What should be Georgia’s next goal after Visa liberalization?

Georgia has signed the Association Agreement and achieved visa liberalization with the European Union (EU), obtaining the two main “carrots” made available by the EU through the Eastern Partnership format. In light of that, what should be Georgia’s next (realistic and concrete) foreign policy goal?

Georgia’s government and society have made impressive progress in Euro-Atlantic integration under the current government, signing an Association Agreement in 2014 and obtaining a visa-free regime with the Schengen Area in 2017. Both milestones were reached through Georgia-EU cooperation under the Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative.

Now that Georgia has reached some of its key goals in Euro-Atlantic integration—and with full membership in the EU and NATO still only a distant prospect—the country must now articulate priorities for the immediate future.

At the request of the Georgian Institute of Politics, a selection of experts from Brussels, Georgia, and Portugal provided thoughts and recommendations for the country’s next round of concrete foreign policy goals.

 

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