Georgia and the European Union


Georgia and the European Union

Georgia and the European Union have maintained positive relations over the years, and it is widely considered to be the closest ally and most likely of future candidate to the EU of the three Caucasus states.Fact|date=February 2008

Background

With Georgia having recently undergone substantial reforms, President Mikhail Saakashvili has expressed his desire to see membership in the European Union as a long term priority. Links to the EU, USA and NATO have been strengthened, with attempts being made to move away from the Russian sphere of influence while attempting to advance co-operation with Russia. [ [http://ec.europa.eu/comm/external_relations/georgia/intro/index.htm redirect ] ] Territorial disputes continue over South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In Adjara, a significant hurdle in protecting the territorial integrity of the country was overcome when the authoritarian leader Aslan Abashidze was forced to resign in May 2004. Recently EU CFSP Chief Javier Solana has indicated the EU could send troops to Georgia alongside Russian forces. [ [http://euobserver.com/9/23579 Solana raises prospect of EU soldiers in Georgia] EU Observer]

On 2 October 2006, a joint statement on the agreed text of the Georgia-European Union Action Plan within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was issued. The Action Plan was formally approved at the EU-Georgia Cooperation Council session on 14 November 2006 in Brussels. [ [http://www.civil.ge/eng/article.php?id=13747 EU, Georgia Sign ENP Action Plan] , "Civil Georgia", 2 October 2006.]

Georgia is considered the most favoured Caucasus country to join the EU, especially after the Rose Revolution, but territorial disputes and corruption are still an issue. Though Georgia has not yet formally applied for EU membership, President Saakashvili has said the country would be ready in three years' time— it is uncertain if the EU is prepared to offer membership on this or an alternative schedule.

ee also

*Enlargement of the European Union
**Foreign relations of the European Union
**Armenia and the European Union
**Azerbaijan and the European Union
**Moldova and the European Union
**Ukraine and the European Union

References

External links

* [http://www.delgeo.ec.europa.eu/ The European Commission's Delegation to Georgia]


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