European Union External Action

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini ahead of her meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mikheil Janelidze

Brussels, 23/06/2016 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 160623_02
Remarks

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Let me tell you how glad I am, first of all about what we just signed, but also about your visit here today. I think it is the first official bilateral visit we have as such, but we met several times, and especially we worked so much together with you personally, with your Prime Minister, with your President, with all the Government, in what I define as an excellent partnership and friendship.

I am personally very much committed to bringing this work forward and I really appreciate your visit here on a day that is a little bit of an intense day for all of us, but it is good to spend it with friends.

We know that you also have important elections coming up in October and we hope that our cooperation before and after that will be as excellent as it has been so far. So I would like to welcome you very warmly and thank you very much.

Let me add that I said what I had to say on visa liberalisation on Monday after the Foreign Affairs Council. I think I was as clear as I could be in the name of all the 28 Member States. We find the work that Georgia has done in this field remarkable.

Link to the video: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I123203

Background:

In the margins of their meeting, the High Representative/Vice-President and the Minister signed a Security of Information Agreement between the European Union and Georgia. The agreement is expected to enter into force towards the end of 2016 after the completion of the remaining two procedures. Upon entry into force, the Security of Information Agreement will enable the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the General Secretariat of the Council, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the European External Action Service and the European Commission to exchange classified information with relevant parties in Georgia. Such an agreement does not oblige either the EU or Georgia to exchange classified information, but ensures that any that is exchanged is given a level of protection commensurate with its security classification.