Georgia to apply ‘immediately’ for EU membership, ruling party says

Georgia will “immediately” apply for EU membership, the Black Sea nation’s ruling party says, a day after the European Parliament backed war-torn Ukraine’s bid to apply for EU membership.

The ruling Georgian Dream party chairman, Irakli Kobakhidze, announces the party’s “decision today to immediately apply for the EU membership.”

Georgia calls on the EU “to review our application in an urgent manner and to make the decision to grant Georgia the status of an EU membership candidate,” he tells a press conference.

Georgia’s decision follows a similar move by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, who won backing from MEPs in a non-binding resolution recommending that EU bodies grant Ukraine the status of candidate country.

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