Within the framework of the program – Foreign & Security Policy, Dr. Khatuna Burkadze, Director of Foreign Policy Studies at Geocase delivered lectures on Georgia's European perspective for youngsters.
Dr. Khatuna Burkadze spoke about the historical development of the EU, existing and next steps of the integration process between the EU and Georgia that can help bring the country closer to the standards of the European Union. She explained three factors - historical, internal and external that make the strategic importance of the aspiration for Georgia’s historical and civilizational choice.
She underlined: “The 73-year period has shown that the idea of cooperation among European countries has proved successful. The European Union differs from other regional international organizations. Member states of the EU have attained quite a high level of economic and political integration. The supranational elements of the EU ensure that the organization's legislative, executive, and judicial bodies are contributing to developing and implementing a common European policy. The European Union is an important example of the integration of European states into a union based on common values. Simultaneously, it is an illustration of solidarity, cooperation and creation of opportunities for developing national economic, political, and legal systems of member states”.
“In terms of foreign and security policy, alliances of states that are based on common values have adequate mechanisms to deal with common threats and challenges. This further underscores the need for Georgia's integration into European structures, as this process allows us, with the support of our partners, to develop our security system in such a way as to effectively respond to contemporary challenges and, by making our role and function more explicit, to protect our national interests,” – added Dr. Khatuna Burkadze.
Dr. Khatuna Burkadze noted: “Today, standing together and accelerating the country's national project - European integration - is the path that will give Georgia more opportunities. We need to move forward to Europe with unity”.