The Batumi Summit Declaration approved by the leaders of the Associated Trio – Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova was signed to enhance the trilateral cooperation on European integration and confirmation of commitments to cooperate for a peaceful, democratic, and prospering European future.
“We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to advance further the process of our integration into the European Union through comprehensive reforms to strengthen our democratic institutions and to progressively approximate our legislation in the relevant sectors with key elements of the EU acquis,” the Declaration states.
According to the document, the provision of the European prospects to three associated partners – Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova will become a powerful impetus for more extended reforms.
Thus, the Associated Trio countries agreed to continue work with the EU Institutions on implementation of all the opportunities and potential provided by the paragraphs of the Association Agreements on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas envisaging the gradual integration into the EU Internal Market.
Moreover, the work will continue on the identification of priorities in the areas of common interest to enhance political dialogue and advance on economic and sectoral integration with the EU, especially in the areas of transport, energy, digital transformation, green economy, justice, and home affairs, strategic communications and health care.
The document also notes the aspiration for cooperation in the digital transition and circular economy and looking for possibilities of cooperation in the Three Seas Initiative and the cooperation with the European Union on common security and defense policy (CSDP).
The sides expressed hope for deepening cooperation with the Black Sea partners to provide security and stability in this region.
As we reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of the Council of Europe Charles Michel discussed the preparation for the Ukraine – EU summit planned for October 2021.