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PM Says Gov’t Elaborates Roadmap for Faster EU Integration

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Wednesday, May 9
(TBILISI)--The Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced on Tuesday that the government will elaborate a roadmap to do more than agreed through the Georgia-EU Association Agreement.

Kvirikashvili stated that the conception of the roadmap has already been confirmed and he tasked the Foreign Minister to ensure a large-scale public involvement around the roadmap in its elaboration process.

The conception of the roadmap was approved at the 57th meeting of Georgia’s EU Integration Commission on May 8.

“The roadmap will include steps which will enhance Georgia’s political and sectoral integration into the EU better than it is drafted in the Association Agreement,” Kvirikashvili said.

“Georgia is often praised for its democratic reforms by EU partners and I want to thank each member of the commission for this. The final goal of Georgia is the country’s EU membership, which could only be achieved with the large-scale involvement of all state structures and actors,” Kvirikashvili added.

Kvirikashvili tasked the Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze to hold consultations with the public and civil and the business sectors over the roadmap.

"The roadmap with the slogan “More Integration, More Opportunities” will be elaborated by the end of the year,” Kvirikashvili said.

“The large-scale involvement in the elaboration process of the roadmap is of high importance as the roadmap should belong to all people, to each citizen of Georgia,” Kvirikashvili said.

During the commission meeting, Kvirikashvili also spoke about marking Europe’s Days in Georgia this month and the Georgia-EU visa free deal.

Kvirikashvili stated that marking of Europe’s Days has turned into a good tradition with more and more people taking part in the events organized for the occasion.

Speaking about the Georgia-EU visa liberalization, Kvirikashvili stated that the visa waiver with the EU was one of the biggest achievements of Georgia on the way to the country’s European integration.

He stated that the government of Georgia was doing its utmost to preserve the opportunity.

The commission members received information about the implementation process of the Georgia-EU Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) deal.