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EU report highlights importance of maintaining reform momentum and depolarising the political environment in Georgia

February 10, 2020

Georgia remains committed to the implementation of the EU–Georgia Association Agreement, according to the fourth annual Association Implementation Report.

The EU document was published on 7 February – ahead of the next EU–Georgia Association Council, which is scheduled for spring this year.

According to the EU, however, the next few months will be key for Georgia to tackle the increasing political polarisation and show its continued commitment to reforms, particularly in the areas of elections and justice.

"Georgia continues to be a reliable and important partner for the European Union,” said EU High Representative Josep Borrell.

He further added, “We will be closely following political developments over the coming months, in light of the worrying increase in political polarisation in the country. We expect a level playing field and pluralism in the media environment for the elections later this year.”

Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi said that the EU firmly supports Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.

“Our engagement in conflict resolution remains strong through the work of the EU Special Representative and the EU Monitoring Mission. It is crucial that Georgia continues to progress on the implementation of key reforms under the EU–Georgia Association Agreement,” he added, highlighting that the EU is ready to provide further assistance to support Georgia’s reform efforts.

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