Irakli Kobakhidze: the Government of Georgia submitted the plan for compliance with 12 recommendations exactly a year ago and has ensured all due actions within feasibility as of the end of June
“The EU integration is a long-term, multiyear process and it is imperative to ensure uninterrupted consultations on all the issues related to the EU integration of our country, as well as the EU candidacy and the fulfillment of all the tasks encompassed in the Association Agreement not only this but for all upcoming years”, - the Majority Leader, Irakli Kobakhidze stated in his speech delivered at the Conference “Georgia’s Way to the European Union” organized by the Georgian Parliament and the EaP Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform.
As he underlined, it is principal to have as many as possible supporters of this process associated with the receiving of the EU candidacy and our ultimate EU membership.
According to his estimations, the Conference is in this regard paramount. The Government of Georgia submitted the plan for compliance with 12 recommendations exactly a year ago and has ensured all due actions within feasibility as of the end of June.
“Basically, 12 paragraphs are associated with the revision of the national legislation, within the framework of which the fundamental electoral reform has been undertaken. Significant amendments have been introduced to the Rules of Procedure creating a solid basis for qualitative improvement of the parliamentary oversight of the Government. Significant amendments have as well be introduced in the judiciary part; we followed the recommendations of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR and introduced amendments in various directions. We are earnest towards our European partners”, - he stated adding that most of the recommendations covered all practical steps.
“One was a judicial issue related to the wider reform; we need consultations and specification to construe the wider judicial reform concept at the legal level and we are open to the recommendations”, - he stated.
One of the key recommendations was on deoligarchization. As clarified by I. Kobakhidze, the Draft on Deoligarchization adopted for the II reading, shares the recommendations of our partners.
“As the recommendation stipulates, we shall not adopt the Law on Deoligarchization and thus, we have halted the process at the II reading. The submitted recommendations have as well been reflected in the law and thus, we now need more specification about further actions concerning the party financing. We face a problem in this regard – we the issue is not specified, it will remain an open wound. Deoligarchization has been issued to all three countries – Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, though we need more specifications, otherwise, without personification, the deoligarchization problem will remain unsolved. Our position is that the issue on the adoption of the law remains open. We will additionally consult with our European partners. We need guarantees that this issue will be solved without even adopting the hereof Law and the essence of the problem will become clear”, - he stated.
Yet another significant paragraph to be fulfilled is depolarization.
“Certain recommendations have been submitted by the European Commission, including concerning the elimination of the rough rhetoric. It is the paragraph that embodies the most complicated process of achieving progress. We encounter excessive polarization, radicalism and non-recognition of legitimation by certain political subjects. The problem exists but the essential progress is hard to be achieved”.
As the reporter noted, if Georgia receives the EU candidacy, it will reduce polarization.
“Unfortunately, the EU candidacy is being used as the strongest instrument for polarization. The topic that we expected to be the most positive and incentive for development is in fact used for triggering polarization. So, the fact is clear that the last year’s decision on declining the EU candidacy to Georgia facilitated the enhancement of polarization in the country. When we speak about the decision of December, naturally, we imply the same. If the country receives the EU candidacy, it will essentially reduce polarization; however, if the decision is negative, then we shall expect the maintenance of polarization. The EU candidacy is as well paramount for Georgia in this very regard and in this light, we all assume particular responsibility not only for certain processes but for our country. We hope that each and every person concerned in the development of our country will get engaged in these processes – EU candidacy and our ultimate foreign political priority – full-fledged EU membership”, - I. Kobakhidze stated.