Foreign Affairs Committee to consider EU Association Agreements with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

January 20th, 2015 - Pat Breen

The proposed EU Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will be on the agenda of the Dáil Select Committee of Foreign Affairs and Trade tomorrow afternoon.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD has tabled three motions seeking the approval of the Dáil for each of the Agreements and he will be in attendance tomorrow.

The Association Agreements offered to Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine within the framework aim to promote political association and economic integration between the three countries and the EU, based on common values. A further aim is to support and enhance cooperation in the areas of justice, freedom and security with the aim of reinforcing the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms including in the area of mobility and people-to-people contacts.

Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen TD: The members of the Select Committee will consider the three Association Agreements at tomorrow’s meeting which were referred to it last week by the Dáil. The Committee has an important role to play in examining what the EU hope will be a new generation of comprehensive agreements with Eastern Partnership countries before they are returned to the Dáil. As the Agreements may impose a charge upon public funds, it is necessary to secure the prior approval of Dáil Éireann. The current unrest in the Ukraine and the recent change of government in Moldova may flow into discussions. We look forward to engaging with Minister Flanagan on the rationale for the agreements, and any potential impact on Ireland from their ratification.”

The meeting takes place tomorrow Wednesday 21 January in Committee Room 1, LH 2000 at 2:30pm. Public proceedings can be viewed online here: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/live-flashplayer/committeeroom1/

Committee proceedings can also be viewed on the move, through the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App, available for Apple and Android devices.

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