Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, on Thursday said the body had granted the European Union membership candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, and was ready to grant the same status to Georgia once the outstanding priorities outlined by the European Commission were addressed by the Georgian Government.
Michel said the body was recognising the “European perspective” of the country, and congratulated Georgia in his tweet on the “historic moment”.
The #EUCO decided to recognize the European perspective of Georgia and is ready to grant candidate status once the outstanding priorities are addressed.— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) June 23, 2022
Congratulations to the Georgian people.
A historic moment in EU-Georgia relations: Georgia's future lies within the EU. ????????????????
Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, also addressed the decision in her tweet and said the decision “strengthened the EU”.
This decision strengthens us all.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) June 23, 2022
It strengthens Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, in the face of Russian imperialism.
And it strengthens the EU.
Because it shows once again to the world that we are united and strong in the face of external threats.
In comments from the Georgian side, Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili “sincerely” congratulated Ukraine and Moldova with being granted the status, and expressed his Government’s gratitude in receiving the “European perspective”.
By being granted a European perspective ????????entered a new, important phase on the???????? integration path. We're grateful to @EUCouncil for this decision &believe, through relentless efforts we will regain our deserved place in the ????????family. Sincere congratulations to our ????????&???????? friends!— Ilia Darchiashvili (@iliadarch) June 23, 2022
The European Commission last week recommended the European Council to grant Georgia “European perspective” before assessing how the country meets a number of conditions for receiving the EU membership candidate status.