On 6 February, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland is in Tbilisi for meetings with:
• Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia
• Mr Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister
• Ms Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Members of the Georgian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly
The main topics of the visit are Georgia’s relations with the Council of Europe, ongoing reforms and the launch of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia.
The Action Plan for Georgia includes 34 projects and has a total budget of €17 million. It was adopted by the Committee of Ministers in October 2013, and represents a comprehensive and coherent package of co-operation to support bringing national legislation, institutions and practice in line with Council of Europe standards.
At the launching event of the Action Plan with Foreign Minister Panjikidze, the Secretary General said: "Since 1999, Georgia has signed and ratified 69 Council of Europe Conventions, including the most important ones in the fields of human rights. Georgia is a member of 7 Partial Agreements, including the European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission. The country has made serious efforts to translate Council of Europe standards in many areas into national legislation. It carried out important reforms. And it is committed to continue with reforms. The Action Plan is designed precisely in order to translate this will into reality".
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