European Commissioner: Georgia Achieves Significant Progress in Approaching International Standards

Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze met European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fule during a visit to Brussels.

The sides stressed the importance of the Georgia-EU agreement on visa facilitation and called the June 17, 2010 historical date from this point of view.

Fule praised the local elections held in Georgia May 30, while noting substantial progress in approaching international standards.

The meeting stressed the importance of Georgia's integration in EU and mulled issues on the agenda of the Georgia-EU relations, including facilitating timely implementation of already signed agreements on visa facilitation with the agreement on readmission, meaning of the start of negotiations on an association agreement and the importance of timely completion of the preparatory process for the execution of the agreement on comprehensive free trade.

The parties stressed the importance of Georgia's active participation in the Eastern Partnership and EU's role in maintaining security and stability in Georgia. From this perspective, special emphasis was made on the practical implementation of the EU policy of non-recognition of the occupied territories of Georgia and the presence of the EU monitoring mission in the country.