“All issues” raised during EU High Representative Borrell’s visit for Georgia’s candidacy “addressed” - Parliament Speaker

Speaker Papuashvili hailed a “very productive cooperation” with the European Commission. Photo: Shalva Papuashvili’s Facebook

Agenda.ge, 25 Oct 2023 - 14:59, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili on Wednesday claimed “all issues” raised during the September visit of Josep Borrell, the European Union High Representative and the Vice President of the European Commission, around the Georgian Government's fulfilment of the bloc’s conditions for granting the country its membership candidate status had been “addressed”. 

In his press comments, the official hailed a “very productive cooperation” with the European Commission, which outlined conditions for Tbilisi’s candidate status in June 2022, and noted legal changes drafted “in coordination and agreement” with the EU structure had already been initiated. 

The Georgian authorities have reacted to all the issues raised during Borrell’s visit in good faith. We expect the efforts made by the country’s Government over a year and a half [to meet the candidacy conditions] will be properly assessed [by the bloc later this year]”, Papuashvili said. 

In his messages while in Tbilisi on his first official trip, Borrell highlighted the need for unity of “all political forces” in the country for ensuring Georgia’s EU integration, and stressed “depolarisation, deoligarchisation, political, economic, social, judicial, electoral reforms, media pluralism and human rights” as priorities to be addressed. 

Georgia officially requested EU membership in March 2022, shortly after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, along with the latter and Moldova. 

In its decision in June of the same year, the European Council granted Ukraine and Moldova the bloc’s full candidacy, while Tbilisi obtained only a European perspective and a reform agenda to fulfil the EU candidacy. 

The Georgian Government called the bloc’s decision “historic” but “unfair and not merit-based”, while officials from the ruling party have said they hope the country will be granted the “deserved” status later this year. 

The European Commission is scheduled to present its final report on Georgia’s implementation of the outlined conditions in early November, with the European Commission using the document in December to decide on the status.