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21 MARZO 2019

07:02 - Georgia

EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER FOR TRADE CECILIA MALMSTRÖM VISITS GEORGIA
highlights close trade ties

(ICE) - ROMA, 21 MAR -

On 18-19 March, Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for Trade, visited Georgia for a two day visit.  She met with President Zourabishvili, Prime Minister Bakhtadze, Minister Kobulia as well as civil society organisations. Commissioner Malmström also met with the business community to hear about their views on the opportunities and challenges in doing business with the EU. Finally, she visited the Tiflistex sock factory in Tbilisi, one of over 37,000 firms that have benefitted from EU business support programmes in Georgia, and which is now successfully exporting to the EU.   

"It is a pleasure to be back here in Georgia almost three years after my last visit, and I am happy to see the EU-Georgia relationship moving forward.  In just a few months we will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between the EU and Georgia.  Today around a quarter of Georgian exports are now going to the EU, the EU is Georgia's biggest export market, and trade between us last year topped 2.8 billion euros – a 5% increase on the year before.  I commend Georgia for the good work done to seize the opportunities of the DCFTA, but there is still potential to unlock the agreement's full opportunities, and this was something I raised in my meetings here.   Companies like Tiflistex are excellent examples of how Georgian companies can export to the EU, creating jobs and income in Georgia and we want to see more success stories like this" noted Commissioner Malmstrom.

(ICE BAKU)