Future of Georgia is in EU, we are one family - bloc’s Ambassador says as Commission recommends candidacy

  • The EU official said fulfilling the EU aspirations of Georgian people was “up to” the ruling party and the domestic opposition, as they should work together “constructively towards” EU integration. Photo via EU Delegation in Georgia

Agenda.ge, 8 Nov 2023 - 20:32, Tbilisi,Georgia

The European Union Ambassador to Georgia, Paweł Herczyński on Wednesday said “we are one family [...] the future of Georgia is in the EU”, noting the bloc was “fully committed” to help the country build “a better future” after the European Commission recommended the European Council to grant Georgia its membership candidate status next month.

In a press briefing, Herczyński congratulated on today’s decision all political leaders in Georgia, “but first and foremost” - Georgian people, “who have always, consistently, in an unwavering way, supported Georgia’s European path”.

This is a big recognition from the EU of the progress achieved within the last years. [...] At the same time, we should not forget that the recommendation to grant Georgia the candidate status is linked to fulfilling important steps. Addressing these steps will be crucial to move to the next stage”, the Ambassador noted, stressing “to do this, Georgia will need to reduce political polarisation”.

 

 

The EU official said fulfilling the EU aspirations of Georgian people was “up to” the ruling party and the domestic opposition, as they should work together “constructively towards” EU integration.

The Commission’s report, containing recommendations and guidance “as to what Georgia should do to advance on its European journey” was highlighted by Herczyński, and urged the Georgian authorities to “move as forward as possible” before the final decision on the country’s candidacy in December.

He reaffirmed readiness to continue supporting Georgia “every step of the way”, extending his gratitude towards Georgian people for their “strong European aspirations and unwavering support for EU membership”.

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