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Head of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine David Arakhamia and the parliamentary opposition of Georgia in the person of the “United National Movement” asked Brussels not to give Georgia the status of a candidate member of the EU, said Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.
“Together with you, dear opponents, persistently demanded that Georgia not receive the status of a candidate, the representative of the Ukrainian authorities, Mr. is your friend. Europe was practically given an ultimatum: if Georgia gets the status of a candidate, we will be very disappointed,— Newsgeorgia portal quotes Garibashvili.
He also called opposition MP Salome Samadashvili (Lelo for Georgia) a “traitor to the motherland”, saying that she went to Brussels and asked that Georgia not be granted EU candidate status.
“United National Movement” (END)— the ruling party during the presidency of Mikheil Saakashvili. Salome Samadashvili was formerly a member, but in February 2022 she moved to the Lelo party, which advocates a multi-party system in the Georgian parliament, dominated by the UNM and the current ruling Georgian Dream.
As noted by Newsgeorgia , during the Saakashvili years, Samadashvili was the ambassador to the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, and also headed the Georgian mission to the EU. Representatives of the country's ruling party have said that it is using its connections in Brussels to damage the reputation of the Georgian Dream government.
On June 17, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership. The head of the commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said Kyiv had shown “a desire and determination to live up to European values and standards.” At the same time, the EC noted, Ukraine needs to continue the reform of the judiciary, the fight against corruption and the influence of oligarchs, as well as bringing the legislation in line with the European one.
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Moldova also received a positive recommendation from the European Commission, and it was decided not to give it to Georgia until a number of conditions were met. Georgian authorities said that Tbilisi deserved the status of a 30-year “struggle for democracy”; and the reforms implemented by the government over the past nine years.
The final decision on granting the status of candidates for EU accession to Ukraine and Moldova should be taken by European leaders at the summit on June 23–24.
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