The Georgian MPs informed the French senators about the relations between Georgia and the European Union and the current situation in the occupied regions of the country.
The Chair of the EU Integration Committee, Maka Botchorishvili, and the Head of the Permanent Delegation of Georgia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Irakli Chikovani met with members of the European Affairs Committee in the Senate of the French Republic.
The session was chaired by the Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Senate, Jean-François Rapin.
Maka Botchorishvili dwelt on Georgia's priorities, the dynamics of relations with the European Union, and the role of EU enlargement in terms of ensuring security in the region.
The parties also focused on Georgia-EU relations and the progress achieved in the process of EU integration.
Irakli Chikovani drew attention to the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia.
The parties attached special attention to the security challenges in the region and the importance of the EU integration process.
The Chair of the EU Integration Committee, Maka Botchorishvili, during her working visit to the Czech Republic, held a meeting with her Czech counterpart, the Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, Ondřej Benešík and his Deputy, the Head of the Georgia-Czech Friendship Group, Ondřej Kolář.
According to the administration of the Parliament of Georgia, the parties discussed the priorities of the presidency of the European Council and the importance of the candidacy for Georgia. M. Botchorishvili introduced the EU-Georgia cooperation agenda after the reception of the European perspective, the plans outlined and the necessity of the Czech support for granting the candidacy to Georgia against the situation in the region.
Ondřej Benešík and Ondřej Kolář expressed their intact and unwavering support to the European aspirations and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and affirmed their commitment to enhancing the political dialogue. As noted, the Czech Republic intends to attach particular attention to the Georgia issue during its presidency of the European Council and will strive to facilitate further progress of Georgia on the EU integration path.
The parties put an emphasis on the security challenges against the background of the Russian aggression in Ukraine, threats deriving from Russia and the situation on the occupied territories of Georgia.
The parties touched upon the prospects of boosting Parliamentary relations within the bilateral and multilateral formats. M. Botchorishvili thanked her Czech colleagues for the invitation to the meeting of the COSAC Chairs and invited them to Georgia.
The diplomat expressed the Czech Republic's unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for Georgia's European aspirations.
During the meeting, the Czech Ambassador echoed to Georgia's foreign policy priorities, including the application for EU membership in 2024, noting that full implementation of the Association Agreement in this regard is the right strategy.
The parties underlined the close cooperation between the countries in various fields. For her part, M. Botchorishvili expressed gratitude for the support provided by the Czech Republic to Georgia.
During the meeting, the issue of grasping the DCFTA between Georgia and the European Union was discussed. The sides discussed Georgia's export strategies to the EU and in this regard, and stressed the need for close cooperation between businesses.
M. Botchorishvili and P. Mikyska spoke about the dangers posed by disinformation and hybrid war in Georgia and noted that the support of the EU and partner countries in this direction is very important for the country.