The future of the European Union is closely tied with the future of neighbour and partner countries – European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen said in the letter addressed to Oliver Varhelyi, the candidate for the post of EU’s Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Commissioner.
Ursula von der Leyen urged the future Commissioner to strengthen relations with six countries of Eastern Partnership including with Georgia. She explained that new packages of long-term political objectives had to have been elaborated by mid of 2020.
European Commission President-elect underlined that focus had to be made on the supremacy of law, struggle against corruption, independence of media and civic engagement. “You will have to speed up the fulfillment of the Association Agreement and deepen Free Trade relations with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova,” Ursula von der Leyen said in the letter.
She added that the European Union had to be active in the neighbourhood in cooperation for the resolution of common challenges and support of important reforms.