Georgian authorities say Tbilisi deserves EU status more than Kyiv

Georgian PM: Tbilisi deserves EU candidate status more than Kyiv and Chisinau Prime Minister Garibashvili

Irakli Garibashvili

Georgia, more than Ukraine and Moldova, deserves to receive the status of a candidate for the EU. This was stated by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvilin at a government meeting.

According to him, Tbilisi “for ten heads” ahead of Kyiv and Chisinau in all directions and even “ahead of some EU countries”; on a number of fronts.

“If status is defined by war, we don’t want war. We demand deserved status,»,— Garibashvili said.

He stressed that Georgia “deserved” EU candidate status with his 30-year “struggle for democracy” and the reforms carried out by the government over the past nine years, reports Agenda.

Georgia applied for EU membership together with Moldova in early March, following Ukraine. The aspirations for EU membership and Euro-Atlantic security structures are enshrined in the Georgian Constitution.

The European Commission (EC) plans to take a decision on the EU bids of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova on 17 June. According to Bloomberg sources, the EC will recommend granting Kyiv candidate status “on conditions related to the rule of law and the fight against corruption.” In this case, all EU members will still have to give consent.

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The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell on June 13, answering a question about the possibility of granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate, noted that the country with its own values, culture and history was already preparing to join Europe through reforms, and the European Union may expand.

Nevertheless, a number of EU countries do not support granting Kyiv the status of an EU candidate. Among them, according to Bloomberg, Denmark and the Netherlands. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer called for an “interim status” for Ukraine and Moldova. With a similar offer— create a parallel organization, which could be joined by countries seeking to become part of the European Union,— French President Emmanuel Macron also spoke.

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