The Third Eastern Partnership Summit Vilnius marked initialisation of the Association Agreement with Georgia
On 28 and 29 November 2013, the Third Eastern Partnership Summit was held in Vilnius, Lithuania. At the summit the EU’s Association Agreement with Georgia together with its integral part Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) was initialised. The official delegation of Georgia headed by the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili included: The State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alex Petriashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs Maia Panjikidze, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tamar Beruchashvili, Minister of economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Mikheil Janelidze.
On 28th November, a ceremony was held in Vilnius to mark the technical initialling of an Association Agreement together with its integral part Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the EU and Georgia. The Georgian delegation included the First Deputy Foreign Minister, Davit Zalkaliani, and the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Mikheil Janelidze. The European Union was represented by the European External Action Service’s (EEAS) Director for Russia, the Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Co-operation and the OSCE, Gunnar Wiegand, and the EU’s chief negotiator on Deep and comprehensive free trade area-the Deputy Head of the European Commission’s Directorate-general for Trade’s European Neighbourhood Policy, Philippe Cuisson.
On 29th November during the official ceremony held to mark the initialling of the Association Agreement, the Agreement was initialled on behalf of Georgia by the Foreign Minister, Maia Panjikidze, and the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Signing on behalf of the EU was the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht.
The event is summarized in the Joint Declaration of the Eastern Partnership Summit of Vilnius, 28-29 November 2013.
On behalf of EUGBC, Executive Director Tamar Khuntsaria participated in the Eastern Partnership Summit – Vilnius during 26th–29th November 2013.
In the scope of the summit, on 27th November Executive Director took part in the East Alliance Final Conference organized by EUROCHAMBERS under the auspices of East Invest program. On November 28th, Ms Khuntsaria participated in the Eastern Partnership Business Forum.
In the framework of the summit, Tamar Khuntsaria held working meetings with the EU’s chief negotiator on DCFTA – the Deputy Head of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade’s European Neighbourhood Policy, Philippe Cuisson; Director International Affairs of EUROCHAMBERS, Dirk Vantyghem and Advisor in International Affairs, Birgit Arens; Adviser in International Relations of BUSINESSEUROPE, Sofia Bournou; Senior representatives of the Lithuanian Business Confederation and Enterprise Lithuania; General Director of Association of Lithuania Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Ambassador Rimantas Šidlauskas. The meetings aimed at informing the counterparts on the goals and activities of EUGBC as well as envisioning close partnership and cooperation.