The bloc wants Georgia to show “serious commitment” to reforms in key areas under the Association Agreement Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, January 22, 2021, Brussels, Belgium © Getty Images / Thierry Monasse / Contributor

Brussels on Saturday pointed out some “setbacks” on the part of Tbilisi over the past year in the implementation of reforms under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

In its annual Association Implementation Report, the EU acknowledged that Georgia continues “its reform path” in tough circumstances – amid the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine.

“However, we have seen setbacks in the key areas of rule of law, governance and human rights,” Josep Borrell, the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said.

He urged Tbilisi, whose “European perspective” was formally recognized by the bloc in June, to take “a responsible and conscientious approach that matches its stated objectives and its citizens’ aspirations.” (RT)