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The prime minister: Estonia supports Georgia on their way to the European Union
Stenbock House, 19 December 2018 – at today’s meeting with Irakli Kobakhidze, speaker of the Georgian parliament, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas affirmed that Estonia continues to support Georgia’s integration into the European Union and NATO and stressed the importance of bilateral economic relations.
According to Prime Minister Ratas, Estonia is entirely willing to support Georgia by sharing experiences of implementing reforms required for accession to the EU and NATO. “Georgia has done great work and needs to carry on in the same manner,” said Ratas, highlighting cooperation with the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership.
Ratas and Kobakhidze discussed security as well as the situation of human rights and the humanitarian situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, that are integral parts of Georgia, which are occupied by Russia. The prime minister emphasised Estonia’s support of Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Georgia is one of the development cooperation target countries for Estonia, with 21 projects currently underway. In the last 12 years, Estonia has contributed nearly nine million euros to development cooperation with Georgia.
According to Prime Minister Ratas, Estonia and Georgia are good friends, who are connected by close economic relations and cooperation in nearly all fields, e.g. education, tourism, and culture. “We would certainly like to see closer economic cooperation and exchange of goods between our entrepreneurs as well as an increase in investment,” said Ratas. The prime minister also expressed joy over the close cooperation of Estonian and Georgian parliaments.
According to the speaker of the Georgian parliament, the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia has helped to increase the exchange of goods with countries of the EU.