The European Union’s Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, is visiting Tbilisi to discuss implementation of deep and comprehensive free trade agreement (DCFTA) between Georgia and the EU.
On my way to Georgia and beautiful Tbilisi. Will discuss with politicians, business and civil society how we can further strengthen our cooperation and make the best use of our DCFTA.
— Cecilia Malmström (@MalmstromEU) March 18, 2019
At today’s press conference following the meeting with Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, Cecilia Malmström said the DCFTA – now five years old – is a “success,” but it “could work even better.” “DCFTA is on track, it is working, but it still needs constant care,” Malmström said.
She explained that her visit aims to discuss with Georgian leaders and CSOs “what we need to do even more to make sure that … companies know more on benefits of the agreement and feel that they have the courage, strength and knowledge to try to access the big EU market.”
On his part, PM Bakhtadze said EU-Georgia relations have “never been at such a high point,” and that EU is Georgia’s “main trade partner.”
Earlier today, the EU Commissioner also met with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, discussing “close cultural and economic ties” between EU and Georgia, as well as how Georgian companies “can make the best use of our trade agreement to export to Europe.”