Borrell: If Government continues its current path, Georgia's door to EU membership will close

Borrell: If Government continues its current path, Georgia's door to EU membership will close

The door to EU membership is open for Georgia, but if the government continues on its current path, this door will be closed, warned Joseph Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy before the start of the EU Foreign Ministers' meeting in Luxembourg.

"Georgia should not be forgotten. We are going to discuss the current situation in Georgia. One thing is clear: the door to EU membership is open for Georgia, but if the government continues on the same path, this door will be closed and the Georgian people will pay the price. The European perspective may be reduced or closed. These are serious issues. If things continue like this, the door of the European Union will not remain open," Borrell asserted. 

He continued, "today, I will present a document to the ministers outlining various actions we can take in the short and medium term to prevent this negative trend in Georgia. There will be no decisions today, as this is an orientation debate. I have put on the table a full analysis of potential measures, and the ministers will discuss it. So do not expect concrete decisions today; this is a political orientation debate. 

 

However, short-term measures can be taken. For example, we might end support through the European Peace Fund, cease high-level political contacts, or consider reducing financial support that goes directly to the government. We do not want to harm civilians or cause more suffering to the people, but there are solutions. At the end of the day, I will inform you of the ministers' reactions to my proposals," Borrell concluded.


The Council of Europe Ministerial of Foreign Affairs is being held today in Luxembourg, chaired by Joseph Borrell, with Georgia as one of the topics under discussion.





The door to EU membership is open for Georgia, but if the government continues on its current path, this door will be closed, warned Joseph Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy before the start of the EU Foreign Ministers' meeting in Luxembourg.

"Georgia should not be forgotten. We are going to discuss the current situation in Georgia. One thing is clear: the door to EU membership is open for Georgia, but if the government continues on the same path, this door will be closed and the Georgian people will pay the price. The European perspective may be reduced or closed. These are serious issues. If things continue like this, the door of the European Union will not remain open," Borrell asserted. 

He continued, "today, I will present a document to the ministers outlining various actions we can take in the short and medium term to prevent this negative trend in Georgia. There will be no decisions today, as this is an orientation debate. I have put on the table a full analysis of potential measures, and the ministers will discuss it. So do not expect concrete decisions today; this is a political orientation debate. 

 

However, short-term measures can be taken. For example, we might end support through the European Peace Fund, cease high-level political contacts, or consider reducing financial support that goes directly to the government. We do not want to harm civilians or cause more suffering to the people, but there are solutions. At the end of the day, I will inform you of the ministers' reactions to my proposals," Borrell concluded.


The Council of Europe Ministerial of Foreign Affairs is being held today in Luxembourg, chaired by Joseph Borrell, with Georgia as one of the topics under discussion.