Lipavský: Georgia must enact internal reforms to achieve EU candidate status

Czechia supports Georgia’s aspirations to become a member of the European union, but the country needs to work on enacting internal reforms as well as on fulfilling the 12 criteria set out by the EU in order to receive candidate status, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said on Wednesday, ahead of his trip to Tbilisi. “What I am emphasizing to the Georgian side is the need to have fair political processes and to ensure that the overall direction of Georgia is pro-European and transatlantic," he said.

Mr Lipavsky’s two-day visit of Georgia will include meetings with the country’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibasvhili as well as with Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili. He will also pay his respects to soldiers who lost their lives defending Georgia between 1991 and 1993 in Tbilisi.