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EU-Georgia Association Council To Meet And Discuss Transport Issues

EU-Georgia Association Council to meet and discuss transport issues

Source: European Commission
Tbilisi, Georgia (PortSEurope) March 16, 2021 – Natela Turnava, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, has said that today’s meeting of the EU-Georgia Association Council will enable Georgia to raise the issues of free trade and Black Sea transport issues. The meeting will be chaired by Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, while the Georgian delegation will be led by
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia. Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement, will also attend the meeting. “We are participating in the meeting of the Association Council at a very high level. The Association Council is the platform where our progress under the Association Agreement is discussed. We really have a lot to say and we are pleased that the European reforms are going quite fast, we are fulfilling our commitment, especially within the framework of the Free Trade Agreement, which is directly involved with the Ministry of Economy. The minister said, “Two important issues we want to address are the development of physical connections and transport-logistics services across the Black Sea. It is very important for us to make better use of the Free Trade Agreement, to have physical access to more regular European ports. Today we have some ferry traffic but it is not so regular and does not reflect the potential that we have. The second direction is to strengthen free trade with Europe. Today, Europe is already our important trading partner. Even in the pandemic 2020, exports and imports were in the range of 23-24 percent between the EU and Georgia, but there are a number of commodity groups that we want to enter this market in a more streamlined manner. We would like to identify such commodity groups together and also, of course, ask the relevant EU structures to help us, as they always do, even in the introduction of new regulations, quality standards and laboratory tests for small and medium-sized businesses, because we do not have laboratory infrastructure yet. “We have developed and it causes additional costs when you have to send tests abroad and discuss in this direction”. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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