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Progress achieved by Georgia on 12 priorities to be evaluated in October 2023, H.E. Pawel Herczynski says

By Liza Mchedlidze
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
The EU Ambassador to Georgia H.E. Pawel Herczynski and the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Shalva Papuashvili, exchanged views on the implementation of 12 recommendations assigned by the European Union for Georgia's candidacy status.

According to Pawel Herczynski, the progress achieved by Georgia on the path of European integration will be evaluated by the European Commission in October of this year, after which, at the end of the year, it will be jointly reviewed by the 27 member states of the European Union.

Herczynski said that the works on 12 priorities which are in convergerance with European Standards and principles continue.

"At the moment, work continues on 12 priorities and, more broadly, on convergence with European standards and European principles. For our part, we sincerely hope that this work will bring positive results at the end of the year," said Herczynski.

"As you know, some priorities have been implemented, while others are still being worked on. On other priorities, the Parliament of Georgia is waiting for an opinion from international standard-setting organizations, such as the Venice Commission and ODIHR, after which the work will continue.

Based on the results, we will evaluate the progress achieved by Georgia in relation to 12 priorities. It will be published by the European Commission in October and then EU member states will review the results, evaluate and decide on next steps later this year.

We have a very busy year ahead of us, and in terms of the implementation of 12 priorities and in general, in terms of Georgia's progress on the path to EU membership, I heartily wish success to Georgia and Georgian politicians," the EU Ambassador said.

When a reporter asked what his response was to the accusations against them that the partners are trying to influence the justice system, Pawel Herczynski responded that the European Union fully respects the independence of the court.

"We fully respect the independence of the court. This is one of the main principles on which the European Union is based," the US ambassador said.