2021 Batumi International Conference will kick off today in a hybrid format due to the ongoing pandemic.
The main spotlight is on the upgraded level of cooperation between the three EU Associated Partners – Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – recently formalized as the Associated Trio, the organizers said.
The three Partners are determined to accelerate the reforms envisaged by their respective Association Agreements with the European Union that contain provisions on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas and prepare the next stage of their European integration.
“The panel will discuss possible interests of the EU to engage further in the enhanced integration process with the three Eastern European partners. Also, deliberate more on the European enthusiasm of the three countries while also reflecting on how the new format will complement the future of the Eastern Partnership,” the statement reads.
Charles Michel and the presidents of Moldova and Ukraine will participate in today’s Conference.
Looking forward to a full day ahead in #Batumi, where I meet @Zourabichvili_S, @ZelenskyyUa and @eucopresident Michel as part of #BatumiConference2021 to discuss how we strengthen the trilateral cooperation among 🇲🇩-🇬🇪-🇺🇦 & the future of #EaP. #StrongerTogether
— Maia Sandu (@sandumaiamd) July 19, 2021