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Slow moves towards Europe

By Messenger Staff
Thursday, August 4
Some Georgian analysts think that a strange situation has arisen in Georgia. On one hand Georgia’s administration openly declares European integration as its priority but in reality it does not use the opportunities the EU is offering. Some analysts calculated that by 2007 more than 50% of investments in Georgia were coming from Europe. Georgia officially received certain benefits for exporting into 7200 European products. In reality Georgia uses only a couple of dozen. Georgia does not use the quota given to it by the European market. So, on one hand Georgia has to use its opportunities however on the other it has to satisfy EU demands including the protection of human rights, a better labour code, protection of environment, solid control of food safety, creation of a competitive environment and protection of intellectual property. These directions are not being effectively pursued by the Georgian side.