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European Agenda / 21-25 February 2011

  • Feb. 21: EU foreign ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss engagement with Bosnia-Herzegovina and reforms as the Balkan country aspires to join the European Union.
  • Feb. 21: Lithuania’s Special Representative for Protracted Conflicts Giedrius Cekuolis will visit Azerbaijan and meet with officials to discuss ways to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
  • Feb. 21: Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman will meet in Vienna with U.N. Office on Drug and Crime Executive Director Yuri Fedotov and International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano.
  • Feb. 21: An EU expert mission will visit Serbia to investigate reforms in Serbia’s judiciary and law enforcement, as well as the fight against corruption and organized crime.
  • Feb. 21-22: The anti-terrorism center heads from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) member states will meet in Moscow in accordance with the CIS Cooperation Program, which covers measures against terrorism and other violent acts of extremism for 2011-2013, and the Action Plan of the Anti-terrorist Center for 2011.
  • Feb. 22: The Bulgarian Consultative National Security Council, summoned by President Georgi Parvanov after the recent governmental wiretapping scandal, will meet to discuss internal security and meeting Schengen requirements.
  • Feb. 23: Greece’s largest labor union will hold a general strike over proposed austerity measures.
  • Feb. 23: Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Uruguayan Foreign Minister in Kiev to discuss bilateral and regional cooperation.
  • Feb. 23-24: Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro will visit Spain.
  • Feb. 24: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will meet with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels to discuss energy and trade foreign policy.
  • Feb. 24: Russia will launch the new-generation Glonass-K navigation satellite.
  • Feb. 24-25: King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain will visit Russia to meet with President Dmitri Medvedev and participate in the opening of the Prado in the Hermitage exhibition for the Year of Spain in Russia and Year of Russia in Spain events.
  • Feb. 24: NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will travel to Ukraine to meet with President Viktor Yanukovich, Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov, and Foreign Minister Uruguayan Foreign Minister. He will also lecture students at a Kiev university.
  • Feb. 24-25: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the Russian government will meet with the European Commission in Brussels to hold direct talks on energy trade, human rights, food import standards and conflicts in which Russia is suspected of being involved.
  • Feb. 25: Irish elections will be held.
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Georgia turn off “the business” with CIS

The Roki Tunnel_South OssetiaToday, Georgia is to the final to leave the Commonwealth of Independent States. Georgia’s decision to leave CIS was taken by the georgian Parliament on 14 August 2008, and four days later the Foreign Ministry informed the Executive Council of the CIS about this decision. A period followed by 12 months for completion of the procedures stipulated by the CIS. It is the first time in the history of political organization, founded in 1992 with former Soviet republics Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, when use is made of this provision to the leave statute of community by a state.

According to officials in Tbilisi, the withdrawal is because: “in August 2008, a member country of the CIS – Russia has declared war to other countries of the CIS States, has occupied territories and it was recognized as independent entities. Meanwhile Georgian authorities expressed their intention to continue working bilaterally with the countries of the CIS, except Russia obviously.