President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze today in Tallinn. The meetings focused on Georgia’s way to the European Union.
Nestor acknowledged Georgia’s progress in implementing the reforms that are necessary for the integration with the EU and assured that Estonia supports Georgia in every way.
Nestor wished Georgia success and said that Georgia was an example to other East Partnership countries. He noted that he was about to visit Georgia this year and very much looked forward to seeing the changes that have taken place in the country during the last decade with his own eyes.
Upcoming parliamentary elections in Georgia were also spoken about at the meeting of Nestor and Janelidze. Janelidze said that Georgia wished to consolidate Western-minded forces in the parliament in order to ensure its way to Europe. In his opinion, the most important issues before the elections are Georgia’s economic growth and unemployment.
The ongoing reforms in the country are aimed at the openness of the government and developing of inclusive politics. Great attention is being paid to infrastructure projects, and also to education reform, so that university graduates would not be left unemployed. The judicial system is also being reformed.
Meeting with the President of the Riigikogu was followed by the meeting with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, which was attended by Chairman of the Committee Sven Mikser, Deputy Chairman Enn Eesmaa, and members of the Committee Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and Eerik-Niiles Kross, who is also the Chairman of the Estonia-Georgia Parliamentary Group.
Mikser stated that Estonia supports Georgia on its way to the European Union first of all with training and assistance in carrying out the reforms. “Estonia steadfastly supports Georgia’s territorial integrity and the right of the Georgian people to decide by themselves over their geopolitical choices,” Mikser emphasised. “Estonia is your friend,” he asserted.
The possible visa-free regime of Georgia with the European Union was also spoken about at the meeting. Janelidze said that it was no longer an abstract promise, but a concrete possibility which all citizens of Georgia would be able to use in the future.
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