Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, said the body would recognise the “European perspective” of the Associated Trio countries of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on Thursday.
The European Council will make its decision on the three countries’ pending applications for European Union membership following the European Commission’s recommendations on the matter.
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Wednesday hailed the “historic” decision of the European Commission to recommend the European Council to grant Georgia a European perspective, in an address to the Georgian Parliament.
The head of the Government highlighted the achievements of the country over the past year, including the Commission's recommendation, pointing out the expectation had been that Georgia would receive the European Union membership candidate status - which was granted to Ukraine and Moldova - saying "it is clear that we have seen a different approach [from the Commission]".
The 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 the country be granted the membership 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.