Striving for Perfection Despite Human Imperfection
15 November, 2012
Striving for Perfection Despite Human Imperfection

Interview with H.E. Philip Dimitrov, Ambassador of Delegation of  the European Union to Georgia

 

There are some diplomats  who are important and interesting for Georgians and those who are interested in the fate of this country. One of the top 10 is Philip Dimitrov, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, who is the guest of this issue.

G.J: Wh

at has Georgia won in the eye of International Community by handing over the power so peacefully?

P.D: There was a high estimation of the efforts of Georgia to establish democratic institutions and standards, which is not an easy task. At the same time there were concerns that in the developing democracies a temptation to cling to power exists. Many people would not believe that the UNM will do what they say. Now it is clear that even though there may be some faults in the implementation of some democratic procedures, the profound conviction of the Georgian public and politicians is that they should be followed.

G.J: There are many talks on the part of International organizations about the possible political revanchism, and there are always some people who have to be held responsible for their activities. Where does the border-line lie between the mere revenge and fair punishment of criminal political figures?

P.D: This standard was first set by Jefferson in 1801when he made it clear that even though the previous administration had made amendments to laws and appointments that were disputable, he would not try to reverse everything and would not seek ways to persecute all misdoings that were not stark crimes. And he  explained why he was doing it. Revolutions are supposed to turn many things upside down. But living in a permanent revolution is not healthy. No law or Constitution is perfect. Besides, they are not made to make the life of politicians easier but rather to guarantee the stability of the state and thus, offer better chances to the people to find their own ways because of the predictability of the situation.

G.J: How much have we approached the European Union by handing over the power peacefully and fairly?

P.D: Substantially. As I have said for several times, you passed the first part of the test successfully and I hope that in the coming year you will pass the next part successfully too.

G.J: Recently, you gave assistance of  945 000 to Georgia. Will the assistance be augmented if we successfully pass the exams (as the October 1 Election), or was it more important that Georgian people acknowledged the legitimacy of elections?

P.D: People win in every election that is held reasonably fairly and its results are acknowledged. And of course, fifty something percent are a little happier than the rest. We believe this was not another revolution. It was a change of one democratically oriented government  (normally punished by the electorate for one mistake or another) by another democratically oriented government, which will also have to face a lot of challenges in fostering Georgian democracy. This is why our assistance will continue to be intense and increase because for every successful development we try to apply the principle “more for more”. We did it with the previous government and we will love to do it with the new one. In other words, it will be more and more. But it is a mistake to count only money. Coming closer to Europe contains a lot more than pure financial assistance.

G.J: What would you recommend as a diplomat who represents the European Union and who has quite a long experience of living in Georgia: what should the new government do first and foremost not to lose a high confidence of Georgian people?

P. D: Look, I am not that arrogant to give advice to any government elected by people. This is part of the democratic rule – you take the responsibility for your vision. People will judge it by the end of the day.

G.J: In your opinion, what will change in the Georgian politics?

P.D: I hope that a lot of things will be improved, but do you expect any major shift in Georgian politics.

G.J: How feasible is improving our relations with Russia?

P.D: This is for your Government to decide.

G.J: What about the threats of dual rule?

P.D: No such term exists in the political science. Cohabitation is a normal practice in democratic countries. Every government feels better if it does not have to take into account somebody else. But the rules of democratic governance have been established in history partly because such situations occurred rather often and had to be dealt sensibly and peacefully. Democracy is for the people, not for the governments to make their life easier.

Therefore, there is no threat. Only that after accepting the reality of the election results, Georgia has to accept the reality of Constitutional positioning and division of the power.

G.J: What should Georgia learn from your country in the area of political, economic and media experience?

P.D: The Georgian public should learn that democracy is about striving for perfection while accepting the natural imperfections of human affairs. We made a lot of “mistakes”, which Georgia is apt to repeat. However, I hope that the result will be as good as ours. Or why not even better?

