issues of common interest such as Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Mali.
The meeting hosted by Georgia will be followed, for the first time ever, by a sectoral ministerial meeting - this time dedicated to transport - where the European Commission will be represented by Vice President Siim Kallas, the press release said.
“The Informal EaP dialogue meeting is an important occasion for the Foreign Ministers of the partner countries to engage in discussions about the implementation of reforms related to the European agenda just few months ahead of the third Summit meeting in Vilnius in November this year,” the press release said.
In Tbilisi, Štefan Füle and Helga Schmid will also meet with President Mikhail Saakashvili, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and representatives of the Georgian Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum National Platform.
In addition, Commissioner Füle will meet the Chairman of the Parliament David Usupashvili and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Minority David Bakradze, as well as the Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili and representatives of the Georgian Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum National Platform.
The informal Eastern Partnership dialogues are held twice a year and hosted in turn by one of the Eastern Partnership countries.
Source: EU Neighbourhood Info
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