Romania, Finland, Croatia vow backing for Georgia’s EU candidacy

The European Council will decide on Georgia’s EU candidacy this week. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 12 Dec 2023 - 17:55, Tbilisi,Georgia

Romanian, Finnish and Croatian officials for European affairs on Tuesday pledged their governments’ support for Georgia’s European Union candidacy ahead of the European Council’s decision on the status this week. 

Anders Adlercreutz, Finland's Minister of European Affairs, said his country was endorsing the granting of the status to Georgia after the latter’s meeting of the prerequisites, and emphasised the need for a “consistent standard” for all membership candidates.

It is crucial that Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine follow a clear path to membership, adhering to the same standard. The final decision on expansion should be based on a merit-based process”, the official said. 

‍‍Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, the Croatian State Secretary for European Affairs, expressed optimism about Tbilisi’s European prospects by saying "I genuinely hope that we will confirm the candidate status, providing another positive boost for Georgia. You truly deserve it".

The Minister urged Georgian citizens to “persist in their commitment” to a European future, stating "now that you have made this decision [to apply for membership in March 2022], your future lies within the EU. We call on Georgians to maintain their dedication, and I believe that confirming the candidate status will be a positive message for you".

Daniela Gîtman, the Romanian State Secretary for European Affairs, highlighted the significance of the decision on enlargement based on the European Commission’s November report, which recommended granting Tbilisi the candidacy and opening accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova. 

 We need to send a signal to our partners that we keep our word and are ready for action. We encourage our partners from the Eastern bloc and the Western Balkans to continue reforms", Gîtman said.

She also added Ukraine required a “comprehensive support package” beyond the European path.