Georgia must make use of the remaining short time to implement necessary reforms, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, stated during a briefing at the EU's Tbilisi office while on a visit to Georgia, APA's Tbilisi correspondent reports.
He noted that Georgia is an important partner for the EU and the current period is crucial for Georgia's European future.
"Because in a few weeks, the EU will review the next steps towards Georgia's accession to the Union. The EU is open to Georgia and remains committed to supporting Georgia on the path to EU membership," stated Borrell.
However, Borrell emphasized that EU membership application also comes with significant responsibilities, and there is still much work to be done in Georgia:
"I must also state that applying to the EU is a serious commitment. Candidate status must be earned through substantial reforms and respect for EU values, and to be candid, there is still much work ahead," he emphasized.
Borrell added that the purpose of the 12 recommendations presented by the European Commission to Georgia is not to please someone in Brussels, but to improve the lives of the citizens of Georgia.
He noted that the EU is the largest bilateral donor for Georgia, and the assistance volume for the years 2021-2024 will be 240 million euros.