The Chairman of the Georgian Dream party, Irakli Kobakhidze, set foot in Budapest, Hungary, marking the commencement of a significant four-day diplomatic visit. The visit, scheduled from December 5 to 8, involves a series of high-level political meetings with several Hungarian government officials.
Meeting the Hungarian Heavyweights
Key figures on the meeting agenda include Zsolt Semjén, the Hungarian Vice Prime Minister, János Latorcai, the Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly, Judit Varga, the Chair of the Committee on European Union Affairs, and János Bóka, the Minister for European Union Affairs. These discussions hold considerable importance in light of the European Council's impending decision on Tbilisi's candidacy for EU membership later this month.
Georgia's Diplomatic Delegation
Accompanying Kobakhidze is a distinguished Georgian delegation that includes Giorgi Volski, the first Vice Speaker of the Parliament, Maka Bochorishvili, the Chairman of the European Integration Committee of the Parliament, and Irakli Mezurnishvili, a member of the parliamentary majority. The Georgian Dream authorities have characterized Hungary as a staunch supporter of Georgia's aspirations to integrate into NATO and the European Union.
Political Implications Amid EU Enlargement Process
The visit unfolds amidst a divergence of opinions over the EU's enlargement process. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's recent statement and his letter to European Council President Charles Michel, demanding a review of the EU's policy on Ukraine, have stirred up the political landscape. This move threatens to jeopardize the entire enlargement package, including Georgia's candidacy. The Georgian delegation's meetings with Hungarian officials, therefore, carry significant weight in this volatile political climate.