Ruling party head stresses “political” decision of European Commission on Georgia’s EU bid

  • The GD official stressed the country was ahead of Ukraine and Moldova “in all parameters” relevant for the status, “in particular” in terms of democracy, rule of law, fight against corruption and economic parameters. Photo: Georgian Dream Press Office

Agenda.ge, 22 Jun 2022 - 14:29, Tbilisi,Georgia

Irakli Kobakhidze, the Chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream party, on Wednesday said the decision of the European Commission to only grant the country the European Union membership candidate status if it met a number of conditions was “not an expert decision but a political one”.

The GD official stressed the country was ahead of Ukraine and Moldova “in all parameters” relevant for the status, “in particular” in terms of democracy, rule of law, fight against corruption and economic parameters.

This is an objective reality, the rest is a political decision. Consequently, the Government did everything to make the [EU membership] application successful, however we understand that the decision of the Commission was not an expert decision but a political one”, Kobakhidze said.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Tuesday said if the European Commission had adopted a “merit-based approach” in its decision on Georgia’s membership bid, the country would have been “the first” to receive the candidate status for EU membership.

The European Commission on Friday recommended to the Council that Georgia should be given the perspective to become a member of the European Union. The Commission recommended that Georgia be granted candidate status once the certain priorities in different areas of the reform agenda are addressed. 

The European Commission will monitor Georgia's progress to address these priorities and report on them by the end of 2022.

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