President of the European Council Charles Michel said: “I'm very pleased to participate in this inauguration today and I'm very pleased to be here with my friend, the president of the European Investment Bank. I think that today we sent a very strong signal of strong European cooperation, the importance of Team Europe. You know that for the European Union the relationship with Georgia is key and that's why I am here today. In order to express our friendship and political will, we have to strengthen the relationships with this country.”
EIB President Werner Hoyer said: “The new joint premises will bring Team Europe cooperation even closer and more effective. We must urgently deliver EU support to the economic and social development of Georgia. The EIB, as the EU Bank, stands ready to do so. EU initiatives for Covid-19 recovery, climate action and sustainable development will aim to unlock investment opportunities measured in hundreds of millions of euros. Last year alone the EIB boosted Georgia’s recovery from COVID-19 with EUR 170 – 70 million in new lending for MSMES, and 100 million for the reinforcement of the national healthcare sector`s ability to deal with the pandemic, and will do more in the months and years ahead.”
About the new EU/EIB premises
The new offices will accommodate over 60 staff in a modern and new energy efficient building at 64b Ilia Chavchavadze Avenue in Tbilisi. The interior design contains locally produced Georgian furniture and Georgian design elements, reflecting the close ties between the EU and Georgia.
About the visit of the President of the European Council
President of the European Council Charles Michel visited Georgia as part of a trip to three Eastern Partnership countries (Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine/ February 28 – March 3). His stay includes meetings with President Salome Zourabichvili, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Archil Talakvadze, and representatives of opposition political parties. He will also travel to the administrative boundary line, visit an EU project supporting the agriculture and wine sector, and inaugurate the new premises of the EU in Tbilisi.
For more information, please contact:
Tamar Mikadze, EU Delegation to Georgia,
+995 322943763, firstname.lastname@example.org