Eastern Partnership has considerably reduced the distance between the partners and the EU – Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand. Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Georgian Mission to the EU says in an article published in EU Observer.
“The EU is much more present in the region, with the three EaP countries having signed Association Agreements with DCFTAs and achieved visa free travel for its citizens. The linkages, be they institutional, socio-economic or simply emotional are much stronger and political ties deeper.
According to Georgian Ambassador, Georgia was not even considered as a neighbour in the beginning of 2000s but today it is an associated partner with free trade and visa free travel. It even hosts the first European school outside of the EU.
Sabanadze attended the virtual summit between the EU27 and the Eastern partners last week.