Maka Botchorishvili, the Chair of the Georgian Parliament’s European Union Integration Committee, on Tuesday said the European Commission’s recommendation to grant the country “European prospective” was “undoubtedly” an “important step forward” on the country’s path to EU integration.
Botchorishvili pointed out the recommendation allowed Georgia to take part in the EU accession process, adding the “obvious progress” made by Georgia in terms of the implementation of the 2014 Association Agreement with the EU remained a “fact” that would “always serve” as a “solid foundation” for the country’s further advancement on its European integration path.
Of course, the fact that the European Commission officially recognised Georgia’s European perspective for the first time is to be welcomed. This is undoubtedly an important step forward on the path to EU integration, which allows Georgia to take part in the EU accession process”, the Parliament official said.
She also noted the goal of the Georgian Government was for the country to become a candidate for EU membership alongside Moldova and Ukraine, and to “advance” in this process “in a timely manner”.
In order to make further progress on the path to EU membership, Georgia must take steps to implement the European Commission’s recommendations, some of which are already part of the Association Agenda [between the country and the bloc]”, she highlighted.
At this crucial moment, the European Union has told us once again that we must learn to respect one another and try to work together on issues that are needed for the future of the country and its integration into the European Union”, Botchorishvili added.
The Parliament official also stressed the importance of transforming the polarised domestic political climate of “loathing and hatred” into “constructive, action-oriented criticism” and replacing “destructive and futile initiatives” with those that would actually help the country’s EU integration.
Maybe we could try to respect the state and its institutions instead of attempting to trample them. Success on the path to EU integration is unimaginable without robust institutions. [...] This crucial moment in the history of Georgia requires proper assessment and engagement in political processes with greater responsibility”, she concluded in her comments.