Georgia on the Path to the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities
Due to the security regulations in the Parliament registration is mandatory. Registration fee is DDK 100,- (coffee/tea and cake will be served). Registration not later than Sunday 25th of February at “nemtilmeld”: https://helsinki-komiteen.nemtilmeld.dk/7/ . Arrival not later than 12:30 for security control and registration.
Georgia, in recognition of its successful reforms over last decades was granted a long awaited EU candidate status in December 2023.
The support of the Georgian population for the country’s desired EU membership is higher than in any EU member state or candidate country – it amounts to 90%. However, the existing domestic political tensions and disagreement between the Government and part of the opposition parties often has a negative impact on the country’s declared pro-European stance.
The conference will shed more light on this situation and discuss what we in the EU and in Denmark can do for the Georgian people.
The language of the conference will be English.
Moderator: Charlotte Flindt Pedersen, Director, The Danish Foreing Policy Society.
13:00-13:05 Asbjørn Storgaard, Chairman of the Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights: Welcome on behalf of the Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rigths.
13:05-13-10 Jens-Kristian Lütken, Chairman of Europabevægelsen: Welcome on behalf of Europabevægelsen.
13:10-13:30 Michael Aastrup Jensen, MP, The Danish Liberal Party, Chairman of the Foreign Policy Board in the Danish Parliament, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Former Chairman of the Danish Delegation, and Special Rapporteur for Georgia, our host in the Parliament: Georgia’s difficult road to Europa: Historic overview, past, present and future. What can Denmark do for supporting the Georgian peoples European aspirations and what do we expect from Georgia on its path to EU membership.
13:30-13:50 Per Haugaard, Chief of the representation of the European Commission in Denmark: What was the background for the European Commission to recommend giving Georgia candidate status; from now on, what will the steps be to full membership; what will be the biggest hurdles in this long process; what can the Georgian Government, the Georgian politicians and the Georgian people do for supporting this process; what can Denmark and the Danish members of the European Parliament do for supporting Georgia in this process.
13.50-14:10 Natela Menabde, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Denmark and Iceland: What are the visions and plans of Georgia for fulfilling the country’s long-term ambition from candidate status to the full EU membership. How Georgia undertakes further reforms to implement recommendations of the EU.
14:10-14:40 Discussion and Q&A.
14:40-15:10 Break, coffee/tea and cake will be served.
15:10-15:30 Tom Trier, Political Adviser to the EUSR for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, European External Action Service: Georgia and the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region / South Ossetia – EU perspectives.
15:30-15:50 Eka Gigauri, Executive Director, Transparency International Georgia: How can Georgia progress further on its fight against corruption and for an open, legal based economy as necessary for EU membership.
15:50-16:10 Nino Evgenidze, Executive Director, Economic Policy Research Centre: What will the fulfillment of Georgia’s European ambitions mean for the Georgian economy, EU-accession as a topic of political discussion in Georgia.
16:10-16:40. Discussion and Q&A.
16:40-17:00 Karsten Fledelius, Former Chairperson of The Danish Helsinki Committee: Conclusions and final remarks.
The Conference is organized by the Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and the Danish Foreign Policy Society in cooperation with the Danish UN Association, Globale Seniorer, Europabevægelsen and Georgiens Venner i Danmark. The Conference is supported economically by CISU, Civilsamfund i Udvikling.