Dr. Khatuna Burkadze noted: “The future of Georgia is in Europe, and it has no alternative. An analysis of the history of European Integration clearly shows that the idea of a united Europe means peace, security, the creation of real development opportunities and, of course, diversity, and respect for and protection of the identities of European countries. Through economic and political integration, the European community has been able to set high European standards for safeguarding human rights and freedoms. The European system aims to support those legislative and institutional changes in its member states that promote protecting an individual's political, civic, social, economic, and cultural rights”.
Dr. Khatuna Burkadze underlined: “Today Georgia needs more effective diplomatic tools to realize its foreign policy goals in the international arena. In this regard, from an economic point of view, it is necessary to initiate and implement new, large-scale infrastructure projects, and from a political point of view, it is not enough to only participate in bilateral and multilateral formats, but it is also essential to represent one of those actors whose position will directly influence the decision-making process. The membership in EU will completely change our role and allow Georgia to be an integral part of European and, therefore, international politics. It will substantially and structurally change Georgia's diplomatic service. It is significant for a small state to develop appropriate diplomatic instruments and obtain new functions for more prosperity, security and stability of the country”.
“The analysis of historical, domestic and foreign political factors makes it obvious that the process of European integration is a national project for Georgia, as it represents an important mechanism to secure national interests. This is why European Integration is the choice, confirmed and enshrined by the Constitution of Georgia, which requires respect and protection from each of us. The constitution of Georgia is the supreme law of the country, which means that there is no other normative act that is higher than it.
Furthermore, the European path is the path our ancestors have chosen, and respect for our ancestors calls for continuing to firmly and consistently follow that path to get closer to our civilizational choice. Achieving this strategic goal is necessary to enable Georgia to take its rightful place on the European political map. It will have a positive impact on the everyday life of our citizens, since the right foreign policy steps are important factors in implementing domestic political initiatives in a global, dynamic world,” – mentioned Dr. Khatuna Burkadze.
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