Georgian president: Signing free trade agreement with EU to give new impetus to Georgia’s development
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 3 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili received participants of European Week in the Presidential Palace in Tbilisi. According to Georgian Presidential administration, Mikheil Saakashvili made a speech at the meeting, spoke about democratic values and touched upon the negotiation process between Georgia and the EU.
As Saakashvili said, negotiations will begin between Georgia and the EU on privileged visa regime for Georgian citizens after a few days, and "the day when the Georgian citizens will be able to visit the EU without a visa is not distant".
Georgian President also touched upon work over "a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU." "This means that by late next year we will reach more than Turkey achieved by signing customs agreement. Turkey began to develop rapidly, but I think that we will have more chances to develop as a result of this agreement with the EU," he said.
Saakashvili stressed that negotiations are already underway on association with the EU, and "we are ready to fulfill all the requirements that are required for joining the EU".
"The EU countries' leaders already speak about Georgia's possible membership in the EU. The then President of France and other leaders spoke about it last year," Saakashvili said, stressing that a change of positions is due to reforms carried out in Georgia.
He said Georgia has become one of the safest countries in Europe.