EU-Georgia Awareness Campaign Launches

Published in Politics
Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:24

Today, more than ever, Georgia is close to Europe, EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman stated at the opening of the EU-Georgia Awareness Campaign attended by the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed the event’s participants and emphasized the beginning of a very important campaign seeking to draw Georgia and the Georgians closer to Europe.
“Today our country, with its ancient history, culture, and rich traditions, has an opportunity to draw closer to the democratic European family, to make its contribution to diverse and rich European culture and to the honorable cause of ensuring peace and security.  Very soon, we are expecting an official approval for visa-free travel, yet another tangible result of our European integration,” the Prime Minister stated.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the implementation of the Association Agreement Action Plan is well underway, and every reform carried out by the Government of Georgia in the process of the country’s European integration, first of all, aims to benefit Georgia’s citizens.
The Prime Minister emphasized the significant support from the EU, both expert and financial assistance, in the fulfilment of Georgia’s obligations under the Association Agreement.  The Prime Minister singled out the project “Supporting the Implementation of the Association Agreement” as its clear example, and thanked EU member states on behalf of the Government and Georgian people.
“As anti-Western propaganda keeps growing, our citizens should receive as much information as possible on the measures taken toward European integration.  This is why the engagement of the Office of the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Information Center on NATO and the EU in the awareness campaign is so vital.  Our citizens must be maximally informed on the political and economic relations between the EU and Georgia.  Our citizens should be aware of the concrete benefits the Association Agreement, the DCFTA component, and ultimate visa-liberalization with the EU, offers each of us.  Our history is a history of aspiring for freedom.  Now we are approaching the goal set by our ancestors centuries ago, the goal pursued by our generation.  Life in the large European family will offer the best opportunities to ensure our country’s progress and development,” the Prime Minister stated and once again thanked the European friends for their support and solidarity.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili stressed that European and Euro-Atlantic integration is much more than the country’s foreign policy trajectory.
“This trajectory defines our domestic reforms agenda, its structure and directions.  This strategy serve the purpose of bettering the living conditions of our citizens and the introduction in our everyday lives of the values that have historically distinguished our nation,” the Prime Minister said.
The event’s participants were also addressed by Georgia’s State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Victor Dolidze, EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Justice Minister Thea Tzulukiani, and Director of the Information Center on NATO and the EU Ketevan Chachava.
The event was attended by representatives of state institutions, the Georgian Orthodox Christian Church, NGOs, and the diplomatic corps.
The EU-Georgia Awareness Campaign is implemented under the project “Supporting the Implementation of the Association Agreement”.

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