European Parliamentarians: “Reforms are impressive in Georgia”

Andrejs Mamikins, the European Parliament’s rapporteur for Georgia, said Georgia was ready to be offered visa free travel with the European Union. Photo by N.Alavidze/, 25 May 2017 - 14:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

Reforms in Georgia are impressive and the country should continue in this way, says a delegation of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs after paying a visit to Georgia.

The delegation, led by head of the Committee David Mcallister, also said Georgia is a front-runner in the Eastern Partnership.

The delegation included representatives of various political groups such as the European People's Party, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the European United Left - Nordic Green Left and the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance.

During their Tbilisi visit the European Parliamentarians met Georgian officials including President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.

"A visit of the EU delegation of the Foreign Committee is a sign of firm support”, Janelidze said following the meeting.

The recent progress observed in Georgia, the implementation of the EU Association Agreement and Georgia’s Russian-occupied territories were the main topics of discussions.

The parties stressed that all benefits of European integration should be accessible to each resident of Georgia’s occupied territories.

Special attention was paid to the preparation of the fifth summit of the Eastern Partnership scheduled to be held in Brussels on November 24. The sides exchanged views over Georgia’s expectations with respect to the Summit. Janelidze said he hoped that the summit will be oriented towards the future and will set forth plans and initiatives for further integration with the EU.