The European Alliance for Georgia is pleased to invite you to the policy discussion "Developments, Opportunities and Obstacles on Georgia's European Path: What Next?" on July 9, 16:40-18:10, at the European Parliament
There is a broad consensus in Georgia on genuinely pursuing the European integration goal, notwithstanding geopolitical pressures and other obstacles. The EU in its turn acknowledges Georgia's European aspirations and provides considerable financial and technical support to assist country on its democratic transformation and Europeanization path. Georgia has concluded an Association Agreement with the European Union and enjoys visa free travel in the Schengen zone, and the benefits of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.
Although Georgia has not yet been granted any explicit membership perspective, the EU recognises it as a frontrunner in the region. Furthermore, recent positive developments in the EU-Georgia bi-lateral relations such as agreeing on the annual meeting of the European Commission College and the Georgia's political leadership represents a certain step in the right direction. However, such developments are less visible for the public at large, and lack the same symbolic weight as developments such as allowing the visa-free travel to most of Europe. This policy discussion, organised by the European Alliance for Georgia (EAFG) with the support of EU-Georgia Friendship Group in the European Parliament, kindly invites you to participate in the discussion around the following questions: What could be the next symbolic milestone in EU-Georgia relations? How to best use the opportunities of institutional engagement to support Georgia’s Europeanisation process? How a possible roadmap for Georgia's political integration can be envisaged and what are the most crucial factors of such process to be taken into account?
16:45- 16:50 Welcoming Remarks by Teona Lavrelashvili, European Alliance for Georgia
16:50 - 17:10 Keynote addresses by high level representatives from the government of Georgia and Katarína Mathernová, Deputy Director General DG NEAR
Comments by: 17:10 – 17:40 Michael Gahler, MEP, co-chair of the EU-Georgia Friendship Group
Dirk Schuebel, Head of Division in the European External Action Service
Steven Blocksman, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director, European Endowment for Democracy, EED
17:40- 18:10 General discussion, Q&A and conclusions
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