The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen sent a letter to Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili on May 12, highlighting that Georgia is “an important partner for the EU” and that the Commission is committed to further advance bilateral EU-Georgia relations.
— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) May 15, 2020
Welcoming Zurabishvili’s wish to visit Brussels once public health situation allows, the head of the EU’s executive arm noted such visit would be a proper occasion to discuss “new steps in EU-Georgia relations after successful conclusion of 10 years of the Eastern Partnership, also in view of the future of this partnership.”
“It would moreover allow us to discuss the EU’s support to Georgia to address the health and socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis,” President von der Leyen wrote.
- Council of the European Union Conclusions on Eastern Partnership Policy beyond 2020
- European Commission Proposes EUR 150 Mln to Georgia
- EU Allocates EUR 183 Mln to Support Georgia’s Needs amid Pandemic
Speaking of Global EU Response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the Union’s “Team Europe” approach, top EU official stressed that first packages are already implemented in Georgia with benefit from over 183 million euro in grants.
The European Commission President also spoke of EUR 150 million loans from the EU that Georgia can access “on highly favourable terms” that will allow the country cover urgent financial needs.
“On behalf of the European Commission and myself, I wish you and the Georgian people a lot of strength and perseverance to overcome this crisis. We stand by your side in these difficult times,” President von der Leyen concluded.