Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with the European Parliament’s delegation consisting of representatives of various EP political groups: Tomas Zdechovsky, Victor Negrescu, and Corina Crețu from the European Peoples Party and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
The meeting focused on the October 2 local self-government elections and preceding political campaign. The Prime Minister pointed out that the October 2 vote, similar to every other election held under Georgian Dream"s rule, will be free, democratic, transparent, and competitive. The meeting emphasized that, on the Georgian authorities" invitation, numerous reputable international organizations and representatives of partner countries are observing the elections.
The Head of Government reported on steps toward ensuring a COVID-safe environment for the elections, pointing out that relevant protocols were developed to protect the health of international observers, voters, and election commission members alike.
The conversation also touched on Georgia’s progress toward European integration and the importance of support from MEPs, including for achieving tangible results in the Associated Trio format. Attention was also paid to the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit and the importance of the EU"s differentiated approach to the Eastern Partnership. The meeting also underlined that Georgia is making ready to apply officially for full EU membership in 2024.
The MEPs reaffirmed the European Parliament’s firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.