Georgian President welcomes ‘historic deal’ of EU on post-coronavirus recovery package: ‘it's a signal of hope for us’

  • Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has responded to the recent agreement of EU leaders on a post-coronavirus recovery package for the bloc. Photo: president’s press office., 22 Jul 2020 - 12:14, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has welcomed EU leaders’ agreement on a  post-coronavirus recovery package, involving €750bn (£677bn; $859bn) in grants and loans to counter the impact of the pandemic in the 27-member bloc.

Zurabishvili says that the agreement, which came on the fourth night of talks yesterday, has once again demonstrated the EU’s unanimity and ‘is a signal of hope’ for countries like Georgia who aspire to EU membership. 

The deal was cited as the ‘biggest joint borrowing’ ever agreed by the EU. Summit chairman Charles Michel said it was a ‘pivotal moment’ for Europe.