PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA AND PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COMMISSION CHAIR FIRST MEETING WITHIN NEW, TOP-LEVEL FORMAT OF EU-GEORGIA COOPERATION IN BRUSSELS Print Version

2018-11-21

Mamuka Bakhtatdze, Prime Minister of Georgia and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission chaired the first meeting held within the new, top-level format of EU-Georgia cooperation in Brussels today, which was attended by members of the Government of Georgia and EU Commissioners.

European Commission and Government of Georgia agreed to further strengthen and deepen the cooperation through specific steps. It was noted that the new format will further approximate Georgia and EU.

Parties discussed the topics to be covered within the new format, which entail economy, trade, connectivity, education and science, innovations and culture, justice and domestic security, civil protection.

Several agreements have been concluded with the European host institution within the first meeting of the top-level format, as a result of which 231 million Euros will be allocated to Georgia.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy underlined the tangible results offered to both parties by the EU-Georgia Association Agreement and noted that EU has one of the strongest and most comprehensive relations with Georgia among its partners.

"EU-Georgia Association Agreement brings tangible results both for Georgia and EU citizens and enables for a closer cooperation. Our firm decision is to ensure the attainment of specific positive results in every dimension, be that capacity building in Georgia to fight against hybrid threats or funding of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), access to finance, investments in transport infrastructure and more opportunities for the Georgian youth to get education or travel within Europe" noted the Vice-President of the European Commission.

EU and Georgia agreed on over 25 specific steps to be carried out in three target areas: economy, trade and connectivity; education and science, innovations and culture; justice and domestic security. These directions will lead to an increased cooperation within the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

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