10th Batumi Conference: 'Georgia's European way'
Batumi (11th July) Commissioner Š. Füle is in Batumi today and tomorrow for the 10th Batumi Conference: 'Georgia's European way. EU's Eastern European Partners - Towards the Vilnius Summit'. Today's visit started with the meeting with Prime Minister Ivanishvili that provided the opportunity to discuss the busy agenda of the bilateral links, the Eastern Partnership dimension, and the progress in the negotiations for an EU-Georgia Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area: 'We both hope to be able to finalise and initialize these at the Vilnius Summit. This agreement brings out a closer political association and economic integration with the European Union, with many concrete benefits for Georgia’s citizens right across the country.' said Commissioner Füle.
Together with the State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Alexander Petriashvili Commissioner Štefan Füle also signed today the financing agreement for a four year programme totalling € 16 million for “Enhancing Georgia's Capacity for Border Managements and Migration”.
Š. Füle held meetings with Maya Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affaires of Georgia, David Usupashvili, Chairman of Parliament of Georgia, Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice and will later on meet with civil society representatives and participate in the Batumi conference opening reception.