The state of democracy in Georgia does not meet the Copenhagen criteria and changes must take place in order to get this status.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said this at a briefing in Brussels, the correspondent of "European Pravda" reports.
"We recommend providing a European perspective and (in the future) determining whether Georgia meets the requirements for granting candidate status," Ursula von der Leyen explained.
The Commission's decision on the matter states that Georgia has "a foundation for achieving institutional stability, guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities," but unlike Ukraine and Moldova, this foundation has not been sufficiently developed, and "recent events have undermined the country's progress."
The European Commission has defined 12 sets of criteria on which Georgia must demonstrate progress in order to receive candidate status.
Among them are removing the issue of political polarization, fulfilling the political "Michel agreement," changing the electoral law, and creating the missing media pluralism.
As reported, on Friday, the European Commission officially proposed to grant Ukraine candidate status for EU accession, and also adopted a similar decision on Moldova.