Joint statements following the second Association Council meeting between the European Union and Georgia

“The European Commission will present its decision regarding the visa liberalisation on 15 December, but I can say that there is a basis for positive expectations in this term”, Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini said.

Today, in Brussels, the second Association Council meeting between the European Union and Georgia was held, after which Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn made joint statements.

“It is clear from today’s meeting that we are committed to continue Georgia’s political association and economic integration with the EU”, Federica Mogherini said, “the EU welcomes progress made by Georgia towards visa liberalisation with many benchmarks already being fulfilled. The efforts to fulfill the remaining ones will need obviously to continue. As I said in Tbilisi last week, I cannot anticipate the decision that will be made but I see very positive signs of the visa liberalisation process in front of us.”

The Georgian Prime Minister underlined that the meeting duly assessed the important progress achieved in the relations between the EU and Georgia through the step-by-step implementation of the Association Agreement.
 
“The process of Georgia’s political association and economic integration with the EU has significantly accelerated Georgia’s transformation and modernisation. Georgia has registered important achievements in areas such as consolidation of democracy, strengthening of independence of judiciary and rule of law, fighting against corruption, protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, ensuring the economic stability and economic growth”,   Irakli Garibashvili said.

The Georgian Prime Minister stated that Georgia welcomes the EU’s support in the process of reforms and lays its hopes on the future support and assistance. He underlined the importance of the visa liberalisation.   

“This is one of the most important issues on the agenda of co-operation. The Government of Georgia has spared no efforts and resources to fulfill all benchmarks of the visa liberalisation action plan. We truly hope that our accomplishments will be duly evaluated and consequently will lead to positive decision on the EU’s part to introduce visa free travel for Georgia’s citizens. We think that such a decision will demonstrate to the people of Georgia that the European choice delivers concrete results”, the Georgian Prime Minister said.

European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn stated that the great deal of progress Georgia has achieved is evident.

“We recognize Georgia’s European aspiration and reform efforts already made for approximation of the Georgian national law to the European Union standards,” Johannes Hahn said.

EU Commissioner will pay a visit to Georgia in the nearest future to once again see the progress Georgia achieved on its path towards Euro-Atlantic integration.

Later on, at the working dinner, talking points included the issues on the agenda.