Today, the Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili awarded the Staffers participating in the filling process of the EU Candidate Status Questionnaire and delivered a speech of gratitude for their contribution.
The Speaker put an emphasis on the importance of the professionalism and devotion of the public officers in the EU integration process and underlined that the Questionnaire for Georgia was filled with high professionalism by the public officers, as the international partners assessed.
“We achieved a certain stage of the development of our country and in this very moment, the Parliament and the Staffers enjoy the privilege to be the part of this process, especially under the circumstances, when we face the extraordinary situation upon the decision-making by us and the EU. Lots of processes, bureaucratic processes are accelerated and it is crucial that the Georgian bureaucracy, in the best sense of this word, in this decisive moment, demonstrated its capacities to administer and exercise such an essential task”, - he stated adding that Georgia had to, within the shortest term, fill the Questionnaire and despite the lack of time, the Staffers and other public officers manifested their devotion and diligence in the development of 9 volume – the 3600-page work of high quality.
"Georgia had to fill the Questionnaire of almost the same volume as other candidates, while Georgia was also restricted in time – the shortest term amongst other candidates – we had 4 weeks for this task. For four weeks you have been sacrificing your time – 24 hours a day – to due fill the document carrying in mind the highest responsibility for the completion and quality. You all remember the political speculations around the Questionnaire, seeding the doubts about the ability of the public officers to fill the document with due diligence. Overall, today, we are proud that the reactions we witness from our international colleagues are extremely positive that the document revealed the high professionalism, and besides, that all the questions are eliminated about this Questionnaire and its context. All these facts prove the qualification and professionalism in the filling of this document. So, let me express my utmost gratitude to the Staffers participating in the filling of the EU Candidate Status Questionnaire. Volume does not matter but what matters is the context that this document acquired, and also your attitude and responsibility to this task. I would like to thank a wider public sector, hundreds of public officers working on the development of the answers since this high level we enjoy today was achieved with their merit”.
The Speaker overviewed the works implemented by the Parliament within the Association Agreement.
“The European perspective of Georgia has been fully recognized, not only in words but in deeds – a pledge that the EU will accept us as a member. We have a long way ahead, covering years and including the legal approximation and harmonization with the EU institutions and laws; to some extent, the process provided in the Association Agreement is part of this task. As you may know, the Association Agreement covers 70% of the EU legislation, half of which has already been fulfilled. So, we are way ahead. The Parliament of Georgia, Members of Parliament and the Staffers managed to adopt up to 60 new laws upon the signing of the Association Agreement, about 600 changes, up to 100 directives and recommendations, which is 45% of the process aiming at the achievement of the Association Agreement objectives. Thus, I would like to thank the Staffers also for participating in this very important activity”.
The Speaker thanked the Chair of the EU Integration Committee, Maka Botchorisvhili; Secretary General, Ketevan Kvinikadze; and the Chief of the Speaker’s Cabinet, Levan Makhashvili for their special contribution in the filling of the Questionnaire.
The Secretary General, Ketevan Kvinikadze addressed the attendees stating that the Staffers revealed high professionalism in the filling process, which is the pillar that the state institutions and a strong state rely on.
“Today, with the initiative of the Speaker, Shalva Papuashvili, we enjoy the opportunity to estimate the activity and merit of the Staffers for their intensive and diligent work in the filling of the EU Candidate Status Questionnaire. I am sure, we all agree that it was not a task to be merely implemented in a day but it was an intensive activity taking a certain period. It required high professionalism from you and the greatest devotion to meet the term allocated for the analysis of the reforms and outcomes that the Parliament has undertaken and achieved. I would like to thank the Speaker, Shalva Papuashvili for this significant initiative since for the first time in the latest period, we have the opportunity to deliver the certificates of gratitude to the Staffers and underline their contribution. I would like to thank each of you, Members of Parliament, and Chairs of the Committees for their support for it was not a feasible task without the assistance and consolidation. I also would like to personally thank all of you for the professionalism you demonstrated in this process, which is the pillar that the strong state and strong state institutions rely on”, - she stated.
The Speaker awarded 50 Staffers for their participation in the filling process.