The European Union is working hard to finalise arrangements for visa liberalisation for citizens of Georgia, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.
The High Representative also pointed to the positive initial results of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between the EU and Georgia.
Speaking after the 3rd meeting of the EU-Georgia Association Council with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Mogherini said: “Georgia has met all the benchmarks and we are – and I am personally – looking forward to the Council and the European Parliament to finalise this procedure, so that Georgian citizens can have visa liberalisation in place as soon as possible. This is now our responsibility and we are working hard on that.
“Second, we have discussed … the impressive results we have had since the provisional application of the DCFTA (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas), our free trade agreement. We have seen very positive trends in trade between the EU and Georgia. I believe this is a good success story for our people both in the Georgia and in European Union and I would like to congratulate all of us in making this an initial success that can grow even bigger and more positive for our people and our enterprises.”
The two sides reviewed the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement since its entry into force in July. They also discussed progress in a number of fields, from political, to economic and trade and cooperation in foreign and security policy.
On the political situation, Mogherini said. “We also discussed the outcome of the recent parliamentary elections in Georgia which were competitive. We agreed on the need to guarantee an inclusive political environment and promote a system based on freedom of media, pluralism, respect for the rule of law and judicial independence. And we will continue to support [Georgia’s] political inclusive agenda and the impressive economic reform agenda.
“We also discussed another important issue that I would like to mention, our firm and continued support for the territorial integrity of the country as well as our commitment to peace, stability and conflict resolution. We had with us the EU Special Representative [for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia, Herbert Salber] who is working daily on this and also our continued commitment through our EU Monitoring Mission in this respect.”
Link to the video (remarks): http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I130036
Link to the video (Q&A): http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I130038