Pawel Herczynski: European integration is a huge task and everyone should be involved in it - united Georgians can do really great things

According to the Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, Pawel Herczynski, European integration is a huge task and everyone should be involved in it.

“European integration is a huge task. It's a monumental task, and everyone should be involved and everyone should play its role. Unity is absolutely essential. If I look at the coat of arms of Georgia, I think it's written “Strength in unity” there and this is precisely what is required when it comes to European integration. If you look at the example of my own country, if you look at the example of other countries that have joined the European Union in the past, this has been always a collective effort of everyone. And clearly the government should be inclusive, it should reach out to the opposition, it should listen to the civil society, but at the same time, opposition parties should work in a constructive manner, trying to contribute to this joint effort. And as I have said, I will repeat it that united Georgians can do really great things”, said the Ambassador.

According to him, the implementation of the nine steps issued by the European Commission is equally important.

The Ambassador of the European Union also commented on de-oligarchization and stated that it does not refer to specific individuals.

“For us de-oligarchization is about creating proper environment, about creating conditions for democracy to flourish, and for rich businessmen not to have undue influence on political life. So from our point of view, from the European point of view, it's not about names. It's about the system and environment that is conducive for democratic development”, said the Ambassador.

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