Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Tuesday said his government was “well aware” of the importance of the country’s “European future” and was recognising the “responsibility and spirit” of the realisation in its work on the implementation of the conditions or receiving the European Union membership candidate status.
In a press conference with Oliver Varhelyi, the EU commissioner for neighbourhood and enlargement, Garibashvili noted Georgia was “committed” to its European choice.
“It is our historical and generational choice and dream that we become a fully fledged and worthy member of the European family. We are doing our best on this road”, Garibashvili said.
Since 2012, all tangible results on the European [integration] road are the merit of the ruling party - be it the association agreement, the free trade agreement, the visa-free travel and now the European perspective. We brought all this for our people and country and it was not accidental. A lot of hard work has been done by our team”, he noted.
Garibashvili also stressed he was “sure” Georgian authorities would finish working on all EU conditions for the membership candidate status “soon”.
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“I believe, I am sure, that we will complete all 12 recommendations very soon. [...] Unfortunately, not all actors are involved in this process, the opposition, which has a direct obligation to implement recommendations, is not involved”, he noted.
The [EU membership candidate] status is the status of the country [so] it belongs to all citizens of our country. Therefore, I would like to emphasise once again that our door is open to everyone [to join the work on the conditions]”, he concluded.