Georgia in Brussels
Message from the Ambassador
We are delighted to note that this month marks just over one year since the provisional application of Georgia’s Association Agreement with the EU. The economic arm of that landmark agreement – the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area - is already bearing fruit. In the first seven months of 2015, Georgian exports to the EU were, at $100.5 million USD, up 84 percent year-on-year and 149 percent higher than the same period of 2013. In fact, a third of all Georgian exports over that same period went to EU countries. And in December, we will celebrate the first anniversary of the ratification of the AA by the European Parliament.
We are seeing further progress towards greater integration with the EU this week with the first visit to Brussels by Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister George Kvirikashvili. Visa liberalisation for Georgian citizens travelling across Europe will be a top agenda item during his meetings with European Commission officials, including Federica Mogherini, Johannes Hahn and Cecilia Malmstrom. We can report that Georgia is making substantial progress in implementing the Commission’s reforms required under the visa liberalisation action plan, and we are looking forward to a positive assessment in its next assessment, which is due to be published by the end of 2015.
At the same time, it is worth noting that Georgia is conscious of the need for such reforms to be applied to the territory as a whole. We are therefore closely monitoring the human rights situation in our occupied territories.