Georgian PM briefs EU Commissioner on Gov’t work to meet membership status conditions

  • Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for Budget and Administration, met in Davos on Thursday. Photo: Government press office, 19 Jan 2023 - 17:39, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Thursday briefed Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for Budget and Administration, over his Government's efforts to meet the 12-point conditions set by the European Union last year for granting the country a membership candidate status. 

The Government Administration said the meeting in Davos, on the sidelines of the ongoing World Economic Forum, had highlighted Georgia’s “considerable progress” towards European integration, “key aspects” of the Georgia-EU cooperation agenda and the “high-level dialogue” between the bloc and the country’s authorities.

In discussing regional and global security challenges, the head of the Georgian Government stressed his country had remained a “reliable ally and partner” for the EU in the South Caucasus region.

Georgia applied for EU membership in March 2022, along with Ukraine and Moldova, shortly after the Russian invasion of the former.

The country was granted the European perspective by the European Council in June, and given priority conditions related to reforms in the country’s judiciary, electoral and other areas in order to receive the membership candidate status.