EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell, who is completing his mission in Georgia, shared a farewell video on Wednesday, expressing gratitude to the host country and its people and expressing hope the country will use its chance to become a member of the EU.
“After four unforgettable years in Georgia, the time has come for us to leave. Thanks for having invited us to be a part of Georgia. Georgia will always be a part of us,” said the Ambassador, standing in central Tbilisi with his wife.
Hartzell, who was actively engaged to help Georgian political forces to resolve political standoffs while in office, described Georgia as an “amazing, unique country, standing on the shoulders of your ancestors, those who fought for this country, traditions, culture, language and heritage.”
He stated that Georgians, he and many of the country’s friends were well aware that Georgia was a part of Europe. However, the formal recognition of this through granting the country European Perspective last month by the European Council “should not be underestimated.”
He stated that by the move the EU recognized Georgia as its potential member.
“Although there are many struggles ahead, we are proud to witness this historic moment and we believe that Georgia will successfully use the opportunities created by this moment,” Hartzell said.
Hartzell stated that Georgia was capable of using the opportunity not only because Georgians disliked stepping back, “but also because Georgia rests on a European foundation.”
He suggested that Georgia also took part in the formation of the values, which are called European values today, “and therefore, you have the opportunity to contribute to the strengthening of Europe. Your energy and spirit are admirable.”