The FINANCIAL -- "Georgia is definitely a front-runner in the Eastern Partnership. This is not flattery. It is a fact," President of the European Council Donald Tusk said on a visit to Tbilisi on July 20.
Speaking following his meeting with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Tusk said: "The Association Agreement, which we started to implement last September, will play a crucial role in further deepening our cooperation. We are ambitious because we want to make sure that positive changes will be seen and felt as early as possible by the Georgian society."
He cited as an example giving Georgians visa-free travel to the EU: "Good progress has already been made and we have set ourselves a clear and ambitious timetable to finalise this process."
"Georgia really matters a lot to us," he concluded. "Maybe Europe is not giving you everything you would like to get but it is nevertheless giving, especially when you compare Europe to others."