Agnieszka Pomaska

International Parliamentary Conference „Georgia before the Vilnius Summit: Role of the Parliament in EU Integration Process”

Chairperson of the Parliamentary European Union Affairs Committee Agnieszka Pomaska is going to participate in the International Parliamentary Conference „Georgia before the Vilnius Summit: Role of the Parliament in EU Integration Process”, which will be held in Tbilisi, from 5 to 8 October 2013.


PROGRAMME

10:00-10:25 OPENING SESSION. Welcome addresses by:

– David USUPASHVILI, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia
– Bidzina IVANISHVILI, Prime Minister of Georgia
– Niels SCOTT, UNDP Resident Representative

10:25-10:45 Opening remarks by:

– Mihail MIKOV, President of the National Assembly, Republic of Bulgaria
– Vydas GEDVILAS, Speaker of the Seimas, Republic of Lithuania
– Crin ANTONESCU, President of the Senate of the Parliament, Romania
– Valeriu ŞTEFAN ZGONEA, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament, Romania
– Philip DIMITROV, Head of EU Delegation
– Hans Peter Paul Maria HORBACH, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

SESSION I GEORGIA’S COMMITMENTS ON ITS EUROPEAN PATH

A year has passed since the first peaceful transfer of power in Georgia as a result of October 2012 parliamentary elections. Despite the challenges brought about by the new political setting, the Parliament has succeeded in achieving cooperation on key issues on the agenda, including the changes to the Constitution, adoption of the Parliament’s Resolution on Foreign Policy directions, etc. The First Session of the Conference will respectively provide opportunity to present these and other achievements in the light of Georgia-EU relations, with particular focus on the progress towards EU law harmonization process, finalization of negotiations on DCFTA and Association Agreement, preparations for the Vilnius Summit, cooperation within the formats of parliamentary diplomacy. The Session will also highlight those challenges that lie ahead in the process of democratization and further approximation of Georgia to Europe.

Moderator: Viktor DOLIDZE, Chairperson of the Committee on European Integration, Parliament of Georgia

11:00-11:15 Presentation by Maia PANJIKIDZE, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on Georgia and the EU: towards the Vilnius Summit and beyond

11:15-11:30 Presentation by Alex PETRIASHVILI, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Georgia on EU/NATO Perspectives

11:30-11:45 Presentation by Tedo JAPARIDZE, Chairperson of Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament of Georgia – Georgia: Going Regional, without Changing Trajectory

11:45-12:00 Presentation by Elmar BROK, Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament View from Brussels

12:00-13:00 Discussion

SESSION II SHARING EXPERIENCE OF EU MEMBER COUNTRIES: ROLE OF THE PARLIAMENT IN EU INTEGRATION PROCESSES

Although the Government of Georgia is taking the lead in Georgia-EU relations, Parliament, based on its policy-making and oversight function, plays an important role in the EU integration processes. With the approach and especially in the aftermath of the Vilnius Summit, the role of the Parliament becomes even more crucial and the need for strengthening its capacities increases. Respectively, the Second Session of the Conference will be dedicated to the experience-sharing of the parliaments of EU member states on the role of the parliament in EU integration process, effective coordination mechanisms with the government and the best tools of parliamentary oversight. Addressing the challenges in the law harmonization process, role of the EU Committees in raising public awareness about EU and cooperation with EU member states will be also discussed during the Session.

14:00-14:10 Presentation by Mladen PETROV CHERVENYAKOV, Chairperson of the Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of the European Funds, National Assembly of Bulgaria

14:10-14:20 Presentation by Viktor DOLIDZE, Chairperson of the Committee on European Integration, Parliament of Georgia

14:20-14:30 Presentation by Zanda KALNIŅA-LUKAŠEVICA, Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee, Parliament of Latvia

14:30-14:40 Presentation by Gediminas KIRKILAS, Chairperson of the Committee on European Affairs, Parliament of Lithuania

14:40-14:50 Presentation by Agnieszka POMASKA, Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee, Sejm of the Republic of Poland 

14:50-15:00 Presentation by Edmund WITTBRODT, Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee, Senate of the Republic of Poland

15:00-15:10 Presentation by Ovidiu Loan SILAGHI, Chairperson of the Committee on European Affairs, Parliament of Romania

15:10-16:00 Discussion

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:00 Closing remarks

17:00-17:30 Joint Press-Conference by David USUPASHVILI, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia, Vydas GEDVILAS, Speaker of the Seimas, Republic of Lithuania