GEU Diplomacy Lava Borrell speaks of Georgia's “failures” in reforms for European integration Georgia is implementing reforms in difficult conditions, there are difficulties in important areas – in relation to human rights and the rule of law, Borrell believes. He stressed that official Tbilisi should comply with the stated goals ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1010xH/media/img/6/71/756604223004716.webp 1010w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 640px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 640px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >
The European Union supports Georgia in carrying out reforms on the path to European integration, in this process “some progress” is observed, but problems have emerged in a number of areas, the EU annual report says. The document was released ahead of the EU-Georgia Council meeting scheduled for September 6.
“We have witnessed failures in key areas of the rule of law, governance and human rights,”— said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
He noted that Georgia, at the same time, continued “its path of reforms in difficult conditions”, among them the head of European diplomacy called the economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, the events in Ukraine and the “tense political situation”. Borrell stressed that Georgia should pursue a conscientious approach to reform that is in line with “its declared goals and the aspirations of its citizens.” Georgia is entering a new stage in its relations with the European Union, he noted.
The development of the situation on the issue of European integration depends on Georgia, said Commissioner for Enlargement and Policy Oliver Varhelyi. He noted that the European Commission is ready to grant the status of a candidate for accession to the European Union, after all conditions are met. “The ball is now on the side of Georgia”, — he stressed.
Georgia applied for EU membership after Ukraine and Moldova in early March. The aspiration of the republic for membership in the EU and Euro-Atlantic security structures is enshrined in the Constitution of Georgia.
In mid-July, the European Commission recommended granting candidate membership status to Ukraine and Moldova, but Georgia was offered a “European perspective.” Tbilisi should fulfill “a number of identified priority tasks” until the end of 2022, the EC said in a statement. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed confidence that Georgia now needs to “politically unite” to determine the general line in the field of structural reforms. Evaluation of reform progress postponed until 2023, the EC warned later.
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“After careful discussion, we have decided not to rush the political elite of Georgia in trying to achieve depolarization in order to sit down at the same negotiating table, and to work carefully over the reforms»,— Michael Rupp, head of the EC group for Georgia and Moldova, explained. Prime Minister of the Republic Irakli Garibashvili expressed confidence that Georgia “for ten heads” ahead of Ukraine and Moldova in all areas, and ahead of a number of EU countries in some of them. “If status is defined by war, we don't want war. We demand a well-deserved status, — he insisted.
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