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Tuesday, September 19
Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine MPs Call for EU Membership Perspective

Six senior MPs from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine released a joint Communiqué on September 16, calling on the European Union to open the EU membership perspective for the three countries at the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels on November 24, 2017.

The Communiqué, signed by MP Tamar Khulordava, chair of the Georgian Parliament’s European Integration Committee, along with three Ukrainian and two Moldovan parliamentarians, was elaborated within the framework of the Inter-parliamentary Cooperation Platform among EU Association Agreement Countries, at an informal meeting in Como, Italy.

According to the document, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, “as the European states in pursuit of their European aspirations of full political, economic and institutional integration in the European Union,” recognize “the strategic importance of the European future as the fundamental choice for the sovereignty, prosperity and democratic statecraft in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.”

The Communiqué lays out the three countries’ expectations for the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, including opening of the EU membership perspective, introduction of a new European Investment Plan, supporting their participation in EU Agencies and Community Programs etc.

The MPs also agreed to address the European Parliament for its resolution “requesting the clear political support and practical roadmap for the membership,” and the Presidential troika of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) “to consider the possibility of granting to Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine the status of Associated Partners in COSAC.”

The meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Platform was hosted by the Konrad- Adenauer-Stiftung South Caucasus in joint cooperation with the Parliament of Georgia and the Economic Policy Research Centre, Tbilisi-based policy think tank. Numerous officials and experts from European countries, the United States and the Eastern Partnership countries attended the working sessions in Como focusing on the future of the Eastern Partnership and transatlantic cooperation.

David Lynch to found film festival and cinematography institute in Georgia

American film director David Lynch is coming to Georgia in November to launch a film festival and open a new institute of cinematography named after him.

The iconic director, who is known for the films Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and the TV series Twin Peaks, will inaugurate the new institute during a visit to Georgia in November, head of the David Lynch Foundation in Caucasus (DLFC) Giga Agladze said.

“The projects that are planned for the country are very important, including the establishment of David Lynch Cinematography Institute and the A-class Film Festival. It is undoubtedly important for our country, to speak in cinematographic language, such close relationship with Hollywood and great directors, as David Lynch’s foundation combines 250 famous people, including Martin Scorsese,” Agladze said on Thursday at a meeting with the parliamentary committee for education, science and culture in Tbilisi.

“Soon all the Hollywood stars who we could see only on the screen before will come to Georgia,” he added.

According to the webpage of the Georgian parliament, David Lynch’s visit to Tbilisi will take place from November 19 to 21. Apart from inaugurating the festival and cinematography institute, the foundation named after the director plans to launch a project aimed at preventing road accidents and post-traumatic rehabilitation.

Part of the program will be a retrospective look at the films by the American film director.

David Lynch, 71, is considered one of the most important contemporary film directors. Many of his works have become cult films, including Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Wild at Heart and Inland Empire, as well as mystery drama television series Twin Peaks, which was recently revived with its creator as writer.
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