EU CANDIDACY CHECK 3.0 - how is Georgia progressing towards fulfilling 12 priorities defined by the EU

16 May, 2023

In the fall of 2023, the European Commission will assess the fulfillment of 12 priorities defined to grant the candidate status to Georgia. Under the leadership of the Open Society Georgia Foundation, 8 organizations presented an assessment document – EU CANDIDACY CHECK, which reflects the progress achieved by the Georgian authorities in this context until the period of April 30, 2023, as well as the current state of play and the steps to be implemented in the future.

The representatives of civil society organizations, political groups, diplomats, and other interested parties attended the presentation of the document.

According to CSOs’ assessments, at this stage, one priority is fully implemented, two priorities are mostly fulfilled, four priorities are partially fulfilled, and five priorities defined by the European Union are to be fulfilled.

From March 31 to April 30, 2023, no significant progress has been observed in terms of fulfilling the priorities. About four months remain for the authorities to take advantage of this historical opportunity and fulfill all the priorities defined by the European Commission.

EU CANDIDACY CHECK combines the expectations of EU institutions, member states, civil society, and political groups. The document comprises the assessments of the following organizations: Open Society Georgia Foundation, Democracy Research Institute, Georgian Court Watch, Georgian Democracy Initiative, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, Governance Monitoring Center, Georgia’s Reforms Associates, Partnership for Human Rights, and Sapari.

Civil Society Organizations continue to assess the progress of the government in fulfilling 12 priorities and share the assessments with the citizens of Georgia, as EU membership is a strong will of the people of Georgia.