European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi has stated that the European Union stands by Georgia during a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili earlier today.
Oliver Varhelyi said that Georgia has overcome its recent political crisis and it is now possible to start working on a new stage of cooperation.
I must admit that I feel privileged by the partnership that Georgia has with the European Union...Georgia has gone through a phase of political polarisation and a political crisis and we have helped the country to solve these difficulties and we hope that these problems are in the past,” EU Commissioner Varhelyi said.
Varhelyi also noted that important progress has been made on electoral reform and now it is time for progress on judicial reforms.
When it comes to reforms, important progress was made on electoral reform. We now need to see progress also on judicial reform.— Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi) July 7, 2021
EU Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi also commented on the violent incidents of July 5-6 in central Tbilisi, where right-wing activists held a counter rally of the Tbilisi Pride march and attacked journalists and burnt the EU flag.
Barbarianism begins with the burning of flags, but for me, it is not an important sign. The most important thing for me was that the Speaker of the Parliament, with his hand, returned the EU flag to its place. This is important to me,” said Oliver Varhelyi.
Everyone should have the right to unite, gather and express their views freely. That is why we want everyone to respect this freedom,” EU Commissioner Varhelyi noted.
I have also discussed recent developments with Prime Minister: there is no place for violence & vandalism. Those responsible need to face justice. Freedom of expression needs to be preserved for everyone. People of Georgia know the value of freedom, independence & liberty.— Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi) July 7, 2021
He said that the Georgian people are well aware of the value and price of freedom and independence and ‘we want to help Georgia maintain and increase this achievement.’
Georgia is on the path of transformation and we will help the country with this, we want the administration, the judiciary and other guarantors of democracy to be supported,” said Varhelyi.
Oliver Varhelyi also presented an economic and investment plan earlier today and announced that the European Union (EU) will allocate €3.9 billion to help Georgia improve transport and logistics connectivity.