Prime Minister's Statement on Support from European Parliament Print Version

2017-02-02

Greetings, everyone!

I greet every citizen of our country and offer my sincere congratulations on this day, the day when the European Parliament made a political decision on visa waiver. This is a vitally important step drawing us closer to Europe and demonstrating invaluable support for Georgia. It is about greater wellbeing, greater democracy, greater energy and enthusiasm, greater success on the path to our country's rapid development.
It was clearly and loudly stated today in the European Parliament, where the voice of the European people is heard best, that Georgia and the Georgian people are part of Europe.
Today we heard words that surely tug at our heartstrings and fill us with pride. Because of our progress and crucial reforms, we were commended today as exemplary from the paramount platform of the European Parliament. We are grateful to our country's friends for their appreciation and trust.

Drawing closer to Europe is something that belongs to all of Georgia, and we are especially happy that our Abkhazian and Ossetian citizens will join us in enjoying every benefit offered by close relations with Europe, be it visa-free travel to European countries, the EU market for businesspersons, participation in European educational programs, or many others.
Today's success is a result of the efforts of many. I would like to thank and congratulate them.
I would like to thank our citizens who have always been unanimous in their commitment to our country's European aspirations!
Today's positive decision will soon lead us to the ultimate result, and the citizens of Georgia will be able to travel visa-free to the Schengen Area.
Along with new opportunities, visa-free travel in Europe also puts much responsibility on us. On the path to making the dream of many generations come true, we become the ambassadors of our nation, and it is up to us how wide this door will be open for future generations.

Upon the coming into force of visa waiver, I plan to travel to Europe together with young people, the very representatives of future generation. I will travel from Kutaisi in the company of youths who, I am convinced, have a special appreciation for today's decision.
I believe that soon we will take our honorable place in the European family and make our contribution to its diverse culture, peace-building, and ensuring security.
Once again, I congratulate you all!