Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will travel to Georgia on Thursday, 14 July to participate at the 13th Batumi International Conference "Georgia's European Way", where he will deliver a key note speech.
In Batumi, Commissioner Hahn will meet key interlocutors of the country including President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister George Kvirikashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze, members of the opposition parties as well as representatives of civil society. Commissioner Hahn will also visit a number of EU-funded agriculture projects in Adjara region, accompanied by EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman and United Nations Resident Coordinator Niels Scott.
Ahead of the visit Commissioner Hahn said: "My visit to Georgia is very timely following the full entry into force of the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union and Georgia on 1 July. The Agreement commits Georgia to an ambitious reform agenda in key areas such as security policy, trade, economic recovery and growth and governance".
The annual Batumi International Conference is an important discussion hub on European affairs since 2007, and creates a venue for high officials from Georgia, its partner nations as well as EU countries to analyse current issues and exchange ideas in order to address current EU-related challenges.
- Publication date
- 13 July 2016
- Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations