The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, today signed the application for the start of the special accession procedure and the recognition of his country as a candidate for entry into the European Union (EU).
“It is a historic day. I sign the request on behalf of the country”said the head of the Government before affixing his signature to the document in a ceremony broadcast live on television.
He added that this is an “important stage on Georgia’s path to the European Union.”
“For us a future in Europe is the only option. It is our strategic objectiveGaribashvili stressed.
He noted that Georgia It is historically a country that belongs to European culture and civilization.
Tbilisi has been encouraged to take this step after the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelensky, did it last Monday in order to stop the so-called “special military operation” ordered by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
Georgia, which has the bitter experience of the 2008 war against Russia and two separatist republics recognized by Moscow, thus seeking to shield their security and guarantee the support of the Twenty-seven.
Georgia signed in 2014 the Association Agreement with the EU, which includes the Free Trade Agreement, and in 2017 it achieved the liberalization of the visa regime with the European Union.
For her part, the president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, officially requested the country’s entry into the European Union on Thursday, following the example of Ukraine and Georgia, two other states with Russian troops stationed on their territory.
“Today we sign the application for accession of the Republic of Moldova to the EU,” said the pro-European president before signing the document in a televised ceremony in Chisinau.
“It is addressed to Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, who holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union,” Sandu explained, according to the Unimedia news portal.
Moldova formally presents its candidacy to enter the EU in the midst of the Russian offensive against the pro-European government in Ukraine and after the French Executive warned that this country of 2.6 million inhabitants could be, along with Georgia, the next military target Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The signing of the request also comes a day after the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, traveled to Chisinau to meet with Sandu and pledge to support the country’s rapprochement with the EU and the management of the tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees arriving in Moldova.
“We want to live in peace, democracy and prosperity, being part of the free world“said Sandu, who praised the “serene and determined” response of the Moldovan people “at a time when a real danger is knocking at the door”.
On the time chosen to launch the request, Sandu stated that some decisions “must be taken urgently and decisively to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the changing landscape of the world”, a clear reference to the earthquake caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Sandu referred to the push for Moldova’s EU candidacy as “an opportunity to ensure a safer and better life for future generations.”
Moldova became an independent country after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
Pro-Russian forces present in a part of their territory known as Transnistria refused to break their ties with Moscow and declared, with the support of the Kremlin, a “republic” of their own in the area.
Despite not having the recognition of any country, Transnistria today continues to be controlled by the rebel authorities, who have the protection of a Russian military contingent permanently deployed there.