“We warn the government, each member of the Georgian Dream, that you cannot blame anyone else for Georgia not getting the candidate status, and the loss of this historic opportunity will be on each of your shoulders,” MP Mikheil Daushvili, a member of the For Georgia party, said at the briefing.
As Daushvili noted, the Georgian Dream is making facade changes, which puts the country’s European future at risk.
“The Parliament of Georgia has discussed the 3 most important draft laws initiated by the ruling party, which are directly linked to Georgia’s aim to get EU candidate status and the country’s European integration. It is noteworthy that discussion took place in an almost empty session hall of the Parliament, where both the ruling party and opposition parties’ members were absent.
“The abovementioned draft laws included:
• Draft law on de-oligarchization;
• Draft law on establishment of anti-corruption bureau;
• Draft law on Special Investigation Service.
“It should be underlined that our political team has been involved in the process of implementing the recommendations from the very first day, including in working groups with the sole purpose to ensure that the country puts all the efforts to get the EU membership candidate status.
“In the process of developing the draft laws discussed yesterday, Georgian Dream did not take into account any of the remarks and proposals submitted not only by our team, but also by our international partners.
“On the above-mentioned issues under recommendation, up until now Georgian Dream has been implementing only superficial changes, which, unfortunately, put the most important issue – the European future of our country under the risk.
“As already mentioned, it is even more unfortunate that yesterday these 3 important issues were discussed in an actually empty parliamentary session hall. This indicates, on the one hand, that the government is trying to make superficial changes, while on the other hand, to use the opposition’s populism and lack of interest.
“In the near future, the Parliament will discuss the so-called reform initiated by Georgian Dream on the Court system, where the government also did not take into account the recommendations of our team and the country’s strategic partners (including the U.S. Embassy), with the sole purpose of helping one of the main actors of Girgvliani’s case, Levan Murusidze and his friends to strengthen their influence over judiciary.
“The challenges regarding the independence of the judiciary are directly linked with country’s European future. Unfortunately, recently, government’s actions regarding using justice system as a political instrument have raised unanswered questions, including from our Western partners, the good example of which is yesterday’s statement of the U.S. Embassy regarding the case of Nika Gvaramia. All these is the sole responsibility of the Government.
“Neither within nor outside the country, anyone expects “surprising” democracy in the hands of Georgian Dream. However, while there is a consensus on Georgia’s future within the majority of our citizens, we call on the government to openly, unequivocally, without any pre-conditions, state their political will in order to prevent our country from losing its European future.
“Once again, we warn the government, each member of the Georgian Dream party, – you can not blame anyone for failing to gain candidacy status and missing this historic opportunity will be on each and every one of you! This will be an issue where responsibility will be personalized and each member of our team will do everything for this purpose.
“For our team, political party “For Georgia” there is only one red line, and we will not let anyone – neither the Georgian Dream, nor the UNM or the so-called “opposition” to cross it – sovereignty of the country, the protection of the Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic future are the ultimate goals,” Mikheil Daushvili stated.