Print
Other Stories
Travel between Ukraine and Georgia for both countries’ citizens to be allowed only by electronic ID cards
The Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze has announced that the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine will be able to travel in and out of both countries using only electronic ID cards.
Why does the Georgians love John McCain?
John McCain, Senator, and former Presidential candidate of the USA died on the 25th of August, 2018. He was diagnosed with lioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer last year.
The IBSU Conundrum
Teachers, students and students-to-be all took to the streets when the news broke that the International Black Sea University, one of the most highly regarded universities in the country, wouldn’t be admitting new students into its ranks this year.
Angela Merkel arrives in Georgia
German chancellor Angela Merkel has already arrived in Georgia.
German media about possible reasons for  Merkel’s visit to Georgia
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Tbilisi today, expectations are high and both the Georgian and German media are speculating about the possible results of the visit.
Angela Merkel to visit Georgia on August 23
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Georgia on the 23rd of August. Her plan is to visit the Caucasus states of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Georgian presidential candidate to Journalists –“Shake your brain!”
“Journalists should shake their brains” – said Georgian presidential candidate, Salome Zurabishvili to journalists.
What does Giorgi Margvelashvili own?
The presidential election will be held on 28th of October, 2018 in Georgia. The President Giorgi Margvelashvili has not yet confirmed his participation in the election.
"Father returned for mother ... then the bomb landed …”
10 years on, this is a different August. But this month is a time of remembrance and of hard memories and hurt.
The World talks about the 2008 war
On the tenth anniversary of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia, 20% of Georgia continues to be occupied by Russian military forces who also seem intent of further encroachment on Georgian territory.
Georgia hosts high ranking guests for the 10th anniversary of the 2008 war
Ten years have passed since the Russian military intervention in Georgia,in August, 2008.
 10 Years Anniversary of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia – “Mission supports stability and security on the ground”
10 years have now passed since the August 2008 war between Georgia and Russia and still we face a huge daily threat. Certain parts of Georgia continue to be occupied even today.
Heroin seized near Georgia-Azerbaijan State Border
Border Police from the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs have arrested a 28 year old individual.
After ten years from the 2008 war, borderization continues
It is ten years since the 2008 August war between Russia and Georgia.
Multinational Noble Partner training 2018 has launched
The multinational Noble Partner training 2018 commenced on the 1st of August.
National Democratic Institute publishes the latest survey
Poll results released today by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia show growing dissatisfaction about the state of the country’s economy, environment, and political climate going into the presidential election.
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze needs 5 more Regional Governors
At a recent Government press conference Mamuka Bakhtadze, the Prime Minister of Georgia, announced that new Governors for the following regions are required:
German government plans to recognize Georgia among safe countries
The German government will shortly approve a law, which enables the countries such as Georgia, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to be recognized as safe countries
Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins about Georgia’s prospects for EU membership
Georgia is a country that wants to become member of the EU, but how does it look from Brussels?
Military equipment and techniques created by Georgians
Delta is a Military, Scientific and Technical Provider.
What does Georgia contribute to the NATO alliance?
The idea that Georgia should join the NATO alliance was first suggested back in the 1990s. However nobody believed it would become a reality
Most liked and disliked ministers of Georgia
Mamuka bakhtadze, the Prime Minister of Georgia has announced structural changes in the government as a part of his plan to cut down on governmental spending.
Mamuka Bakhtadze officially submitted as a candidate for PM by the President of Georgia
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has submitted Mamuka Bakhtadze as a candidate for Prime Minister.
Russia conducts military exercises in Georgia's occupied Tskhinvali Region
The sub-units of the 4th base of the Ministry of Defense of Russia are conducting military exercises in occupied Tskhinvali (so-called South Ossetia).
Candidate for PM’s position Mamuka Bakhtadze vows Georgia to become united, European country
Former Finance Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze has been named as a candidate for the Prime Minister’s post, which became vacant after Giorgi Kvirikashvili's resignation.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
21.09.2018
22.09.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6193
2.6216
EUR
1
EUR
3.0693
3.0854
GBP
1
GBP
3.4651
3.4584
RUB
100
RUB
3.9538
3.9340
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6216
EUR
1
EUR
3.0854
GBP
1
GBP
3.4584
RUB
100
RUB
3.9340