Georgian FM on Eastern Partnership ministerial: Georgia has shown genuine progress to EU

The Eastern Partnership was inaugurated by the EU in Prague on 7 May 2009. Photo: Foreign Ministry press office., 15 Oct 2018 - 18:26, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, who is in Luxemburg to participate in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) ministerial, has stated today that Georgia has been recognised as an EaP leader country which has shown genuine progress on its EU path.

The Eastern Partnership ministerial, which will be held later today, has brought together the foreign ministers of six EaP countries-Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

We mark the 10th anniversary of EaP next year. Today’s ministerial will summarise the achievements the six nations have shown since the creation of the initiative,” Zalkaliani said.

Zalkaliani stated that Georgia has already signed the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area deal with the EU, and Georgian citizens have been allowed to travel visa free to the EU Schengen Zone.

We have more ambitious plans,” Zalkaliani noted.

EaP is a joint initiative involving the EU, its member states and six Eastern European Partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The Eastern Partnership aims at building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation.