Commissioner Stylianides addresses the 16th Batumi International Conference in Georgia

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 11–12 July, the Georgian city of Batumi is hosting an international conference entitled “Georgia’s European Way”.

Bringing together high-level officials and representatives from academia, the non-governmental sector and business sector from the EU and its six Eastern partner countries, the conference is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.

The EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, delivered a speech at the conference in which he underlined the central part that stronger civil protection and disaster risk management plays in the EU's partnership with its Eastern neighbours.

When responding to any crisis and helping people in need, working together is essential and no country must be left alone, he stressed.

The EU has recently taken concrete operational steps to strengthen its EU Civil Protection Mechanism by establishing rescEU.

During his visit to Georgia, Commissioner Stylianides also planned to hold bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister of Georgia, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Head of the Emergency Service.

Find out more:

Text of the speech

Batumi conference page

Eastern Partnership