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At the President’s meeting with the leaders of Georgia – focus on reforms promoting European integration

2021-06-11

With the official visit to Georgia ongoing, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Speaker of the Parliament Kakhaber Kutchava. The meetings focused on Georgia’s readiness to continue with the Euro-integration processes and bilateral relations between Lithuania and Georgia.

At the meeting with Speaker of the Parliament Kakhaber Kutchava, President Nausėda stressed that the implementation of reforms, in the electoral and legal systems in particular, was a precondition for successful Euro-Atlantic integration.

“A fair and independent legal system, as well as democratic and transparent electoral system are essential for any country aspiring to join the European Union. I congratulate the Georgian political forces on reaching the agreement on 19 April that ended the political crisis and ensured stability in the country,” the President said.

Gitanas Nausėda stressed that it was of the utmost importance for all political parties to put the interests of the people above the parties and jointly implement the provisions of the agreement, with the parliament playing a central role in this process.

In the conversation with Prime Minister Garibashvili, President Nausėda stated that “Lithuania is ready to continue and extend cooperation for sharing our success stories on the European integration path. Reforms of responsible governance, fight against disinformation, environmental solutions, the deposit system and improving energy efficiency in particular, are areas where we can and want to share our best practices.”

In Georgia, the Lithuanian authorities have been awarded ten twining projects and are assisting Georgia in enhancing cybersecurity, civil service, competition agency, consumer rights, electronic communications regulation, forest management, energy and water price regulation, emergency management, blood security regulation, metrology, and standardisation.

Georgia is Lithuania’s key economic partner in the South Caucasus. Despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Georgian economy, Lithuania’s exports to Georgia grew by almost eight per cent in 2020. At the meeting between the President of Lithuania and the Prime Minister of Georgia, opportunities to expand economic ties were discussed.

“The pandemic had paralyzed the world for a short period of time, but currently the broken ties were reestablished: resumed regular flights from Lithuania to Georgia was a symbol of the world’s return to normal life and, at the same time, an opportunity to develop tourism,” the President said.

In 2019, more than 22 Lithuanian nationals visited Georgia and flights from Vilnius to Kutaisi were resumed in April.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.06.11 15:30

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