Our government was able to successfully protect the interests of our country, avoid threats and, moreover, achieve tangible success on the foreign front in many directions - the government is ready and mobilized to do more in order to achieve more progress on the path to joining the European Union, - the candidate for the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, said at the Committee meeting.
According to him, the goal of the Georgian government is to start negotiations for joining the EU.
As the minister notes, at this stage, work is underway in the European Union to renew and strengthen the institutional mechanism of bilateral cooperation between Georgia and the European Union after the granting of the candidate status.
"Today, the world faces a complex geopolitical environment, which naturally requires well-thought-out, consistent steps in the direction of foreign policy, which serve the sustainable and stable development of our country, the peaceful settlement of the conflict, the provision of foreign policy priorities defined by the Constitution of Georgia, and the presentation of Georgia's regional and international role. It should be noted that despite the most difficult challenges of the recent period, our government was able to successfully protect the interests of our country, avoid threats, and moreover, they will achieve tangible success on the foreign front in many directions. This effort. Of course, it will continue in the future.
As a result of successive government policy reforms, in 2023, we achieved an unprecedented result in the European integration of our country - today Georgia is a candidate country for EU membership. Thus, we moved to a qualitatively higher level of relations with the European Union, which represented a great and well-deserved victory for our country. The government is ready and mobilized to do more to make more progress on the road to EU membership. Our next goal is, of course, to start accession negotiations. To fulfill this most important goal, the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be directed towards achieving further progress on the path to joining the European Union and using the opportunities received as a candidate," said the minister.
At the same time, the minister noted that Georgia, as a candidate country and a future member state, will definitely be involved in the ongoing work process on the future reforms of the European Union, which is actively taking place in the European Union, taking into account the activation of the issue of further expansion.