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The launching of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia (2016-2019) has been held at the Georgian Foreign Ministry

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Daniel Mitov and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni paid an official visit to Georgia, on 9 May 2016.

The official launching of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia (2016-2019) was held within the framework of the visit. The Document includes projects that have been or will be carried out by the Council of Europe in Georgia during the period from 2016 to 2019, aimed at promoting co-operation with the Government of Georgia towards strengthening human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The Action Plan was adopted by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in March 2016, through consultations between the Government of Georgia and the Council of Europe.

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Bulgarian Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers Daniel Mitov and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni delivered their remarks during the launching ceremony, which was followed by a working meeting led by Director of the Council of Europe Office of the Directorate General of Programmes (ODGP) Verena Taylor and Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani. Director of the CoE ODGP Verena Taylor, Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia Nino Gvenetadze, Deputy First Minister of Corrections of Georgia Tamar Khulordava, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Ketevan Natriashvili, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Revaz Javelidze, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Mamuka Vasadze and a member of the Central Election Commission Zuran Khrikadze addressed the participants of the meeting, which, among others, was attended by representatives of the foreign diplomatic corps accredited to Georgia and officials from various government agencies.

Discussions during the working meeting focused on projects under the Council of Europe Action Plan 2016-2019. Representatives from the Georgian line ministries spoke about the priorities of co-operation with the Council of Europe under the Action Plan.

Following the launching ceremony, the Bulgarian and Georgian Foreign Ministers and the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe held a joint press conference.

As part of their official visit to Georgia, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister and the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe are due to hold meetings with the President of Georgia, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament. They will highlight the ongoing reforms in Georgia in the areas of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Discussions will also focus on the human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied territories.

The guests will also visit the occupation line near the village of Khurvaleti and will lay a wreath at the Fallen Heroes Memorial.