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President Margvelashvili and Jean-Claude Juncker Discuss Implementation of EU-Georgia Agreement on Advancing Bilateral Cooperation

Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission have discussed Georgia’s European integration and rapprochement with the European Union at the Presidential Palace in Tbilisi. Jean-Claude Juncker has visited Georgia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Georgia.
President Margvelashvili has assessed Jean-Claude Juncker’s first visit to Georgia as a clear message from the European Union in support of Georgia.
President Margvelashvili has underscored the importance of implementing the EU-Georgia agreement on advancing bilateral cooperation. The parties have reached this agreement in March 2018, as part of President Margvelashvili’s visit to Brussels. The agreement involves advancement of the EU-Georgia relations to a new, high-level bilateral cooperation format. This will facilitate Georgia’s integration to the European Union.
The meeting focused on Georgia’s European integration process, the country’s achievements on the integration path and importance of visa free regime with the European Union. According to President Margvelashvili, visa liberalization is a strong political message showing trust and support for Georgia from the European Union. He has also expressed gratitude for supporting Georgia’s values. 
President Margvelashvili and Jean-Claude Juncker have also discussed the current situation in Georgia’s occupied regions, Archil Tatunashvili’s murder, constant violation of human rights and frequent cases of abduction, highlighting the critical role of the European Union in peaceful resolution of Russia-Georgia conflict.
In this context, President Margvelashvili has once again emphasized the importance of the EU Monitoring Mission and full implementation of its mandate. The mandate involves the entire territory of Georgia; however, de facto authorities in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali do not allow the EU Monitoring Mission to enter the territories under their control. President Margvelashvili believes that it is necessary to create international security mechanisms in the occupied regions.

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