European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle and the Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maja Panjikidze, discussed about enhancing the Georgia – EU relations.
On 14 November, the two officials met in Brussels and discussed preparations for initiating the Association Agreement as well as the reforms necessary to implement it. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, the two sides reconfirmed their readiness to initial the Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit and to sign it in autumn 2014.
The EU – Georgia discussions also focused on the process of implementation of visa regime liberalisation action plan, and about Georgia’s progress in this regard. Moreover, the officials expressed their hope that at the Vilnius Summit the framework agreements will be signed, which will provide Georgia with an opportunity to join European crisis management missions. In addition, the Georgian ministry announced that it is possible that the protocol on Georgia’s participation in the EU programmes will be finally executed by the end of 2013, deepening EU – Georgia ties.
Füle and Panjikidze also discussed the recent presidential elections which have marked further progress on Georgia’s democratic credentials. The European Commissioner stressed that with the period of cohabitation between president and prime minister from different political camps coming to an end, it was vital that Georgia remains a pluralistic democracy with effective checks and balances, further strengthening democratic institutions and promoting constructive relations between the ruling coalition and opposition.
Commissioner announced that Füle, also recalled EU´s concerns regarding the “borderisation” activities along the Administrative Boundary Line and repeated EU´s support for Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.
Due to historical territorial disputes and the 2008 Georgia – Russia war, diplomatic ties between Russia and Georgia have broken up. However, informal dialogue was held between the two nations in 2012.