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The 10th session of the international conference "Georgia's European Way" was held in Batumi on July 11-12. Opened by Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, the conference also aimed at preparing the upcoming 3rd Eastern Partnership to be held on November 28-29 in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania.
Mr. Ivanishvili reminded this was the first conference of this type organized by the new Georgian government and reiterated his commitment to directing Georgia's foreign policy "towards the European and Euro-Atlantic integration," - a posture he termed "no alternative." European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fule, denounced the myths which have spread the idea that the Ivanishvili government was likely to discontinue the pro-European, pro-democracy and pro-reform policies of President Mikheil Saakashvili's former parliamentary majority. Though "we still need to see further strengthening of Georgia's democratic institutions (…) much has been achieved: a constitutional reform, a shared understanding of a foreign policy course, significant steps in deepening a judicial reform," said Mr Fule.
On the diplomatic stage, Bulgaria and Estonia have emerged as the most vocal support of Georgia's "progress and successes." Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin expressed confidence that Georgia will be able to initial agreements with the current European Commission and his Estonian counterpart Urmas Paet described the upcoming presidential elections and the intensification of economic ties as two crucial steps of Georgia's integration process with the EU.
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