Georgia’s European integration and the implementation of the priorities outlined by the European Union for granting the country its membership candidate status were discussed on Monday in a meeting between the Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili and Gert Jan Koopman, the head of the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission.
The Georgian foreign office said Darchiashvili “thoroughly informed” Koopman on the recent steps taken by the country’s Government to implement the recommendations, both in terms of legislative and institutional reforms.
During my working visit to Brussels, had a very productive meeting with @GertJanEU, where we discussed the progress on implementation of the EU Commission's 12 recommendations. We continue active cooperation with the EU, as we are waiting for the Commission's Opinion. Hope that… pic.twitter.com/2NU77U0c8t— Ilia Darchiashvili (@iliadarch) September 25, 2023
Koopman “positively assessed” the efforts of the Georgian side in the process of fulfilling the priorities, with the parties noting they hoped the efforts would be reflected in the next report of the European Commission.
The officials expressed satisfaction with the recent visit of Josep Borrell, the European Union High Representative, to Georgia earlier this month, which they noted as “another demonstration” of the EU's support for the country.
The parties agreed on “close cooperation” in the exchange of information and assessments regarding the implementation of the EU priorities.