Georgia’s “rightful place” in Europe, country deserves EU candidate status - PM

  • Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Thursday addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Budapest. Photo: Government press office 

Agenda.ge, 4 May 2023 - 13:19, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Thursday addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Budapest by stressing his country’s “rightful place” was in Europe and added Georgia “deserved” to receive the European Union membership candidate status by the end of this year. 

Attending the gathering of conservative activists and officials across the world, hosted by the American Conservative Union, Garibashvili said his Government expected a “far-sighted and fair” decision by the bloc on the status, following Tbilisi’s official application for membership last year. 

Commending “large-scale reforms” by the Georgian authorities to “ensure rule of law, building of democratic institutions, economic progress and social justice”, the PM highlighted his country was “closer than ever” to its goal of becoming a full-fledged member of the bloc. 

Georgian delegation members attending the conference in Budapest. Photo: Government press office. 

He cited last year's Rule of Law index by the World Justice Project that ranked Georgia first in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and noted the country had been placed ahead of several NATO and EU member states in the latest World Bank Governance Index.

Georgia is a regional leader in the International Transparency Corruption Perception Index. We are ahead of 11 EU countries on the Heritage Foundation's Economic Freedom Index. Georgia has also ranked first out of 120 countries in the global ranking of State Budget Transparency in International Budget Partnerships’ 2021 Open Budget Survey”, said the PM. 

The Conference opening also involved keynote addresses by Miklós Szánthó, the Director General of Hungary’s Center for Fundamental Rights, Matt Schlapp, the Chairman of the ACU, and Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán.

The event’s agenda involves talks on conservative topics ranging from religion to current cultural discourse and family. 

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