MFA vows Gov’t will pursue “ambitious” reform agenda to ensure country’s EU integration


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The Georgian Government will continue to pursue an “ambitious” reform agenda together with the European Union to ensure the country’s eventual integration into the bloc, the Georgian foreign office said on Friday following the decision of the European Council to recognise the country’s European perspective for membership.

The Ministry’s statement said the Government would work “actively” to implement the recommendations outlined by the European Commission in order to obtain the membership candidate status, and ensure the country regains its place in the “common European family as soon as possible”.

By granting the perspective of accession, the European Union recognised Georgia as a European country and acknowledged the progress made in Georgia-EU relations in recent years. [T]his result would have been unattainable for Georgia had it not been for the reforms and efforts made by the country in recent years”, the statement said.

The foreign office stressed the decision of the Council was of “particular importance” in view of the “challenges” that threatened the “Western value system and the security of Europe”, of which Georgia was an “integral part”.

We believe that this is a historic moment for Georgia and from now on the door to Europe is unambiguously open for our country”, the Ministry concluded.

The European Council on Thursday granted the membership candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, and said it would be ready to grant the same status to Georgia once the outstanding priorities outlined by the European Commission were addressed by the Georgian Government.


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