As part of its work on the European Neighbourhood region, the Global Progressive Forum took part in the Conference organised by Progressive Alliance and our sister party Georgian Dream in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 7-8 September.
S&D Members of the European Parliament Enrique Guerrero Salom, Norbert Neuser, Maria Joao Rodrigues and Sergei Stanishev were guest speakers at the “Future of Work in the Digital Era” Conference, together with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze.
Enrique Guerrero Salom MEP, Co-Chair of the Global Progressive Forum, Member of the Development Committee and EP standing rapporteur on humanitarian aid:
“Georgia is at the crossroads, between North and South, East and West.
We support the pro-European reforms and agenda of the government led by our sister party Georgian Dream. Georgia has been a frontrunner in the Eastern Partnership and can be seen as a model for other countries of the region.
We also recall our commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, of which two regions have been occupied for 10 years.”
Norbert Neuser MEP, S&D spokesperson on development:
“Georgia has been a reliable and engaged partner of the EU and a strategic ally for our progressive and sustainable agenda. Georgia has been doing notable efforts to deliver upon its commitments towards the European Union, even if a lot remains to be done notably in the social sector. The entry into force of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, the set-up of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area or the recent visa liberalization are just a few examples of the fruitful cooperation between Georgia and the European Union.”
Enrique Guerrero Salom and Norbert Neuser made a field visit to the Oxfam spin-off NGO BRIDGE and were presented with their work on humanitarian response and support to internally displaced people, rural development and agriculture sector support as well as women economic empowerment.