TBILISI, DFWatch – President Saakashvili says Georgia’s integration with Europe is an irreversible process, and he is sure that there will be achieved a free trade agreement in next 16-18 months, creating tens of thousands jobs.
In this near future, Saakashvili said during a visit to Brussels, each Georgian citizen should have the opportunity to travel in Europe without a visa, only with a Georgian passport.
As has become his habit, the leader indirectly mentioned his main competitor Bidzina Ivanishvili and his political coalition.
‘There is a cheap attempt to buy our people’s votes with money flown from one certain country. Along with elections coming closer, there is more and more fumbling all around Georgia.”
He says this is to show total disrespect towards people, unacceptable and uncivilized, by European criteria.
During his visit, Saakashvili met with EU foreign policy spokeswoman Catherine Ashton. They discussed negotiations between the EU and Georgia and how to further deepen relations, according to the webpage of the president’s office.
Ashton focused on progress in regards to dialogue about a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement and about visa free travel, as well as about the possibility for accelerating these negotiations, which will contribute to strengthening the country’s economy and solve the problem of unemployment.
The president once again underlined the importance of conducting the parliamentary elections in a democratic environment and said Georgia is ready to receive as many European observers as possible.
Saakashvili also met with Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for energy and Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament.
The president will also participate in the European People’s Party Congress.