21 October 2021, Batumi – Representatives of the EU, EIB, EBRD and World Bank discussed the future of Black Sea Connectivity with local youth and young entrepreneurs from Black Sea. The “Black Sea Connectivity Talks” were based on the EU’s Economic and Investment Plan for Georgia, revolving around transport, digital and environment related issues.
The discussion panel included keynote speakers:
The panel was moderated by Mr. Sandros Charalampopoulos, Advisory Board Member of the European Business Association (EBA).
“Strengthening Black Sea Connectivity is a priority for the relations between the European Union and Georgia. Through our new Economic and Investment Plan, we will create jobs for young people, improved transport links and strengthened digital connectivity,” said Director Lawrence Meredith during the event.
“Makin full use of the Black Sea’s potential will have major influence on the development of Georgia as well as its direct connection to the European Union. It was interesting to discuss our vision for its development with young entrepreneurs and youth and hear their perspectives. We will continue to work on improving transport and digital connections and turn the Black Sea into a real bridge between the EU and Georgia,” stated Ambassador Carl Hartzell
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event was held in a hybrid format with a livestream on the Facebook Page of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.
The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with the EU’s Eastern partners in the years to come. The comprehensive agenda aims at increasing trade, growth and jobs, investing in connectivity, strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law, supporting the green and digital transitions, and promoting fair, gender-equal and inclusive societies.
The priorities are will be underpinned by an Economic and Investment Plan with a potential to mobilise public and private investments. This proposal will contribute to the discussions on the future Eastern Partnership policy, including at the Eastern Partnership summit planned for December 2021.
In the coming years, the European Union will work together with Georgia to:
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