Georgian PM Garibashvili held meeting with EU leaders during visit to Brussels

On a two-day trip to Brussels, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with European Council President Charles Michel and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola.

According to the Georgian PM’s office, PM Garibashvili and President Michel discussed the next stages in Georgia’s EU membership ambition, as well as the country’s past reforms and the execution of the Association Agreement.

The two officials have a discussion over the regional security situation in light of Russia’s actions against Ukraine, as well as the situation in the occupied Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

“The EU is dedicated to further developing our collaboration with Georgia,” President Michel tweeted after the meeting.

“Reforms on the democracy process and the rule of law are needed more than ever,” he added.

According to the Georgian PM’s office, PM Garibashvili and European Parliament President Metsola discussed Georgia’s chances of receiving EU membership candidate status on May 17.

During the discussion, the Georgian Prime Minister emphasised the importance of the European Parliament’s support for Georgia’s EU integration. At the same time, the country awaits a decision on whether or not to apply for membership.

“Reforms in the judiciary, the rule of law, media freedom, LGBTIQ+ and human rights remain crucial for the country’s European route,” the European parliament speaker tweeted after the meeting.

“Georgia belongs to the European family,” President Metsola stated.

The Georgian Prime Minister is expected to see European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Brussels.

The visit comes after Georgia submitted the second and final part of its EU membership questionnaire response on May 10.

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