Lithuanian, Latvian, Finnish FMs vow support for Georgia EU candidacy

The European Council will decide on Georgia’s EU candidacy this week. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 11 Dec 2023 - 13:28, Tbilisi,Georgia

Lithuanian, Latvian and Finnish foreign ministers on Monday pledged their governments' support for Georgia to be granted the European Union membership candidate status in press comments on the sidelines of the bloc’s Foreign Affairs Council session, which came ahead of the EU’s Eastern Partnership Ministerial meeting in Brussels.

In his press comments, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the Lithuanian FM, said the “fate” of the EU’s EaP initiative - a format launched in 2009 with Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine - was set to be determined on Friday, when the European Council is scheduled to decide on Georgia’s candidacy and accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova. 

The official expressed optimism about witnessing a “transformed” Eastern Partnership, envisioning a closer alignment of participant countries, including Georgia, with Europe, before reaffirming his Government's support for the country’s integration. 

Echoing a similar sentiment, Finnish FM Elina Valtonen affirmed her country’s commitment to EU enlargement and praised Georgia's progress in implementing various reforms. 

Hailing a “good discussion” with the Georgian side, the official said “we are positive about the signs of progress achieved in terms of many reforms. I am sure that we will find a good answer for Georgia".

Latvian Foreign Minister Krišjānis Kariņš also expressed his anticipation and hope Georgia would be granted the requested status this week, pointing to the “palpable desire” of the country’s citizens and the Government's “clear intention” to join the bloc. 

Pledging Latvia's commitment to assisting Georgia in its reform efforts, the FM praised the country’s efforts and noted “will do everything we can to help Georgia on the path of reforms".