The European Union and Georgia on 6 September held the 7th meeting of the EU-Georgia Association Council in Brussels. The meeting was co-chaired by the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, and Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili.
The main theme of the Association Council was the recognition by the European Council of Georgia’s European perspective, and its readiness to grant candidate status once the priorities specified in the European Commission’s opinion had been addressed.
In this context, the EU welcomed that the work had started in the Georgian Parliament and encouraged the ruling party to engage in an inclusive process with the participation of representatives from civil society and parliamentary opposition groups. The EU underlined that Georgia’s European path is merit-based and that the EU is ready to use all instruments to support it.
Georgia should continue important reforms and overcome polarisation, said Josep Borrell at the press conference following the Council, adding that “there are no shortcuts and no magic involved. It is not a matter of political declarations, but [of] political will that converts will into results.”
The Association Council welcomed the adoption of the revised EU-Georgia Association Agenda for the period 2021-2027 and reiterated its commitment to further strengthen EU-Georgia relations. The EU also urged Georgia to effectively ensure the independence, integrity and accountability of judicial and prosecutorial bodies and underlined the need to ensure efficient investigations of violence against media professionals.
The EU reconfirmed its firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, and its support in countering hybrid and cyber threats and disinformation.
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