NATO-Georgia Commission Meets in Brussels
Author: Joseph Larsen
On February 4, Georgian Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze traveled to Brussels to meet with defense ministers from several NATO member states. The ministers attended the NATO-Georgia Commission, a forum for discussing Georgia’s progress in moving closer to the alliance and benefiting from the Substantial Package, a group of benefits pledged to the country during the Wales Summit in September 2014.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was optimistic about Georgia’s implementation of domestic reforms connected to the Substantial Package. In a joint statement released after the Commission, the alliance lauded “the positive trends in Georgia’s democratic development,” while also calling on the non-NATO partner state “to continue implementation of reforms, including consolidating democratic institutions, taking forward judicial reforms, and ensuring full respect for the rule of law.”
The Substantial Package includes the sending of a permanent team of NATO advisors to assist the Georgian Ministry of Defense, as well as the opening of a joint NATO-Georgia military training facility in Tbilisi. The Package could also include interoperability opportunities.