Civil society has presented the next 10 steps that need to be taken on the path to EU membership. Representatives of the non-governmental organization signing the initiative held a briefing today. According to them, the Government should take effective steps after filing the application.
"Georgia’s unwavering will to join the European Union is evidenced by an overwhelming level of support from the Georgian population and enshrined in the Constitution of Georgia. In view of this, on March 3, 2022, the Georgian government submitted its application for membership in the European Union. On March 10, 2022, at a summit of European Union leaders in France, the European Commission was asked to prepare an assessment of Georgia’s application, which will determine the country’s eligibility for candidate status. We believe that deepening cooperation with the European Union and commencing the process of accession will create preconditions for a stronger democracy, greater human rights protections and social benefits, and increased security for Georgia. The ongoing war in Ukraine has revealed the necessity of the Europeanization process, not only for Georgia’s political, legal, and social development but also in terms of the security of our country.
The dynamic development of Georgia-EU relations should become a precondition for consolidation and the end of polarization between political actors. We, the signatories, express our readiness to be actively involved in this process, and we propose that the Georgian government take the following steps:
Develop a national strategy for Georgia’s accession to the European Union and create an effective monitoring mechanism that will ensure the involvement of civil society.
Signatory organizations are the following NGOs: Open Society Foundation; Georgian Reform Association (GRASS); European-Georgian Institute (EGI); International Association for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED); Transparency International Georgia; Eastern European Center for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD); Rights Georgia; Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS); Media Development Fund (MDF); World Experience for Georgia (WEG); Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD); Rondeli Foundation; Georgian Democratic Initiative (GDI); Democracy Research Institute (DRI); Human Rights Center (HRC); Sapari; Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT); Human Rights House Tbilisi (HRHT); Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC); Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI); Social Justice Center; Liberal Academy Tbilisi (LAT); Democracy Index - Georgia; Governance Monitoring Center; Civil Movement Shame; Atlantic Council of Georgia; Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP); Caucasus Open Space (COS); Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA); Civic Idea; Green Alternative.