Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia says that the country’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) is both a big responsibility and a big opportunity.
Now we have the opportunity to take part in making an agenda and raise issues with our European colleagues we believe are crucial for our country,” Gakharia said.
Georgian FM David Zalkaliani tweeted yesterday.
Great pleasure & honour to be in Strasbourg a beautiful city symbolizing reconciliation, peace & European integration. ????????will take over t/Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE today, on the 20th anniversary of Georgia’s accession to the @coe #GeorgianPrecidency pic.twitter.com/bPSrHemyRm— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) November 27, 2019
He stated that 20 years ago, when Georgia became a member of the CoE, the country took on the responsibility to move towards democracy and the rule of law.
We have confirmed our commitment to making a democratic state and strengthening democratic institutions,” Gakharia said.
He stated that Georgia stands firm on its European choice, which is the choice of the Georgian people.
On the occasion of #GeorgianPrecidency tram decorated with the Presidency logo & letters of Georgian alphabet will be running in Strasbourg for the next 6 months, telling t/story of t/ country’s unique &ancient alphabet - one of the powerful symbols of Georgian identity @coe pic.twitter.com/uGMsjCLAre— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) November 27, 2019
Even though the path [to Europe] is not easy and we have to be in a reform regime for many years, we will not step aside from the path as it is the choice of our people. We confirm the irreversibility of the choice on a daily basis, even now, during the current developments in the country when the state government fully ensures the freedom of expression [of demonstrators in Tbilisi],” Gakharia said.
Georgia will chair the CoE for six months, until May 15, 2020.