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'Heart breaking' - Brussels dashes Georgia's hopes of timely EU accession

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Lawmakers in Georgia have been left heartbroken after Brussels dashed the country's hopes of a quick entry into the European Union (EU).European Commission president Ursula von der Layen announced Friday that Georgia would only move to EU membership candidate status after addressing certain priorities.

The Commission instead recommended a "European perspective" for the small Black Sea nation, unlike Ukraine and Moldova which were awarded candidacy status. "Georgia shares the same aspirations and potential as Ukraine and Moldova," said von der Layen. "Its application has strengths, in particular the market orientation of its economy, with a strong private sector. "To succeed, the country must now come together politically to design a clear path towards structural reform and the European Union," she added.

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