Georgian Church Supports Efforts to Join the European Union

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The Georgian Orthodox Church expresses support for the country's accession to the European Union, as stated in a statement by Patriarch Ilia II, published on the website of the Georgian Patriarchate.

On Wednesday, it became known that the European Commission recommended granting Georgia candidate status for EU membership "provided that the country's government takes important reform steps."

"For many years, EU commissioners and other representatives of the European Union have always emphasized that Georgia's unique culture is an integral part of European culture and that preserving and developing our country's Christian traditions, spiritual values, and its ancient culture as a whole are important for the European Union itself," noted the Georgian Patriarch. He expressed hope that Georgia would "contribute to the further development of the European family."

At the same time, the European Commission's report on enlargement, published on its website, outlines nine priorities that Tbilisi must implement.

The formal decision on granting Georgia candidate status must be made by the leaders of EU countries at the summit in Brussels on December 14-15. This decision must be unanimous among all current EU members.

Currently, the candidate status for EU membership is held by North Macedonia (applied in 2004), Albania (2009), Serbia (2009), Turkey (1987), Montenegro (2008), Ukraine (2022), Moldova (2022), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (2022).

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