Eric Fournier, first circle in chain reaction
24 March, 2011
Eric Fournier, first circle in chain reaction

‘I have an impression that I live in a neo-Bolshevik country’


The conference at Tbilisi Marriott hotel under the aegis of Open Society Georgia Foundation publicized the report on the situation around the implementation of tasks envisaged by the EU-Georgia ENP Action Plan. This document tackled a number of acute issues of the year of 2010 and concluded that no serious progress towards democracy has been achieved. The report presentation was attended by the diplomats accredited in Georgia. Among them

was French Ambassador to Georgia Eric Fournier. He looked disappointed after hearing the report.
The report touched upon the media independence in 2010, as well as the situation around economy, rule of law, human rights, election environment, peaceful resolution of conflicts and IDP policy.
“Almost nothing is left from the European values. It’s a catastrophe. When I hear that it’s good to arrest a young man for stealing 8 Lari, it’s dangerous. The European Union may ignore main orientation of Georgia’s distorted European way,” – stated Fournier. Judging by the reaction of  the European diplomat, it is clear that Europe is slowly getting out of the information vacuum. It’s better to be late than never. Most of the experts tie Fournier’s “awakening” with future awakening of entire Europe. Some of them think that this justified breach of diplomatic etiquette by Fournier will actually prove very useful for Georgia.
“I have an impression that I live in a neo-Bolshevik country. Perhaps we would revise future plans and continue everything in a different way,” – said Eric Fournier.
Conclusions on the section of the report dealing with media issues were presented by media expert Nino Danelia. She said that all TV channels which cover the whole territory of Georgia, especially Rustavi 2 and Imedi are unequivocal bearers of the Governmental policy.
“Actually our society is poorly informed because the information delivered to them is controlled by the Authorities,” – said Nino Danelia.
So far, no one else from foreign diplomats has done anything similar. However, it is not ruled out that others will also show claws. In this case, as experts believe, the situation will lead the Georgian Government to pay more attention to the public needs.

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