Austrian official: “Georgia is unchallenged leader in reform implementation”

Georgia’s Prime Minister (R), second President of the National Council of Austria Karlheinz Kopf meet in Tbilisi, Georgia on September 4. Photo by the PM’s press office., 05 Sep 2016 - 12:02, Tbilisi,Georgia

A top Austrian official is praising the "calm” and "stable” pre-election environment in Georgia and is confident the October 8 Parliamentary Elections will take place without a hitch.

"The stable and calm pre-election environment that is present in Georgia prior to upcoming important elections is clearly visible,” the second President of the National Council of Austria Karlheinz Kopf told Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili at a meeting in Tbilisi.

The Austrian official met Kvirikashvili at the Administration of the Georgian Government last night, where they spoke about Austria-Georgia relations, bilateral parliamentary cooperation and prospects of deepening economic ties.

The Georgian Prime Minister presented his Government's plan on the rapid development of the country before the conversation veered towards the investment opportunities in Georgia and the vast potential in the tourism industry.

"The importance of Austria’s experience regarding its tourism in the mountain regions was particularly emphasized,” noted the PM’s press office in a statement following the meeting.

The parties also addressed the European integration agenda of Georgia and underlined the progress Georgia has made in terms of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP).

The Austrian official said Georgia was an "exemplary state and an unchallenged leader” for how it implemented reforms envisaged by the Association Agreement (AA).

Kvirikashvili asked Kopf to pass his regards to the Austrian government for its recent decision to establish an Austrian Embassy in Tbilisi in the near future.

The two officials ended their meeting on a lighter note by talking about a football match between Georgia and Austria, due to be played tonight at Dinamo Arena tonight in capital Tbilisi.