📍 Within the framework of the “Georgian Voice in the European Parliament” event, the chairman of the parliamentary political group and political party “European Socialists”, Fridon Injia, for the first time in the history of Georgia, made a statement in his native Georgian language from the high tribune in the European Parliament, where he voiced a fair voice about the current political events in Georgia.
📍 Fridon Injia’s speech from the high tribune of the European Parliament was translated into 5 languages.
🔴 “I am deeply convinced that if we take a pragmatic look at the achievements of our country and its geopolitical location, Georgia deserves to be granted the status of a candidate country of the European Union and, even more, membership”
🔴 “Please support the state of Georgia and the Georgian people in a timely manner, its aspiration – to join the big family of Europe”
🔷 I would like to thank you for the invitation, for your hospitality and for this opportunity to introduce our vision of the political present of Georgia and state interests, which is directly related to the near and distant future of my country.
🔷 As you know, Georgia is an associate member country of the European Union, which includes legislative and legal harmonization with the European Union, as well as the main aspects of economic and political cooperation.
🔷 We adopted the European perspective last year, which was a historic decision, but we understand very well that the process of full membership in the European Union takes a lot of time.
🔷 It is for this purpose that the government of Georgia started working on the implementation of the 12-point recommendation, in connection with which the Parliament of Georgia, together with the government, did a great deal of work. Personally, together with my political group “European Socialists”, I was actively involved in the work of parliamentary working groups created in different directions.
🔷 It should be noted that, first of all, the state has shown a strong will to implement the recommendations of the European Commission by complying with its obligations. It was an absolutely transparent and inclusive process.
🔷 It should be emphasized that, unfortunately, the radical opposition did not participate in this process, despite the fact that all interested parties were invited to this process. Representatives of the radical opposition, namely Saakashvili’s political team and their political supporters both in Georgia and abroad, including in the European Parliament, prevented the implementation of this important work in every possible way.
🔷 Despite the facts of systematic sabotage and destruction on the part of the radical opposition, the Parliament did a great job – more than 100 legislative initiatives were adopted, new strategies and action plans were developed. All this serves, of course, further consolidation and development of democracy in the country, further strengthening of the rule of law and further strengthening of parliamentary supervision.
🔷 I am deeply convinced that most of the 12-point recommendations of the European Commission have been implemented, and only a few points are left with the technical part, which will be successfully implemented in the near future.
🔷 And as for the implementation of the recommendation on depolarization, this request is completely incomprehensible to me personally, because there is a constant political disagreement between the political forces in all countries of the world, starting from the United States of America and ending with the European Union. In general, we all understand very well that any democracy is characterized by different opinions.
🔷 The Parliament of Georgia is represented by a multi-party system. In 2020, 9 parties and political forces entered the parliament. Freedom of expression and media pluralism are quite high in the country.
🔷 During the last one year, after these recommendations were defined, polarization and opposition in society in our country did not decrease, but on the contrary, it increased, because the radical forces operating in Georgia, namely Saakashvili’s party and its satellite political groups, as well as the so-called non-governmental Organizations are using this issue as a speculation to destabilize the country, so that Georgia does not receive the status of a candidate for the European Union.
🔷 Here I would like to emphasize the main goal and task of the radical opposition, which demands the release of the convicted Saakashvili from prison as a counterbalance to the granting of candidate status, whose many crimes have been confirmed both by the Georgian judicial system and the International Court of Strasbourg.
🔷 It should be noted that practically, every day, new facts prove that Saakashvili and his team squandered tens of millions of state resources from the state budget and used them for personal purposes.
🔷 Recently, flights for entertainment and personal purposes to the world’s most expensive resorts have been revealed, and how amazing
It should be also, facts confirm that Saakashvili even visited the grave of Colombian drug lord and narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar during his presidency.
🔷 The question is whether it is consistent with European standards to intervene rudely in the internal affairs of another state and demand the release of a similar type of criminal like Saakashvili and hinder the European integration of the country on this basis.
🔷 Georgia, due to the most difficult geopolitical situation in the world and in the region, achieved the main goal – maintaining peace in the country, which led to the economic progress of the state, but was unable to restore territorial integrity, which is the most important thing for Georgia.
🔷 At the same time, the country was able to carry out reforms. If it were not for these reforms and the correct foreign policy, the country would not have an economic growth rate of more than 7%, which cannot be said about many advanced and developed countries in the world.
🔷 I am deeply convinced that if we take a pragmatic look at our country’s achievements and geopolitical location, Georgia deserves to be given the status of a candidate country of the European Union, and more, even membership. However, we all know that this issue is political, which is evidenced by granting the status of a candidate for the European Union to Moldova, a member of the CIS. The country over which Georgia is superior in all parameters, then and even today.
🔷 Therefore, a political decision is acceptable so that the country does not remain disappointed. Please support the state of Georgia and the Georgian people in time, its aspiration – in the big family of Europe, by granting the candidate status, which will be beneficial for the European Union today, both from the economic and political point of view.
🔷 In particular, I would like to emphasize that today Georgia is the main axis of political stability in the South Caucasus region, as well as an economic, transport, transit, energy and trade hub connecting Europe and Asia.
🔷 First of all, this decision will be the most important for Georgia, on the way to restore the territorial integrity of the country, 20% of whose territories are still occupied.
🔷 Let justice be restored, support us, the country with the history and culture that we are. Trust me, our acceptance will enrich and strengthen the European Union in many ways. Otherwise, we will be forced to look for other ways to decently achieve the state and strategic goals of the country.”
🔷 Thank you very much
🔷 of the parliamentary political group “European Socialists”
🔷 and chairman of the political party “European Socialists”.
🔷 Freedon is an engineer