Ana Birchall: Romania will remain a strong supporter of the European path undertaken by the Georgian state, which our country will continue to support
On March 17th, 2017, the Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Ana Birchall, had a meeting with the Georgian Ambassador in Bucharest, Ilia Giorgadze. During the discussions they addressed topics of interest concerning Georgia's relation with the European Union, as well as the state and perspectives of bilateral relations.
The Minister Delegate congratulated the Georgian part for having completed the decision-making process at EU level on the liberalization of the short-term visa regime for Georgian citizens, which will come into effect at the end of March. In addition, she welcomed the progress made towards fulfilling internal reforms and implementing the Association Agreement (AA/DCFTA) signed with the European Union and encouraged the Georgian party to maintain the pace of these achievements in order to ensure the sustainability of Georgia's modernisation and development process. „I am glad that the efforts made by the Georgian authorities and society on the liberalization of the visa regime have been rewarded, and this wish will come true upon the entry into effect of the EU Decision on 28 March", declared the Minister Delegate Ana Birchall.
The Romanian official recalled the firm and constant support of Romania for the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia and she reassured the support for advancing the on-going processes and making these objectives come true. "I encouraged Georgian partners to maintain the development and reform pace aimed at ensuring the sustainability of Georgia's modernisation process. Romania will remain a strong supporter of the European path undertaken by the Georgian state, which our country will continue to support. At the same time, Romania shows its entire openness for the technical support, and the expert assistance, for successfully implementing the association and free trade agreements", stated Ana Birchall.
The Minister Delegate for European Affairs underlined that 2017 is a landmark in terms of bilateral relations between Romania and Georgia, given that this year we celebrated 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Romania being the first state to have acknowledged Georgia's independence.
By referring to the strategic interest of our country for the Eastern neighbourhood, the Romanian official underlined the need to agree on the future objectives of EU's relation with Eastern partners, in light of the next Summit of the Eastern Partnership that will take place this year in November. The Minister Delegate stated that "new political incentives are needed, as well as tangible results for citizens in the partner countries that signed the Association Agreements, which are needed to support these states close to the Union, to the set of European values and principles".
The speaker stressed that European and Euro-Atlantic integration are a priority of the Georgian external policy and was grateful for the constant support of Romania in achieving this objective. The Georgian Ambassador reiterated the commitment of the Georgian party for pursuing substantial reforms on multiple pillars.
At the same time, Minister Delegate Ana Birchall accepted the invitation of the Georgian Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Viktor Dolidze, to participate in the 13th Annual International Conference "Georgia's European Way", which will take place in Batumi, Georgia, from 13 to 14 July.
In addition, the Romanian official and Georgian Ambassador agreed on organising in Romania a joint regional conference on implementing the Convention at Istanbul and on fighting against domestic violence and violence against women.