Officials approve Georgia’s path to NATO integration

Georgian Prime Minister Garibashvili met NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen on February 5, 2013. Photo by PM’s Press Office, 10 Mar 2014 - 18:15, Tbilisi,Georgia

A confidential document detailing Georgia’s path to becoming a member of NATO has been approved by Government officials.

Today, Georgia’s State Commission for NATO Integration announced it had approved the Annual National Program (ANP) for NATO Integration for 2014.

The document, which is not public, is a roadmap for Georgia’s eventual NATO membership and highlights Georgia’s reform targets.

The Commission’s session, led by the State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili, said the document focused on Georgia’s plans for future cooperation with NATO.

The National Program also highlighted Georgia’s foreign policy priorities as well as challenges the country might face once Georgia signed the Association Agreement with the European Union this August.

Petriashvili said that Georgia’s progress in the line with ANP would be assessed at the NATO-Georgia Commission by NATO member states in Brussels.

During the discussion, the Georgian side will be represented by deputy State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, David Dondua and deputy Defence Minister Mikheil Darchiashvili.

In December 2008, NATO Foreign Ministers decided to further enhance the NATO-Georgia Commission through the development of an Annual National Program. Georgia has implemented and had carried out work on the Program since 2009.