Tbilisi, Georgia, March 31
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Hannes Swoboda, the chairman of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), a political group within the European Parliament.
The parties discussed relations between Georgia and the EU. Their conversation also covered developments within the Eastern Partnership. A hope was expressed that Georgia will sign an association agreement in June.
Georgian PM informed the guests about the reforms in his country and said the action plan for Georgia's rapprochement with the EU covers almost all spheres of political, economic and social life.
The parties also discussed the Georgian-Russian relations and the situation in the occupied regions.
The meeting was also attended by the S&D speaker Celine Bayer, the EU Ambassador to Georgia Philip Dimitrov, Georgian Deputy Prime Minister Kakha Kaladze and the chairman of the 'Georgian Dream' faction George Volsky.
"The conversation's main topics included the preparation of the association agreement, a subsequent rapprochement with the EU, the reforms and the geopolitical situation. For us Europeans, Georgia is a very important partner in the region," Hannes Swoboda said. "We support the reforms in the country and strengthening of economic and political ties between Georgia and the EU."
The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats is the second largest faction in the European Parliament.
Translated by E.A.