During the visit Bernatonis welcomed Georgia’s strive to follow the path of eurointegration. He shared Lithuania’s experience in the area of legislation and discussed bilateral cooperation.
Minister Bernatonis noted that in the second half of 2013 Lithuania successfully presided over the Council of the European Union for the first time. Lithuania was active in the area of justice and the interior – it organised the first meeting of justice and interior ministers of the EU and Eastern Partnership, including Georgia. A joint ministerial declaration was adopted at the meeting.
Bernatonis welcomed cooperation in the area of justice and emphasised that in recent years experts from Lithuania’s Justice Ministry transferred their experience on modernising legal aid system to representatives from Georgia. Georgians visited Lithuania’s Centre of Registers and learned about the development of the Address Register.
The minister said that legal cooperation between the two countries in criminal cases is ongoing smoothly. However there is place for improvement in civil cases. Georgia has not yet signed most of conventions of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Therefore the justice minister proposed to consider participating in these conventions as this would facilitate and accelerate legal cooperation in civil cases.
During his visit to Georgia Bernatonis introduced legal reforms that are being carried out in Lithuania. The minister talked about the use of video conferences in civil cases and the recently introduced possibility for class-action lawsuits.
Minister Bernatonis os on a working visit to Georgia and Armenia from 2 through 6 March.