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On March 29, the inter-agency delegation of Georgia visited Brussels under the leadership of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Teimuraz Janjalia.
During the visit, consultations were held with representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and different sectoral services (DG). The visit marked the start of inter-agency consultations with the European Commission within the enlargement package, to agree on specific steps and measures for greater sectoral and institutional rapprochement on the way to Georgia's integration with the European Union. During the meetings, the participation of the relevant services of the European Commission in this process was discussed. During the consultations, the sides discussed the gradual deepening of Georgia's participation in the European Union's single market in various areas of the economy, including trade, industry, agriculture, healthcare, social issues, employment, public procurement, financial services, regional development, environmental protection, competition with the European Union. This process is based on the reforms carried out by Georgia within the Association Agreement and will be an important part of the EU integration process in the future. As part of the enlargement package, intensive communications will continue. Among them, a thematic visit of representatives of relevant services of the European Union to Georgia was planned in the coming months.
The inter-agency delegation was composed of representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees, National Statistics Office, National Bank of Georgia, State Procurement Agency and SARAS.
Giving Georgia a European perspective on the path of European integration is a historic decision. With this decision, Georgia joined the ranks of the EU enlargement package, and will make efforts, beyond the scope of the Association Agreement, to achieve the full harmonization of its legislation with that of the EU.