Pekka Haavisto: Georgia is handling many issues well, but we think more is needed

Georgia is handling many issues well, but we think more is needed, especially in terms of strengthening the rule of law, anti-corruption measures and independent media, - Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told InterPressNews in Helsinki.

He met with reporters within the Stronger Together - Eastern Partnership Media Conference and answered a question of InterPressNews about the actual prospects for Georgia's integration into the West. He said that talking about EU membership might be early, but cooperation between the EU and Georgia was already quite deep.

“As for NATO, since Finland is not a member of the alliance, I cannot comment on that. As for the Eastern Partnership, I think our cooperation with Georgia has been excellent, and I know that many of the issues are handled by Georgia well, but we think more is needed, especially in terms of strengthening the rule of law, anti-corruption measures and independent media.

The European Union will continue to strongly support Georgia's territorial integration. As for the rest, it may be too early to talk, but I really think that "the cooperation between the EU and Georgia is already deep and there are many sectors where we can move forward," said Pekka Haavisto.

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