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Agreement to allocate USD 500 mln is signed in Tbilisi2009-01-20 17:44
Today in Tbilisi Benita Ferrero -Waldner, EU Commissioner for External Relations and the State Minister for Integration into European and Euro-Atlantic Structures, Giorgiy Baramidze, signed an agreement to allocate USD 500 mln for Georgia from the side of the EU, RosBalt informs. The sum is assigned to render aid to victims of the August events.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Baramidze, they discussed "future relations of Georgia and the EU", getting "deeper every day". In particular, they touched upon the integration of Georgia in the EU, simplification of visa system, establishment of free trade regime in the future.
The most interesting topic for the journalists was the possibility of changing the existing mandate of the EU monitors in Georgia and prospective of drawing European police contingent in Georgian conflict areas. According to Ferrero-Walder, this issue is to be discussed in the future. But she underlined that OSCE mission in Georgia must be preserved, and the negotiations on this issue will be continued.
The Commissioner said that the EU will make every effort to let OSCE mandate be prolonged.