David McAllister: Plenary Speech to Georgia
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David McAllister: Plenary Speech to Georgia

David McAllister: Plenary Speech to Georgia

We are all following the political developments in Georgia with great concern.

The political situation in the country has rapidly deteriorated.  Therefore, I support the efforts of all facilitators to re-launch and strengthen dialogue between the opposition and the government. 

Georgia is facing numerous challenges, such as the COVID 19-pandemic, economic development, social cohesion and security.Therefore, political leaders need

·       to overcome this political crisis fast and

· to find long-term solutions together.

The way forward should include

·       an ambitious electoral reform,

·       a rule of law and court reform, also addressing politicised justice

·       power-sharing in Parliament, including the set up of the investigative commission,

·       potentially new elections and also the preparation for the local elections planned for autumn this year.

Next week’s EU-Georgia Association Council in Brussels will hopefully observe some progress that has been made in the dialogue.

I wish the newly appointed envoy Christian Danielsson and our EU Ambassador in Tbilisi Carl Hartzell all the best to overcome the current political tensions! 

Thank you!