Speaking ahead of the visit, Energy Union Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said:
The EU-Georgia Association Agreement entails Georgia's alignment to key EU energy legislation. In this regard, I welcome the recent ratification by the Georgian Parliament of the accession protocol to the Energy Community. This represents a major milestone for a proper and timely implementation of the commitments made under the Association Agreement and I encourage efforts to ensure a comprehensive implementation of commitments. Furthermore, Georgia has a key transit role to play in the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor. For the EU and Georgia the timely implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor is important as well as its extension over time to additional supply countries.
Following the conference, Vice-President participated in signing ceremonies for a series of upcoming sustainable energy projects, underlining the practical benefits of EU support to Georgian people. For example, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will sign EU-backed loan agreements worth over GEL 680 million (EUR 253.5m) for rehabilitation of the important Enguri/Vardnili hydro-power plant and upgrade of over 250 km of Georgia's roads. More about the EIB signing ceremony: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/georgia/30034/decade-success-eu-bank-marks-ten-years-activities-georgia-major-new-loans_en
Vice-President Šefčovič also attended a signing ceremony for new electric busses to be purchased for the city. This will make Batumi the first city in South Caucasus to introduce electric vehicles in public transport. Thanks to EU support through the E5P Fund and a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Batumi will soon receive 10 electric buses that will run on the main routes of the popular Black Sea resort. More about the E5P and electric buses: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/georgia/30036/eu-support-first-ever-electric-public-transport-batumi_en