The Batumi 16th International Conference, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, will open tomorrow with an “unprecedented number” of foreign guests, including the president of the European Council Donald Tusk, Georgian Foreign Ministry reports.
All top Georgian state officials, European Council President Donald Tusk, Estonian PM Juri Ratas and eight foreign ministers from the EU and partner countries are scheduled to participate in the two-day event.The conference aims to assess the EaP, its main deliverables, as well as present geopolitical context.
Georgian Foreign David Zalkaliani speaking on Batumi Conference:
XVI #Batumi International Conference will take place on 11-12 July, to celebrate #Europe's achievements and reflect together on its future. This year's conference is dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of #EaP. #BatumiConferenceEaP10 #BatumiConference #BatumiEaP10 pic.twitter.com/PByCnatvYB— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) July 9, 2019
Participants of the conference will reflect on the challenges common to the EU and Eastern partners so that Eastern Partnership effectively accommodates to the interests of each party, in line with the principles of differentiation and inclusiveness,” the official page of the conference reads.
The conference will offer specific thematic sessions on major areas of cooperation where participants will share new ideas on further strengthening of the partnership and advancing European integration processes beyond 2020.
Participants of the conference will also deliberate on the processes of democratic transformation, developments in the Black Sea security and on-going conflicts in the region and discuss the projects in the fields of transport, energy and digital connectivity that aim at deeper economic integration of the partners with the EU,” the page reads.
Two parallel events: Eastern Partnership Investment Forum and Donors’ Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund will take place on the sidelines of the conference.