Sunday, November 17, 2019
The national conference on Georgia’s EU Integration Policy was held in Tbilisi on November 9th & 10th. This two-day conference was designed to inform and update CDPPs national and local leaders on important aspects of CDPP’s position on Georgia’s foreign policy prospects, CDPP’s foreign policy line and to hear more from expert speakers and national leaders on Georgia’s EU aspirational prospects. Namely, how to make best practical use of the Association Agreement (AA), Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) and visa free travel to the Schengen zone.
In addition following steps of Georgia’s integration into the EU were discussed. The conference fostered an open discussion about the advantages and disadvantages, dangers and challenges of Georgia’s geopolitical choice. Amongst other topics were such as the current developments in Russia’s policy in the region and towards, Georgian expansion into the Eurasian Union (EAU) and the interconnection/friction between EU and EAU from the Georgian perspective.
The conference was well attended by the majority of national and 40 local CDPP leaders from 40 local leaders from the Georgian regions of Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Rustavi, Gori, Khashuri, Kaspi, Telavi, Gurjaani, Akhaltsikhe,and Western Georgianregions of Kutaisi, Samtredia, Zestaphoni, Zugdidi, Khoni, Senaki, Lanchkhuti, Mestia, Kobuletiand Batumi and almost all regions of Georgia.
The Conference had 4 panels. Each of them were followed by a Q and A session and open discussion. Panel topics were as follows:
- How to make best use of AA and DCFTA.
- Visa Free Travel and Free trade with the EU
- How can Georgia become a EU candidate country?
- Russia’s regional policy vs Georgia’s EU aspirations.
Through the conference lively discussions were generated. The regional leaders and participants left with better knowledge and understanding of CDPP’s Euro Atlantic foreign policy line, EU, AA and DCFTA, as well as Georgia’s future prospects for further integration with the EU.