Borrell urges Georgia to take steps to move closer to the EU – World

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, today challenged Georgia to overcome political polarization and move forward with the reforms defined by the European Commission in order to join the group of 27.

In a press conference with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili following the EU-Georgia Association Council, Borrell insisted that the ambition to join the European Union (EU) goes hand in hand with the responsibility to overcome political polarization.

Divisions between parties have marked the political agenda in Georgia in recent years.

“We must build bridges across the political spectrum and focus Georgia’s collective efforts to achieve the stated goal of joining the EU,” said the head of community diplomacy.

“I’m not just talking about all sides of the Government, which have more responsibility, but the entire political spectrum, this is an inclusive process in which everyone should participate,” he added.

However, Borrell indicated that on the European path “there are no magic methods” or “shortcuts” and emphasized that “only tangible progress can advance the process”, after referring to the 12 priorities identified by Brussels to achieve progress in priority areas. such as media independence, reform of the judiciary or improvement of the rule of law.

However, the diplomat celebrated that relations between the EU and Georgia had taken a “qualitative leap” and now the country is on the European route.

“I hope that all political forces seize this historic opportunity and make every effort,” he reiterated.

Garibashvili, for his part, committed himself to the European reform agenda, saying that the goals set in Georgia’s European perspective represent a “turning point” for the country.

“Yes, Georgia is fully committed to implementing the priorities,” he maintained.

Source: Correio da Manhã by

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