Georgian and Hungarian foreign ministers discuss cooperation and simplified employment for Georgian citizens in Hungary

The introduction of a simplified employment mechanism for Georgian citizens in Hungary and the “fruitful” cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economy, trade, tourism and education were discussed on Saturday during of a meeting between Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili and his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó, the Foreign Ministry said.

Darchiashvili said a simplified employment mechanism for Georgian citizens in Hungary’s “most demanding” sectors has been “one of the main topics” on the bilateral agenda with the country and noted that he would give the possibility to Georgians to obtain a work permit for a “specified period of time”, adding that both parties agreed to work “additionally” on the implementation of the mentioned decision.

I thank the Hungarian partners for their willingness to include Georgia in the list of countries benefiting from the simplified procedures mentioned. This fact is another clear confirmation of Hungary’s unwavering support for our country,” Darchiashvili said at the joint press conference after the meeting.

The officials welcomed the positive dynamics of the existing economic and trade relations between the two countries, which they noted had increased “significantly” in recent years and agreed to hold an intergovernmental economic commission by the end of the year. end of 2022, which would open “additional opportunities in this direction”.

The sides also discussed deepening cooperation in tourism and stressed the importance of increasing the number of flights from Kutaisi International Airport in western Georgia by the Hungarian airline to low price Wizz Air.

The conversation also touched on Georgia’s European integration process, with Darchiashvili pointing to the European Council’s “historic decision” to grant the country the European perspective, while adding that such progress had been made over the years and highlighting that Georgia would become a member of the EU.

Georgia should have received candidate status. I think Georgia and its citizens have earned it. The decision not to grant this status to Georgia goes against not only the interests of Hungary, but also of the European Union and the attempt to strengthen the Union […] This decision is disrespectful to the Georgian nation and a waste of opportunity.” says Szijjarto.

During his working visit, Darchiashvili thanked Szijjártó for Hungary’s “strong support” for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, while the officials said hailed the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.

Laura T. Thrasher