EPP Adopts Conditional Roadmap for Concluding Association Agreement
16 March, 2013
EPP Adopts Conditional Roadmap for Concluding Association Agreement
The official web page of the European People’s Party published declaration on Georgia, offering a roadmap on how to restore the process for the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration. The declaration was adopted by the EPP Presidency on 13th March 2013.
“The European People’s Party reaffirms its support to the Euro-Atlantic integration process of Georgia, underlines with a high degree of satisfaction the progresses made during the last years in the fields of rule of law and democratic standards and encourages the current administration to implement the remaining necessary reforms.
The European People’s Party remains committed to making the November 2013 Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius a success for all the EaP countries in general and for Georgia in particular but regrets that since the October 2012 Parliamentary elections and the first democratic transfer of power which followed, backward steps in the country touching on the rule of law and the independence of judiciary and the media, as well as democratic standards have damaged the positive image of Georgia. Therefore, under these current circumstances and once the negotiations of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia are completed, its signature and its ratification by the European Union and its Member States are endangered.
However, the Presidency of the European People’s Party believes that through a comprehensive dialogue with the Georgian government confidence between the European Union and Georgia can be restored and the obstacles overcome.
The Presidency of the European People’s Party:
1- Functioning democracy
• Underlines that there cannot be functioning democracy without a free and competitive level field for all political forces.
• Expects the government of Georgia to ensure that no restriction or fear of intimidation restrict the activities of the opposition political parties.
• Urges the political majority to respect the constitutional rights of the President of Georgia and the parliamentary opposition as well as the autonomy of local self-governments and to reverse the campaign of changes of elected local bodies through pressure and violence.
• Calls on the government of Georgia to ensure that justice is not used selectively as a tool for the advancement of political goals.
2- Judiciary
• Underlines that the independence of the judiciary is key to the irreversibility of the democratic developments in Georgia.
• Calls on the government of Georgia to ensure the full observance of the principle of independence and impartiality of judiciary.
• Asks for the full implementation by the government of Georgia of the Venice Commission’s recommendations on the
draft amendments to the organic law on the Courts of general jurisdiction of Georgia (a particular attention will be paid to the recommendations on the High Council of Justice).
• Expresses its concerns with the possibility of creating a special commission for the review of already adjudicated cases as containing a significant threat of direct interference with the independence of the judiciary.
3- Media
• Stresses that freedom of expression and information is the cornerstone of good governance and a functioning democracy.
• Calls on the government of Georgia to ensure that no action is taken that could represent or be seen as representing an interference with freedom of expression and information, including infringement of independence of media and its freedom to act without fear of intimidation.
• Asks the government of Georgia to ensure that the independence and impartiality of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) is maintained and fully guaranteed.
The Presidency of the European People’s Party stresses that the implementation of the above mentioned points will allow Georgia to emerge from the process of power transfer as a stronger democracy and will enable further progresses in Georgia’s approximation with the European Union.

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