The European Union will continue providing support for Georgia on its European path, Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn said.
Hahn is heading to Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 5, a few weeks following the full entry into force of Visa Liberalisation, to discuss EU-Georgia relations, in particular the implementation of the Association Agreement and the preparation of the Eastern Partnership Summit.
“Since 28 March, Georgian citizens can travel to the EU without a visa,” Hahn said, ahead of the visit. “I am looking forward to my visit to Tbilisi to congratulate Georgia once again on this achievement which is the fruit of serious reforms efforts. The European Commission has stood by Georgia during this significant reform process and will continue providing support for Georgia on its European path. We will also intensify our cooperation with Georgia as the regional frontrunner in the preparatory process ahead of this year’s Eastern Partnership Summit,” he added.
Hahn was expected to meet key political representatives of the country including President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze, First Parliament Deputy Speaker Tamar Chugoshvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, First Vice Prime Minister Dimitry Kumsishvili, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze as well as representatives of parliamentary opposition parties’ and of civil society.
Together with Kvirikashvili, Hahn was expected to sign a Financing Agreement of the Technical Cooperation Facility, which will reinforce Georgia’s participation in EU programmes.