President Margvelashvili: Georgia’s European Integration Is a Historic Goal of Georgian Society

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The FINANCIAL — The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili, together with the President of Poland, H.E. Andrzej Duda and the President of  Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia , H.E. Gjorge Ivanov has taken part in the activities of the presidential panel, organized as a part of the Economic Forum of Krynica and addressed the Forum participants.

President Margvelashvili has also participated in an unformal, open discussion which discussed the challenges facing Europe and the future expansion of the European Union.

President Margvelashvili has spoken about the EU-Georgia rapprochement process and the importance of the Association Agreement, the Free Trade Agreement and visa-free regime in this process; he has also discussed the EU open-door policy, the importance of its expansion and Russia’s role in Georgia’s European integration process, according to the Administration of the President of Georgia.

As President Margvelashvili has noted, the recent common opinion, according to which the Russian aggression against Georgia began in 2008 when Russia actually occupied Georgian territories is wrong, because Russia began its aggressive policy against Georgia, similar to those against Ukraine, in the 90’s when Georgia restored its independence and clearly stated its goal to be reunited with the country’s historic family – Europe. Due to this decision, Russia decided to punish Georgia. According to President Margvelashvili, Georgia aims at integrating into the European and Euro-Atlantic space as soon as possible and hopes it will happen in the nearest future.

While delivering his address, President Margvelashvili has paid special attention to Georgia-Poland partnership, underscored Poland’s firm support of Georgia’s European integration process and pointed out that Georgia places great importance on gaining expertise from Poland and Baltic countries in terms of European integration.

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President Margvelashvili believes that Georgia’s place is in the European family. European integration is a historical goal of Georgia because Georgia envisions itself in Europe, both culturally and politically. European values are highly important for Georgian society in the reformation process.

President Margvelashvili and the Forum participants had an opportunity to explore the exhibition of the Georgian alphabet, which is included in UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The exhibition was organized by the Georgian Embassy in Poland.

 

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