Georgian, Ukrainian and Moldovan presidents Salome’s Zurabishvili, Volodymyr Zelensky and Maia Sandu have signed a joint declaration on European integration at the 17th International Conference - Georgia’s European Way, which took place in Batumi, today.
The common message of the Associated Trio is to strengthen the Eastern Partnership and joint efforts for European integration.
The Heads of State of Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have gathered in Batumi to strengthen trilateral cooperation among our countries on European integration and reiterate our pledge to work together for the peaceful, democratic and prosperous European future for Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine,” the joint declaration says.
The declaration states that the ‘Association Agreements with the European Union are key roadmaps for reforms and their continuous implementation.’
Granting the European perspective to the three Associated Partners will be a strong incentive and provide an impetus for even deeper and more comprehensive reforms,” the document states.
Presidents of the associated trio countries delivered speeches after signing the joint declaration.
We have a lot in common: common past, common challenges to our sovereignty and territorial integrity, common challenges to our security that can come from outside forces as well as from internal forces. But we have in common also that we do not want to return to the past, we are ready and determined to fight for our European future, to avoid the threats of polarisation inside and provocations outside,” said Salome Zurabishvili.
Our participation in the 17th Batumi International Conference, which well established itself as the strategic platform for strengthening the relations between the EU and the Eastern Partner Countries is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of the eastern partnership policy for our countries as well as to reiterate our pledge to work together for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous European future,” stated President of Moldova Maia Sandu.
We have gathered together for the first time in the context of our aspirations for Europe and we have taken a very important step towards European integration. We have stated our common goals to become full members of the European Union. We are united not only by the target point but also by our desire for this trio to go through this path hand in hand and achieve full European integration for our countries. This target point is achievable,” stated Volodymyr Zelensky.
European Council President Charles Michel has also attended the Batumi International Conference.
The main topic of the conference was enhanced cooperation between the three associated partners of the European Union - Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
On the second panel of the conference representatives of the leading analytical centres discussed the resumption of the traditional transatlantic dialogue and possible scenarios for its future developments.
This year’s Batumi international conference format was limited due to the ongoing pandemic and was represented in a hybrid format.
Panel members of the 17th Batumi International Conference physically attended the event, while the audience was able to virtually participate via the conference's official website.