“Now it all depends on Georgia, this is a beginning of a big and difficult job,” EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell said at a press conference.
Carl Hartzell notes that now is the time when all political parties must unite to carry out reforms and speed up the process.
“The fact that Commissioner handed over the questionnaire to Georgia in Luxembourg today is one of the important moments that precede the beginning of the European integration process. This questionnaire contains many detailed questions to the Georgian Government. The purpose of the questions is to help the European Commission assess Georgia’s readiness.
“The Commission has four weeks from today to receive answers to this questionnaire. It is quite a small amount of time, but I want to tell you that the number of questions has been reduced in order to speed up the process,” he said.
The EU Ambassador added that it is a historic moment, but at the same time there are many challenges.
“It is important that these perspectives are used and that the challenges are overcome. This is a moment for all political parties to do their best and be united around this goal and do everything necessary for reforms, to intensify Georgia’s role in the world, in Europe. There are so many people in favor of the European aspiration, so now it all depends on Georgia, this is a beginning of a big and difficult job,” Carl Hartzell said.
The EU Membership Questionnaire was handed to Georgia on 11 April, in Luxembourg. Based on the answers Georgia gives, the European Commission will deliver its opinion on granting the country candidate status.