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Statement by Mr Sajjad KARIM, Chairman of the EP Delegation - We must help stability and long-lasting political solutions in the South Caucasus - 25 February 2017
 
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Sajjad KARIM Chair European Conservatives and Reformists Group United Kingdom Conservative Party
 
Elisabeth KÖSTINGER Vice-Chair Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) Austria Österreichische Volkspartei
 
Antanas GUOGA Vice-Chair Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) Lithuania Independent
 
Lorenzo CESA Member Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) Italy Unione di Centro
 
Birgit COLLIN-LANGEN Member Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) Germany Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
 
Damian DRĂGHICI Member Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Romania Independent
 
Heidi HAUTALA Member Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance Finland Vihreä liitto
 
Iris HOFFMANN Member Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Germany Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
 
Robert Jarosław IWASZKIEWICZ Member Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group Poland KORWiN
 
Kateřina KONEČNÁ Member Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left Czech Republic Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy
 
 
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Relations between the European Parliament and the parliaments of the countries of the South Caucasus - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia - are conducted within the framework of the Delegation to the EU-Armenia and EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees (PCCs) and to the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee (PAC). The PCCs are provided for in the Partnership and Cooperation Agreements (PCAs) with Armenia and Azerbaijan, which both entered into force on 1 July 1999. These joint parliamentary bodies monitor all aspects of the PCAs, and thus provide a forum for parliamentary scrutiny relating to EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Armenia relations respectively.

Relations with Georgia, however, are now conducted under an Association Agreement / Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA/DCFTA), which entered into force on 1 July 2016. This new agreement replaces the PCA which previously applied and is designed to provide an ambitious and clear framework for the strengthening of bilateral relations between Georgia and the EU. It thus provides the basis for Georgia to carry out its reform agenda, in accordance with the common values set out in the Association Agreement, namely democracy, good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights, while, at the same time, putting in place a very ambitious framework for legislative approximation and a far-reaching free trade area. The newly created Association Council between Georgia and the EU is now tasked with the implementation of the AA/DCFTA and the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee (PAC) is entrusted with exerting parliamentary scrutiny. The Parliamentary Association Committee also acts as an open forum for debate about all aspects of relations between the EU and Georgia and issues of mutual interest. It is intended to provide a major impetus for successful democratic and market reforms in Georgia and for the country's closer integration with the EU. According to the Association Agreement, the PAC also has a responsibility in the field of dialogue with civil society.

The European Parliament Delegation to the EU-Armenia and EU-Azerbaijan PCCs and the EU-Georgia PAC is composed of 18 members and a similar number of substitutes. The PCCs hold, in principle, one meeting a year and the PAC two, alternating between the host country and one of the European Parliament's working places.

 
 
 
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