The Georgian government will apply to join the European Union on March 3, Chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream party Irakli Kobakhidze said at a briefing.

“The Government of Georgia, headed by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, is already preparing an application for the status of a candidate for EU membership, which will be officially submitted to the EU structures on behalf of the Georgian government tomorrow,” Kobakhidze said at a briefing.

According to him, the ruling party, according to the program, planned to apply for EU membership in 2024; this application would be supported by new reforms and could have advantages over an early application.

“However, taking into account the general political context and the new reality, after consultations with the members of the political council of the party and, first of all, with the Prime Minister, the political team of the Georgian Dream made a political decision to immediately apply for the status of a candidate for membership in the EU,” Kobakhidze added.