Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia will leave for Brussels on January 21 to hold meetings as part of her fist working visit abroad.
According to Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Georgian Mission to the EU, President Zourabichvili’s first visit to Brussels has a political significance.
“The President of Georgia will meet with our partners in NATO and the EU. Meetings are planned with all three presidents of the EU, namely Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament. To discuss foreign affairs, President Zourabichvili will hold meetings with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. It is likely and I am certain that the President will once again underscore the importance of Georgia’s European integration,” Natalie Sabanadze said.
President Zourabichvili’s visit will end on January 23.
Main reason for delay in granting visa-free regime for Georgia and Ukraine is the lack of agreement-Donald TuskWednesday, 07 December 2016 11:15
The governing institutions of the European Union and the Member States bear a serious political responsibility and should not lose the trust of Ukraine and Georgia regarding the speedy granting of visa-free regime to these countries.
This is stated in a letter of European Council President Donald Tusk to President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, available to an Ukrinform correspondent in Brussels.
"We have made demands on our partners, who have paid a heavy price in carrying out painful reforms and even have been subjected to great political risk. They accepted these challenges, with a strong belief that the EU will be able to fulfill its own promises. Therefore, I want to reiterate that we may lose not only the social, political and economic interests, and not only the future of our relations with our neighbors, but, also and especially, trust," Tusk commented on the inadmissibility of delay in EU’s decision-making process regarding granting Ukraine and Georgia visa-free regime.
In his letter, the President of the European Council noted that the main reason for delay in granting visa-free regime for these two countries is the lack of agreement between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, met with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, on 1 December in Brussels. During the meeting, President Tusk praised the Georgian government for their democratic elections and ambitious reform programme, and also encouraged the Prime Minister to continue his close dialogue with opposing political parties and Georgian civil society. President Tusk also mentioned visa-free travel developments: “We are now working hard on the EU side – and I want to underline only on the EU side because this is now our internal problem – to make sure that the required visa suspension mechanism will be agreed as soon as possible. Georgia deserves for this process to be finalised in a timely and positive manner.” He expressed concerns about the recent ratification of the military agreement between Russia and the Georgian region of Abkhazia: “For the EU it is clear that this agreement violates international law, including the principle of the inviolability of Georgia's sovereignty, territorial integrity and internationally recognised borders. It has no legal status for the European Union.”
“We are committed to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Georgia, including through our co-chairmanship of the Geneva International Discussions and the EU Monitoring Mission,” President Tusk concluded. “In short, the EU will remain firm in its support of the territorial integrity of Georgia.”
"Georgia continues its all-inclusive reforms to better comply with to the European Union (EU) norms and standards" said H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia to H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council at the meeting held in Brussels today.
Prime Minister of Georgia arrived at the venue of the meeting - Head Office of the European Council - together with the other members of the Georgian delegation.
Mr. Tusk congratulated the Head of the Government of Georgia (GOG) with the creditable performance at the general elections held in the country, which is of paramount importance for the democratic development of Georgia.
Significance of the current visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia was also noted as an evidence of Georgia regarding EU as its strategic partner. It was mentioned at the meeting that report published by the EU ascertains that Georgia has achieved a substantial progress in terms of political association and economic integration, inter alia by democratic consolidation and advancement of the degree of independence in the judiciary system, protection of human rights and basic freedoms, economic growth and stability, increased inflow of investments and trade with EU.
Parties focused on the prospects of successful completion of the visa-liberalization process and expressed hopes towards visa-free mobility of Georgian citizens in the near future.
Prime Minister of Georgia and President of the European Council spoke about the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) and referred to the upcoming Summit of Eastern Partnership, which will be held in 2017.
Parties commented on the situation in the region and discussed the current locus of the occupied territories of Georgia. Mr. Tusk noted his concerns about the so called agreement concluded by and between Abkhazia and Russian Federation.
By the close of the meeting Prime Minister of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the President of the European Council for his personal contribution in the EU integration of Georgia.
The European Union is planning to discuss in December the issue of prolonging sanctions against Russia in connection with Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine, President of the European Council Donald Tusk said during the talks with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
Tusk said the EU would continue to discuss ways to ensure full implementation of the Minsk agreements, to be able to reach the actual cease-fire and peace. The president of the European Council added that his role in Europe was to explain to all that Ukraine was a victim of the situation. According to Tusk, Europe must continue to support Ukraine. Read also Poroshenko's office: Anti-Russia sanctions, EU visa-free travel for Ukraine not correlated He said he had suggested to his colleagues to discuss a common strategy in dealing with the situation in October. Tusk expressed hope that as early as this December, the European Council we will be able to continue its policy on the introduction and implementation of sanctions. As UNIAN reported earlier, the EU leaders will review the state of relations with Russia and the opportunity of their improval at the summit to be held October 20-21.
H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia was once again reassured by H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the Council of Europe and Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the EU support of Visa Liberalization of Georgia at the meeting held in New York today.
Prime Minister thanked the EU officials for their contribution in the process of the country's European integration and noted that authorities welcome the most dynamic development of relations with EU in recent years. In his opinion, Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic choice is irrevocable as confirmed and evidenced by the demonstrated commitment towards political association and economic integration of the country with EU, along with the effective implementation of the Association Agreement.
President of the Council of Europe and High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy positively view the democratic reforms carried out in Georgia.
Discussion touched upon the General Elections of Georgia scheduled for October 2016. Prime Minister stressed that national authorities will ensure that they are held in compliance with international standards of democracy. Largest number of international observers are therefore invited to ensure the highest degree of transparency.