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Ivanishvili to address PACE on Tuesday

by | Apr 20, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili will address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

His speech is expected to deal with the new reforms his government has begun of the courts and the constitution, as well as Georgia’s relationship with the European Union, according to Tina Khidasheli, a member of parliament for the Georgian Dream coalition.

Ivainshvili’s speech is expected to take place April 23 at 12 local time. The PACE conference lasts from April 22 to 26.

The speech will be scrutinized by parliamentarians from the National Movement party, who are part of a delegation that left for Strasbourg Saturday.

“We have very interesting week ahead,” said one of them, Davit Bakradze, before their departure. “We will try to agree on common positions and have consultations with the majority in order to defend the interests of Georgia.”

Khidasheli said that the emphasis will be on Georgian Dream’s plans and its democracy reforms.

“A large part of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s address will be about court and constitutional reforms,” she said. “In addition, he will speak about deepening the Association Agreement and cooperation with the EU.”



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