EU- Georgia Cooperation Council, Brussels, 1 December 2011
''This meeting comes only two weeks after the second visit of the High Representative Vice-President Ashton to Georgia. Looking at the agenda of visits, meetings and events that took place over past year, we can say this has been a year of further intensification of relations between the European Union and Georgia; a year that confirms an ever deepening relationship and strengthened EU commitment to Georgia", stated Commissioner Füle on 1 December at the joint press conference after the 12th meeting of the EU- Georgia Cooperation Council in Brussels.
"Our political and economic ties are strengthening. Negotiations on economic integration and deepened trade relations will start soon. The visa and readmission cooperation is also proceeding well. Gradual steps are taken towards establishing a visa free regime in due course.
The recent Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw reconfirmed the EU commitment to closer relationship with its Eastern partners, and proposed the development of a road map. This roadmap will reflect the totality of the cooperation under the Eastern Partnership, both bilaterally and multilaterally and will guide and monitor its implementation until the next Eastern Partnership Summit in the second half of 2013.
In this framework, I would like to welcome Georgia’s commitment to the Eastern Partnership and also Georgia's European aspirations.''
The Cooperation Council between the European Union and Georgia held its twelfth meeting on Thursday 1 December 2011. The EU was represented by Mr Radosław Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, acting on behalf of the High Representative Catherine Ashton and Mr Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy. The Georgian delegation was led by Mr Gregory Vashadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, acting as chair of the Cooperation Council meeting.